MidWeek — May 2, 2012

NBA PLAYOFFS

MLB, NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS, LAX & MORE…

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ESPN & ABC to Televise Seven NBA Playoff Games in Three Days
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com

ESPN and ABC will combine to televise seven NBA Playoff games in three days beginning Friday, May 4: Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics Game 3, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN, Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers, Game 3, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets, Game 3, at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN.  Schedule:

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Fri, May 47:30 p.m.Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics Game 3ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV, WatchESPN
 8 p.m.Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers Game 3ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV, WatchESPN
 10:30 p.m.Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets Game 3ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV, WatchESPN
Sat, May 52 p.m.Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic Game 4ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV, WatchESPN
 4:30 p.m.Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers Game 3ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV, WatchESPN
Sun, May 612:30 p.m.Kia NBA CountdownABC
 1 p.m.Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers Game 4ABC, ESPN Radio
 3:30 p.m.Miami Heat at New York Knicks
Game 4
ABC, ESPN Radio

 

 

Washington’s Bryce Harper on Sunday Night Baseball
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com

Washington Nationals’ phenom Bryce Harper will make his ESPN Sunday Night Baseball debut on May 6 when the Nationals host the perennial National League East Champion Philadelphia Phillies at 8 p.m. ET. Dan Shulman will call the game with analysts Terry Francona and Orel Hershiser and reporter Buster Olney. Sunday Night Baseball will also be available on ESPN Radio (Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton), ESPN Deportes, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV and WatchESPN.

 

 

Record Level of NCAA Spring Championship Programming
contact: gracie.blackburn@espn.com

Over the next eight weeks, ESPN networks will air over 400 hours of NCAA Spring Championships, an increase of more than 30 hours over last year. Coverage will begin with the National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Championship on Saturday, May 5, at 10 p.m. on ESPNU and continue through June to include Men’s Lacrosse, Baseball and Softball. For the first time in ESPN history, the schedule will also include the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field and NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championships as a result of ESPN’s extended rights agreement with the NCAA.

“ESPNU and ESPN3 allow a greater depth of NCAA programming than we’ve ever had, with more platforms to showcase the highest levels of student athlete competition” said Carol Stiff, ESPN vice president, programming & acquisitions.

Highlights:

  • Nearly 250 hours from the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship beginning Friday, June 1, including the entire College World Series from Omaha, Neb.
  • More than 125 hours of NCAA Division I Softball Championship coverage beginning Friday, May 18, including the entire Women’s College World Series from Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • All 15 games, more than 30 hours, from the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship beginning Saturday, May 12.
  • 14 hours of NCAA Championship programming new to ESPN with Division I Outdoor Track & Field and Division I Women’s Lacrosse

 

 

2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Begins Sunday with Selection Show
contact: rachel.l.maroglis@espn.com

ESPNU will unveil the 16-team bracket during the hour-long 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Selection Show Presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car on Sunday, May 6, at 9 p.m. In addition, host Anish Shroff and analysts Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra will provide breakdown of the field and tournament predictions, along with interviews with select head coaches. Read more, including schedule…

 

 

ESPNU All-Access inside Virginia Lacrosse
contact: gracie.blackburn@espn.com

Just two days after the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Selection Show Presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ESPNU will feature an exclusive inside look at this year’s NCAA defending champions the University of Virginia. There and Back: All-Access with Virginia Lacrosse will air in two half-hour shows (Tuesday, May 8, and Wednesday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m.) exploring the players, coaches and facilities that contribute to the team’s success on the field.

After achieving the ultimate success in 2011, the All-Access special goes inside the program over the course of the 2012 season with an exclusive look into the locker room, team practices and strength training sessions. The program also introduces fans to the heart and soul of the team, taking viewers inside the dorm rooms, team meals and bus rides that translate into team camaraderie and victory for the Cavaliers, currently ranked No. 6.

 “What I would tell you about being at Virginia, is that we are hardly ever quite as talented as everybody thinks…but we are generally talented enough and it’s the other things that make the difference,” said head coach Dom Starsia. “Are we willing to sacrifice? What kind of commitments are you willing to make? What are you willing to give up for the greater good. When we have kids that are willing to do those kinds of things, then usually we are on our way to a special season.” 

There and Back: All-Access with Virginia Lacrosse trailer: http://bit.ly/K0yevg

 

 

Wildcats at the White House, Friday on ESPNU
contact: gracie.blackburn@espn.com

ESPNU and ESPN3 will cover live the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team’s visit to the White House as the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Champions on Friday, May 4, at 5 p.m. In celebration of their national title, ESPN basketball reporter Andy Katz will be with the team during the SportsCenterU Special: Kentucky at the White House when the players and coaches meet President Barack Obama.

In addition, ESPNU will follow the team throughout the day and air behind-the-scenes moments in a half-hour special, All-Access: Kentucky at the White House, airing Friday, May 11, at 11:30 p.m.

