ESPN will air SportsCenter Special: 2017 NFL Schedule Release on Thursday, April 20, from 8-10 p.m. ET. The two-hour primetime program will be timed to the National Football League’s announcement of the 2017 regular-season schedule – all 256 games. The program will also be streamed live via WatchESPN.
ESPN’s coverage of the first FIFA International Match Week in 2017 will begin Wednesday, March 22, with back-to-back international friendly matches – Czech Republic vs. Lithuania at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN3, and Scotland vs. Canada at 3:45 p.m. on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3. In all, ESPN networks will carry 26 matches live during the week, including FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in Europe and Asia.
ESPN’s season-opening Major League Soccer telecast on Sunday – Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC in the first match at Orlando’s new downtown stadium – averaged 411,000 viewers, up 14 percent compared to the Portland-Columbus opener in 2016 (362,000 viewers).
The Undefeated, ESPN’s multiplatform initiative for sports, race and culture, has announced the inaugural class of Rhoden Fellows, the sports journalism internship program focused on identifying and training aspiring African American journalists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The inaugural class has six journalists.
ESPN’s 22nd straight season of Major League Soccer will kick off Sunday, March 5, at 5 p.m. ET with Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC – the 2017 MLS season- opener for both teams and the first match at Orlando City SC’s new downtown stadium. The game features some of the league’s top international stars, such as Brazil’s Kaká and Italy’s Antonio Nocerino (Orlando), and Spain’s David Villa and Italy’s Andrea Pirlo (NYC FC).
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.).
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