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ESPN MidWeek – July 17, 2013

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First-Place Boston Red Sox to Host Rival New York Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball
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ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell visits historic Fenway Park on Sunday, July 21, as the first-place Boston Red Sox and All-Star David Ortiz host the New York Yankees and 2013 All-Star MVP Mariano Rivera. The exclusive telecast begins at 8 p.m. ET with Dave O’Brien, analysts Orel Hershiser, John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney providing commentary. Sunday Night Baseball is available across multiple ESPN platforms including ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, WatchESPN and ESPN International.

Next week, Monday Night Baseball returns when the Yankees visit the Texas Rangers and All-Star Nelson Cruz at 7 p.m. on ESPN. O’Brien will join analysts Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe and reporter Tim Kurkjian for commentary.  

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Networks
Sat, July 20 6 p.m. MLB on ESPN Radio: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton
ESPN Radio
Sun, July 21 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet
Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, Curt Schilling, Manny Acta
  8 p.m. Sunday Night Baseball: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
ESPN: Dave O’Brien, Orel Hershiser, John Kruk, Buster Olney
ESPN Radio: Sciambi, Singleton
ESPN Deportes: Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Alvarez, Guillermo Celis
ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, WatchESPN
Mon, July 22 7 p.m. Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA: New York Yankees at Texas Rangers
O’Brien, Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe, Tim Kurkjian
  10 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Ravech, Schilling, Larkin

ESPN Radio 9th Annual Don’t Give Up ESPYS V Foundation Auction Concludes Tonight
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The ninth annual ESPN RadioDon’t Give Up ESPYS V Foundation Auction” continues on air and online through midnight (9 p.m. PT) tonight, Wednesday, July 17. The auction features hundreds of items and experiences for bid to raise money and awareness for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The fundraiser has generated more than $5.7 million over the first eight years.

A majority of the nearly 200 experiences and items in the auction are available online via www.espnradio.com or ebay.com while 18 fan “experiences” are being auctioned live on air across ESPN Radio’s national shows today until midnight (9 p.m. PT). Listeners can call 1-800-4JimmyV or log onto www.jimmyv.org to both donate and bid on items and experiences in the radio-thon, with the highest bidder at 59 minutes past each hour winning the experience. For complete details, click here.

ESPN3 Offers Multiple Open Championship Second-Screen Options
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ESPN3 will offer golf fans five options for a second-screen experience during The Open Championship, which begins Thursday, July 18, at Muirfield Golf Links in Scotland. One ESPN3 Open Championship feed will feature live play on the 1st & 18th Holes, plus player interviews from the practice range, highlights and features. Also available will be a Spanish-language feed, the International View from the BBC/World coverage and alternating views of holes 7, 8 and 9. The programming for the four feeds begins at 4 a.m. on the first two days of the event, 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, and 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 14. The fifth feed will be @TheOpen Live, an “outside the ropes” presentation covering the general atmosphere of the event that also includes fan interviews and news conferences. @TheOpen Live begins Wednesday, July 17, at 5 a.m. Full details of ESPN’s Open Championship coverage HERE.

espnW: Nine for IX Digital Coverage, That’s What She Said, In the Game with Robin Roberts and espnW Total Access
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espnW continues its extensive online supplement to the Nine for IX films series. After last night’s premier of Let Them Wear Towels – an in-depth look at how female journalists deal with being turned away from entering male locker rooms while working – espnW continues the conversation online with commentary from Robin Herman (the first female sports writer at The New York Times), fan reaction and interviews. Other highlights on espnW include contributor Sarah Spain’s That’s What She Said Top 10 ESPYS Wish List, In The Game with Robert Roberts featuring an intimate interview with one of the most decorated players in women’s basketball, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, and espnW’s Total Access with the Portland Thorns of the new NWSL and the WNBA’s  Phoenix Mercury.

