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Clemson vs. Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T Monday, January 9
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ESPN televises the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T on Monday, January 9, at 8 p.m. ET featuring Clemson vs. Alabama in a re-match of last year’s classic game. ESPN airs the main production from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder and Tom Rinaldi on the call. ESPN will once again utilize its MegaCast for the game, offering alternative views on its various networks. Complete details will be announced soon.

ESPN has already started coverage from both school’s campuses and complete studio plans from Tampa, Fla. will be announced soon.

SportsCenter on the Road Live from Tampa Starting Friday
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As Alabama and Clemson prepare to face off Monday night for the College Football Playoff National Championship, SportsCenter on the Road will be live from Tampa throughout the weekend and during the day on Monday helping fans get ready for the big game with interviews, analysis and special guests. On Friday, Sage Steele will anchor segments from Tampa between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET, while Jay Crawford will do the same during the 6 p.m. program. On Saturday morning, SportsCenter will originate from Media Day, with Sara Walsh and Matt Barrie anchoring from 8-11:30 a.m. Following ESPN’s telecast of the NFL Wild Card game, SportsCenter will originate from Tampa at 7:25 p.m. with Steele hosting. On Sunday morning, Hannah Storm will host a two-hour live SportsCenter from Tampa at 8 a.m., while Crawford will anchor segments between 10 a.m. and noon. At 11 p.m., Steve Levy, John Anderson and John Buccigross will anchor a live edition from Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park to close the day. On Game Day, SportsCenter will be live with either segments or full programs from Tampa from 7 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. as follows:

7-10 a.m. – SportsCenter:AM segments from Tampa with anchor Kevin Negandhi
10 a.m. – SportsCenter Face to Face with Hannah Storm in Tampa
11 a.m. – SportsCenter Coast to Coast with Cari Champion and David Lloyd in Tampa
Noon – SportsCenter with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill in Tampa
1 p.m. – SportsCenter with Sage Steele in Tampa

After the game, SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt will break down the results, and on Tuesday morning, Negandhi will anchor segments from the winning team’s hotel during SportsCenter:AM from7-10 a.m. Crawford will wrap up coverage Tuesday during the 6 p.m. program from the campus of the winning team.

Prior to Friday, SportsCenter will be live from locations at Clemson and Alabama between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday, with anchor Cari Champion in Alabama and David Lloyd at Clemson. During the 6 p.m. SportsCenter on Wednesday, Crawford will anchor segments from Alabama, and on Thursday he will be at Clemson.

College Football Playoff National Championship: Mike & Mike, First Take, Russillo & Kanell in Tampa
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ESPN’s weekday morning studio debate show First Take (10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET) and ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike (6 – 10 a.m., also on ESPN2) and Russillo & Kanell (1 – 4 p.m.) will provide comprehensive coverage of the College Football Playoff National Championship with two days of on-site shows from Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Jan. 9, and Tuesday, Jan. 10. First Take and Mike & Mike will be live from the Tampa Convention Center, while Russillo & Kanell will broadcast from Jackson’s Bistro.

On Monday and Tuesday, Max Kellerman, Molly Qerim and Stephen A. Smith will tackle the top headlines from the National Championship. Confirmed guests on Monday’s First Take are: Cedric The Entertainer, University of South Florida coach Charlie Strong, ESPN and SEC Network analyst Tim Tebow and ESPN Radio host and college football analyst Paul Finebaum. On Tuesday, First Take will welcome former LSU coach Les Miles, Tebow, Finebaum and former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier to the desk.

Mike & Mike and Russillo & Kanell will preview and provide postgame analysis of the Alabama-Clemson matchup with the top analysts in the game and on-set guests on both days, including Miles and Spurrier on Tuesday. Additional guests will be confirmed at a later date.

Date Time (ET) Programming Network(s)
Mon, Jan 9 6 a.m. Mike & Mike ESPN2, ESPN Radio
  10 a.m. First Take ESPN
  1 p.m. Russillo & Kanell ESPN Radio
Tue, Jan 10 6 a.m. Mike & Mike ESPN2, ESPN Radio
  10 a.m. First Take ESPN
  1 p.m. Russillo & Kanell ESPN Radio


Men’s College Basketball: Top-10 Super Tuesday Matchup Highlights First Week of 2017 Schedule
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The first week of the new year brings a full schedule of men’s college hoops games on ESPN networks, including 20 ranked teams in action, highlighted by a top-10 Super Tuesday matchup featuring No. 2 Baylor at No. 7 West Virginia on January 10 (ESPN2, 7 p.m.).

