ESPN ThisWeek — January 7, 2013

DISCOVER BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

AUSTRALIAN OPEN BEGINS, HALL OF FAME SPECIAL, NBA,  & MORE


Discover BCS National Championship: No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama All Day and Around the World
contact: gracie.blackburn@espn.com
ESPN will cap off the BCS Bowl season with the Discover BCS National Championship: No.1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN 3D and WatchESPN. ESPN International will bring the game live to more than 100 countries, across six continents.

Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit will work their sixth consecutive BCS National Championship game, calling ESPN’s telecast with sideline reporters Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi. For the second straight year, ESPN’s Monday Night Football commentator Mike Tirico will work ESPN Radio’s broadcast with ESPN college football analyst Todd Blackledge and reporters Holly Rowe and Joe Schad.

ESPN’s live coverage from Miami extends well before and after the game. College GameDay Built by The Home Depot is from Sun Life Stadium at 6 p.m. with guest analysts — former ESPN commentator and current Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin, whose team was the only program to top Alabama this season. Also included is a special feature with Jimmy Kimmel and die-hard Notre Dame fan Regis Philbin. 

In addition, ESPNU has its largest on-site presence to date with seven shows from Florida and more than 24 hours of BCS-themed content that began Sunday and will continue through Tuesday. More Details


Australian Open Starts Sunday on ESPN2
contact:  dave.nagle@espn.com
The 2013 tennis season begins with the Australian Open presented by Franklin Templeton Investments with more than 100 live hours on ESPN2 and 600+ on ESPN3.  The action gets underway Sunday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. with a 12.5-hour telecast.  Daily action continues each night with afternoon re-airs totaling more than 50 additional hours through the women’s championship Saturday, Jan 26, and the men’s championship Sunday, Jan. 27, both at 3 a.m. with re-airs later each day at 9 a.m. and in prime time.  The telecasts are also available through WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.

Expanded digital coverage includes 600 hours live on ESPN3, with users choosing among action on seven courts with all matches available on-demand after completion. ESPN3’s coverage starts at 7 p.m. over the first 11 days of the tournament with the first ball each day of all TV court matches.  Additionally, ESPN3 will offer live matches not airing on ESPN2, including the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles championships and the finals of the boys and girls divisions.

The best tennis team in television returns for 2013, led by Cliff Drysdale – who has been with ESPN since its first tennis telecast in 1979.  Darren Cahill, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver return with hosts Chris Fowler, who also calls matches including the finals, and Chris McKendry.  Tom Rinaldi will contribute features, news and interviews during event coverage and on SportsCenter.

Here’s today’s press release with more details.


NBA Doubleheaders: Lakers-Spurs, Mavericks-Clippers; Bulls-Knicks, Thunder-Lakers
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
ESPN will present two NBA doubleheaders this week Wednesday, Jan 9, when the San Antonio Spurs and Tony Parker host the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant at 8 p.m. Dave Pasch will handle the call with analyst Jon Barry and reporter Chris Broussard. In the nightcap, the Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki face the Los Angeles Clippers and Blake Griffin. The game begins at 10:30 p.m. with Mike Breen and Doris Burke providing commentary and Lisa Salters serving as reporter. KIA NBA Countdown – with Magic Johnson, Michael Wilbon and Jalen Rose – precedes the doubleheader at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, the Chicago Bulls face the New York Knicks at 8 p.m. followed by a star-studded contest between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers live from the Staples Center at 10:30 p.m.

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network
Wed, Jan 9 7:30 p.m. KIA NBA Countdown
Magic Johnson, Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose
ESPN / WatchESPN
8 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs Presented by State Farm
Dave Pasch, Jon Barry, Chris Broussard
ESPN / WatchESPN
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers Presented by State Farm
Mike Breen, Doris Burke, Lisa Salters
ESPN / WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 11 7:30 p.m. KIA NBA Countdown
Magic Johnson, Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons
ESPN / WatchESPN
8 p.m. Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks Presented by State Farm
Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, Chris Broussard
ESPN / WatchESPN
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers Presented by State Farm
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Lisa Salters
ESPN / WatchESPN

ESPN2 to Televise Baseball Tonight Hall of Fame Special
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
ESPN2 will televise the Baseball Tonight Hall of Fame Special on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m., following the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA)’s 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame election announcement. The special program will be hosted by Karl Ravech with 2012 Hall of Fame inductee and Baseball Tonight analyst Barry Larkin, new Sunday Night Baseball analyst John Kruk, ESPN MLB Insiders Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian and Pedro Gomez and ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant.