 

 

Danica Patrick to be In-Race Reporter for Talladega Race on ABC
contact: andy.hall@espn.com

Danica Patrick will bring viewers closer to the action as the in-race reporter during ABC’s telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Saturday, May 5, at 3 p.m. Patrick will speak with ESPN analyst Dale Jarrett on the race’s pace laps and during caution periods during her first race at NASCAR’s biggest track.

 

 

NASCAR Now to Preview Talladega Sprint Cup Race
contact: andy.hall@espn.com

The one-hour weekend edition of ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will air Sunday, May 6, at 9 a.m. with a preview of that day’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Analyst and former Talladega winner Dale Jarrett will join host Nicole Briscoe and reporters Shannon Spake and Ryan McGee. Jarrett also will be on SportsCenter following the race.

 

 

ESPN Radio’s Greenberg Pays Up: Dances with Star
contact: carrie.b.kreiswirth@espn.com or dan.quinn@espn.com

ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning co-host Mike Greenberg will pay up for losing the annual “Mike and Mike Sheets of Integrity Challenge” to co-host Mike Golic on Tuesday, May 8, when he will perform with Dancing with the Stars’ Anna Trebunskaya. Greeny’s potentially embarrassing moment will take place at 8:15 a.m. ET (entire show simulcast on ESPN2) when he will attempt to keep pace with the Russian-born professional dancer. The duo will dance to “Livin’ la Vida Loca” played live by an eight-piece band at ESPN’s headquarters. Simulating ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (airs Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC), “Greeny: The Dance” will also take place before a live audience with judges: former DWTS contestants Jerry Rice and Hines Ward. In DWTS Season 2, Rice partnered with Trebunskaya and came in second. Trebunskaya’s other athlete dance partners have included Kurt Warner, Ray Leonard, Chuck Liddell and Evan Lysacek. Trebunskaya, a native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, is a DWTS regular, most recently paired with soap opera star Jack Wagner this season.

 

 

Major League Soccer: First Exclusive Match on ESPN Deportes Friday
contact: gabriela.nunez@espn.com

ESPN Deportes will present its first exclusive MLS telecast – Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire – on Friday, May 4, at 11 p.m., from Carson, Calif.  Richard Mendez (play-by-play), analyst Tato Noriega and sideline reporter Monica Gonzalez will call the game, part of the network’s Cinco de Mayo programming.

On Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m., ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes will combine to present the rivalry between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls – the top-two marquee franchises in the league.  Los Angeles, with a roster that includes David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane, are the defending champions of the league.  Adrian Healey (play-by-play), Taylor Twellman (analyst), and sideline reporter Gonzalez will provide commentary.  Studio analyst Alexi Lalas will be on-site at the Home Depot Center for studio segments.

 

 

Andrade & Cisneros on ESPN Boxing: FNF Special Edition
contacts: stephen.mcdonald@espn.com or gabriela.nunez@espn.com;

On Saturday May 5, the evening of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.- Miguel Cotto title bout, undefeated  2008 U.S. Olympian Junior Middleweight contender  Demetrius Andrade (16-0, 11 KOs) will meet The Contender, Season Two participant Rudy Cisneros (12-3, 11 KOs) in a 10-round main event in an ESPN Boxing: FNF Special Edition presented by Corona Extra.  Saturday’s schedule will begin at 10 p.m. on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Uncasville, Conn.

 

On ESPN2 Peter Manfredo Jr., filling in for Teddy Atlas, will be ringside with Joe Tessitore describing the action. On ESPN Deportes, Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio.

 

 

ESPN Regional Television’s 2012 Bowl Information
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com

ESPN Regional Television (ERT) has determined the date, time and network for each the company’s seven owned and operated bowl games for the upcoming season. The Gildan New Mexico Bowl will kick off the bowl season on Saturday, Dec. 15, and will conclude with the BBVA Compass Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 5. Read more…

  • Gildan New Mexico Bowl

The seventh edition of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at 1 p.m. on ESPN from University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M. The game will feature a team from the Mountain West Conference against a team from the Pac-12 Conference.

  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg

The Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg will be played Friday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. From Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the game showcases a team from the BIG EAST Conference against a team from Conference USA.

  • MAACO Bowl Las Vegas

The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will be played Saturday, Dec. 22, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN. The 21st annual game will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas and feature the top choice from the Mountain West Conference against the fifth pick from the Pac-12 Conference.

  • Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl

For the first time, the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl will be played on a Monday night – December 24. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. on ESPN from Aloha Stadium. In its 11th year, the bowl will pit a team from the Mountain West Conference against a team from Conference USA. The game will be played on Christmas Eve for the eighth time.

  • Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

The Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas will be played Friday, Dec. 28, at 9 p.m. on ESPN. The game is played at Reliant Stadium in Houston and features teams from the Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences.

  • Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

The 10th edition of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 29, at 11:45 a.m. on ESPN. The game returns to TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas after a two-year hiatus. A team from Conference USA will face a bowl eligible team to be named.

  • BBVA Compass Bowl

The seventh annual BBVA Compass Bowl will be played Saturday, Jan. 5, at 1 p.m. on ESPN. The game is played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., and will pit a team from the BIG EAST Conference against a team from the Southeastern Conference.

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