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ESPN announced today that its WatchESPN IOS application for iPhones and iPads has undergone a major upgrade.
In addition to watching live feeds from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater, the app has new enhancements- including what’s called Live Toolbar, which presents stats, scores and ESPN.com on-demand clips – all while still viewing the streaming video.
“The catalyst for this latest update to the WatchESPN App was content discovery and interactivity. Video is at the very core of what ESPN does best, and the addition of scores, stat and robust highlights and clips complement the fan viewing experience,” said Damon Phillips, Vice President, WatchESPN & ESPN3. “Through constant innovation, we’re able to serve fans not only with what they want right now, but with what we anticipate they’ll want in the future.”
The new app is available today from the IOS App Store.
ESPN FC is celebrating its first anniversary by touting its traffic numbers online.
ESPNFC.com is averaging 5.1 million unique visitors per month, making it the no. 1 soccer-specific site in the U.S.
The anniversary coincides with the debut of ESPN FC on ESPN2 in the U.S., which airs its one-hour editions on Sundays at 12 a.m. ET and 30-minute editions on weekdays at 5:30 p.m.
“Our commitment and dedication to ESPN FC to cover the world’s most popular sport globally and across all screens remains as strong as ever,” said Bimal Kapadia, senior director, ESPN FC. “We look forward to serving fans a unique show and new digital products and services in the coming months leading up to the biggest event in football, the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.”
“The numbers over the past year show how fans have come to know ESPN FC as a trusted source of information for the latest news and coverage from around the world of football,” said James Martin, deputy editor, ESPN FC. “We have made and continue to make a concerted effort to hire a high-caliber group of global contributors to join our already stellar editorial newsroom.”
NBC Sports and Rotoworld, the internet’s highest-trafficked fantasy sports information site, have struck a deal where the website will bring exclusive fantasy football information to listeners of NBC Sports Radio.
“Rotoworld has always been my go-to fantasy source for news and information and I couldn’t be more excited, as a true fantasy fan and player, to welcome this partnership,” said Chris Corcoran, Dial Global’s EVP/GM Sports Programming. “The fantasy space is massive and continues to grow at an enormous pace. Our exclusive programming will help feed this extremely loyal fantasy fan base.”
“This is a natural extension for Rotoworld, as sports radio has long been a popular platform for fantasy sports players,” said Brett Vandermark, Director, Fantasy Content, NBC Sports Digital/Rotoworld. “Combined with the recent launch ofFantasy Football Live – Thursday Night! on NBC Sports Network, this agreement allows fantasy players to access Rotoworld on virtually every platform — audio, television, print, mobile and of course, the web.”
An on-demand specialty shows will be hosted by NBC Sports Radio anchor and Rotoworld contributor Kay Adams, a fantasy sports expert. The twice weekly (Tuesday and Friday) exclusive, 60-minute NFL-related fantasy show begins airing on NBC Sports Radio the week on August 26th. They can be found on the NBC Sports Radio on-demand network, including NBCSportsRadio.com and the mobile app NBCSportsRadio.
NBC Sports Radio and Dial Global have announced that current MLB Network and Showtime host Brian Kenney will serve as its mid-morning host when the network launches its 24/7 line-up on April 1st.
Kenny, who has also worked at ESPN, will host the 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. ET time slot.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the team at NBC Sports Radio and Dial Global and I am excited to be back on the airwaves.” said Kenney, ”We look forward to building a show that fosters intelligent sports conversation with in-depth analysis. It’s going to be a blast.”
“I’ve always enjoyed Brian’s unique perspective on sports and his incredible interview skills.” said Chris Corcoran, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Dial Global, ”He’s going to make listeners think outside the box and will deliver one of the most intelligent national sports talk shows to the scene.”
With the final piece to its weekday schedule in place, here is the complete NBC Sports Radio Network schedule:
WEEKDAY (MONDAY-FRIDAY) LINEUP
6am-9am, ET- The Erik Kuselias Show
9am-12n, ET- The Brian Kenny Show
12n-3pm, ET- Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs
3pm-7pm, ET- Under Center with McNabb & Malone
7pm-10pm, ET- The Jon Stashower Show
10pm-1am, ET- Amani & Eytan
1am-6am, ET- The Dan Schwartzman Show
7am-9am, ET- Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison
9am-12n, ET- The Clay Travis Show
12n-3pm, ET- The Anita Marks Show
3pm-6pm, ET- The Brian Webber Show
6pm-9pm, ET- TBA
9pm-1am, ET- The Jason Page Show
1am-5am, ET- The Rob Buska Show
5am-8am, ET- The Jim Daniels Show
8am-9am, ET- Speaking of Sports with Rob Simmelkjaer
9am-12n, ET- TBA
12n-3pm, ET- The Anita Marks Show
3pm-6pm, ET- The Brian Webber Show
6pm-9pm, ET- The Chris Mannix Show
9pm-1am, ET- The Jason Page Show
Cowboys and Dolphins to Play in Hall of Fame Game- The NFL announced today that the Dallas Cowboys will take on the Miami Dolphins in the traditional Hall of Fame game to kick-off the 2013 NFL pre-season. The game will take place Sunday, August 4th at 8p.m. ET and air on NBC.