The Super Tuesday series continues each week throughout the conference season, showcasing some of the top games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS.

  • Also playing at 7 p.m. is No. 6 Kentucky at Vanderbilt (ESPN) and Syracuse at No. 21 Virginia Tech (ESPNU)
  • The later games, beginning at 9 p.m., include No. 25 Indiana at Maryland (ESPN), No. 3 Kansas at Oklahoma (ESPN2) and No. 24 Florida at Alabama (ESPNU)

Schedule highlights:

  • The ACC Network Extra has several top games including No. 9 Louisville at No. 23 Notre Dame, No. 21 Virginia Tech at NC State and No. 11 Virginia at Pittsburgh, all at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4
  • Also on Wednesday, No. 8 Duke is at home against Georgia Tech (7 p.m., ESPN2), as well as No. 2 Baylor against Iowa State (8 p.m., ESPNEWS) and No. 15 Oregon at Washington (9 p.m., ESPN2)
  • Thursday’s schedule includes No. 20 Purdue at Ohio State (7 p.m., ESPN), plus No. 4 UCLA against Cal (ESPN) and No. 5 Gonzaga at San Francisco (ESPN2), both at 9 p.m.
  • Top-10 teams in action on Saturday include No. 7 West Virginia against TCU (1 p.m., ESPNU), No. 8 Duke vs. Boston College and No. 9 Louisville vs. Georgia Tech (2 p.m., ACC Network Extra), No. 2 Baylor against Oklahoma State (7 p.m., ESPNEWS), No. 3 Kanas vs. Texas Tech (7:15 p.m., ESPN2), No. 6 Kentucky (8:30 p.m., SEC Network) and No. 5 Gonzaga at Portland (10 p.m., ESPN3)
  • Sunday features an ESPNU doubleheader of ranked teams – No. 11 Virginia hosting Wake Forest at 8 p.m., followed by No. 25 USC hosting Cal

Weekly Schedule (Wednesday-Tuesday); Full Season Schedule

Date Time (ET) Games / Commentators Network
Wed, Jan 4 7 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 8 Duke
Karl Ravech, Jay Bilas, Brendan Fitzgerald
  8 p.m. Iowa State at No. 2 Baylor
Mark Neely, Stephen Howard
  9 p.m. No. 15 Oregon at Washington
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton
  No. 9 Louisville at No. 23 Notre Dame ACC Network Extra
  No. 21 Virginia Tech at NC State ACC Network Extra
  No. 11 Virginia at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra
Thu, Jan 5 7 p.m. No. 20 Purdue at Ohio State
Jason Benetti, Jim Calhoun
  9 p.m. California at No. 4 UCLA
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton
  No. 5 Gonzaga at San Francisco
Eric Rothman, Adrian Branch
  11 p.m. BYU at No. 19 Saint Mary’s
Drew Fellios, Sean Harrington
 Sat, Jan 7 1 p.m. Michigan State at Penn State
Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich
  TCU at No. 7 West Virginia
Drew Fellios, Reid Gettys
  2 p.m. No. 9 Louisville at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
  No. 21 Virginia Tech at No. 12 Florida State ACC Network Extra
  Boston College at No. 8 Duke ACC Network Extra
  Clemson at No. 23 Notre Dame
Mike Couzens, Cory Alexander
  5 p.m. Illinois at No. 25 Indiana
Clay Matvick, Sean Harrington
  5:15 p.m. Tennessee at No. 24 Florida
Tom Hart, Dick Vitale
  7 p.m. Oklahoma State at No. 2 Baylor
Mark Neely, Mark Plansky
  7:15 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 3 Kansas
Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla
  8 p.m. NC State at No. 14 North Carolina
Dave O’Brien, Jay Bilas
  8:30 p.m. Arkansas at No. 6 Kentucky
Dave Neal, Jon Sundvold, Tara Petrolino
SEC Network
  9 p.m. No. 22 Cincinnati at Houston
Alex Faust, Mark Wise
  10 p.m. No. 5 Gonzaga at Portland ESPN3
Sun, Jan 8 8 p.m. Wake Forest at No. 11 Virginia
Anish Shroff, Cory Alexander
  10 p.m. California at No. 25 USC
Roxy Bernstein, Corey Williams
Tue, Jan 10 Super Tuesday Presented by CenturyLink (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU & ESPNEWS)
   7 p.m. No. 6 Kentucky at Vanderbilt
Brent Musburger, Sean Farnham, Kaylee Hartung
  No. 2 Baylor at No. 7 West Virginia
Jon Sciambi, Miles Simon
  Syracuse at No. 21 Virginia Tech
Rich Hollenberg, Dino Gaudio
  8 p.m. No. 8 Duke at No. 12 Florida State ACC Network Extra
  9 p.m. No. 25 Indiana at Maryland
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Molly McGrath
  No. 3 Kansas at Oklahoma
Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla, Holly Rowe
  No. 24 Florida at Alabama
Mike Couzens, Brooke Weisbrod
   9:15 p.m. Kansas State at Texas Tech
Dave Armstrong, Bryndon Manzer
  11 p.m. San Jose State at San Diego State
Steve Quis, Adrian Branch


