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ESPN ThisWeek — December 10, 2012


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Six NBA Games on ESPN in Four Days Beginning with Knicks at Nets Tuesday
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ESPN will present six NBA games in four days, Dec. 11-14, beginning with a New York showdown between the red-hot New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets at the new Barclays Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. Mark Jones, Jeff Van Gundy and Doris Burke will call the game for this Big Apple battle. In the nightcap, the Chicago Bulls make their season debut on ESPN when they host the Los Angeles Clippers at 9:30 p.m. Dave Pasch will call the game with analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Heather Cox.

On Wednesday, Kia NBA Countdown returns at 7:30 p.m., and will precede a prime-time doubleheader. At 8 p.m., the Boston Celtics host the Dallas Mavericks with ESPN’s lead crew – Mike Breen, analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke – providing commentary. Following, the surging San Antonio Spurs face the Utah Jazz at 10:30 p.m. ESPN analyst Chris Mullin makes his season debut in the late game with Terry Gannon handling play-by-play duties.

Friday’s doubleheader will start with a matchup between the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics at 8 p.m. followed by the Memphis Grizzlies facing the Denver Nuggets at 10:30 p.m.

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network(s)
Tues, Dec 11 7 p.m. New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets
Mark Jones, Jeff Van Gundy, Doris Burke
9:30 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers at Chicago Bulls
Dave Pasch, Hubie Brown, Heather Cox
Wed, Dec 12 7:30 p.m. KIA NBA Countdown
Magic Johnson, Bill Simmons, Mike Wilbon, Jalen Rose
8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Boston Celtics
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Doris Burke
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz
Terry Gannon, Chris Mullin
Fri, Dec 14 7:30 p.m. KIA NBA Countdown
Magic Johnson, Bill Simmons, Mike Wilbon, Jalen Rose
8 p.m. Boston Celtics at Houston Rockets
Mike Tirico, Jon Barry
10:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Denver Nuggets
Terry Gannon, Chris Mullin


Bodenheimer, Gifford and Whitaker to be Inducted into Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame
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George Bodenheimer, longtime ESPN president now the company’s executive chairman, along with legendary ABC Sports broadcasters Frank Gifford and Jack Whitaker will be inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.  The sixth annual ceremony will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11, in New York.

Bodenheimer joined ESPN in 1981, rose rapidly and served as president from 1998 until choosing to relinquish the role at the end of 2011.  He led ESPN through an unprecedented period of global growth.  He also oversaw all multimedia sports assets of The Walt Disney Company from 2003 – 2011 and was co-chairman, Disney Media Networks from 2004 – 2011.

Gifford, an NFL Hall of Famer, was seen for many years on ABC’s Monday Night Football, Wide World of Sports and the network’s coverage of numerous Olympics.  Whitaker joined ABC after 21 years at CBS and his reporting skills and poignant essays graced productions of the Olympics and a wide variety of events on Wide World of Sports, as well ABC’s World News Tonight, Nightline and 20/20.

Others to be honored Tuesday evening:  audio pioneer Ray Dolby, sports production executive Ed Goren, NBC cameraman Cory Leible, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and NBC operations and engineering guru Jack Weir.

The Hall of Fame honors those from across the entire spectrum of the sports broadcast industry who impacted, directly or indirectly, the way sports television is produced. All table proceeds from the event are donated to the Sports Broadcasting Fund, which supports the families of the sports production industry in times of need.

ESPN Conference Call with NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
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ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. will be available to answer questions during a media conference call on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. To participate, please RSVP to Allie Stoneberg.

