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ThisWeek – January 22, 2013

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ESPN X Games Aspen 2013
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X Games Aspen 2013 will officially kick off the X Games global expansion — a six-event schedule which concludes in Los Angeles this summer. Last May, ESPN announced it would expand the X Games to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany; and Barcelona, Spain; taking the premier action sports event global. 

ESPN will present X Games Aspen 2013 from January 24 – 27 bringing all the action back to Buttermilk Mountain for the 12th consecutive year. Celebrating 17 years of the winter version of X Games, this year’s competition will feature more than 200 athletes competing for medals and prize money in Skiing, Snowboard and Snowmobile.  

ESPN and ABC will combine to televise 20 hours of live X Games Aspen competition. In addition, the Worldwide Leader in Action Sports will present all the X Games action on ESPN 3D. 



ESPN Announces First X Games Global Sponsors, Local Activations for X Games Aspen
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As X Games Aspen begins this week, ESPN announced it has secured four global sponsors who will participate in the global expansion. GoPro, Red Bull, Jeep and Ford will have a presence across X Games events in Aspen, Colorado; Tignes, France; Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; and Los Angeles. Jeep and Ford will share the automotive category, with Jeep having a presence in the winter events and Ford participating in summer events. America’s Navy is also an official X Games partner and will have a presence in Aspen and Los Angeles as well as within the Global X Games telecasts in the U.S. 

In addition to the Global sponsors, X Games Aspen has secured several sponsors who will participate on a local level, including: Office Depot, The North Face, Repreve, Loctite, OtterBox, Yoplait and Monster Cable



Favorites Advancing in the “Business End” of the Australian Open
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Top names – Djokovic, Azarenka, Federer, Sharapova, Murray and Williams – are advancing in the second week (the “business end”) of tennis’ first major of 2013 – the Australian Open presented by Franklin Templeton Investments. 

Action continues tonight at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3 with top-seed Victoria Azarenka vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova. At 9 p.m., ESPN2 begins with Serena Williams facing the player many see as the next American star, Sloane Stephens, in a quarterfinal match. Late tonight at 3:30 a.m. Roger Federer will meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to advance to the semifinals. Live late-night, marathon telecasts continue through the women’s championship Saturday, Jan 26, and the men’s championship Sunday, Jan. 27, both at 3 a.m. with reairs later each day at 9 a.m. and in prime time.  The telecasts – plus other courts on ESPN3 – are available through WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app. The television schedule follows. 

For these charts, all times are Eastern, and each day “begins” at 6 a.m. ET. Therefore, the listing Saturady, Jan. 26 at 3 a.m. ET is actually very late on Saturday night: 

Date Time (ET) Event  
Tue, Jan 22 2 – 5 p.m. Quarterfinals Same-day
  9 p.m. – 2 a.m. LIVE
  3:30 – 6 a.m. LIVE
Wed, Jan 23 2 – 5 p.m. Same-day
  9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. Women’s Semifinals LIVE
  3:30 – 6 a.m. Men’s Semifinal #1 LIVE
Thurs, Jan 24 Noon – 4 p.m. Men’s Semifinal #1 reair
  3:30 – 6 a.m. Men’s Semifinal #2 LIVE
Fri, Jan 25 Noon – 4 p.m. Men’s Semifinal #2 reair
  3 – 5:30 a.m. Women’s Championship LIVE
Sat, Jan. 26 9 – 11 a.m. Women’s Championship reair
  10 p.m. – MID Women’s Championship reair
  3 – 6:30 a.m. Men’s Championship LIVE
Sun, Jan 27 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Men’s Championship reair
  7:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Men’s Championship reair



NBA All-Stars James, Garnett, Durant, Bryant Take Center Stage on ABC Sunday Showcase
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ABC will broadcast an All-Star-studded doubleheader as part of its NBA Sunday Showcase, January 27 beginning with the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat – led by All-Stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade – visiting the Boston Celtics and All-Stars Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo. The game will begin at 1 p.m. with Mike Tirico and analyst Hubie Brown providing commentary with reporter Doris Burke. In the second game, the defending Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder and All-Star Kevin Durant will visit the Los Angeles Lakers and All-Star Kobe Bryant. The broadcast will begin at 3:30 p.m. with commentary provided by Mike Breen, analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salters. KIA NBA Countdown will preview the doubleheader at 12:30 p.m. with NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons and Michael Wilbon. 