Women’s College Basketball: Sunday Slate Features Back to Back Top 15 Matchups on ESPN2
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This week’s women’s basketball schedule will see 15 ranked teams, and a tripleheader featuring four top 15 teams Sunday, Jan. 8, on ESPN2, as well as games on ESPNU and SEC Network.

Conference play continues across all networks. Sunday’s slate on ESPN2 begins at 1 p.m. ET when Tulane takes on Temple. No. 7 Notre Dame will then face No. 14 Miami (Fla.) (3 p.m.), followed by No. 9 UCLA visiting No. 12 Washington (5 p.m.).

ESPNU will televise an SEC matchup between No. 5 South Carolina and Florida at noon, with Rebecca Lobo and Tiffany Greene on the call.

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Wed, Jan 4 11 a.m. Stony Brook at New Hampshire ESPN3
  11:30 a.m. Columbia at NJIT ESPN3
  2 p.m. Temple at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Chattanooga at Samford ESPN3
  Buffalo at Ohio ESPN3
  Toledo at Eastern Michigan ESPN3
  Northern Illinois at Bowling Green ESPN3
  Western Michigan at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3
  Akron at Central Michigan ESPN3
  Maine at Vermont ESPN3
  UMBC at Binghamton ESPN3
  UMass Lowell at Albany ESPN3
  Fairfield at Monmouth ESPN3
  Kent State at Ball State ESPN3
  East Carolina at No. 1 UConn ESPN3
  8 p.m. No. 22 USF at Tulane ESPN3
  No. 15 Texas at Kansas ESPN3
  South Dakota at North Dakota State ESPN3
Thu, Jan 5 11 a.m. Marist at Canisius ESPN3
  5 p.m. East Tennessee State at Mercer ESPN3
  Rider at Manhattan ESPN3
  Cleveland State at Northern Kentucky ESPN3
  Youngstown State at Wright State ESPN3
  UT Martin at Belmont
Melissa Lee, Brooke Weisbrod
  6 p.m. Western Carolina at Wofford ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. New Orleans at Lamar ESPN3
  7 p.m. Missouri at No. 24 Kentucky
Courtney Lyle, Deb Antonelli
SEC Network
  Boston College at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra
  Syracuse at Clemson ACC Network Extra
  No. 14 Miami (Fla.) at NC State ACC Network Extra
  No. 6 Florida State at North Carolina ACC Network Extra
  Wake Forest at No. 7 Notre Dame ACC Network Extra
  No. 8 Louisville at Virginia ACC Network Extra
  No. 5 South Carolina at Auburn SEC Network +
  Texas A&M at Georgia SEC Network +
  UNC Greensboro at Furman ESPN3
  Troy at Georgia State ESPN3
  South Alabama at Georgia Southern ESPN3
  8 p.m. Ole Miss at Alabama SEC Network +
  Florida at LSU SEC Network +
  No. 4 Mississippi State at Arkansas SEC Network +
  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3
  Milwaukee at UIC ESPN3
  Green Bay at Valparaiso ESPN3
  9 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Paul Sunderland, Gail Goestenkors, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
Fri, Jan 6 7 p.m. Bradley at Indiana State ESPN3
  8 p.m. Evansville at Drake ESPN3
  Illinois State at Loyola-Chicago ESPN3
  Southern Illinois at Northern Iowa ESPN3
Sat, Jan 7 Noon Miami (Ohio) at Toledo ESPN3
  Kent State at Eastern Michigan ESPN3
  UMBC at Maine ESPN3
  South Alabama at Georgia State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Buffalo at Central Michigan ESPN3
  North Florida at Jacksonville ESPN3
  Florida Gulf Coast at Stetson ESPN3
  Cleveland State at Wright State ESPN3
  Bethel at Indiana Wesleyan ESPN3
  2 p.m. Western Carolina at Furman ESPN3
  East Tennessee State at Samford ESPN3