The program will include a roundtable discussion on the new Hall of Fame inductees, analysis of the voting process, a look ahead at first-time candidates in 2014 and an interview with ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst Curt Schilling about his first-year experience as a candidate.

Baseball Tonight will also produce a live segment for ESPN.com at 2:30 p.m. A full list of ESPN’s Hall of Fame voter ballots will be available on ESPN.com.


Men’s College Basketball: Conference Action Heats Up with a Jam-Packed Saturday
contact: michael.c.humes@espn.com
ESPN’s men’s college basketball schedule this week will include 11 games Saturday, Jan. 12, across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and exclusively on ESPN3.

ESPN’s Journey to the Tourney, a season-long spotlight on games that will impact the NCAA Championship, continues this week with the ACC top-25 matchup between No. 1 Duke at No. 20 NC State. Duke is one of four teams currently undefeated, while NC State, the preseason favorite to win its league, has just two losses on the season.

The Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Presented by Wendy’s will air Thursday, Jan. 10, on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. The premier men’s college player of the year award highlights the top 25 candidates with extensive coverage also live on ESPN.com.

Additional schedule highlights:

  • Undefeated, No. 4 Arizona travels to Oregon on Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 and to Oregon State on Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPNU
  • No. 9 Gonzaga hosting St. Mary’s (Calif.) on Thursday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2
  • On Saturday, No. 19 Georgetown opens the day at St. John’s at 11 a.m. on ESPN2, while No. 11 Florida travels to LSU at 4 p.m. on ESPNU

College GameDay Covered by State Farm kicks off from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. on ESPN2, followed by another hour at 11 a.m. on ESPNU. Host Rece Davis will be joined by GameDay regulars Jay Bilas and Digger Phelps, with a special appearance from ESPN analyst Jay Williams. Included in this week’s show will be a review of the first half of the season; images and top plays of the year; what to expect as conference play gets underway and Final Four predictions.

GameDay hits the road for the first on-campus stop of the season Saturday, Jan. 19, from Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, site of No. 9 Gonzaga at No. 14 Butler. Full schedule

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 schedule through January 13

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network
Thu, Jan 10 7 p.m. Miami at North Carolina
Dave O’Brien, Jay Bilas & Jeannine Edwards
ESPN
  7 p.m. No. 22 Michigan State at Iowa
Joe Tessitore & Sean Farnham
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Rider at Manhattan
Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
ESPN3
  8 p.m. Northwestern at Penn State
Dan Gutowsky & Adrian Branch
ESPNU
  8:30 p.m. Texas A&M-Corpus Christie at McNeese State ESPN3
  9 p.m. Kentucky at Vanderbilt
Rece Davis & Bob Knight
ESPN
  9 p.m. No. 4 Arizona at Oregon
Dave Pasch & Bill Walton
ESPN2
  10 p.m. USC at Colorado
Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon
ESPNU
  11 p.m. St. Mary’s (Calif.) at No. 9 Gonzaga
Dave Flemming & Stephen Bardo
ESPN2
Fri, Jan 11 7 p.m. Fairfield at Loyola (Md.)
Doug Sherman & Tim McCormick
ESPNU
  9 p.m. Wright State at Loyola (Ill.)
Jim Barbar & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPNU
Sat, Jan 12 11 a.m. No. 19 Georgetown at St. John’s
Mike Patrick & Len Elmore
ESPN2
  Noon No. 1 Duke at No. 20 NC State
Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale & Jeannine Edwards
ESPN
  Noon Marquette at Pittsburgh
Beth Mowins & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  Noon Virginia at Clemson ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  Noon Villanova at No. 7 Syracuse
Anish Shroff & Bob Wenzel
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  1 p.m. Tennessee at Alabama
Mark Jones & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN2
  1:30 p.m. Kansas State at West Virginia
Mark Neely & Stephen Howard
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  1:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Georgia
Dave Lamont & Kara Lawson
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  1:30 p.m. Auburn at South Carolina
Mike Morgan & Jon Sundvold
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  2 p.m. North Carolina at Florida State
Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke
ESPN
  2 p.m. Texas at Iowa State
Brad Sham & Bob Valvano
ESPNU
  2 p.m. Charleston Southern at Longwood ESPN3
  2 p.m. Connecticut at No. 17 Notre Dame
Lou Canellis & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  2:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  3 p.m. Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
  4 p.m. No. 11 Florida at LSU
Tom Hart & Matt Doherty
ESPNU
  4 p.m. South Florida at No. 3 Louisville
Jim Barbar & Darrin Horn
ESPN3 * & RSN
  4 p.m. Texas A&M at Kentucky
Clay Matvick & Joe Dean
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  4 p.m. No. 6 Kansas at Texas Tech
Dave Armstrong & Reid Gettys
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  4 p.m. Boston College at Wake Forest ESPN3 * & RSN ^
  6 p.m. St. Louis at Temple
Adam Amin  & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU
  6 p.m. Vanderbilt at Arkansas ESPN3 * & FSN
  8 p.m. No. 4 Arizona at Oregon State
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
ESPNU
  8 p.m. No. 21 Cincinnati at Rutgers
Quint Kessenich & Jim Spanarkel
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  8 p.m. No. 10 Missouri at Mississippi ESPN3 * & FSN
Sun, Jan 13 noon Providence at Seton Hall
Quint Kessenich & John Celestand
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  5:30 p.m. Iowa at Northwestern
Dan Gutowsky & Tim McCormick
ESPNU
  8 p.m. Maryland at Miami (Fla.)
Carter Blackburn, Jay Williams & Allison Williams
ESPNU

