Wednesday, August 31, 2011

UFC, College Football and Soccer come to Fox Sundays

From Fox Sports -

FOX SPORTS MAKES SINGLEHEADER SUNDAYS SIZZLE

Barclays Premier League, College Football & UFC Specials Compliment NFL Lineup

Historic “Game Before the Game” on Super Bowl Sunday is First-Ever

Live Barclays Premier League Regular Season Match on US Broadcast Television

New York, NY
– This fall, as the weather cools, FOX Sports turns up the heat on NFL singleheader Sundays with a big-event lineup that includes the hottest matches in Barclays Premier League soccer, an exclusive Ultimate Fighting Championship special and an in-depth college football championship preview. All events air either immediately before or after the NFL ON FOX game assigned to a given market that day.

“FOX Sports is the destination for championship sports programming and events,” said Bill Wanger, FOX Sports Media Group EVP, Programming & Research. “We’re excited to bring viewers historic coverage of the first-ever live Barclays Premier League regular season match to air on network television next February. These unique events and specials are a terrific compliment to the day’s NFL on FOX coverage.”

FOX Sports' regular season Barclays Premier League (BPL) coverage, a first for US broadcast television, kicks off Sunday, Sept.18 with a tape-delay match featuring Manchester United vs. Chelsea. It is the first of four marquis events showcasing some of the world’s most storied soccer clubs. In addition to the Sept. 18 match, FOX Sports airs BPL contests on Oct. 2 when Tottenham takes on Arsenal (tape-delay) and Nov. 20 when Chelsea makes its second appearance, this time against Liverpool (tape-delay). All three tape-delay games, which air either from 2:00-4:00 PM ET or 4:30-6:30 PM ET, will have aired live earlier in the day on FOX Soccer. FOX Sports' BPL coverage culminates with broadcast television’s first-ever live Barclays Premier League match on Super Bowl Sunday. The “Game Before the Game,” which has set viewership records for FOX Soccer the past two years, airs live on FOX Sunday, Feb.5 beginning at 10:30 AM ET.

On Sunday, Oct. 30, in anticipation of the UFC's landmark live primetime FOX debut in November, FOX Sports offers UFC PRIMETIME, an intense, one-hour, behind-the-scenes look at the fighters’ preparation leading up to the Nov. 12 main event. FOX Sports recently announced a multi-year, multi-platform rights agreement that features programming on several FOX networks including FX and FUEL TV. Featured programming includes live fights, pre and post shows, countdown shows, and a variety of UFC-produced original programs.

College football fans know that they'll be watching history on FOX when teams square off in the inaugural Pac-12 and Big Ten Football Championship games. Leading up to the big games, FOX Sports airs the COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL Sunday, Nov. 27. This hour-long preview highlights the match-ups and key players for those games and all the upcoming college football championship games. The Pac-12 Championship Game airs in primetime on FOX, Friday, Dec. 2 followed by the Big Ten Championship airing in primetime on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Following is a list of the additional scheduled events. NFL game assignments determining what time these specials air regionally are announced two weeks prior to game day.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE SOCCER
Manchester United vs. Chelsea
2:00 – 4:00 PM ET (Pre-NFL) OR
4:30 – 6:30 PM ET (Post NFL – including post-game show)

SUNDAY OCTOBER 2, 2011
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE SOCCER
Tottenham vs. Arsenal
2:00 – 4:00 PM ET (Pre-NFL) OR
4:30 – 6:30 PM ET (Post NFL – including post-game show)

SUNDAY OCTOBER 30, 2011
UFC PRIMETIME
3:00 – 4:00 PM ET (Pre-NFL) OR
4:30 – 5:30 PM ET (Post NFL – including post-game show)

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2011
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE SOCCER
Chelsea vs. Liverpool
2:00 – 4:00 PM ET (Pre-NFL) OR
4:30 – 6:30 PM ET (Post NFL – including post-game show)

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2011
COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL
3:00 – 4:00 PM ET (Pre-NFL) OR
4:30 – 5:30 PM ET (Post NFL – including post-game show)

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2012
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE SOCCER (LIVE)
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM ET / 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM PT


BCS Winners by ESPN

From ESPN -


ESPN College Football Analysts Predict Conference Winners, BCS Championship Contenders