Additionally, ESPN will televise a Sunday prime-time game as the New York Knicks and All-Star Carmelo Anthony host the Atlanta Hawks and Al Horford at 6:30 p.m. Mark Jones will call the action with analyst Jon Barry and reporter Chris Broussard. The game is also available on WatchESPN.



First-Place San Antonio Spurs Visit Dallas Mavericks; COMMON on KIA NBA Countdown
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The first-place San Antonio Spurs and Tony Parker will visit the Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki this Friday, January 25, at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Mike Breen will provide commentary with analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salters. KIA NBA Countdown will precede the game at 7:30 p.m. with a special guest appearance by Grammy Award-winning, hip-hop artist COMMON who will join NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Bill Simmons and Michael Wilbon. ESPN’s NBA coverage is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets via WatchESPN.



Top 10 Teams in ESPN2’s Women Big Monday Game for Second Straight Week
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ESPN’s women’s basketball coverage continues with 21 games across ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3, including a top-10 matchup with No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 9 Tennessee on Monday, Jan. 28, as part of ESPN2’s Big Monday presented by Bud Light series. All ESPN2 and ESPNU games can also be seen on WatchESPN. Highlights:

  • ESPN2 has top matchups on Sunday, Jan. 27, with ACC foes No. 11 North Carolina at Miami (Fla.) at 2 p.m. and Big Ten opponents No. 15 Purdue at No. 25 Michigan State at 4 p.m.
  • ESPNU also hosts a Sunday, doubleheader showcasing BIG EAST squads St. John’s at No. 13 Louisville at 1:30 p.m., followed by new SEC rivals Missouri at No. 16 Texas A&M at 3 p.m.
  • ESPN3 has 14 exclusive games, including two top ACC matchups – No. 4 Duke at Clemson on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. and Virginia Tech at No. 22 Florida State on Sunday, at 2 p.m.
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Wed, Jan 23 11:30 a.m. Syracuse at St. John’s ESPN3
  noon Stony Brook at UMBC
Leah Secondo & LaChina Robinson
Thu, Jan 24 6 p.m. Lamar at Oral Roberts ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 4 Duke at Clemson ESPN3
Fri, Jan 25 4 p.m. Marist at Manhattan
Dean Darling & Phyllis Mangina
Sat, Jan 26 4 p.m. UNC Asheville at Coastal Carolina ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Jacksonville at USC Upstate ESPN3
  5 p.m. Mercer at Lipscomb ESPN3
    Vermont at Albany
Eric Frede & Leah Secondo
  6 p.m. Marquette at USF
Bob Picozzi & LaChina Robinson
BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Jan 27 1 p.m. Niagara at Canisius
Dean Darling & Phyllis Mangina
  1:30 p.m. St. John’s at No. 13 Louisville
Michele Smith & Steffi Sorensen
  2 p.m. No. 11 North Carolina at Miami (Fla.)
Bob Picozzi & LaChina Robinson
    Virginia Tech at No. 22 Florida State ESPN3
    NC State at Georgia Tech ESPN3
    Vanderbilt at Alabama
Cara Capuano & Nell Fortner
SEC Network / ESPN3
  3 p.m. Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee State ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Missouri at No. 16 Texas A&M
Melissa Lee & Maria Taylor
  4 p.m. No. 15 Purdue at No. 25 Michigan State
Beth Mowins & Stephen Bardo
Mon, Jan 28 5 p.m. North Florida at USC Upstate ESPN3
  7 p.m. Big Monday presented by Bud Light: No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 9 Tennessee
Pam Ward & Rebecca Lobo



College GameDay Covered by State Farm Makes another First-Time Stop, Heading to NC State
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ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm will continue its 2013 campus tour, visiting Raleigh, N.C., in advance of the North Carolina at No. 18 NC State matchup on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The first hour begins at 10 a.m. on ESPNU, continuing at 11 a.m. on ESPN, plus a one-hour edition at 6 p.m. on ESPN. GameDay, as well as the game, are available on ESPN 3D and WatchESPN. 

