ESPN ThisWeek — June 9, 2014

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ESPN Kicks Off 2014 FIFA World Cup
contacts: mac.nwulu@espn.com; tara.c.chozet@espn.com
ESPN will kick off its month long coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup with 24 hours of “Countdown to Brazil” programming focusing on the quadrennial tournament. The “Countdown to Brazil” (#CountdownToBrazil) will begin Wednesday, June 11 at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN with a two-hour 2014 FIFA World Cup Preview and conclude on Thursday, June 12, at 3 p.m. on ESPN with the 2014 FIFA World Cup Match Day, the live pregame show leading into the tournament-opening match: Brazil vs. Croatia from Arena de Sao Paulo on ESPN, ESPN3 and WatchESPN. Lead play-by-play commentator Ian Darke and analyst Steve McManaman will call the match, while JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth will provide commentary on ESPN Radio’s broadcast. Full commentator assignments release.

ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the tournament will include all 64 matches televised live on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPN3 and WatchESPN, as well as 54 matches on ESPN Deportes and another 10 on ESPN Deportes+.  ESPN Radio will also broadcast all 64 matches.  ESPN 2014 FIFA World Cup Media Kit

Schedule (through Friday, June 13):

Date Time (ET) Programming Network
Wed, Jun 11 3 p.m. 2014 FIFA World Cup Preview ESPN / WatchESPN
  5 p.m. There Is No Tomorrow ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  5:30 p.m. Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  9:30 p.m. Epilogue: Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  10 p.m. Major League Soccer: Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  Midnight Re-air — 2014 FIFA World Cup Preview ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  2 a.m. ESPN FC: Most Memorable World Cup Moments ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  3 a.m. 30 for 30: Soccer Stories “Mysteries of The Juliet Rimet Trophy” and “Barbosa” ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  4 a.m. 30 for 30: Soccer Stories“Ceasefire Massacre” and “Myth of Garrincha” ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  5 a.m. I Scored A Goal ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Thu, Jun 12 6 a.m. 2010 FIFA World Cup: United States vs. Algeria ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  8 a.m. E:60: World Cup Special ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  9 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  3 p.m. 2014 FIFA World Cup Match Day ESPN / WatchESPN
  3:30 p.m. 2014 FIFA World Cup Opening Match:
Brazil vs. Croatia

ESPN: Ian Darke, Steve McManaman
ESPN Radio: JP Dellacamera, Tommy Smyth
ESPN / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN Radio
  7 p.m. World Cup Tonight ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  8:30 p.m. ESPN FC World Cup Encore ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Fri, Jun 13 11:30 a.m. 2014 FIFA World Cup: Mexico vs. Cameroon
ESPN2: Fernando Palomo, Alejandro Moreno
ESPN Radio: Ross Dyer, Shep Messing
ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
ESPN Radio
  2:30 p.m. 2014 FIFA World Cup Pre-Match Show ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  3 p.m. 2014 FIFA World Cup: Spain vs. Netherlands
ESPN: Jon Champion, Stewart Robson
ESPN Radio: Dellacamera, Smyth
ESPN / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
ESPN Radio
  5:30 p.m. 2014 FIFA World Cup: Chile vs. Australia
ESPN2: Daniel Mann, Kasey Keller
ESPN Radio: Dyer, Paul Mariner
ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
ESPN Radio
  9:30 p.m. World Cup Tonight ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  Midnight ESPN FC World Cup Encore ESPN2 / WatchESPN

Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil Wraps this Week
contact: Jennifer.J.Cingari@espn.com
The final two episodes in ESPN Films’ documentary series Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil will air this week with Episode Six on Tuesday, June 10, at 8:30 p.m. and the series epilogue on Wednesday, June 11, at 9:30 p.m. The documentary series focusing on the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team as they prepare for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil provides a never-before-seen perspective from inside the training camp of the USMNT.