  Chattanooga at Mercer ESPN3
  UNC Greensboro at Wofford ESPN3
  Miami (Ohio) at Toledo ESPN3
  Pennsylvania at Princeton ESPN3
  Ohio at Northern Illinois ESPN3
  IUPUI at South Dakota ESPN3
  Binghamton at UMass Lowell ESPN3
  Stony Brook at Albany ESPN3
  Vermont at Hartford ESPN3
  Quinnipiac at Canisius ESPN3
  Saint Peter’s at Monmouth ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Kennesaw State at Lipscomb ESPN3
  Milwaukee at Valparaiso ESPN3
  3 p.m. Central Arkansas at Abilene Christian ESPN3
  Southeastern Louisiana at Lamar ESPN3
  Omaha at South Dakota State ESPN3
  Detroit Mercy at Oakland ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Western Michigan at Ball State ESPN3
  4 p.m. Green Bay at UIC ESPN3
  Western Kentucky at Old Dominion ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. NJIT at USC Upstate ESPN3
  7 p.m. Tulsa at No. 22 USF ESPN3
  High Point at Liberty ESPN3
  Texas Tech at No. 25 Kansas State ESPN3
  Youngstown State at Northern Kentucky ESPN3
  TCU at No. 15 Texas
Alex Loeb, Fran Harris
Longhorn Network
Sun, Jan 8 Noon Vanderbilt at Georgia SEC Network
  No. 5 South Carolina at Florida
Tiffany Greene, Rebecca Lobo
  12:30 p.m. Evansville at Northern Iowa ESPN3
  1 p.m. Tulane at Temple
Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors
  2 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 24 Kentucky
Courtney Lyle, TBD
SEC Network
  NC State at Wake Forest ACC Network Extra
  Virginia at North Carolina ACC Network Extra
  No. 18 Virginia Tech at Clemson ACC Network Extra
  Boston College at Syracuse ACC Network Extra
  No. 4 Mississippi State at Tennessee SEC Network +
  Illinois State at Indiana State ESPN3
  Bradley at Loyola-Chicago ESPN3
  Kansas at Iowa State
Melissa Lee, LaChina Robinson
  3 p.m. No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 14 Miami (Fla.)
Beth Mowins, Deb Antonelli
  No. 13 Duke at No. 6 Florida State ACC Network Extra
  Alabama at Missouri SEC Network +
  LSU at Arkansas SEC Network +
  4 p.m. Ole Miss at Auburn
Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod
SEC Network
  Pittsburgh at Louisville ACC Network Extra
  5 p.m. No. 9 UCLA at No. 12 Washington
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke
  7 p.m. Southern Illinois at Drake ESPN3
Mon, Jan 9 6 p.m. Bob Jones at Furman ESPN3
Tue, Jan 10 11 a.m. Siena at Iona ESPN3
  7 p.m. Presbyterian at Liberty ESPN3
  8 p.m. Oklahoma State at No. 15 Texas
Alex Loeb, Nell Fortner
Longhorn Network



ESPN and ABC Kick Off NFL Wild Card Weekend with Raiders-Texans on Saturday at 4:20 p.m. ET
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ESPN and ABC will kick off the NFL’s 2016 wild card weekend with a matchup between the Oakland Raiders (12-4) and the AFC South division champion Houston Texans (9-7) on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 4:20 p.m. ET. Raiders-Texans will also be streamed on WatchESPN and the ESPN app for fans with video subscriptions from affiliated providers and televised in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football announce team of Sean McDonough and Super Bowl-winning head coach and analyst Jon Gruden will call the game on ESPN and ABC with sideline reporters Lisa Salters (Texans) and Adam Schefter (Raiders). Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega will call the game for ESPN Deportes and John Sutcliffe will report from the sidelines.