In anticipation of the 2011 college football season, ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard challenged one another during Saturday’s College GameDay Season Preview on ESPN to predict the winners of the six automatic qualifying BCS conferences and the teams that will contend in the All-State BCS National Championship Game (Jan. 9, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN). An additional 15 ESPN college football analysts also weighed in with their conference predictions as well as the teams competing for the national title.
No. 6 Florida State was the overwhelming pick out of the ACC as well as No. 1 Oklahoma of the Big 12. Also proving to have a big gap – 14 of the 18 analysts selected No. 24 West Virginia of the BIG EAST, No. 3 Oregon of the Pac-12 and No. 2 Alabama of the SEC. The Big 10 was the most varied with No. 11 Wisconsin grabbing nine first-place selections.
ESPN’s 2011 college football schedule will include more than 400 regular and postseason games across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3.com, ESPN 3D, ESPN Regional Television (ERT), ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN GamePlan, in addition to ESPN Goal Line network and WatchESPN app.
The season will begin with the fourth annual DICK’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week Sept. 1-5, featuring extensive studio programming and 44 games in five days, concluding with Miami at Maryland in a Labor Day telecast Monday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3.com. First Week Schedule 
2011 ESPN Analysts College Football Preseason Picks
Analyst ACC BIG EAST Big Ten Big 12 Pac-12 SEC National Title Game
Mike Bellotti Florida St. West Virginia Ohio St. Oklahoma Oregon Alabama Alabama/Oklahoma
Todd Blackledge Florida St. West Virginia Ohio St. Oklahoma Oregon South Carolina Oklahoma/Oregon
Lee Corso Florida St. West Virginia Nebraska Oklahoma Stanford LSU LSU/Oklahoma
Ed Cunningham Florida St. West Virginia Wisconsin Texas A&M USC* LSU LSU/Wisconsin
Bob Davie Florida St. West Virginia Ohio St. Texas A&M Oregon Alabama Alabama/Oregon
Rod Gilmore Florida St. West Virginia Wisconsin Oklahoma Stanford Alabama Alabama/Florida St.
Brian Griese Florida St. West Virginia Wisconsin Oklahoma Oregon Alabama Alabama/Florida St.
Dan Hawkins Florida St. West Virginia Nebraska Oklahoma Oregon Alabama Oklahoma/Oregon
Kirk Herbstreit Florida St. USF Ohio St. Oklahoma Oregon Alabama Alabama/Oregon
Desmond Howard Florida St. USF Wisconsin Oklahoma Oregon Alabama Alabama/Florida St.
Brock Huard Florida St. West Virginia Wisconsin Oklahoma St. Stanford Alabama Alabama/Florida St.
Craig James Florida St. West Virginia Nebraska Oklahoma Oregon Alabama Alabama/Oklahoma
Danny Kanell Florida St. West Virginia Wisconsin Oklahoma Oregon Alabama Oklahoma/Oregon
Urban Meyer Florida St. USF Ohio St. Oklahoma Oregon Alabama Alabama/Oklahoma
Matt Millen Virginia Tech West Virginia Wisconsin Oklahoma Oregon Alabama Alabama/Oklahoma
Jesse Palmer Florida St. West Virginia Nebraska Oklahoma Oregon LSU LSU/Oklahoma
David Pollack Florida St. West Virginia Wisconsin Oklahoma Oregon Alabama Alabama/Oklahoma
Chris Spielman Virginia Tech USF Wisconsin Oklahoma Oregon Alabama Oklahoma/Wisconsin
* - picked USC to have best conference-best record
Percentage Breakdown of Analyst Preseason Picks
Conferences
ACC (16-2) 88.9% - Florida St. 11.1% - Virginia Tech
BIG EAST (14-4) 77.8% - West Virginia 22.2% - USF
Big 10 (9-5-4) 50.0% - Wisconsin 27.8% - Ohio St. 22.2% - Nebraska
Big 12 (15-2-1) 83.3% - Oklahoma 11.1% - Texas A&M 5.5% - Oklahoma St.
Pac-12 (14-3-1) 77.8% - Oregon 16.7% - Stanford 5.5% - USC
SEC (14-3-1) 77.8% - Alabama 16.7% - LSU 5.5% - South Carolina
BCS National Title Game (5-4-3)^ 27.8% - Alabama/Oklahoma 22.2% - Alabama/Florida St. 16.7% - Oklahoma/Oregon
^ - Analysts had four additional picks for possible matchups (Alabama/Oregon; LSU/Oklahoma; LSU/Wisconsin; Oklahoma/Wisconsin)

Versus/NBC Sports Group gets Daily Sports Talk

From NBC Sports Group -

NBC SPORTS GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW NIGHTLY STUDIO SHOWS FOR VERSUS

NBC SportsTalk Airs Weeknights Live at 6 p.m. ET

CNBC Sports Biz: Game On with Darren Rovell Airs Fridays at 7 p.m.

