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College Football is Back! ESPN Welcomes the Sport’s Return with Multi-Platform Media Days Coverage and Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney in Bristol, Conn.


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  • College Football Live: Episodes from SEC and Pac-12 Media Days Begin Season-Long Campaign
  • Specials from ACC Football Kickoff and Big 12 Media Days; ACC Network Extra Streams Two-Day ACC Event
  • SEC Network with Wall-to-Wall SEC Kickoff Content
  • American, Conference USA, MAC, and Sun Belt Among Media Days on ESPN3

ESPN will begin its 2018 season-long college football campaign in earnest with multi-platform coverage of conference kickoff events and media days, the return of College Football Live and national championship-winning coaches Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban coming to its Bristol, Conn., campus.

Daily Episodes of College Football Live Return, Airs from SEC and Pac-12 Media Days in July
College Football Live will make its return on Monday, July 16, airing its season-debut live from the College Football Hall of Fame and SEC Kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2). The 30-minute show will continue throughout the month, airing at its normal, season-long timeslot of 3:30 p.m. most days and 5 p.m. on other days. In July and the season, the program will regularly air on ESPN2.

In addition to airing from SEC Media Days during its return week (July 16-20), the show will be live from Pac-12 Media Day on Wednesday, July 25 (3:30 p.m.).

ESPNU and ACC Network Extra Live from ACC Football Kickoff; ESPNU and Longhorn Network at Big 12 Media Days; ESPNU at Pac-12 Media Day; ESPN3 Streams Seven Media Days
ESPN’s networks will bring fans to 11 media days, including ESPNU and ACC Network Extra programming at ACC Football Kickoff (July 18-19), SEC Network coverage at SEC Kickoff (July 15-19), ESPNU and Longhorn Network at Big 12 Media Days (July 16-17), and ESPNU at Pac-12 Media Day (July 25). ESPN3 streams live specials from the American (July 23-24), Conference USA (July 19), MAC (July 24), Sun Belt (July 23), Big South (July 24), Northeast (July 24), Southland (July 19) media days. will have nearly a dozen writers covering the various media days.

National Championship-Winning Head Coaches Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban Live in Bristol
ESPN will host Clemson’s Dabo Swinney (July 23) and Alabama’s Nick Saban (July 24) at its Bristol, Conn., headquarters with the two coaches appearing across numerous ESPN shows and platforms throughout the day. A more detailed schedule of their appearances will be determined as the date approaches.

ESPN+ to House Classic College Football Games On Demand
Starting this summer, ESPN+ will house classic college football games available on demand, including the top games from last season.

ESPNU Re-Airs Best Games from Last Season
Beginning July 16, ESPNU will re-air the best games from the 2017 college football season at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET most nights, concluding with last year’s top two games on Thursday, July 26.

Overview of ESPN’s Media Day Schedule Below
Doesn’t include daily episodes of College Football Live

Date Time (ET) Conference Network
Mon, July 16 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. SEC SEC Network*
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Big 12 Longhorn Network
4 – 7 p.m. Big 12 ESPNU**
Tue, July 17 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. SEC SEC Network
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Big 12 Longhorn Network
4 – 7 p.m. Big 12 ESPNU**
Wed, July 18 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. SEC SEC Network
10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. ACC ACC Network Extra
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. CUSA ESPN3
4 – 6 p.m. ACC ESPNU
Thu, July 19 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. SEC SEC Network
9:15 am – 2:45 p.m. ACC ACC Network Extra
10 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Southland ESPN3
10 a.m. – noon CUSA ESPN3
4 – 6 p.m. ACC ESPNU
Mon, July 23 2-4 p.m. Sun Belt ESPN3
TBD American ESPN3
Tue, July 24 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. MAC ESPN3
TBD American ESPN3
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Northeast ESPN3
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Big South ESPN3
Wed, July 25 5-7 p.m. Pac-12 ESPNU

*Complete SEC Network programming can be found here

**Re-air of Longhorn Network programming



Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner