ESPN ThisWeek — July 9, 2012

2012 ESPYS

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 NEW SPORTSCENTER SPOTS, HOME RUN DERBY, NASCAR, U.S. SENIOR OPEN & MORE


The 2012 ESPYS: Live on Wednesday
contact: Jennifer.J.Cingari@espn.com ; JayJay.Nesheim@espn.com
The 2012 ESPYS Presented by Capital One, hosted by Rob Riggle, will feature the world’s premier athletes and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars for the 20th annual celebration of the best moments from the year in sports. The 2012 ESPYS will be televised live from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE on Wednesday, July 11, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Voting:

The complete list of The 2012 ESPYS nominees is available at http://es.pn/2012ESPYSNominees (for media) and ESPN.com/ESPYS (for voters). Voting is underway and, aside from Best Team, all categories will close when the live show starts Wednesday, July 11, at 9 p.m. on ESPN. The Best Team category will stay open for voting on ESPN.com/ESPYS during the live show. Additionally, fans can vote on Twitter using the hashtag #BestTeam. ESPN.com and Twitter votes will be combined at the end of the show to determine the winner.

Presenters/Attendees

This year’s scheduled presenters include Jessica Biel (Total Recall), Jordana Brewster (Dallas), Kenny Chesney (Welcome to the Fishbowl), Cody Horn (Magic Mike), Jimmie Johnson, Joel McHale (Community), Olivia Munn (The Newsroom), Danica Patrick, Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy), and Shaun White. The show will feature musical performances by Nas.

In addition, top athletes scheduled to attend include: Carlos Bocanegra, Victor Cruz, Brittney Griner, Robert Griffin III, Rob Gronkowski, Calvin Johnson, Tony La Russa, Jeremy Lin, Lisa Leslie, Evan Longoria, Eli Manning, Mario Manningham, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Justin Tuck, Lindsey Vonn, Brian Wilson, Vince Young and others.

The ESPYS

The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2012 ESPYS will recognize both sport-specific achievements, such as “Best MLB Player” and “Best WNBA Player,” as well as categories, such as “Best Team” or “Best Female Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other. The ESPYS honor ESPN’s commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a partnership launched with the late Jim Valvano at the inaugural ESPYS in 1993.

The official ESPYS media kit can be found here.  Follow The 2012 ESPYS on Twitter @ESPYS and use the #ESPYS hashtag for live tweets during the show.


ESPN3 and WatchESPN Record Its Best Month Ever, Surpassing 1 Billion Minutes in June
contact: kristie.chong@espn.com
In June, ESPN3 and WatchESPN reached a milestone, logging 1.1 billion minutes viewed across computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox to record its best month ever.  It also logged an average minute audience of 24,467 across platforms, up 452 percent compared to the same month last year on computers.  Additionally, the WatchESPN app for smartphones and tablets surpassed 10 million downloads.

EURO 2012 was the most viewed event for the month, accounting for the largest share of total minutes seen across platforms.  Other key events that contributed to viewership included the NBA Playoffs and Finals, French Open, Wimbledon and the NCAA Baseball Championships.


Catcher Buster Posey, Swimmer Natalie Coughlin Star in Latest This is SportsCenter Spots

contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
San Francisco Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey and Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin make their This is SportsCenter debuts Monday, July 9. In “Umpire,” Posey is saved from an overbearing umpire by ESPN anchor Sage Steele. In “Silver and Gold,” Coughlin catches the Notre Dame Leprechaun in her cubicle trying to take off with her well-earned gold. The spots were created in collaboration with Wieden + Kennedy.


Social Campaign Highlights ESPN Promotion of Home Run Derby
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
In addition to a robust television, radio and digital campaign, ESPN will promote the 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby with a unique social contest for viewers. Using the #HRDerby hashtag, fans will be prompted by ESPN’s Twitter handle (@ESPN) to participate in a dynamic conversation throughout the Home Run Derby. Fans will have an opportunity to win prizes for correctly predicting the number of home runs and the farthest distance of home runs in each round. Athletes, celebrities and ESPN talent will also drive the conversation by tweeting with the same hashtag. The Home Run Derby begins at 8 p.m. on ESPN live from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.


NASCAR Nationwide Series at New Hampshire on ESPN
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
The NASCAR Nationwide Series races live Saturday, July 14, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on ESPN and WatchESPN. NASCAR Countdown is at 2:30 p.m. with the race’s green flag at 3:46 p.m.  Also from New Hampshire, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Saturday at 10 a.m. Anchor Allen Bestwick and analysts Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree will call the action.


U.S. Senior Open Championship on ESPN Platforms
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
The world’s top senior golfers will be in action this week in the U.S. Senior Open Championship in Lake Orion, Mich. Live coverage of the first two rounds will air on ESPN2, ESPN3 and WatchESPN on Thursday and Friday, July 12-13, from 3-7 p.m. Sean McDonough will anchor with two-time U.S. Open champions Andy North and Curtis Strange.


