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Pepper Leaves NBC To Cover Golf for ESPN- ESPN has announced that it has hired former NBC golf reporter Dottie Pepper to serve in the same role at ESPN. Pepper begins her new role at the U.S. Open next month and will also make appearances on SportsCenter and write for ESPN.com.
NBC Sees Record Viewership Numbers from the Players Championship- NBC Sports reported yesterday that Sunday’s final round of the Player’s Championship averaged 7.6 million viewers with a rating of 5.0, the largest audience for the tournament in 20 years. The audience was up 59% over 2012.
PGA Tour Returns to CBS This Weekend with Byron Nelson Championship- CBS gets back to its coverage of the PGA Tour this weekend with the Byron Nelson Championship. Action will begin at 3:00p.m. ET both Saturday and Sunday. Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo anchor the coverage with Ian Baker-Finch at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th hole. David Feherty and Peter Kostis serve as on-course reporters.
ESPN today announced the schedule of the first Big 12/SEC Challenge college basketball event. ESPN will televise all ten games of the series.
Here is the schedule:
|Thu, Nov 14||Texas Tech at Alabama|
|Mon, Dec 2||Vanderbilt at Texas|
|Auburn at Iowa State|
|Thu, Dec 5||Ole Miss at Kansas State|
|West Virginia at Missouri|
|TCU at Mississippi State|
|Fri, Dec 6||South Carolina at No. 11 Oklahoma State|
|No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 19 Baylor (Arlington)|
|Tue, Dec 10||No. 5 Kansas at No. 7 Florida|
|Sat, Dec 21||Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M (Houston)|
Spring is the time of year when the networks unveil their plans for the upcoming television season which starts in the fall. ESPN held its “Upfront” event today in New York and announced a number of new programs and features for the coming year.
Among the new television ventures this season include (from ESPN PR):
- ESPN will debut NFL Insiders, a new one-hour weekday pro football-themed show, in time for the 2013 season.
- Year-round program, which will replace NFL32, will focus on the biggest NFL news stories and information each day, including front office decisions, coaching moves, trades, free agency, NFL Draft, and more.
- Debuts Monday, Aug. 5, the day after the Pro Football Hall of Fame game.
- Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, two of the most respected reporters in the NFL, will be featured prominently on NFL Insiders and will have an even greater platform for breaking league news.
- Fans will also gain an inside look into how teams operate from six-time NFL Executive of the Year Bill Polian, who has more than a quarter century of front office experience.
- Veteran host/anchor Suzy Kolber will host the show from Bristol.
- The program’s daily four-person panel will include journalists, former front office executives and league experts.
ESPNFC – New Daily Show
· ESPN launching its first daily, highlights-driven, soccer studio program in the U.S. (Sundays-Fridays) on Aug. 11.
· Show will offer fans need-to-know news, information, highlights, in-depth analysis and digital segments.
· Will feature influential voices both from ESPN’s soccer coverage on television and ESPN FC’s global newsroom of reporters, columnists, insiders, bloggers and more.
ESPN also announced that a new slate of 30 for 30 films will debut beginning October 1st. Among the films set for the fall: Big Shot, from director Kevin Connolly (Entourage), about con man John Spano’s attempt to buy the New York Islanders; Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, from director Sam George, about the famous surfing icon; and No Mas, from director Eric Drath, about Roberto Duran and his rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard.
SportsCenter will see many new changes in the coming year (again from ESPN PR):
This is SportsCenter:
On August 1,ESPN will showcase the top 50 ‘This is SportsCenter’ spots in an hour-long special
ESPN also announced that it will have a new soccer app tied into ESPNFC.com
ESPN announced today that it has reached an agreement to extend the contract of college basketball reporter Andy Katz. Under the new deal Katz will continue his multi-platform role for ESPN.com and ESPN networks. Katz has been with ESPN since 1999.
Katz will continue his daily written and video contributions for ESPN.com, in addition to contributions for ESPN the Magazine. After the debut of his weekly show, Katz Korner, and hosting The Experts on ESPNU, his role on ESPN networks will continue to expand in both a reporting and hosting capacity for Outside the Lines on ESPN. His reporting role will also continue courtside, as well as in studio, during college basketball games.
Here is the schedule of Major League Baseball games, along with announcer assignments, on the networks of ESPN this week:
|Date||Time (ET)||Game / Commentators||Networks|
Wed, May 15
|7 p.m.||Wednesday Night Baseball presented by T-Mobile: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
Sean McDonough, Nomar Garciaparra, Tim Kurkjian
|10 p.m.||Baseball Tonight presented by Snapper Tractors
Jon Sciambi, John Kruk, Manny Acta, Doug Glanville
|Sun, May 19||7 p.m.||Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet
Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, Curt Schilling, Kurkjian
|8 p.m.||Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell: Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers
ESPN: Dan Shulman, Kruk, Orel Hershiser, Buster Olney
ESPN Radio: Sciambi, Chris Singleton
ESPN Deportes: Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Alvarez, Guillermo Celis
|ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes,WatchESPN|