Four prominent ESPN commentators will have new college football roles for the upcoming 2016 season, it was announced by Mark Gross, ESPN, senior vice president, production & remote events. Samantha Ponder joins the ABC Saturday Night Football telecast as a reporter, while play-by-play commentator Joe Tessitore moves to the ESPN College Football Primetime game. Additionally, Steve Levy who returns to a weekly college football play-by-play role, forms a team with Brian Griese to call action on ABC or ESPN on Saturday afternoons.
Rachel Margolis Siegal
As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
Four bowls on Saturday, Dec. 17 kick off ESPN Events’ bowl season – Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl and Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, and will conclude with the Birmingham Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 29.
The 22nd annual event will air on ESPN – pitting Purdue against Arizona State at 7 p.m. and Florida vs. Duke at 9 p.m. – will once again be played from New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden.
The Florida Gators will play the Miami Hurricanes in Camping World Stadium during college football’s opening weekend in 2019. The neutral-site season opener is part of a series of Camping World Kickoff games in Orlando.
Top-Seeded UConn Faces No. 4 seed Syracuse Tuesday on ESPN in NCAA Women’s National Championship Game
Played from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the game will be called by Beth Mowins and Doris Burke on ESPN and WatchESPN.
The NCAA Women’s Final Four National Final between top-seeded UConn and No. 2 seed Oregon State – played Sunday, April 3, from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis – delivered a 1.7 overnight rating on ESPN, up 31 percent from last year’s first semifinal tilt between South Carolina and Notre Dame (1.3).
Beth Mowins makes her television debut at the Women’s Final Four as the play-by-play announcer, and is joined by analyst Doris Burke and reporter Holly Rowe
ESPN will offer multiple, two-hour pregame editions of College GameDay Covered by State Farm for the semifinals and championship: National Semifinal preview on ESPN Saturday, April 2, at 4 p.m. and a Championship preview on ESPN2 Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball: Final Four in Indy Decided after Weekend of Upsets; UConn Seeks Fourth Straight Title
The teams will face off Sunday, April 3, with UConn against Oregon State at 6 p.m. on ESPN and WatchESPN, followed by Syracuse vs. Washington on ESPN2 and WatchESPN at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN Networks See Viewership Increase for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship First- and Second-Round Coverage
ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage of the NCAA Division Women’s Basketball Championship presented by Capital One first and second rounds – which aired in regionalized and national telecast windows beginning Friday, March 18 through Monday, March 21 – averaged 343,000 viewers, up 46 percent from a year ago (235,000 viewers).
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