NC State is hosting GameDay for the first time, while North Carolina is making its first of two appearances this season in a GameDay contest (also on March 9 when the Tar Heels face Duke at home). 

GameDay will be celebrating the 25-year anniversary of the Jerome Lane backboard-shattering one-handed dunk, which took place on January 25, 1988. ESPN analyst Bill Raftery had the call of the game and famously pronounced “Send it in, Jerome!” – the play later made ESPN’s list of “100 Greatest Sports Highlights.” 

Rece Davis will host College GameDay with analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose to preview all the day’s action and discuss the biggest storylines in college basketball. College GameDay Schedule



Men’s College Hoops: Top Teams in Action
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ESPN’s men’s college basketball schedule of 53 games from Thursday, Jan. 24, to Sunday, Jan. 27, will include nine of the top 11 teams. The lineup will tip-off with three top-10 teams in action Thursday: No. 2 Michigan against Purdue at 7 p.m. on ESPN, No. 6 Arizona against UCLA at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 and No. 10 Gonzaga against BYU at 11 p.m. on ESPN2. 

ESPNU will begin Saturday’s schedule of 30 games across ESPN platforms at 11 a.m. with No. 3 Syracuse at Villanova. ESPNU will also televise No. 6 Arizona against USC at 7 p.m. on Saturday. ESPN will televise two top-10 teams on Saturday: No. 5 Louisville at Georgetown at noon and No. 3 Kansas against Oklahoma at 4 p.m. 

On Sunday, ESPNU will televise a doubleheader with a ranked team in each game: No. 25 Miami against Florida State at 6 p.m. followed by No. 17 Creighton at Southern Illinois at 8 p.m.

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Jan 24 7 p.m. Purdue at No. 2 Michigan
Joe Tessitore & Sean Farnham
    Tennessee at Mississippi
Rece Davis & Bob Knight
    Marist at Fairfield
Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
    Furman at Wofford ESPN3
    Hartford at New Hampshire
Eric Frede & Frank Sullivan
    North Florida at USC Upstate ESPN3
    Kennesaw State at Lipscomb ESPN3
  8 p.m. Murray State at Tennessee Tech
Rich Hollenberg & Adrian Branch
    Clemson at Florida State ESPN3 * & ACC Network
    Virginia at Virginia Tech ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  8:30 p.m. Lamar at Oral Roberts ESPN3
  9 p.m. UCLA at No. 6 Arizona
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton & Samantha Ponder
  10 p.m. Stanford at Colorado
Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon
  11 p.m. BYU at No. 10 Gonzaga
Dave Flemming & Stephen Bardo
Fri, Jan 25 7 p.m. Loyola (Md.) at Manhattan
Doug Sherman & Tim McCormick
  9 p.m. Green Bay at Milwaukee
Jim Barbar & Malcolm Huckaby
Sat, Jan 26 11 a.m. No. 3 Syracuse at Villanova
Beth Mowins & Tim Welsh
  Noon No. 5 Louisville at Georgetown
Mike Patrick & Len Elmore
    No. 14 Ohio State at Penn State
Bob Wischusen & Dan Dakich
    No. 24 Notre Dame at South Florida
Anish Shroff & Bob Wenzel
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  1 p.m. West Virginia at Oklahoma State
Brad Sham & Bob Valvano
    Boston College at Virginia ESPN3 * & RSN ^
  1:30 p.m. No. 11 Kansas State at Iowa State
Mitch Holthus & Chris Piper
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
    Arkansas at South Carolina
Mike Morgan & Barry Booker
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  2 p.m. Alabama at Tennessee
Mark Jones & Jimmy Dykes
    Providence at Marquette
Mike Couzens & Sean Kearney
    Jacksonville at USC Upstate ESPN3
  3 p.m. Northwestern at Nebraska
Adam Amin & Brooke Weisbrod
    Wake Forest at Georgia Tech ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  4 p.m. Oklahoma at No. 3 Kansas
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla
    Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee
Rich Hollenberg & Mark Adams
    Baylor at TCU
Dave Armstrong & Stephen Howard
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
    LSU at Kentucky
Clay Matvick & Joe Dean
ESPN3 & SEC Network
    DePaul at Pittsburgh
John Sanders & John Celestand
  5 p.m. Vanderbilt at No. 22 Missouri
Tom Hart & Matt Doherty
  6 p.m. Temple at No. 9 Butler
Jim Barbar & Stephen Bardo
  6 p.m. Georgia at Texas A&M ESPN3 * & FSN
  7 p.m. North Carolina at NC State
Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale & Shannon Spake
    USC at No. 6 Arizona
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
    Campbell at Coastal Carolina ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Vermont at Albany
Eric Frede & Frank Sullivan
  7:30 p.m. Mercer at Lipscomb ESPN3
  8 p.m. No. 8 Florida at Mississippi State
Dave Lamont & Kara Lawson
    Texas Tech at Texas Longhorn Network
    Mississippi at Auburn ESPN3 * & FSN
  10:30 p.m. BYU at Portland
Roxy Bernstein & Steve Cleveland
Sun, Jan 27 Noon Seton Hall at St. John’s
Eamon McAnaney & Jim Spanarkel
  1 p.m. Virginia Tech at Clemson ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  2 p.m. Rutgers at Connecticut
Kevin Connors & Tim Welsh
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  3 p.m. Drake at Missouri State ESPN3
  4 p.m. Niagara at Canisius
Bob Huessler & Vin Parise
  6 p.m. Florida State at No. 25 Miami
Carter Blackburn, Jay Williams & Allison Williams
  8 p.m. No. 17 Creighton at Southern Illinois
Mitch Holthus & Mark Adams