Prior to the game, ESPN’s NFL commentator team will host two wild card editions of Postseason NFL Countdown: Wendi Nix will host the 12 p.m. show with Herm Edwards, Tim Hasselbeck and Merril Hoge on ESPN, and Suzy Kolber will host the 3 p.m. show from Houston – which airs on both ESPN and ABC – with Chris Berman and on-site analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson.

Other ESPN NFL shows airing Saturday, Jan. 7:

  • NFL Matchup (3 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on ESPN; 9:30 a.m. on ESPN2) with Sal Paolantonio, Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski.
  • NFL Championship Chase: Wild Card Weekend (11 a.m. on ESPN2 and 2 p.m. on ABC) chronicles the season so far for each of the eight teams playing on wild card weekend.
  • SportsCenter (following Raiders-Texans) with Sage Steele, Steve Levy, Dilfer, Hasselbeck, Moss and Woodson.
  • NFL PrimeTime (following Lions-Seahawks) with host Trey Wingo, Tim Hasselbeck and Hoge.

Additionally, reporter Britt McHenry (Raiders-Texans) and NFL Insider Ed Werder (Lions-Seahawks) will provide updates on Saturday’s wild card games.

Time (ET) Show Networks
3 a.m. NFL Matchup ESPN and WatchESPN
5:30 a.m. NFL Matchup ESPN and WatchESPN
9:30 a.m. NFL Matchup ESPN2 and WatchESPN
11 a.m. NFL Championship Chase: Wild Card Weekend ESPN2 and WatchESPN
12 p.m. Postseason NFL Countdown ESPN and WatchESPN
3 p.m. Postseason NFL Countdown ESPN, ABC and WatchESPN
2 p.m. NFL Championship Chase: Wild Card Weekend ABC
4:20 p.m. Raiders-Texans ESPN, ABC and WatchESPN
7:25 p.m.* SportsCenter ESPN and WatchESPN
12 a.m.* NFL PrimeTime ESPN and WatchESPN

*Time is approximate.

On Sunday, Jan. 8, wild card weekend continues with NFL Insiders: Sunday Edition at 10 a.m. and Postseason NFL Countdown at 11 a.m. Trey Wingo will host Insiders with Mark Dominik, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter. Chris Berman will host Countdown with analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson, co-host Wendi Nix and Schefter. Reporters Josina Anderson and Sal Paolantonio will also provide reports on Dolphins-Steelers and Giants-Packers, respectively. Following Sunday’s wild card games, Berman will team with Herm Edwards on a live edition of NFL PrimeTime (8 p.m., ESPN).

NBA on ESPN Spotlights Two Golden State Warriors Games This Week; Chicago Bulls Take on Cleveland Cavaliers Tonight
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NBA on ESPN starts the New Year with a doubleheader tonight, Jan. 4, when the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James host the Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wade at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Mark Jones, Hall of Famer and analyst Hubie Brown will call the game action with reporter Cassidy Hubbarth on the sidelines. Later that night, the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant will host the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN. Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke will provide game commentary.

ESPN will have another doubleheader on Friday, Jan. 6, starting with the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony visiting the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Ryan Ruocco and analyst Doug Collins will be the game commentators. At 10:30 p.m., the Warriors will host the Memphis Grizzlies and Mike Conley on ESPN with Breen, Jackson and Burke on the call.

NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew will precede both doubleheaders for an hour-long episode at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Host Michelle Beadle will be joined by analysts Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups. Analyst Tracy McGrady will join the show on Wednesday and NBA insider Zach Lowe will join the show on Friday.

The Jump— ESPN’s daily NBA studio show hosted by Rachel Nichols— airs weekdays at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2 with various NBA analysts/insiders.

