Weekly Updates

MidWeek – January 30, 2013

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ESPN’s Comprehensive Coverage of Super Bowl XLVII
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ESPN’s Super Bowl week coverage continues from the Jax Brewery parking lot (600 Decatur Street, New Orleans) with more than 35 commentators, including a team of analysts with 18 Super Bowl rings in 28 appearances. This group of Super Bowl champions — Tedy Bruschi, Trent Dilfer, Mike Ditka, Jon Gruden, Keyshawn Johnson, Jerry Rice, Mark Schlereth and Steve Young — will provide an inside look at what it’s like to coach and play in a Super Bowl during Friday’s SportsCenter Special (3-4 p.m. ET, ESPN), hosted by Monday Night Football play-by-play voice Mike Tirico

ESPN shows originating from the network’s production headquarters culminate with pre- and post-game coverage of Super Bowl XLVII. Sunday’s schedule:  

Time (ET) Show Network(s)
3-3:30 a.m. NFL Matchup ESPN
6-10 a.m. **Mike and Mike in the Morning ESPN Radio, ESPN2
8-10 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday NFL Countdown presented by IBM ESPN
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Countdown to Super Bowl with Hill & Schlereth ESPN Radio
10-10:30 a.m. **Outside the Lines ESPN2
10:30-11 a.m. The Sports Reporters ESPN2
11 a.m.-2 p.m. **First Take ESPN2
10:30-11:30 p.m. NFL PrimeTime ESPN
11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN

 Note: **Show originates from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., campus.



Super Bowl Features, Analysis and More on ESPN.com, espnW and Grantland.com
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ESPN.com’s comprehensive coverage of Super Bowl XLVII continues from New Orleans with analysis, commentary, breaking news, chats and more on Page 1, the main NFL page, and on Super Bowl Central. ESPN.com’s roster of on-site journalists includes senior NFL writer John Clayton, as well as Ashley Fox, Elizabeth Merrill, Jeffri Chadiha, NFL Blog Network writers Jamison Hensley (covering Ravens), Mike Sando (covering 49ers), Dan Graziano and Pat Yasinskas, and Scouts Inc. Highlights:

  • “Secrets of The Super Bowl Quarterbacks”: Super Bowl champion quarterbacks — including John Elway, Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Joe Namath, Ben Roethlisberger, Kurt Warner and Ken Stabler — talk about little-known events during their Super Bowl experience.
  • “Lost Heroes of the Super Bowl”: Stories on five players who were not named MVP but affected the outcome of past Super Bowls, including: Mike Reis (Saints, SB XLIV); Mike Jones (Rams, SB XXXIV); Ricky Sanders (Redskins, SB XXII); Rod Martin (Raiders, SB XV); and Jim O’Brien (Colts, SB V).
  • “Ed Reed, Hiding in Plain Site”: While some say Ray Lewis is the leader of the Ravens, Kevin Van Valkenburg examines why veteran safety Ed Reed might be the team’s most important player.
  • In-depth game coverage, including analysis posted just minutes after the game ends (“Rapid Reactions,” grades for each team and best-worsts for the game). In addition, fans can continue to interact with journalists in New Orleans.
  • espnW.com will continue its behind-the-scenes coverage including stories from contributors Kate Fagan and Sarah Spain, photo galleries, player features, and more. During the game on Sunday night, Jane McManus will also be live tweeting during the game.
  • Grantland.com will have Super Bowl-related features throughout the week, including stories by Bill Barnwell, Bryan Curtis and others.



Tim Hasselbeck Will Guest Host on ABC’s The View on Friday
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ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck will guest host on ABC’s morning talk and entertainment program The View on Friday, Feb. 1 (10 a.m. in most markets) alongside his wife, Elisabeth, and Sherri Shepherd and her husband, Sal. In January 2010, the Hasselbecks participated in an on-air job swap with Tim on The View and Elisabeth occupying her husband’s analyst role on NFL Live

Hasselbeck, on his return appearance to the show: “It’s always an honor to guest co-host The View. I’ll have an opportunity to talk some football as we gear up for the Super Bowl. It’s impossible to predict what to expect, but I can tell you that this time around there is going to be a fierce competition between Elisabeth and myself and Sherri and Sal.”