Soccer: Liga BBVA Bancomer Kicks off on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes
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Liga BBVA Bancomer, Mexico’s top-flight soccer league, kicks off its summer season Friday, July 19, with matches on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.  Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno will call the action for ESPN2, while Jorge Ramos and Hernan Pereyra will have the call for ESPN Deportes. A preview show on ESPN Deportes will precede the season’s opening match at 8 p.m. with Morelia visiting Queretaro. at 8:25 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes followed by Tijuana hosting Atlas at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN Deportes.

Date Time (ET) Match Network
Fri, July 19 8 p.m. Liga BBVA Bancomer Preview Show ESPN Deportes
  8:25 p.m. Liga BBVA Bancomer: Queretaro vs. Morelia ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
10:25 p.m. Liga BBVA Bancomer: Tijuana vs. Atlas ESPN Deportes
Sun, July 21 12:50 p.m. Liga BBVA Bancomer: Puebla vs. UNAM ESPN Deportes
Tue, July 23 7:55 p.m. Copa Mexico: Celaya vs. Morelia ESPN Deportes
9:55 p.m. Copa Mexico: Torreon vs. Zacatepec ESPN Deportes


ESPN Launches 2013 Fantasy Football Campaign with Commissioner Toolkit and Series of TV Spots
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With the NFL season approaching, ESPN has launched its 2013 Fantasy Football campaign, debuting an interactive online toolkit, along with exclusive TV spots and mobile banners.

The campaign, created in collaboration with creative agency Wieden + Kennedy New York, highlights the role of every league’s commissioner, making the job easier, more fun and social. One of the unique features of the ESPN Fantasy Football Commissioner Toolkit is that it allows commissioners and team managers to share their videos on social media, sync their leagues to Facebook and invite friends to join.

The TV spots feature actor Murphy Guyer as the “Commissioner Commissioner,” where he discusses his daily tasks – police and fantasy football – with the tagline “It’s Good to Be Commissioner.” In addition, ESPN has launched the @CommishCommish Twitter handle, a social extension of the character.

Features of this year’s toolkit include: 

  • “League Inviter” and “Press Conference” videos — commissioners can simulate on-air interviews with SportsCenter host John Anderson, which can be shared via social media and e-mail
  • Interactive draft report cards – commissioners can add customized comments and grade results
  • Scheduling tools — participants can vote on select dates and provide instant feedback on their availability
  • “The Enforcer” — video messages on behalf of commissioners featuring current and former players, to remind team managers to sign up, set their lineups and trade rejections

The ESPN Fantasy Football Commissioner Toolkit is now live and “Commissioner Commissioner” ads are currently running on ESPN, with additional spots debuting on air throughout the upcoming weeks.  

NCAA Football 14 Ultimate Team Fan Voting Continues with Quarterfinal Matchups on ESPN Platforms
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Fan voting continues for the quarterfinals as the results from votes generated in the first round of the ESPN and EA SPORTS NCAA Football 14 Ultimate Team fan vote were revealed Tuesday, July 16, on College Football Live.  The voting produced four upsets highlighted by No. 15 seed Auburn – boosted by the support of Bo Jackson and his triumphant return to video games – surpassing No. 2 USC and No. 13 Nebraska edging out No. 4 Georgia, as well as Oklahoma over Alabama and Florida State advancing over Michigan. No. 1 seed Miami – featuring Andre Johnson, Ed Reed and Ray Lewis – logged the most votes for any team in the first round.  They advance to the quarterfinals along with Florida, Ohio State and Texas.

Fans can vote in the quarterfinals online at ESPN.com/NCAAUltimateTeam, on the mobile Web at ESPN.mobi/NCAAUltimateTeam and via social platforms by tweeting votes using the hashtag #UltimateTeam.  Fans can also access Ultimate Team content and vote within the ESPN College Football app.  Weekly bracket updates will continue to be featured on College Football Live every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, concluding with the Ultimate Team winner reveal on Tuesday, August 6.  

