Award-winning sports columnist William C. “Bill” Rhoden, formerly of The New York Times, has joined The Undefeated as a columnist and editor-at-large for the ESPN multiplatform content initiative. He will establish the Rhoden Fellows, a sports journalism internship program that will identify and train aspiring African American journalists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Rhoden will also pen columns on key topics around sports, race and culture.
The Undefeated, ESPN’s multiplatform initiative for sports, race and culture, has named Lisa Wilson its new senior editor for sports. Most recently the executive sports editor at The Buffalo News, Wilson is the nation’s only black female sports editor at a major metropolitan daily. She begins her new role March 13 and will be based in Washington, D.C.
“The Undefeated 44” was compiled by a panel of editors, senior writers, contributors and other stakeholders at The Undefeated as part of its month-long Black History Month content initiative. The list was limited to 44 as a tribute to the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama – the first African-American president.
ESPN’s preview of Super Bowl LI will feature a special three-hour edition of Postseason NFL Countdown on Sunday, Feb. 5, beginning at 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT, from two set locations in Houston – downtown and at NRG Stadium.
ESPN Kicks Off First Full Day of Super Bowl LI Coverage in Houston on Wednesday at 6 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. CT
ESPN’s coverage of Super Bowl LI continues Wednesday, Feb. 1, from multiple set locations in downtown Houston. The main set is adjacent to the Toyota Center between Austin, Bell, LaBranch and Leeland Streets, while Mike & Mike, First Take and Outside the Lines will be live from nearby Lucky’s Pub (801 St Emanuel St.).
The Undefeated, ESPN’s content hub on sports, race and culture, will present its first conversation of 2017 during Super Bowl week in Houston, Texas. The Jack J. Valenti School of Communication and the African American Studies Program at the University of Houston will host the public forum.
Chris Berman, analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson; plus NFL Insider Adam Schefter; reporters Lisa Salters and McHenry – all from Orlando’s Camping World Stadium leading into the Pro Bowl. In addition, throughout the nearly two-hour program, Ed Werder (Falcons) and Sal Paolantonio (Patriots) will report from Houston as the Super Bowl LI teams arrive this weekend.
Chris Berman hosts with analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson; plus, co-host Wendi Nix and NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce will join Countdown as a guest analyst.
Gómez will primarily serve as a pundit on ESPN FC, ESPN’s daily soccer news, highlights and information program, as well as a studio analyst for the network’s coverage of Major League Soccer, U.S. Men’s National Team, and other international soccer competitions. On ESPN Deportes, he will appear on signature soccer studio programs Fuera de Juego and Futbol Picante.
On Saturday, Berman files two features – a one-on-one conversation with Patriots coach Bill Belichick; and a story on the unique and winning culture head coach Pete Carroll has fostered with the Seahawks. The past two weeks, Berman has travelled to Foxboro, Mass., and Seattle to visit both teams.
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