Scruggs to Host Voices of the Game Middays on NBC Sports Radio- NBC Sports Radio has announced that weekend sports talk host Newy Scruggs will host a 12:00-3:00p.m. ET weekday show beginning April 1st. Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs will feature a recognizable sports “voice” during the entire second hour of the show. Personalities will include Chipper Jones (Tuesdays), Stan Van Gundy (Fridays), Bobby Valentine (Thursdays) and Chris Mannix (Wednesdays).
NBC and Golf Channel Prep for Arnold Palmer Invitational- NBC Sports and the Golf Channel will provide blanket coverage of this weekend’s PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational. The networks will devote nearly 80 total hours of news and tournament action, which includes 22 live hours of tournament coverage on NBC and Golf Channel. The Golf Channel will have first and second round action Thursday and Friday beginning at 3:00p.m. ET. Third and fourth round coverage on Golf Channel begins at 12:30p.m. ET while NBC takes over Saturday and Sunday at 2:30p.m. ET. Golf Broadcast teams will include Rich Lerner and Frank Nobilo (Golf Channel), and Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller (NBC). For telecasts on both networks, Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen will report from tower positions, while Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Notah Begay will walk the course. Steve Sands will conduct player interviews. Jimmy Roberts will be around for the weekend.
Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone to Co-Host Radio Show on NBC Sports Radio- NBC Sports and Dial Global announced today that former NFL stars Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone will co-host the afternoon drive show on NBC Sports Radio beginning April 1st. Under Center with McNabb & Malone will air between 3:00-7:00pm ET Monday-Friday.
ESPN Preps for NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Selection Show- ESPN will have exclusive coverage of the announcement of the 64 teams in the 2013 NCAA Women’s College Basketball Championship this Monday. The NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Presented by Capital One airs Monday at 7:00p.m. with Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, Carolyn Peck, Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo.
NBC Sees Record Ratings for WGC-Cadillac Championship- NBC Sports reports the viewership for last weekend’s WGC-Cadillac Championship were record setting. The Golf Channel had a 1.5 rating for the second round on Friday, making it the most-watched second round in the history of the tournament. Final round coverage on NBC earned a 3.7 rating, up 33% from 2012.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel Returns Next Week- The latest edition of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will air on HBO Tuesday night at 10:00p.m. ET/PT. Among the topics will be a profile of former boxing champion Mike Tyson; the stroy of transsexual college athlete Gabrielle Ludwig; a look at how extreme are Extreme Sports; and an update on Olympic track star Lolo Jones.
ESPN to Provide Multi-Platform Coverage of U.S. Men’s Soccer- ESPN will provide coverage across its varied platforms of two U.S. Men’s Soccer FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. The first match takes place next Friday, March 22, with USA vs. Costa Rica at 10:00 p.m. ET outside Denver, andthe second on Tuesday, March 26th, in Mexico City, with Mexico vs. USA at 9:30 p.m. ET Both matches will be aired live on ESPN and WatchESPN with Ian Darke, Kasey Keller and Alexi Lalas have the English-language call.
Kuselias to host Morning Show on NBC Sports Radio- NBC and Dial Global announced today that Erik Kuselias will be the morning drive talk show host when NBC Sports Radio launches its full time schedule on April 1st. Kuselias had been host of the weekday 7:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. slot. That program time will now be filled by Sunday morning host Jon Stashower.
Acta Joins ESPN- ESPN announced today that former Major League manager Manny Acta has joined the network as a baseball analyst. Acta will appear on a number of ESPN programs; including Baseball Tonight, Beisbol Esta Noche, SportsCenter and other studio programming. He will also contribute to ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio. Acta served as manager of both the Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians.
NBA Double Header Wednesday on ESPN- ESPN will produce a NBA double header this Wednesday night. At 8:00p.m. ET the Utah Jazz take on the Oklahoma City Thunder with Dave Pasch, Hubie Brown and Heather Cox on the call. At 10:30p.m. ET Mike Breen and Jon Barry have the call of New York Knicks at Denver Nuggets.
NASCAR Nationwide Series this Weekend from Bristol on ESPN- The next stop in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will take place this Saturday from the Bristol Motor Speedway. Alan Bestwick will be joined by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree for the call of the race while Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch report from the pits. Action begins at 1:30p.m. ET with NASCAR Countdown with Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty.
HBO to Produce Road to Rios/Alvarado II- As part of its continuing series to go behind-the-scenes of upcoming boxing matches, HBO Sports will produce its latest Road to series leading up to the second fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. Road to Rios/Alvarado II will debut this Saturday at 12:15a.m. ET/PT.