Super Bowl XLVII’s Kaepernick and Rice in College Flashbacks on ESPNU
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ESPNU will re-air the most memorable college football action for two of the Super Bowl XLVII teams’ best players: Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens and Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers. On Saturday, Feb. 2, the 2008 International Bowl will showcase Rice, the former Rutgers running back, as he rushed for 280 yards and four touchdowns. Immediately following, ESPNU will air the 2007 matchup between Rutgers and Army, when Rice ran for 243 yards and scored twice, setting a new school record. 

Kaepernick will be seen from his time as quarterback at Nevada on Saturday and Sunday with the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and the Wolf Pack’s 2010 overtime game against Boise State. 

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Feb. 2 1 a.m. 2008 International Bowl:
Rutgers v. Ball State (Ray Rice)
  3 a.m. 2007 Rutgers vs. Army (Ray Rice) ESPNU
  5 a.m. 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl:
Nevada vs. BC (Colin Kaepernick)
  7 a.m. 2010 Boise State vs. Nevada (Colin Kaepernick) ESPNU
Sun, Feb. 3 2 a.m. 2010 Boise State vs. Nevada (Colin Kaepernick) ESPNU
  4 a.m. 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl:
Nevada vs. BC (Colin Kaepernick)



Grantland Explores the History of the “Super Bowl Shuffle”
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On Thursday, Jan. 31, Grantland will publish a 10,000-word oral history of the Chicago Bears’ famous “Super Bowl Shuffle.”  Writer Jake Austen interviewed more than fifty people for the piece that covers all aspects of the song: the recording, the video shoot, the Grammy nomination, the amazing sales figures, the Attorney General’s investigation of the charity payments, and much more.



espnW.com: W at the Super Bowl: Athlete Features, Fashion, Parties, Social Media and More
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espnW continues its behind-the-scenes coverage of Super Bowl XLVII with stories from several espnW contributors, photo galleries, player features, and more. Contributor Kate Fagan blogs on former 49ers’ starter Alex Smith and talks with Jackie Harbaugh, mother of both Super Bowl coaches. In addition, nine-year-old Sam Gordon makes her mark at the Super Bowl, 49ers rookie Cam Johnson is this week’s 53rd Man, and contributor Kelley Carter previews life in the Big Easy, premier Super Bowl parties, fashion, and commercials. On Sunday, espnW contributor Jane McManus (@janesports) will live tweet for espnW (@espnW) during the game and espnW will launch a social media campaign encouraging fans across the country to take photos and tweet “signs it’s Super Bowl Sunday” using the hash tag #SignsItsSuperBowlSunday. espnW Twitter will be re-tweeting several  throughout the day.



NBA: Heat-Pacers, Lakers-Timberwolves in Friday Night Spotlight
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ESPN’s two star-studded doubleheaders this week feature the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers. On Friday, the Indiana Pacers and All-Star Paul George host the Heat and All-Star LeBron James at 7 p.m. with Mark Jones and Jon Barry providing commentary. In the nightcap, the Lakers and All-Star Kobe Bryant take on the Minnesota Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio at 9:30 p.m. Terry Gannon will handle the call with analyst Chris Mullin and reporter Heather Cox. 

Wednesday’s doubleheader matches the Heat against the Brooklyn Nets at 8 p.m. and the Lakers against the Suns in Steve Nash’s Phoenix homecoming at 10:30 p.m. KIA NBA Countdown precedes the doubleheader at 7:30 p.m. on site from Super Bowl XLVII. 

ESPN games and Countdown are available on computers, smartphones and tablets via WatchESPN. 

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators Network
Wed., Jan. 30 7:30 p.m. KIA NBA Countdown from Super Bowl XLVII Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Michael Wilbon ESPN / WatchESPN
  8 p.m. Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets Mike Breen, Hubie Brown, Chris Broussard ESPN / WatchESPN
  10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns Dave Pasch, Jon Barry, Heather Cox ESPN / WatchESPN
Fri., Feb. 1 7 p.m. Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers Mark Jones, Jon Barry ESPN / WatchESPN
  9:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves Terry Gannon, Chris Mullin, Heather Cox ESPN / WatchESPN



ESPN NBA Analyst Magic Johnson Returns to ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live
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On Wednesday, Jan. 30, Basketball Hall of Famer and KIA NBA Countdown analyst Magic Johnson returns to Jimmy Kimmel Live for his 11th appearance on the late-night talk show. Johnson will discuss the current season and assess the state of the Los Angeles Lakers. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs on ABC at 11:35 p.m.