ESPNU Marathon of Top 25 2012 CFB Games Begins Today
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ESPN ranked the Top 25 games of the 2012 college football season and ESPNU will televise select games from that list starting today with No. 25, Nebraska (29) vs. Northwestern (28) at 7 p.m. An ESPN stats & info team, led by ESPN college football research analyst Brad Edwards, determined Nos. 25-6, and left the order of the top five games to be decided by fans through a SportsNation poll on ESPN.com.

This week, ESPNU will present the following 13 games:

Date Time (ET) No. Game
Wed, July 17 7 p.m. No. 25 Nebraska (29), Northwestern (28)
  10 p.m. No. 24 Utah (24), BYU (21)
Thu, July 18 7 p.m. No. 22 LSU (41), Ole Miss (35)
  10 p.m. No. 20 Miami (Fla.) (44), North Carolina State (37)
Fri, July 19 7 p.m. No. 19 Arizona (49), Nevada (48)
Sat, July 20 Noon No. 17 North Carolina State (17), Florida State (16)
  3 p.m. No. 16 Nebraska (28), Michigan State (24)
  6 p.m. No. 15 Oklahoma (51), Oklahoma State (48) (OT)
  9 p.m. No. 14 Louisville (34), Cincinnati (31) (OT)
Sat, July 21 Noon No. 13 Louisiana-Monroe (34), Arkansas (31)
3 p.m. No. 12 Michigan (38), Northwestern (31) (OT)
6 p.m. No. 10 Ohio State (29), Purdue (22) (OT)
9 p.m. No. 8 Texas A&M (59), Louisiana Tech (57)

The full list of games and schedule can be found here.

Top Junior Welterweights to Meet on Friday Night Fights
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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will feature two top Junior Welterweights — Olusegun “The Gun” Ajose (31-1, 14 KOs) and “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (22-3-1, 11 KOs) — in the 10-round main event. Friday’s show from Salem, N.H., will air live at 9 p.m. on ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes+ and will air at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.  ESPN Deportes will televise Friday’s fights on Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m.

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside describing the action for ESPN3 and ESPN2, while studio host Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) will present all the latest boxing news and highlights. Delvin Rodriguez, will call the fights with Pablo Viruega for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights), while Leopoldo Gonzalez and Claudia Trejos will anchor the studio. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna (@osunaespn) will present live interviews and reports for both shows. More

Date Time (ET) Main Event Networks
Fri, July 26 9 p.m. Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-1, 20 KOs) vs. Yakubu Amidu (18-4-1, 16 KOs)
12 rounds, Junior Lightweight
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes,  WatchESPN
Fri, Aug 2 9 p.m. Javier Fortuna (22-0, 16 KOs) vs. Luis Franco (11-1, 7 KOs)
10 rounds, Featherweights 
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes,  WatchESPN
Fri, Aug 9 10 p.m. Rustam Nugaev (24-6-1, 14 KOs) vs. José Hernández (14-6-1, 6 KOs)
10 rounds, Lightweights 
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes,  WatchESPN
Fri, Aug 16 9 p.m. Andrzej Fonfara (23-2, 13 KOs)  vs. Gabriel Campillo (22-5-1, 9 KOs)
12 rounds, Light Heavyweights
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes,  WatchESPN

*Schedule subject to change  

Brackets Revealed for 2013 ESPN Regional Television Early Season Basketball Events
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ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, has released the brackets for its owned and operated early-season basketball events which will begin in early November and run through the Christmas holiday. Games will be shown across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 and available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

The five events — Charleston Classic, Puerto Rico Tip-Off, newly formed Wooden Legacy, Old Spice Classic and Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic — are bracket-format tournaments featuring 12 games over three days. The teams compete once per day, advancing with a victory. The two remaining undefeated teams will face off in a championship game.

Full Release & Brackets

American Le Mans Series in Canada Live on ESPN2, ESPN3
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The American Le Mans Series goes north of the border this week to compete at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park near Toronto and ESPN2 will join the race in progress for a live telecast on Sunday, July 21, at 1 p.m. ESPN3 will air the entire race with the telecast beginning at 11:45 a.m. Also, ESPN3 will air qualifying on Saturday, July 20, at 3:20 p.m.