Men’s College Hoops: Holiday Hoops Tips Off Saturday, includes No. 5 Florida at No. 8 Arizona
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ESPN’s annual Holiday Hoops Presented by Kay Jewelers – celebrating all of the games around the holidays – will tip off with 14 games Saturday, Dec. 15, highlighted by No. 5 Florida at No. 8 Arizona.  The showdown between two of the remaining 14 unbeaten teams starts at 10 p.m. on ESPN. Additional highlights:

  • ESPN3 and ESPNU will combine to televise two games recognizing the 50th anniversary of a game that changed college basketball.  In March 1963, Mississippi State – with an entirely white roster – went up against the state’s “unwritten law” barring schools from competing in racially integrated events.  MSU played Loyola (Ill.) Ramblers at Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Mich.  On Saturday, ESPN3 will offer Mississippi State at Loyola at 8 p.m. (re-aired on ESPNU at 11 p.m.) while ESPNU will televise Tuskegee at Michigan State from Jenison Field House at 9 p.m.  The Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, will be in attendance at Loyola and will proclaim it “The Day of Change” in his state.  The ceremony will include most of the players from the 1963 game.
  • ESPN will televise No. 3 Michigan against West Virginia in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival Presented by Honda in Brooklyn, N.Y., at 8 p.m.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and Longhorn Network schedule through December 16 

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network(s)
Sat, Dec 15 Noon East Carolina at No. 21 North Carolina
Adam Amin & Jay Williams
  2 p.m. Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (Oklahoma City)
Dave Armstrong & Reid Gettys
  2 p.m. Georgia Southern at Virginia Tech
Byron Kerr & Cory Alexander
  4:30 p.m. Purdue vs. No. 22 Notre Dame (Indianapolis)
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
  7 p.m. Belmont at No. 9 Kansas
Carter Blackburn & Seth Greenberg
  7 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Pittsburgh
Tim Neverett & Darrin Horn
  7 p.m. Norfolk at NC State
Mike Gleason & Stan Lewter
  7 p.m. Florida A&M at Clemson ESPN3
  8 p.m. Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival Presented by Honda: West Virginia vs. No. 3 Michigan (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Jon Sciambi & Bill Raftery
  8 p.m. Mississippi State at Loyola (Ill.)
Jim Barbar, Stephen Bardo & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN3 **
  8 p.m. Texas State at Texas Longhorn Network
  9 p.m. Kansas State vs. No. 14 Gonzaga (Seattle)
Dave Flemming & Fran Fraschilla
  9 p.m. Tuskegee at No. 19 Michigan State (in Jenison Field House)
Clay Matvick, Tim McCormick & TBD
  10 p.m. No. 5 Florida at No. 8 Arizona
Dave Pasch & Miles Simon
Sun, Dec 16 4 p.m. Delaware at Villanova
Mike Corey & Tim Welsh
  6 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at No. 10 Illinois
Jim Barbar & Stephen Bardo

** Available on ESPNU at 11 p.m. ET

GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase Tips off December 13
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The 2012-13 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase will feature the top seven teams in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings and 36 ranked players in the ESPN 100, Super 60 and Terrific 25 in 14 games across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU from Dec. 13, 2012 through Feb. 10, 2013.

The schedule tips off on Thursday, Dec. 13 with a doubleheader on ESPN featuring: No. 7 Aaron Gordon (No. 12 Archbishop Mitty) facing No. 3 Andrew Harrison and No. 5 Aaron Harrison (No. 7 Travis) in Houston at 8 p.m. followed by No. 2 Jabari Parker (No. 1 Simeon) against No. 36 Matt Jones (No. 19 Desoto) in Dallas at 9:30 p.m.

In total, five of the Top 7 seniors in the country are scheduled to play during the Showcase opening night which includes a 7:30 p.m. game on ESPNU and the doubleheader on ESPN.  Full details and schedule

NASCAR Season Review Programs Air Thursday
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The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series seasons will be reviewed in a pair of half-hour programs Thursday, Dec. 13, on ESPN2. The season, which saw Brad Keselowski win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, will be reviewed at 3:30 p.m., preceded at 3 p.m. by a review of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season in which Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won his second straight title.

30 for 30: You Don’t Know Bo:  ESPN’s Highest Overnight Rating for a Documentary
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You Don’t Know Bo, the latest film in ESPN Films’ Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated 30 for 30 film series, earned a 2.3 metered market overnight rating, the highest ever for an ESPN documentary, according to the Nielsen Company. You Don’t Know Bo rated highest in Birmingham, Ala., with a 7.9 metered market rating. The film, which aired Saturday, Dec. 8, after the Heisman Trophy presentation, topped The Fab Five, an ESPN Films documentary that premiered to a 2.0 overnight rating on March 13, 2011, and focused on the famed University of Michigan basketball team of the early 1990s.