Men’s College Hoops: No. 1 and No. 4 in Super Tuesday Doubleheader
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ESPN’s men’s college basketball schedule for early next week will include two of the top four teams in an ESPN Super Tuesday doubleheader on February 5: No. 4 Florida at Arkansas at 7 p.m. followed by No. 1 Michigan hosting No. 11 Ohio State in showdown between the Big Ten rivals at 9 p.m. 

ESPNU will televise No. 2 Kansas, holder of the nation’s longest winning streak at 18 consecutive victories, at TCU on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 9 p.m. 

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Mon, Feb 4 7 p.m. Notre Dame at No. 6 Syracuse
Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Bill Raftery
    Oklahoma at Iowa State
Bram Weinstein & Stephen Bardo
  9 p.m. Texas at West Virginia
Brent Musburger & Fran Fraschilla
    Seton Hall at Pittsburgh
Adam Amin & LaPhonso Ellis
Tue, Feb 5 7 p.m. No. 4 Florida at Arkansas
Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes & Shannon Spake
    Villanova at DePaul
John Saunders & Bob Wenzel
    Wake Forest at North Carolina
Tom Hart & Len Elmore
    Boston College at No. 14 Miami ESPN3 * & RSN ^
  8 p.m. Missouri State at Northern Iowa ESPN3
    No. 18 Kansas State at Texas Tech
Doug Bell & Stephen Howard
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  9 p.m. No. 11 Ohio State at No. 1 Michigan
Mike Tirico, Dick Vitale & Samantha Ponder
    South Carolina at Kentucky
Dave Neal & Dino Gaudio
    Florida State at Georgia Tech ESPN3 * & RSN ^
Wed, Feb 6 7 p.m. Baylor at Oklahoma State
Bob Wischusen & Stephen Bardo
    No. 25 Marquette at South Florida
Mike Patrick & LaPhonso Ellis
    Connecticut at St. John’s
Adam Amin & Tim Welsh
    Hartford at Binghamton
Eric Frede & Frank Sullivan
    No. 24 Cincinnati at Providence
Don Orsillo & Ron Perry
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 12 Louisville at Rutgers
Scott Graham & Bob Wenzel
  8 p.m. Vanderbilt at LSU
Mike Gleason & Nate Ross
    Alabama at Auburn
Dave Neal & Joe Dean
ESPN3 & SEC Network
    Georgia at Tennessee
Clay Matvick & Barry Booker
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  9 p.m. No. 2 Kansas at TCU
Mitch Holthus & Bob Knight
    Stanford at No. 8 Arizona
Dave Pasch & Bill Walton
    Mississippi State at No. 16 Ole Miss
Dave Baker & Daymeon Fishback

* Local blackout may apply



Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters Matchups to be Announced Monday on ESPNU
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The matchups for the 11th annual Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters, a two-day men’s college basketball event pitting potential NCAA Championship hopefuls against each other Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23, will be announced on the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters Selection Show on Monday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU. 

The Ramada BracketBusters event of 13 contests across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 will be selected from a pool of 122 teams from 15 conferences, including nationally-ranked contenders – No. 15 Wichita State and No. 21 Creighton.



The 2013 Caribbean World Series on ESPN Deportes
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For the seventh consecutive year, ESPN Deportes will offer extensive coverage of the Caribbean World Series across television, radio, broadband and online. ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+ will carry all games live starting Friday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. with Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic.

The complete Series will be heard live on ESPN Deportes Radio Nueva York 1050 AM. Local morning and afternoon shows Firma ESPN (7-10 a.m.) and Zona ESPN NY (2-5 p.m.) will also provide the latest news and analysis around the event. In addition, ESPN Deportes Dallas 1540 AM will broadcast all the games featuring Mexico as well as the final.