Monday’s 60-minute episode will look at Jurgen Klinsmann and his players preparing for their final exhibition game before the World Cup, as their minds are focused on success or failure and all that awaits them in Brazil. Tuesday’s 30-minute episode, which will be a live studio show from Brazil, will serve as the show’s epilogue.


The Finals on ABC: San Antonio Spurs to Visit Miami Heat Tuesday for Game Three
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn.com; kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
ABC’s exclusive coverage of the 2014 NBA Finals continues Tuesday, June 10, at 9 p.m. as the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat – led by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade — host the San Antonio Spurs with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker in Game Three. The series is tied 1-1. Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, reporter Doris Burke and officiating analyst Steve Javie will provide commentary. NBA Countdown precedes the game live from the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami at 8:30 p.m. with host Sage Steele and analysts Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose and Doug Collins.

Kevin Calabro, analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Marc Stein will describe the action for ESPN Radio while Marc Kestecher and analyst Jon Barry will contribute to ESPN Radio’s pre-game coverage beginning at 8 p.m. Additionally, Alvaro Martin and Carlos Morales will provide Spanish-language commentary for ESPN Deportes.

The Finals continue on ABC, ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes with Game Four on Thursday, June 12, at 9 p.m. and Game Five on Sunday, June 15, at 8 p.m. Countdown precedes both games 30 minutes prior to tip off.

All NBA Playoff games on ABC (through special simulcasts on ESPN3) are available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network(s)
Tue, Jun 10 8:30 p.m. NBA Countdown
Sage Steele, Doug Collins, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons
ABC, WatchABC
  9 p.m. NBA Finals – Game Three: San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat
ABC: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke, Steve Javie
ESPN Radio: Kevin Calabro, Hubie Brown, Marc Stein, Marc Kestecher, Jon Barry
ESPN Deportes: Alvaro Martin, Carlos Morales
ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, WatchABC, ESPN3
Thu, Jun 12 8:30 p.m. NBA Countdown
Sage Steele, Doug Collins, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons
ABC, WatchABC
  9 p.m. NBA Finals – Game Four: San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat
ABC: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke, Steve Javie
ESPN Radio: Kevin Calabro, Hubie Brown, Marc Stein, Marc Kestecher, Jon Barry
ESPN Deportes: Alvaro Martin, Carlos Morales
ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, WatchABC, ESPN3
Sun, Jun 15 7:30 p.m. NBA Countdown
Sage Steele, Doug Collins, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons
ABC, WatchABC
  8 p.m. NBA Finals – Game Five: Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs
ABC: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke, Steve Javie
ESPN Radio: Kevin Calabro, Hubie Brown, Marc Stein, Marc Kestecher, Jon Barry
ESPN Deportes: Alvaro Martin, Carlos Morales
ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, WatchABC, ESPN3

U.S. Open Live Play Airs Thursday, Friday
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
In its 33rd year at the U.S. Open, ESPN will surround the 114th edition of golf’s national championship with extensive multiplatform offerings June 10-16 from North Carolina’s Pinehurst No. 2. Eight hours of live play in each of the first two rounds will air each day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, June 12-13, on ESPN (5-6 p.m. on June 12 on ESPN2), ESPN3 and WatchESPN. ESPN Radio will have exclusive live broadcasts of all four days of tournament play. Special SportsCenter at the U.S. Open programs will originate from Pinehurst each day beginning Tuesday, June 10, with regular SportsCenter editions airing extensive reports on the hour Tuesday and Wednesday. Details of ESPN’s coverage HERE.

Date Time (ET) Program Network(s)
Thu, Jun 12 9 a.m. U.S. Open First Round (Part 1) ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN3
  10 a.m. U.S. Open First Round ESPN Radio
  5 p.m. U.S. Open First Round (Part 2) ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN3
  6 p.m. U.S. Open First Round (Part 2, continued) ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN3
Fri, Jun 13 9 a.m. U.S. Open Second Round (Part 1) ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN3
  10 a.m. U.S. Open Second Round ESPN Radio
  5 p.m. U.S. Open Second Round (Part 2) ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN3
Sat, Jun 14 2 p.m. U.S. Open Third Round ESPN Radio
Sun, Jun 15 2 p.m. U.S. Open Final Round ESPN Radio

College Baseball World Series Begins Saturday
contact: michael.c.humes@espn.com
ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship – featuring every matchup for the second consecutive season – will continue with the 17 possible College World Series games Friday, June 14, to Wednesday, June 25.

