ESPN’s exclusive MLB Opening Night telecast, in which the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-3, was the company’s most-watched Opening Night game ever, according to Fast Nationals from Nielsen. It delivered an average total live audience (television + streaming) of 3,707,000 average viewers, up 26 percent from 2,947,000 total live viewers for last year’s New York Mets-Kansas City Royals World Series rematch.
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ESPN The Magazine’s MLB Preview Issue highlights various players to watch this season including an in depth profile of Corey Seager, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ big-hitting phenom and reigning National League rookie of the year. Although his 6-4 frame isn’t built for shortstop, his work ethic and meticulous preparation are. The piece also explores Seager’s fear of failure as the catalyst behind his hard work and his success.
ESPN1000, the number one rated sports talk radio station in Chicago, will welcome World Series heroes Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber, who will make weekly appearances on the station throughout the 2017 MLB season.
SportsCenter on the Road powered by Ford will begin its Spring Training bus tour, providing on-site updates from around the league and interviews with key players, this Saturday, Feb. 18, from the Chicago Cubs camp in Mesa, AZ. SportsCenter anchor Jay Crawford will be hosting the coverage throughout the day Saturday with Sunday Night Baseball analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza and reporters Tim Kurkjian and Pedro Gomez. Coverage from the Cubs’ camp continues Sunday, anchored by Matt Barrie. Sunday coverage will include Barrie speaking with the Cubs’ owner Tom Ricketts, Mendoza with manager Joe Maddon and Crawford with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.
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The NFL Chemistry Issue explores the various personalities and elements that either bring teams together – or tear them apart. Highlights include a cover story on Oakland Raiders’ Derek Carr as well as features on Seattle Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor, Buffalo Bills’ Richie Incognito and more.
The 2017 Major League Baseball season will begin with seven season-opening games in two days across ESPN and ESPN2 between Sunday, April 2 and Monday, April 3. The season-opening slate will be highlighted by an Opening Night prime-time exclusive: the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs will visit Busch Stadium and their rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Coverage will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET and will also be available on ESPN Radio (including streaming via ESPNRadio.com), ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio.
Wednesday’s 2016 MLB National League Wild Card Game telecast presented by Hankook Tire is the second-most watched Major League Baseball game on ESPN in 13 years, according Nielsen. Across ESPN and ESPN Deportes, the game generated a total live average audience of 7,711,000 viewers (television + streaming).
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The 2016 MLB National League Wild Card Game telecast presented by Hankook Tire will air exclusively on ESPN, Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. ET. Entering competition on Sept. 28, the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants currently hold the first and second NL Wild Card spots, respectively. The St. Louis Cardinals are currently one game behind the Giants for the second spot. The telecast will also be streamed live on WatchESPN.
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