Date Time (ET) Event/Commentators Network(s)
Wed, Jan 4 3:30 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Zach Lowe, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Tracy McGrady
  8 p.m. NBA Wednesday presented by State Farm
Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, Cassidy Hubbarth
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  10:30 p.m. NBA Wednesday presented by State Farm
Portland Trailblazers at Golden State Warriors
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Thu, Jan 5 3:30 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Zach Lowe
Fri, Jan 6 3:30 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Zach Lowe, Jackie MacMullan
  7 p.m. NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Zach Lowe
  8 p.m. NBA Friday presented by State Farm
New York Knicks at Milwaukee Bucks
Ryan Ruocco, Doug Collins
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  10:30 p.m. NBA Friday presented by State Farm
Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors
Mike Breen, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke
ESPN, ESPN Deportes


Lil Jon Decides NBA Worth Turning Down For in New ESPN Ad
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Iconic producer and artist Lil Jon once famously sung that there’s nothing in the world he’d contemplate turning down for—now that’s all changed.

In ESPN’s latest campaign, the rapper delivers a retrospective on his famous tune “Turn Down for What,” announcing he’s found something worth stopping partying for: NBA Saturday Primetime.

The campaign was created in collaboration with creative agency R/GA New York. Additional spots will debut in the next weeks.

ESPN.com MLB Insider Buster Olney’s Top 10 Player Rankings Begin This Week
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ESPN.com MLB Insider Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) begins his countdown of the top 10 players, by position, in the game. The series began Monday with the best starting pitchers and continues with the remaining positions and team rankings through Sunday, Jan. 15.

Top 10 Schedule – Week of Jan. 2
Monday: Starting Pitchers
Tuesday: Relievers
Wednesday: First Basemen (and Designated Hitters)
Thursday: Second Basemen
Friday: Shortstops
Saturday: Third Basemen
Sunday: Left Fielders

Content highlights also include ESPN.com MLB writers examining teams’ possible road maps for success in 2017, including Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) outlining what a dream season would look like for the New York Yankees. Additionally, writers will discuss player development, hall of famers by team and the history of pitchers swinging on a 3-0 count.

Additional Highlights


  • Marchand outlines what a dream season would look like for the Yankees this season.



  • Doug Padilla (@DougPadilla) discusses possible options for Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig to fit into the team’s complicated outfield picture.
  • Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) examines the differences for the St. Louis Cardinals this offseason compared to past years.


  • Third baseman Rafael Devers is the last truly elite prospect left in the Boston Red Sox system writes Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber).
  • David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) selects the next hall of famer for each team.


  • Schoenfield discusses the Toronto Blue Jays chances of repeating their regular season success again in 2017.
  • Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) examines Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon and the history of managers being criticized after winning a title


World of X Games: WSL: Billabong Pipe Masters
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On Sunday, January 8, the World Surf League Championship Tour coverage concludes with the Billabong Pipe Masters on ABC at 3 p.m. ET & PT as part of the World of X Games programming.

Held in memory of later surfer Andy Irons, the Billabong Pipe Masters is the final stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League Championship Tour. Earning his best result of the season, Michael Bourez became only the second Tahitian to make it into the final series this year, winning over rookie Kanoa Igarashi.


Shaq and Ice Cube the Latest Stars to Guest During First Take’s First Week on ESPN
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First Take, ESPN’s weekday morning studio debate show featuring commentators Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman with host Molly Qerim, moved to ESPN on Tuesday, Jan. 3. They will be joined by special guests throughout the remainder of the week including NBA great Shaquille O’Neal on Thursday, Jan. 5, and American rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor and filmmaker Ice Cube on Friday, Jan. 6. On January 3, Wale and Lil Wayne debuted a new song live during the telecast. Watch here.

First Take airs weekday mornings from 10 a.m. – noon on ESPN, focusing on the most compelling and entertaining topics of the day from the world of sports. The live two-hour program is streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app, and will continue to be re-aired on ESPN2 each day. For more details on the move to ESPN, click here. Follow First Take on TwitterFacebook or the Podcast for more updates and information.

ESPN Radio Kicks off 25th Anniversary Celebration Tonight
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In 2017, ESPN Radio will celebrate its 25th anniversary, kicking off with a 25th Anniversary Special hosted by Keith Olbermann, with guests Tony Bruno and Chuck Wilson – all voices on the first ESPN Radio broadcast — airing Wednesday, Jan. 4, from 7 – 9 p.m. ET. The anniversary special will re-air on ESPN Radio periodically throughout 2017. Full Details.