Five teams have secured berths in the College World Series (UC Irvine, Louisville, Texas, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt), with three more earning a trip today. ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise the games that decide the remaining participants today:

Date Time (ET) Matchup Game Network
Mon, Jun 9 4 p.m. Pepperdine vs. TCU (Fort Worth, Texas)
Adam Amin & Keith Moreland
3 ESPN2
7 p.m. Ole Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (Lafayette, La.)
Tom Hart & Ben McDonald
3 ESPN2
7 p.m. Maryland vs. Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.)
Mike Patrick & Doug Glanville
3 ESPNU

A complete College World Series telecast schedule with announcer assignments and coverage details will be issued Tuesday, June 10.


ESPN to Showcase the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships
contact: Derek.Volner@ESPN.com
ESPN will provide exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships from Eugene, Ore., beginning Wednesday, June 11.  The championship will span four days, feature 42 championships and a score of elite student-athletes.  ESPN3 will carry the first two days on Wednesday, June 11, and Thursday, June 12, at 6:55 p.m. ESPNU will televise the final two days — Friday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 14, at 5 p.m.  Sam Gore and Larry Rawson call the action with reporter Jill Montgomery. The entire championship will be available on WatchESPN. A full release is available here.


Trout, Freeman in Spotlight as Braves Host Angels on Sunday Night Baseball
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn.com; kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
ESPN’s 25th season of Major League Baseball continues Sunday, June 15, when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – led by Albert Pujols and Mike Trout visit the Atlanta Braves with Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. The Sunday Night Baseball crew – play-by-play voice Dan Shulman, analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney – will provide commentary for the exclusive national telecast, which begins at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will precede the game at 7 p.m. from just outside of Turner Field in Atlanta with host Adnan Virk and analyst and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin. Sunday Night Baseball will also be available on ESPN Radio with Adam Amin and Chris Singleton.

This week, the Baltimore Orioles and Manny Machado will host the Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz in a divisional battle on Wednesday Night Baseball presented by T-Mobile beginning at 7 p.m. Jon Sciambi, analyst Rick Sutcliffe and reporter Doug Glanville will provide commentary.

Additionally, the “seamheads” edition of Baseball Tonight returns on Thursday, June 12, at 10 p.m. with ESPN MLB Insiders Tim Kurkjian, Buster Olney, Jayson Stark, analyst Rick Sutcliffe and Grantland’s Jonah Keri.

Sunday Night Baseball and Baseball Tonight are available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku via WatchESPN.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Networks
Tue, Jun 10 10 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Adnan Virk, Barry Larkin, Manny Acta, Dallas Braden
ESPN, WatchESPN
  12 a.m. Baseball Tonight
Adnan Virk, Manny Acta, Dallas Braden
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed, Jun 11 7 p.m. Wednesday Night Baseball presented by T-Mobile: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
ESPN: Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville
ESPN Deportes: Ernesto Jerez, Guillermo Celis
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  8 p.m. Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies
Roxy Bernstein, Chris Singleton
ESPN Radio
  10 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by T-Mobile
Adnan Virk, Manny Acta, Dallas Braden, Tim Kurkjian
ESPN, WatchESPN
Thu, Jun 12 10 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Ace Hardware
Tim Kurkjian, Buster Olney, Jayson Stark, Jonah Keri, Rick Sutcliffe
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri, Jun 13 2:30 a.m. Baseball Tonight
Adnan Virk, Dallas Braden
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun, Jun 15 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet
Adnan Virk, Barry Larkin
ESPN, WatchESPN
8 p.m. Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Atlanta Braves
ESPN: Dan Shulman, John Kruk, Buster Olney
ESPN Radio: Adam Amin, Chris Singleton
ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, WatchESPN