Friday Night’s Live Football Show Features Peter King and Mike Florio

NBC SportsTalk to be Hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Russ Thaler and Include Talent from all NBC Sports Group Platforms

NEW YORK (August 31, 2011)
— The NBC Sports Group today announced a block of new live studio shows for VERSUS airing on weeknights from 6-7 p.m. ET under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBC’s successful digital franchise on NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk, InsidetheIrish and ProGolfTalk.

In addition to the new 6 p.m. shows, VERSUS, which will be re-branded the NBC Sports Network on January 2, will also launch a sports-business show with CNBC’s Darren Rovell, titled CNBC Sports Biz: Game On, on Friday nights at 7 p.m. ET. VERSUS’ weeknight studio block launches on Thursday, September 8, leading into NBC’s NFL Kickoff coverage, featuring the first NFL game of the season between the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers.

“NBC SportsTalk is the type of nightly, relevant programming that viewers can expect to see as we continue the re-branding process from VERSUS to the NBC Sports Network," said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and VERSUS. "The live nightly shows also give us the opportunity to tap into our stable of top talent across all of our platforms to provide a unique perspective for sports fans.”

The live block of shows will focus on the sports world’s most relevant topics each night and will include NBC Sports Group talent who will not only report on sports news, but will break down the significance of that news for viewers. Mondays (ProFootballTalk with Mike Florio) and Fridays at 6 p.m. will be devoted to football, while the rest of the shows during the week will focus on the most topical sports stories.

NBC SportsTalk will be hosted by former Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic anchor Russ Thaler (http://www.csnwashington.com/pages/russ_thaler_bio). He will be joined by talent from across all NBC Sports Group platforms, including Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Football Night in America and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com for the special NFL-themed show on Friday nights.

CNBC Sports Biz: Game On – Rovell’s sports business show on Friday nights will focus on the $200 billion business of professional sports, including ownership, labor, media, sponsorship, marketing, merchandise, facilities and executives. The 30-minute show will feature segments such as: “Power Player,” where Rovell interviews sports business newsmakers; “The Scoreboard," in which Rovell and his sideline reporter, Erin Sharoni, review the sports business winners and losers of the week; "Heavy Hitters," in which Rovell calls up insiders to break down how one aspect of the business works. Rovell’s more than 115,000 Twitter followers will also play an active role in the show.

NBC SportsTalk – The 6 p.m. nightly shows will focus on various topics throughout the week with certain nights and times devoted to a single sport:

MONDAY: Immediately following VERSUS’ newly announced College Football Talk show from 5-6 p.m. ET, the network begins the week with ProFootballTalk with Mike Florio. One of the NFL’s most influential voices, Florio will join Thaler in the studio for the hour to break down all the football news from the weekend. Once the NHL season begins, NBC SportsTalk will air from 6-6:30 p.m. ET, making way for NHL Live, the new half-hour pre-game show which begins at 6:30 p.m. ET.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY: On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, NBC SportsTalk will break down the topics that are dominating the sports world and will enlist talent from all NBC Sports Group platforms to join Thaler, including commentators and reporters from NBC Sports, NBCSports.com, VERSUS, Golf Channel and NBC Sports Group’s 11 regional sports networks. On select Wednesday nights throughout the NHL season, the second half of the show will be dedicated solely to hockey.

FRIDAY: NBC SportsTalk will wrap up the week with in-depth coverage of NFL news and will welcome one of sports’ most knowledgeable and respected NFL insiders, Peter King of Sports Illustrated and “Football Night in America,” to join Florio and Thaler. Additionally, Gregg Rosenthal of Rotoworld and ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com will contribute a fantasy segment each Friday.

NEW VERSUS ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING THIS FALL (all times ET):

Monday 5-6 p.m. College Football Talk hosted by Liam McHugh with Ross Tucker and Roland Williams

Monday 6-7 p.m. NBC SportsTalk /ProFootballTalk with Mike Florio (6-6:30 p.m. beginning October 10)

Monday 6:30-7 p.m. NHL Live (beginning October 10)

Tuesday 6-7 p.m. NBC SportsTalk hosted by Russ Thaler

Wednesday 6-7 p.m. NBC SportsTalk hosted by Russ Thaler

Thursday 6-7 p.m. NBC SportsTalk hosted by Russ Thaler

Thursday 10-11 p.m. NFL Turning Point

Friday 6-7 p.m. NBC SportsTalk hosted by Russ Thaler with Mike Florio and Peter King

Friday 7-7:30 p.m. CNBC Sports Biz: Game On hosted by Darren Rovell

UMass/Holy Cross on CBS Sports Network

From CBS Sports Network -

CBS SPORTS NETWORK KICKS OFF COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON WITH UMASS AT HOLY CROSS
ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1


CBS Sports Network kicks off its ninth season of live college football coverage on Thursday, Sept. 1 (8:00 PM, ET) as University of Massachusetts takes on Holy Cross. Play-by-play announcer James Bates and analyst Aaron Taylor call the game, with Brooke Collins reporting from the sidelines.

The Network provides live, pre- and post-game coverage beginning with INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL (7:00-8:00 PM, ET). Adam Zucker anchors and is joined by analysts Brian Jones and Rich Rodriguez.

On Saturday, Sept. 3 (3:30 PM, ET), the Network’s coverage of Service Academy football kicks off with Delaware at Navy from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Tim Brant and analyst Randy Cross announce, along with Kaylee Hartung reporting. INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL airs live, pre- and post-game, featuring Zucker and Jones.

College football coverage airs every day this fall on CBS Sports Network highlighted by THE TIM BRANDO SHOW, which debuts Thursday, Sept. 1 (10:00 AM, ET). The three-hour live weekday show covers the world of sports with a focus on college athletics, featuring an array of compelling guests, topics and commentary.

Big East College Basketball Schedule on ESPN

From ESPN -

ESPN’s BIG EAST Men’s College Basketball Television Schedule


ESPN and the BIG EAST Conference announced its 2011-12 men’s college basketball television schedule for ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com. Overall, the networks will combine to televise a minimum of 70 conference games plus an extensive schedule of non-conference matchups. Additional conference games may be added to the schedule.


A schedule for ESPN Regional Television’s produced and syndicated telecasts is to be determined. ESPN3.com will provide a simulcast of every ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television telecast.


Conference action will tip off on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. with Notre Dame at Pittsburgh on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. It will mark the first of four consecutive ESPN2 BIG EAST telecasts.


The schedule will be highlighted by the popular weekly Big Monday Presented by Bud Light series beginning with a doubleheader of top teams Jan. 16: Louisville at Marquette at 3:30 p.m. ET and Pittsburgh at Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. Five of the eight matchups will feature a showdown between teams ranked in ESPN.com senior college basketball writer Andy Katz’s early men’s preseason top 25 poll.


BIG EAST Big Monday Schedule (all games on ESPN):
Date Time (ET) Game
Jan. 16 3:30 p.m. No. 9 Louisville at No. 13 Marquette
Jan. 16 7:30 p.m. No. 17 Pittsburgh at No. 4 Syracuse
Jan. 23 7 p.m. No. 4 Syracuse at No. 19 Cincinnati
Jan. 30 7 p.m. No. 17 Pittsburgh at West Virginia
Feb. 6 7 p.m. No. 6 Connecticut at No. 9 Louisville
Feb. 13 7 p.m. No. 4 Syracuse at No. 9 Louisville
Feb. 20 7 p.m. No. 6 Connecticut at Villanova
Feb. 27 7 p.m. Notre Dame at Georgetown
Additional highlights:


  • The Saturday lineup features two Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRCTV telecasts and stops by College GameDay Driven by State Farm: Louisville at Pittsburgh Jan. 21 and Syracuse at Connecticut Feb. 25. Both games will tip off at 9 p.m. on ESPN. GameDay is hosted by Rece Davis with analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis and Bob Knight. The two-hour Saturday morning edition is aired on ESPNU at 10 a.m. and continuing at 11 a.m. on ESPN while the one-hour evening edition at 8 p.m. is on ESPN.
  • The schedule includes 63 appearances by the six teams ranked in Katz’s early preseason top 25 poll (No. 4 Syracuse, No. 6 Connecticut, No. 9 Louisville, No. 13 Marquette, No. 17 Pittsburgh and No. 19 Cincinnati), including 14 games pitting ranked teams against each other.
  • For the first time ever, ESPNU will televise four Monday night BIG EAST games, all at 9 p.m.: Cincinnati at Georgetown (Jan. 9); Notre Dame at Rutgers (Jan. 16); Marquette at DePaul (Feb. 6); and DePaul at St. John’s (Feb. 20).

  • In March, ESPN will once again televise all 15 games of the BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle Outfitters across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com.


ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU 2011-12 BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Schedule

Dates, times and television listings subject to change
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Tue, Dec 27 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Notre Dame ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Wed, Dec 28 7 p.m. Georgetown at Louisville ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Fri, Dec 30 9 p.m. West Virginia at Seton Hall ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Sat, Dec 31 2 p.m. Providence at Georgetown ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Sun, Jan 1 1 p.m. Villanova at Marquette ESPNU
Tue, Jan 3 7 p.m. Louisville at St. John’s ESPNU
Wed, Jan 4 7 p.m. Marquette at Georgetown ESPNU
Thu, Jan 5 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at DePaul ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Sat, Jan 7 4 p.m. Notre Dame at Louisville ESPNU
Mon, Jan 9 7 p.m. West Virginia at Connecticut ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
9 p.m. Cincinnati at Georgetown ESPNU
Tue, Jan 10 7 p.m. Louisville at Providence ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Wed, Jan 11 7 p.m. Syracuse at Villanova ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
7 p.m. St. John’s at Marquette ESPNU
Sat, Jan 14 11 a.m. Connecticut at Notre Dame ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
2 p.m. Pittsburgh at Marquette ESPNU
Mon, Jan 16 3:30 p.m. Louisville at Marquette ESPN / ESPN3.com
7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Syracuse ESPN / ESPN3.com
9 p.m. Notre Dame at Rutgers ESPNU
Tue, Jan 17 7 p.m. Georgetown at DePaul ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Wed, Jan 18 7 p.m. Cincinnati at Connecticut ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
7 p.m. Seton Hall at Villanova ESPNU
Sat, Jan 21 1 p.m. Villanova at St. John’s ESPNU
3 p.m. Cincinnati at West Virginia ESPNU
6 p.m. Syracuse at Notre Dame ESPN / ESPN3.com
9 p.m. Louisville at Pittsburgh ESPN / ESPN3.com
Mon, Jan 23 7 p.m. Syracuse at Cincinnati ESPN / ESPN3.com
Wed, Jan 25 7 p.m. Villanova at Louisville ESPN / ESPN3.com
7 p.m. West Virginia at St. John’s ESPNU
Sat, Jan 28 Noon Marquette at Villanova ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
1 p.m. West Virginia at Syracuse ESPNU
4 p.m. Georgetown at Pittsburgh ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Mon, Jan 30 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at West Virginia ESPN / ESPN3.com
Wed, Feb 1 7 p.m. Connecticut at Georgetown ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
7 p.m. Rutgers at Providence ESPNU
Sat, Feb 4 11 a.m. South Florida at Georgetown ESPNU
Noon Syracuse at St. John’s ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Sun, Feb 5 2 p.m. Villanova at Pittsburgh ESPN / ESPN3.com
Mon, Feb 6 7 p.m. Connecticut at Louisville ESPN / ESPN3.com
9 p.m. Marquette at DePaul ESPNU
Wed, Feb 8 7 p.m. Georgetown at Syracuse ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
7 p.m. Cincinnati at St. John’s ESPNU
9 p.m. Seton Hall at Rutgers ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
9 p.m. Notre Dame at West Virginia ESPNU
Sat, Feb 11 Noon Louisville at West Virginia ESPN / ESPN3.com
3 p.m. Cincinnati at Marquette ESPNU
Sun, Feb 12 1 p.m. St. John’s at Georgetown ESPN / ESPN3.com
Mon, Feb 13 7 p.m. Syracuse at Louisville ESPN / ESPN3.com
Wed, Feb 15 7 p.m. Villanova at South Florida ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
7 p.m. Rutgers at Notre Dame ESPNU
9 p.m. Providence at Cincinnati ESPNU
Thu, Feb 16 9 p.m. West Virginia at Pittsburgh ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Sat, Feb 18 Noon Marquette at Connecticut ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
7 or 9 p.m. Notre Dame at Villanova ESPNU
Sun, Feb 19 1 p.m. Syracuse at Rutgers ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
7 p.m. South Florida at Pittsburgh ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Mon, Feb 20 7 p.m. Connecticut at Villanova ESPN / ESPN3.com
9 p.m. DePaul at St. John’s ESPNU
Wed, Feb 22 7 p.m. West Virginia at Notre Dame ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Thu, Feb 23 9 p.m. Louisville at Cincinnati ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Fri, Feb 24 9 p.m. Marquette at West Virginia ESPN / ESPN3.com
Sat, Feb 25 Noon Notre Dame at St. John’s ESPN / ESPN3.com
5 p.m. Rutgers at Seton Hall ESPNU
9 p.m. Syracuse at Connecticut ESPN / ESPN3.com
Mon, Feb 27 7 p.m. Notre Dame at Georgetown ESPN / ESPN3.com
Wed, Feb 29 7 p.m. Marquette at Cincinnati ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
7 p.m. St. John’s at Pittsburgh ESPNU
Thu, Mar 1 9 p.m. Villanova at Rutgers ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Sat, Mar 3 Noon Pittsburgh at Connecticut ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
2 p.m. Cincinnati at Villanova ESPN or ESPN2 / ESPN3.com