SportsCenter Special AFC East Divisional Preview Show
contact: bill.hofheimer@espn.com
ESPN will highlight the AFC East in a one-hour SportsCenter Special on Tuesday, July 10, at 8 p.m. Host Sara Walsh and analysts Hugh Douglas and Antonio Pierce will breakdown the entire division, including key offseason acquisitions, top storylines and 2012 schedules for the defending AFC champion Patriots, Jets, Bills and Dolphins.

The final show of ESPN’s eight-installment Divisional Preview specials will air next Tuesday (July 17), spotlighting the AFC West.

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Tue, July 10 8 p.m. SportsCenter Special: AFC East Preview ESPN
Tue, July 17 7 p.m. SportsCenter Special: AFC West Preview ESPN

espnW.com: Wimbledon Wrap-up & Behind the Scenes of ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue
contact: amanda.decastro@espn.com and carrie.b.kreiswirth@espn.com
On Tuesday, July 10, espnW reporter Sandra Harwitt will wrap up her two-week coverage from Wimbledon with an in-depth look at this year’s Ladies Singles and Doubles champion, Serena Williams, examining Williams’ quick shift in focus as she and Team USA prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

ESPN The Magazine: The Body Issue hits newsstands this week in its fourth year celebrating the athletic form, featuring 27 world-class athletes. espnW.com will go behind-the-scenes with female athletes who made this year’s edition, including members of the U.S. Olympic volleyball team, sprinter Carmelita Jeter, WNBA star Candace Parker and U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team star Abby Wambach.


ESPNU Marathon of Top 25 2011-2012 College Football Games: Nation Decides Top Five Matchups
contact: gracie.blackburn@espn.com
ESPNU began a marathon of the Top 25 college football games of the 2011 season last Sunday that will continue to air through Monday, July 16, with Nos. 19-21 airing today. The order of the final five games will be decided by fans through a SportsNation poll on ESPN.com.  To Tweet about the lineup: #Top25CFB

ESPN’s Stats & Info team, led by BCS guru Brad Edwards (@BradEdwards_BCS), determined Nos. 6-25:

Stanford (38) vs. Oklahoma State (41)
Oklahoma (38) vs. Baylor (45)
Michigan State (33) vs. Georgia (30)
Kansas State (45) vs. Oklahoma State (52)
10 Wisconsin (38) vs. Oregon (45)
11 Oklahoma State (31) vs. Iowa State (37)
12 Texas A&M (38)  vs. Arkansas (42)
13 Wisconsin (29) vs. Ohio State (33)
14 Texas A&M (50) vs. Kansas State (53)
15 LSU (9) vs. Alabama (6)
16 Ohio State (27) vs. Nebraska (34)
17 Utah State (38) vs. Auburn (42)
18 Texas (27) vs. Texas A&M (25)
19 Northern Illinois (63) vs. Toledo (60)
20 South Carolina (45) vs. Georgia (42)
21 Missouri (37) vs. Arizona State (30)
22 Ohio State (34) vs. Michigan (40)
23 Mississippi State (34) vs. Auburn (41)
24 Washington (56) vs. Baylor (67)
25 Clemson (56) vs. Maryland (45)

The Top 5 games of 2011 were narrowed down to:

Fans are invited to rank the games here, and compare their order to other voters. ESPNU will air America’s choice rankings of No. 5-3 on Sunday, July 15, beginning at 4 p.m., followed by No. 1 and No. 2 on Monday, July 16.

Relive every seat-gripping moment of last season’s best matchups daily at the following times:

No. Date Time Top 2011-2012 Matchup
No. 21 Mon, July 9 1 p.m. Missouri vs. Arizona State
No. 20   7 p.m. South Carolina vs. Georgia
No. 19   9:30 p.m. Northern Illinois vs. Toledo
No. 18 Tue, July 10 7 p.m. Texas vs. Texas A&M
No. 17   9:30 p.m. Utah State vs. Auburn
No. 16 Wed, July 11 7 p.m. Ohio State vs. Nebraska
No. 15   9:30 p.m. LSU vs. Alabama
No. 14 Thu, July 12 7 p.m. Texas A&M vs. Kansas State
No. 13   9:30 p.m. Wisconsin vs. Ohio State
No. 12 Fri, July 13 7 p.m. Texas A&M vs. Arkansas
No. 11   9:30 p.m. Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State
No. 10 Sat, July 14 1 p.m. Wisconsin vs. Oregon
No. 9   4 p.m. Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State
No. 8   7 p.m. Michigan State vs. Georgia
No. 7   9:30 p.m. Oklahoma vs. Baylor
No. 6 Sun, July 15 1 p.m. Stanford vs. Oklahoma State
No. 5   4 p.m.

TBD

No. 4   7 p.m.

TBD

No. 3   9:30 p.m.

TBD

No. 2 Mon, July 16 7 p.m.

TBD

No. 1 9:30 p.m.

TBD

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