NASCAR Nationwide Series at Michigan Live on ESPN
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
The NASCAR Nationwide Series races on the two-mile Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., on Saturday, June 14, and ESPN and WatchESPN will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 1:30 p.m. with the green flag at 2:16 p.m.  Also from MIS, ESPN2 will televise qualifying at 10:30 a.m. on race day. Allen Bestwick will call the race with analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.


espnW: French Open Wrap-up, LPGA Preview and Ed O’Brannon vs. the NCAA
contact: diane.lamb@espn.com
espnW.com looks back on Simona Halep’s run to the French Open final, with writer Jane McManus addressing the topic that just won’t go away: the complex relationship between a female athlete and her breasts. Also, as the U.S. Open approaches, Mechelle Voepel will keep tabs on the strain on Pinehurst, which will host the men’s and women’s Opens back-to-back. Later this week, Luke Cyphers will profile Judge Claudia Wilken, who is presiding over the O’Bannon vs. the NCAA lawsuit.


Destino Fútbol One-Hour Special on ESPN Deportes
contact: gabriela.nunez@espn.com
The newest episode of Destino Fútbol” Millonarios: Gritos de Libertad, will air Tuesday, June 10, at 6 p.m. on ESPN Deportes. The one-hour special episode tells the story of three kidnapped fans of the Colombian soccer club Millonarios. Destino chronicles the passion for a team that became a way to escape isolation and terror. For a sneak peek at this special episode, click here.

Also, leading to the FIFA World Cup, ESPN Deportes Radio’s coverage of International Friendlies and MLS Soccer, continues Tuesday, at 9:55 a.m. with Ireland vs. Portugal.

Date Time (ET) Match Platform(s)
Tue, Jun 10 9:55 a.m. International Friendly/Ireland vs. Portugal ESPN Deportes Radio
  6 p.m. Destino Fútbol” Millonarios: Gritos de Libertad ESPN Deportes TV
Wed, Jun 11 10 p.m. MLS: FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers ESPN Deportes TV

New York Giants Linebacker Mark Herzlich Visits ESPN on Wednesday
contact: allison.r.stoneberg@espn.com
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich will visit ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., campus Wednesday, June 11, and will appear on SportsCenter and other ESPN programs throughout the day.


NHRA Bristol Event on ESPN2, ESPN3
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series moves to Bristol (TN) Dragway for the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, and ESPN2, ESPN3 and WatchESPN will air qualifying and eliminations action June 13-15. Dave Rieff and analyst Mike Dunn will have the call.

Date Time Event Network
Fri, Jun 13 7:30 p.m. Qualifying (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
Sat, Jun 14 6 p.m. Qualifying ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun, Jun 15 Noon Eliminations (live)  ESPN3, WatchESPN
11 p.m. Eliminations ESPN2, WatchESPN

Rick Reilly Inducted into National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of FameTonight; Final ESPN.com Column Tuesday
contact: bill.hofheimer@espn.com
ESPN columnist Rick Reilly will be inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) Hall of Fame in Salisbury, N.C, tonight, June 9, along with veteran broadcaster Marv Albert as members of the 2014 NSSA Hall of Fame class. Reilly, an 11-time NSSA Sportswriter of the Year, will be introduced by Denver Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway, at the 55th NSSA banquet at Catawba College. (Note: ESPN’s Dick Vitale was inducted in 2013.)

Also, Reilly will post his final column on ESPN.com on Tuesday, June 10. In March, Reilly announced he would be giving up the column to focus on his ESPN television features, and this will be his official goodbye from the career he started in 1979 as an undergraduate assistant with the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. As a tribute, ESPN.com will have a sidebar story that gathers the opinions of sports writers and others about their favorite Reilly writing. Reilly will continue his television features on Monday Night Countdown, SportsCenter and other ESPN programs this fall.

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