ESPN Deportes baseball experts will cover the event from Hermosillo, Mexico, throughout the seven-day series including Ernesto Jerez, known for his signature voice for Spanish-language baseball and unmistakable chant “No, no, no, no, no digale no a esa pelota” along with baseball experts Jorge Eduardo Sanchez, Guillermo Celis, Luis Alfredo Alvarez, Carolina Padron and Eitan Benezra.   

A number of big leaguers are expected to represent their countries this year, including the LA Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez, Braves’ third baseman Juan Francisco, Pedro Ciriaco of the Boston Red Sox and World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval.  

            Feb. 1

                        5 p.m. Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic
                        9 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. México

            Feb. 2

                        3 p.m.  Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico
                        7 p.m.  México vs. Venezuela

            Feb. 3

                        3 p.m.  Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico
                        7 p.m.  México vs. Dominican Republic

            Feb. 4

                        3 p.m.  Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic
                        5 p.m.  Venezuela vs. México

           Feb. 5

                        6 p.m.  Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela
                        9:30 p.m.  Dominican Republic vs. México

            Feb. 6

                        6 p.m.  Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela
                        9:30 p.m.  Puerto Rico vs. México

            Feb. 7

                        9 p.m.  1st place vs. 2nd place



PBA League on ESPN Continues with Star-Studded Chris Paul PBA League All-Stars
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Sports stars and celebrities join Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul for the fifth annual Chris Paul PBA League All-Stars Tournament — which benefits Paul’s CP3 Charities — on Sunday Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. on ESPN.  The tournament – from Lucky Strike LA LIVE in Los Angeles – features a doubles-style competition format and a best-ball competition. Guests scheduled to participate include: ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose, Paul’s teammate Blake Griffin, Pittsburgh Steelers all-pro linebacker LaMarr Woodley, former NFL all-pro receiver Terrell Owens, comedians Kevin Hart and Chris Hardwick, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, and PBA Tour stars — PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash, Chris Barnes, Norm Duke, Jason Belmonte, Osku Palermaa, Bill O’Neill, Mike Fagan and Missy Parkin. 

The PBA League is a new team-style tournament format. The concept incorporates teams owned by Hollywood and sports celebrities and captained by PBA Tour stars. Viewers can follow the PBA on ESPN on Twitter, with the hashtags #LoveTheLanes and #PBALeague. 

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Sun, Feb 3 4 p.m. PBA League – Chris Paul PBA League All-Stars ESPN
Sun, Feb 10 1 p.m. PBA League – Round 2 with Carmen Salvino Classic Finals ESPN
Sun, Feb 17 3 p.m. PBA League – Round 3 with Mark Roth Classic Finals ESPN
Sun, Mar 3 3 p.m. PBA League – Round 4 with Don Carter Classic Finals ESPN
Sun, Mar 24 1 p.m. PBA League – Round 5 with Earl Anthony Players Championship Finals ESPN
Sun, Apr 7 1 p.m. PBA League – Elias Cup Finals ESPN



Former Welterweight Champion Spinks Meets Top-Ranked Contender Molina on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights; Exclusive Bout Carried on ESPN3 Following Main Event
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The February 1, edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra matches two top Junior Middleweight contenders — The Ring Magazine’s No. 7, ESPN.com’s No. 8  ranked Junior Middleweight “King” Carlos Molina (20-5-2, 6 KOs) and former Junior Middleweight titlist and former undisputed Welterweight Champion  Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (39-7, 11 KOs) — in a 12-round main event. Friday’s show will air live from Chicago at 9 p.m. on ESPN2, and will also be available online through WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app. The card will also air live on ESPN Deportes+, the new digital extension of ESPN Deportes, and will air tape delayed on ESPN Deportes at 2 a.m. Additional highlights includes an eight-round bout between undefeated Heavyweight Artur Szpilka (12-0, 9 KOs) and Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs). The card will be carried exclusively at 11 p.m. on ESPN3. 

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside describing the action for ESPN2, while studio host Todd Grisham will present all the latest boxing news and look back at the best of Friday Night Fights from the month of January. Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna will present live interviews and reports for both shows. Read more