In March, ESPN has extensive coverage of tennis’ two biggest tournaments outside the four Majors – the BNP Paribas Open from Indian Wells, Calif., and the Miami Open presented by Itaú, including the most digital coverage ever with over 1100 total hours on WatchESPN. The 48 hours on TV and WatchESPN includes the women’s and men’s semifinals and championships from both events. In addition, the multi-court presentation on WatchESPN starts with first round coverage of each tournament – Wednesday, March 8, at Indian Wells and Wednesday, March 22, in Miami.
New Team Format, Americas vs. World, with Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt as Captains of Current Stars
Americas Team Headlined by Williams, Roddick and Jack Sock
ESPN’s First Take Averaging More Than 500,000 Viewers for Live Shows; Almost 200,000 Watch the Daily Re-air
First Take, ESPN’s lively weekday morning debate show featuring Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and host Molly Qerim, is averaging 515,000 viewers per live episode since its move to ESPN (Jan. 3 – 27). Since moving to ESPN on January 3, the two-hour program has seen a 14% increase in viewership compared to the same time period in 2016 when the show was on ESPN2. The re-air of First Take on ESPN2 draws an average of 179,000 viewers.
The two winners of the “First Take, Your Take” viewer contest will travel to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and Wednesday, Jan. 18, to receive the full backstage experience and join Stephen A. Smith , Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim on First Take on ESPN at 10 a.m. ET to debate the day’s news. On Tuesday, Chrystal Stone of New York City will take a seat at the desk, followed by Mikal Goodman of Miami on Wednesday. Watch Stone and Goodman preparing for their appearances here, and watch their entry videos here (Stone) and here (Goodman).
Live Performance by Wale in First Take Studio January 3; Platinum-selling Rapper Headlines Guest Lineup For First Take’s First Week on ESPN
When First Take, ESPN’s weekday morning studio debate show featuring commentators Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman with host Molly Qerim, moves to ESPN at 10 a.m. ET beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3, they will be joined by special guests throughout the week. On the first day, Wale – the Grammy-nominated recording artist who created the exclusive First Take opening theme song “Every Word Great” – will perform the theme song live from the First Take set. Wale will also give a “first take” of a new song on the show that morning, January 3.
Stephen A. Smith announced the two winners – one male and one female – of the “First Take, Your Take” viewer contest on First Take earlier today. The winners, selected by the First Take staff, will travel to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., to receive the full backstage experience and join Stephen A. Smith , Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim in a televised debate. The trip includes roundtrip airfare, one night hotel accommodations and transportation to ESPN’s headquarters. The specific dates the winners will appear on First Take will be announced at a later date.
– Daily on WatchESPN from London; 10 Hours on ESPN2 November 17-20
– Championship live on ESPN2 Nov. 20
ESPN2’s First Take kicks off ESPN’s week of Veteran’s Day programming with a live telecast from Joint Base Charleston in Charleston, S.C., on Monday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m. ET. Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and host Molly Qerim will be joined by Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Darius Rucker. A live audience of military personnel will be present as the hosts discuss the topics of the day. Then on Tuesday, Nov. 8, First Take will air an Election Day Special featuring Smith vs. Kellerman on a presidential-style debate set. Viewers will get to vote on which commentator wins the debates of the day.
WatchESPN has daily coverage of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals from Singapore – produced by the WTA – with the championship live on ESPN2 on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 a.m. The qualified singles for the elite eight so far includes Angelique Kerber – who has already clinched the World No.1 title – Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza, Madison Keys and Dominika Cibulkova.
A special prime-time edition of First Take will air on ESPN tomorrow (Tuesday), Oct.18, at 9:30 p.m. ET, leading into the LA Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings preseason NBA game. First Take: NBA Preview Show, a 30-minute program, will feature the same debate format as the daily First Take show, with topics relating to the NBA season. Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady will be one of the guests on the show.
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