Big Ten and Pac-12 Showdowns Highlight ESPN2 Women’s Basketball Schedule
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
ESPN2 will showcase two top women’s basketball games Sunday, Jan. 13, beginning at 2 p.m. with a doubleheader — Big Ten foes Nebraska at No. 8 Penn State, followed by a 4 p.m. top-10 Pac-12 matchup between No. 7 California at No. 5 Stanford.

Also on Sunday, an ESPNU tripleheader begins at 11:30 a.m. with No. 9 Tennessee at Florida; at 1:30 p.m. with No. 6 Kentucky at Missouri and at 3:30 p.m. with Rutgers at No. 2 Notre Dame.

All ESPN2 and ESPNU games are also available via WatchESPN.

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentator Networks
Thu, Jan 10 6:30 p.m. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at McNeese State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Wake Forest at No. 18 Florida State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Virginia at Georgia Tech ESPN3
Sat, Jan 12 6 p.m. Villanova at Pittsburgh
Bob Picozzi & LaChina Robinson
BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Jan 13 11:30 a.m. No. 9 Tennessee at Florida
Cara Capuano & Nell Fortner
ESPNU / WatchESPN
  1:30 p.m. No. 6 Kentucky at Missouri
Melissa Lee & Maria Taylor
ESPNU / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Nebraska at No. 8 Penn State
Beth Mowins & LaChina Robinson
ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 11 North Carolina ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Rutgers at No. 2 Notre Dame
Jim Barbar & Krista Blunk
ESPNU / WatchESPN
  4 p.m. No. 7 California at No. 5 Stanford
Pam Ward & Mary Murphy
ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Jan 14 4:30 p.m. Norfolk State at Howard
Michele Smith & Christy Winters Scott
ESPNU / WatchESPN

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith to Visit ESPN
contact: allison.r.stoneberg@espn.com
National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Executive Director DeMaurice Smith will appear on a variety of ESPN programs Tuesday, Jan. 8, during a visit to the network’s Bristol, Conn., campus. Smith will discuss a variety of NFL topics, as well as the upcoming NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which will be televised on ESPN2 on Saturday, Jan. 19. Smith’s anticipated schedule will include the following ESPN programs.

Show Time (ET) Network
First Take 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ESPN2
SVP and Russillo 1-4 p.m. ESPN Radio
Outside The Lines 3-3:30 p.m. ESPN
Dan Le Batard Is Highly Questionable 4:30-5 p.m. ESPN2
Hill and Schlereth 7-10 p.m. ESPN Radio

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