Directed by Michael Bonfiglio and produced by @radical.media, You Don’t Know Bo takes a close look at two-sport athlete Vincent Edward “Bo” Jackson and the creation of a legend.  As the only athlete ever selected to play in the NFL Pro Bowl and the MLB All-Star Game, Jackson will forever be known as a cultural icon who looms larger than life as one of the most famous athletes of all time. This film examines the truths and tall tales that surround Jackson, and how his seemingly impossible deeds captured the country’s collective imagination for an all-too-brief period in time. You Don’t Know Bo will re-air Wednesday, Dec.12, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine Present the Hall of 100
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ESPN will debut a new baseball-themed collaboration between ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine titled the Hall of 100. The project recognizes the top 100 baseball legends of all time and projects the next generation of Hall of 100 candidates. Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 11, Nos. 100-75 will be revealed online with Nos. 75-26 unveiled Wednesday, Dec. 12. The final 25 will be named Thursday, Dec. 13, during a live chat on ESPN.com.

The content will be supported with essays, articles and videos by Steve Wulf, Matt Meyers, Dan Szymborski, Jim Caple, Christina Kahrl, Jerry Crasnick, David Schoenfield, Tim Kurkjian, Peter Keating, Eric Karabell, Jayson Stark, Doug Glanville, Mark Simon and Buster Olney.

#Hallof100 will serve as the official hashtag across social platforms for the series.

2013 WNBA Draft Moved to Prime Time
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The 2013 WNBA Draft airs Monday, April 15, with coverage and analysis of the first round beginning at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and marks the event’s first time in a prime-time window. The world’s top female basketball prospects will convene at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios for the third straight year. ESPNU will air the second and third rounds beginning at 9 p.m.

“ESPN is continually looking for new ways to expand on our commitment to the WNBA and the sport of women’s basketball,” said Carol Stiff, ESPN vice president, programming and acquisitions. “With the caliber of players that is expected to enter the 2013 WNBA Draft, it was a logical decision to move the event to a prime-time telecast.”

“To schedule the WNBA Draft in prime time is a significant commitment by ESPN and is indicative of the growing interest in the league and the women’s game overall,” said WNBA President, Laurel J. Richie. “We are very much looking forward to the 2013 season and that tips off with what we anticipate will be one of the most exciting – and followed – drafts in league history.”

After garnering the top selection in this year’s WNBA Draft Lottery, which aired on ESPN’s SportsCenter in September, the Phoenix Mercury hold the top pick in the WNBA Draft for the third time in franchise history. Rounding out this year’s top five picks are the Chicago Sky (second), Tulsa Shock (third), Washington Mystics (fourth), and the New York Liberty (fifth).

Among the top college seniors are Baylor center Brittney Griner, Delaware guard/forward Elena Delle Donne, Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins, Georgetown guard Sugar Rodgers and Maryland forward Tianna Hawkins.

The WNBA Draft will also be available online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.


New WatchESPN Promo Spots Get into the Spirit of the Season
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In the spirit of the season, ESPN today will begin to run promotional spots across its networks promoting WatchESPN in a series called “Hugs.”  The spots evoke why this time of year is so special: family, friends and football.  Whether it’s going back home, office holiday parties or reuniting with loved ones, fans won’t miss have to miss a moment of their favorite college bowl games.

To view the spot: http://bit.ly/TMmoaN

Images for download: http://es.pn/TMckyo

WatchESPN is accessible to fans who receive their video subscription from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV or Midcontinent Communications.  It is available in 40 million households online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members.

espnW.com: Women’s College Hoops Player of the Week and Weekly Wrap, and espnW Headliners
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espnW.com continues naming its national player of the week every Monday throughout the women’s college basketball season. BYU Cougar Haley Steed receives this week’s honor based on her stand-out performance and leadership both on and off the court. Other highlights on espnW.com include contributor Graham Hays’ weekly wrap, Rebecca Lobo interviews Baylor guard Odyssey Sims in 5 Questions, and the 12-part series, espnW Headliners, highlighting up-and-coming athletes who embody confidence, strength and talent in their respective sports.

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