- Clemson vs. Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T Monday, January 9
- SportsCenter on the Road Live from Tampa Starting Friday
- College Football Playoff National Championship: Mike & Mike, First Take, Russillo & Kanell in Tampa
- Men’s College Basketball: Top-10 Super Tuesday Matchup Highlights First Week of 2017 Schedule
- Women’s College Basketball: Sunday Slate Features Back to Back Top 15 Matchups on ESPN2
- ESPN and ABC Kick Off NFL Wild Card Weekend with Raiders-Texans on Saturday at 4:20 p.m. ET
- NBA on ESPN Spotlights Two Golden State Warriors Games This Week; Chicago Bulls Take on Cleveland Cavaliers Tonight
- Lil Jon Decides NBA Worth Turning Down For in New ESPN Ad
- ESPN.com MLB Insider Buster Olney’s Top 10 Player Rankings Begin This Week
- Shaq and Ice Cube the Latest Stars to Guest During First Take’s First Week on ESPN
- ESPN Radio Kicks off 25th Anniversary Celebration Tonight
Clemson vs. Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T Monday, January 9
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
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.
|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
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)
- 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
|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
|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
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.
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
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.
|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.
|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
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
Wednesday: First Basemen (and Designated Hitters)
Thursday: Second Basemen
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.
- 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
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 Twitter, Facebook or the Podcast for more updates and information.
ESPN Radio Kicks off 25th Anniversary Celebration Tonight
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.