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ESPN ThisWeek- June 13, 2017

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2017 NBA Finals Concluded Last Night; Dwight Howard, Vince Carter and Rasheed Wallace Join The Jump This Week
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The 2017 NBA Finals concluded last night when the Golden State Warriors and series MVP Kevin Durant defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James in Game 5 on ABC.

 Although the NBA season is over, The Jump — ESPN’s daily NBA studio show hosted by Rachel Nichols — is year-round and continues this week with a superstar cast of regulars joining Nichols, including recently-named Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and five-time NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups. This week’s guests include NBA players Vince Carter (Memphis Grizzlies), Dwight Howard (Atlanta Hawks) and Rasheed Wallace (retired former all-star).


Date Time (ET) Telecast Network
Tue, June 13 3 p.m. The Jump presented by La Quinta
Rachel Nichols, Vince Carter, Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups
Wed, June 14 3 p.m. The Jump presented by La Quinta
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Scottie Pippen, Dwight Howard
Thu, June 15 3 p.m. The Jump presented by La Quinta
Rachel Nichols, Scottie Pippen, Tracy McGrady, Dwight Howard, Ramona Shelburne
Fri, June 16 3 p.m. The Jump presented by La Quinta
Rachel Nichols, Scottie Pippen, Tracy McGrady, Dwight Howard, Ramona Shelburne

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball Showcases American League West-Leading Houston Astros Hosting Boston Red Sox
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This weekend on ESPN’s exclusive, full-national Sunday Night Baseball telecast presented by Taco Bell the current American League West-leading Houston Astros and José Altuve host the Boston Red Sox and Mookie Betts. The voice of Sunday Night Baseball, Dan Shulman, will have the call with analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone and reporter Buster Olney at 8 p.m. ET. Adnan Virk, David Ross and Tim Kurkjian will lead into the matchup on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet from the field at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call of Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN Radio. They will also be in the booth when the two teams meet Saturday, June 17, with coverage starting at 7 p.m. on ESPN Radio.

On June 14, on ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball telecast presented by Hankook Tire, the AL East-leading New York Yankees and Aaron Judge visit the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Albert Pujols. Dave Flemming, Eduardo Pérez and Mendoza will be in the booth for the matchup at 10 p.m. on ESPN. The telecast will be blacked out in the New York market.

On June 16, the New York Mets and Michael Conforto host the National League East-leading Washington Nationals and Bryce Harper at Citi Field. ESPN’s telecast starts at 7 p.m. with Sciambi, Boone and Ross in the booth. The telecast will be blacked out in both the Washington and New York markets.

On Saturday, June 17, ESPN.com and ESPNDeportes.com will post an interview with ESPN’s Marly Rivera and Pujols in English and Spanish, as part of the season-long, cross-platform, Béisbol Experience initiative. Last week, Rivera spoke with Yankees emerging star pitcher Luis Severino. See the full interview in English and Spanish.

On June 19, the Detroit Tigers take on the Seattle Mariners on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball telecast presented by USAA. Flemming, Boone and Kurkjian will be in the booth for the full-national telecast at 10 p.m. on ESPN.

MLB Intentional Talk will air Wednesday-Friday this week on ESPN2 from 4-5 p.m. with Chris Rose and 2004 World Series Champion Kevin Millar.


Date Time (ET) Telecast Network(s)
Wed, Jun 14 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar
  10 p.m. New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim telecast presented by Hankook Tire
Dave Flemming, Eduardo Pérez, Jessica Mendoza
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Thu, Jun 15 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar
Fri, Jun 16 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar
  7 p.m. Washington Nationals at New York Mets telecast presented by Hankook Tire
Jon Sciambi, Aaron Boone, David Ross
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Jun 17 7 p.m. Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros
Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton
ESPN Radio
Sun, Jun 18 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet
Adnan Virk, David Ross, Tim Kurkjian
  8 p.m. Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros presented by Taco Bell
Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone, Buster Olney
ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio
Mon, June 19 10 p.m. Detroit Tigers at Seattle Mariners telecast presented by USAA
Dave Flemming, Aaron Boone, Tim Kurkjian
ESPN, ESPN Deportes


ESPN.com Coverage of NFL Mandatory Minicamps Continues
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ESPN.com’s coverage of mandatory minicamps and developing NFL stories continues this week, culminating with NFL Nation report cards on Monday, June 19. Today through Thursday, on-site coverage includes news, analysis, photos and videos. Anticipated pieces:

  • Today:
    • Detroit Lions reporter Michael Rothstein discovers how Teez Tabor’s bracelet that says ‘CHOICES,’ given to him his sophomore year by his head coach, has served as a constant reminder of the decisions he needs to make to remain successful.
    • Atlanta Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure shares how the NFL’s only legally deaf player, Derrick Coleman, plans to make the most of his second chance.
  • Wednesday:
    • Pittsburgh Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler delves into a list of all the quarterbacks signed, as Colin Kaepernick waits on a deal.
  • Thursday:
    • Minnesota Vikings reporter Ben Goessling talks to teammates of Teddy Bridgewater’s to see how his mood has been and how he has looked during his side sessions.
    • Chicago Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson talks to teammates of Mitchell Trubisky’s to break down his selection as the No. 2 pick in the 2017 draft.
    • Cleveland Browns reporter Pat McManamon assesses the Browns’ quarterback situation.
    • San Francisco 49ers reporter Nick Wagoner profiles Elvis Dumervil – despite dealing with injuries these past two seasons, he may still be the team’s best pass rusher and still has something to prove.
  • Friday:
    • Seattle Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia examines where things stand for Richard Sherman going into the 2017 season after a tumultuous offseason.
    • Washington Redskins reporter John Keim reports on the inspiration Joshua Holsey has drawn from his double-amputee father.
    • Carolina Panthers reporter David Newton makes a case for why Derek Anderson is perhaps the NFL’s best golfer.
    • Los Angeles Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez pens a story on how Sean McVay and Les Snead bonded from the beginning.
  • Sunday:
    • Cincinnati Bengals reporter Katherine Terrell offers a glimpse at what Father’s Day means to Andy Dalton.

College World Series Begins Saturday on ESPN
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ESPN’s coverage of the 2017 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship continues with the College World Series, beginning Saturday, June 17, on ESPN. Eight teams head to Omaha, Neb., to compete for the title of national champions. In addition to coverage on ESPN and ESPN2, SEC Network will also be onsite with SEC Now live from Omaha. Additional details will be announced later this week.

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Sat, June 17 3 p.m. Game 1
Cal State Fullerton vs. Oregon State
  8 p.m. Game 2
Florida State vs. LSU
Sun, June 18 2 p.m. Game 3
Texas A&M vs. Louisville
  7 p.m. Game 4
TCU vs. Florida

WNBA on ESPN Tonight: Defending Champion L.A. Sparks Host Dallas Wings
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The 2017 WNBA season continues on ESPN, as 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike and the reigning WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks host Skylar Diggins-Smith and the Dallas Wings tonight, June 13, at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Pam Ward and Rebecca Lobo will call the game with reporter LaChina Robinson. In addition, 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm will visit the Atlanta Dream, on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app at 8 p.m. Full TV Schedule | Full ESPN3 Schedule

ESPN’s First Take Viewership Up During 2017 NBA Finals
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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 has seen strong gains in overall viewership during the 2017 NBA Finals, including in key demos. The program, which has been on the road in Oakland, Calif., and Cleveland as part of ESPN’s comprehensive NBA Finals coverage, has averaged 451,000 viewers since June 1 (through June 9), up nine percent since the same time period last year. Among Men 18-34, the First Take has seen a 17% bump over last year (112,000 vs. 96,000). First Take also drew 524,000 viewers on average for its June 4, one-hour special. Since January 3, the show has averaged 439,000 viewers, up nine percent overall from last year.

Top Athletes, Celebrities Guest on First Take During Finals

During the First Take shows on the road, the program showcased some the top names in sports and entertainment, including Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, NBA legend Isiah Thomas, NBA star Dwight Howard, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden, Bay Area rappers E-40 and Lil B (The Based God), actors Omari Hardwick and Shemar Moore, and more. In addition, First Take welcomed basketball moms Mary Babers (Draymond Green’s mother) and Wanda Durant (Kevin Durant’s mother) to the show, with Durant making a return to First Take earlier today and faced her son’s biggest critic, Stephen A. Smith: http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=19625154.

Soccer:  MLS Doubleheader Weekend; UEFA European Under-21 Championship and more
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ESPN’s extensive soccer coverage continues this week with MLS, NASL and international matches, generally in both Spanish and English.

The first two games of eight scheduled through Monday, June 19, from the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Champions are Friday, June 16 – Sweden vs. England at 11:45 a.m. ET, and Poland vs. Slovakia at 2:30 p.m. – on ESPN Deportes and live in English on ESPN3 and streamed on the ESPN App. The biennial competition between European national teams for players under 21 years of age will feature 12 teams in the finals.

Analyst Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Julie Stewart-Binks will work two Major League Soccer telecasts on ESPN this weekend. On Saturday, Adrian Healey, Twellman and Stewart-Binks will be in the booth for New York City FC vs. Seattle Sounders at 1 p.m.; and on Sunday, Steve Cangialosi will join Twellman and Stewart-Binks to call the Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls game at 5 p.m. Both matches will also be televised on ESPN Deportes. Richard Méndez and Giovanni Savarese will provide Spanish language commentary for Sunday’s game.

Today’s France vs. England international friendly at 2:45 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will conclude ESPN’s coverage of the June 2017 FOIFA International Match Dates. Marc Donaldson and Craig Burley will call action on ESPN2, while Mendez and Tato Noriega will provide Spanish-language commentary on ESPN Deportes.


Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Tue, Jun 13 2:45 p.m. France vs. England (International Friendly) ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Fri, Jun 16 11:45 a.m. Sweden vs. England (UEFA U-21) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes
  2:30 p.m. Poland vs. Slovakia (UEFA U-21) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes
  9 p.m. New York Cosmos vs. Puerto Rico FC  (NASL) ESPN3
Sat, Jun 17 11:45 a.m. Portugal vs. Serbia (UEFA U-21) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes+
  1 p.m. New York City FC vs. Seattle Sounders (MLS) ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  2:30 p.m. Spain vs. Macedonia (UEFA U-21) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes
  7:30 p.m. Miami FC vs. Jacksonville Armada (NASL) ESPN3
Sun, Jun 18 11:45 a.m. Germany vs. Czech Republic (UEFA U-21) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes
  2:30 p.m. Denmark vs. Italy (UEFA U-21) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes
  5 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS) ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Mon, Jun 19 11:45 a.m. Slovakia vs. England (UEFA U-21) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes
  2:30 p.m. Poland vs. Sweden (UEFA U-21) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes

Road to X Games – Boise Park Qualifier
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On Sunday, June 18, World of X Games will air a recap from the Road to X Games: Boise Qualifier at 2 p.m. ET. As part of the Road to X Games content series, X Games hosted the world’s top athletes in a Park Qualifier event June 10 as they competed to secure their invitation to X Games Minneapolis. Held at Rhodes Skatepark in Boise, Idaho, the Road to X Park Qualifier featured three disciplines — Men’s Skateboard Park, Women’s Skateboard Park and BMX Park. The top six athletes in Men’s Skateboard Park and BMX Park and the top four in Women’s Skateboard Park earned an invite to X Games Minneapolis.

ESPN Films Presents a Special Two-Night 30 for 30 Documentary Event Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies
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There are rivalries, and then there is the Celtics versus the Lakers. Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies, a five-hour 30 for 30 film event, chronicles the storied franchises’ epic clashes and relives the Boston-LA battle from both sides, with sensational footage and fresh, insightful interviews. The three-part documentary will premiere with Parts One and Two back-to-back Tuesday, June 13, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and Part Three on Wednesday, June 14, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Trailer: http://es.pn/2qBlXeQ.

Directed by Jim Podhoretz (The Gospel According to Mac) and executive produced by Jonathan Hock (Of Miracles and Men, The Best That Never Was), the film not only gets to the heart of the greatest tug-of-war in NBA history, but also shows how their three riveting NBA Finals matchups over a four-year period in the mid-1980s fueled the popularity of the league, changed popular culture and set the stage for the tremendous growth and profile of the NBA since.

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SportsCenter Reporting from U.S. Open All Week
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Golf’s second major of the year, the 117th U.S. Open, gets underway Thursday at Wisconsin’s Erin Hills course and SportsCenter will be reporting from the event all week and through the conclusion on Sunday. Two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North will offer analysis with anchor Matt Barrie, joined by the ESPN.com golf staff of writers Bob Harig and Jason Sobel and analyst Michael Collins. Reports will air in the morning and night editions of SportsCenter.

SC Featured Follows Cancer Survivor in Quest for Explorer’s Grand Slam
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Sunday’s SC Featured segment on SportsCenter will tell the inspiring story of two-time cancer survivor Sean Swarner, who despite health challenges has completed the Explorer’s Grand Slam: reaching the tops of the Seven Summits and visiting the South and North Poles. “True North” will debut in the 10 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter on Sunday, June 18, and will re-air in other editions of the program throughout the day.

ESPN3 to Live Stream The Basketball Tournament’s New Jamboree Play-In Event
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ESPN3 and the ESPN app will live stream The Basketball Tournament’s (TBT) new “Jamboree” play-in tournament this weekend, June 17-18, from Philadelphia University. TBT is a 64-team, single-elimination 5-on-5 tournament (beginning Saturday, July 8) where top professional, college alumni, and international basketball players compete for a winner-take-all $2 million prize. The 16 teams in the Jamboree event will vie for the final four slots in the TBT’s field of 64.

Jamboree games will also feature the “Elam Ending,” experimental new rules designed by Nick Elam aimed at reducing deliberate fouling at the end of games. At the first dead ball after the 4-minute mark, the game clock will shut off and a Target Score – determined by adding 7 points to the leading team’s score at the time of the dead ball – will be established. At that point, the game clock remains turned off and first team to reach that score wins. (Note: ESPN senior writer Zach Lowe wrote about the TBT’s plans for the Elam Ending.) Release.

ESPN’s Creative Services Department Wins Gold at 2017 PromaxBDA Awards
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Last week, PromaxBDA held its annual conference bringing together creatives, marketers, strategists and designers from around the world, culminating with an awards ceremony that celebrated the best in entertainment marketing and design from the past year. ESPN took home six awards for Art Direction and Design. In the Sports Program Campaign category, ESPN’s collaboration with Imaginary Focus on UEFA Euro 2016 took Gold and World Cup of Hockey, an entirely in-house project, took Bronze. The NFL Draft Hero Advancer—another entirely in-house project—won Bronze for Sports Program Image Spot. In addition, two projects worked on with LoyalKaspar resulted in Bronze for Sports Program Bumper and Silver in Sports Program/Titles for Mike & Mike and The Jump, respectively.