 * Local blackout may apply



New York Rangers Goalie Henrik Lundqvist Joins The Swedish Chef in New “This is SportsCenter” Spot
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Coinciding with the NHL’s long-awaited return to the ice, the latest This is SportsCenter spot – which debuted on ESPN’s Facebook and Twitter pages on Friday – includes New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and his fellow countryman, The Swedish Chef.  The spot made its television debut Saturday in conjunction with the start of the season and marks the first time a member of The Muppets is featured in the long-running franchise campaign. Photos

“Swedish Chef” once again brings fans to the ESPN cafeteria in Bristol, Conn., with the bushy eye-browed chef reviewing the specials of the day.  Fellow Swede, Lundqvist, lends a helping hand by interpreting the specials back to bewildered ESPN anchor Steve LevyRobert Flores and Linda Cohn are also in the spot. 

For more than 18 years, This is SportsCenter has given fans and viewers an inside peek at the Bristol campus with a humorous spin on day-to-day life at ESPN.  The network has produced more than 400 advertising spots in this signature franchise, in collaboration with Wieden + Kennedy.



Archie Manning and Takeo Spikes to Visit ESPN
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Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, father of Super Bowl champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning, will visit ESPN Wednesday, Jan. 23. In addition, San Diego Chargers linebacker Takeo Spikes will make a guest appearance on the network’s radio and TV shows Thursday, Jan. 24, including First Take (ESPN2, at 10 a.m.), SVP & Russillo (ESPN Radio, at 1 p.m.), Coach & Company (ESPN Radio, at 4 p.m. and Hill & Schlereth (ESPN Radio, at 7 p.m.).



espnW.com: The Cold List Fuels Winter Training, Summer on the Run, espnW Roundtable, and Ogwumike Blogs
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espnW continues its motivational campaign, the Cold List, encouraging women to achieve their personal fitness goals through the use of shareable tiles on espnW.com. The visual inspiration program consists of 43 images designed to fuel women’s winter training, provide encouragement and connect them with others who share similar goals across several social media platforms. Other features on espnW.com include the Summer on the Run series, espnW Roundtable focusing on the Australian Open, and a blog from Stanford women’s basketball forward Chiney Ogwumike.