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Matt Hardy - Goodbye?

Make of this one what you will. Matt Hardy posted this tonight on You Tube. Very eery.



Hopefully, it's not what it appears to be.

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

KAN at DET 1:05 PM
KAN: F Paulino (R) 2-10, 4.30
DET: R Porcello (R) 12-8, 5.01

MIN at CHW 2:10 PM
MIN: S Diamond (L) 0-2, 4.97
CHW: J Peavy (R) 6-6, 4.93

SDG at LAD 3:10 PM
SDG: W LeBlanc (L) 2-3, 5.02
LAD: T Lilly (L) 8-13, 4.43

CHC at SFO 3:45 PM
CHC: R Lopez (R) 4-5, 4.80
SFO: M Bumgarner (L) 8-12, 3.59

NYY at BOS 7:00 PM
NYY: P Hughes (R) 4-4, 6.46
BOS: J Beckett (R) 11-5, 2.43

TOR at BAL 7:05 PM
TOR: H Alvarez (R) 0-2, 4.76
BAL: J Reyes (L) 7-10, 5.26

OAK at CLE 7:05 PM
OAK: R Harden (R) 4-2, 4.55
CLE: U Jimenez (R) 8-10, 4.71

WAS at ATL 7:10 PM
WAS: J Lannan (L) 8-10, 3.59
ATL: D Lowe (R) 8-12, 4.63

PHI at CIN 7:10 PM
PHI: C Lee (L) 14-7, 2.71
CIN: D Willis (L) 0-3, 4.10

FLA at NYM 7:10 PM
FLA: C Volstad (R) 5-11, 5.61
NYM: C Capuano (L) 10-11, 4.43

TAM at TEX 8:05 PM
TAM: J Shields (R) 12-10, 2.96
TEX: A Ogando (R) 12-6, 3.57

PIT at HOU 8:05 PM
PIT: J McDonald (R) 8-6, 4.22
HOU: J Happ (L) 4-15, 6.03

STL at MIL 8:10 PM
STL: J Westbrook (R) 10-7, 4.75
MIL: R Wolf (L) 11-8, 3.37

COL at ARI 9:40 PM
COL: E Rogers (R) 6-3, 5.93
ARI: J Collmenter (R) 8-8, 3.19

LAA at SEA 10:10 PM
LAA: D Haren (R) 13-7, 3.19
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 12-11, 3.37

Will Katia Be a Threat for the East Coast?

Will Katia Be a Threat for the East Coast?

NBC's SNF Crew Previews 2011 Season

From NBC Sports -

MICHAELS, COLLINSWORTH, DUNGY, HARRISON, PREVIEW 2011 NFL SEASON

“The NFL is as hot as it’s ever been” – Al Michaels

“It’s really the brilliance of the NFL and the great players and these great coaches that people tune in to see.” – Cris Collinsworth

“Now the pressure comes on him.” – Rodney Harrison on Michael Vick

NEW YORK – Aug. 30, 2011
– The NFL will open the regular season on NBC, Thursday, Sept. 8, with a matchup of the last two Super Bowl Champions as the Packers host the Saints from Green Bay’s Lambeau Field with coverage starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. The first “Sunday Night Football” game of the season matches the Jets and the Cowboys from Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Coverage starts with “Football Night in America” at 7 p.m. ET. The NFL season concludes on NBC with Super Bowl XLVI from Indianapolis.

NBC Sports today previewed the season on a conference call with “Sunday Night Football” duo Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth along with “Football Night in America” studio analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison.

MICHAELS ON THE EFFECT OF THE LOCKOUT ON TV RATINGS: “If anybody was concerned that there would be any after effects, and negatives, residual effects of the lockout, that was dispelled in our first game a couple of weeks ago – San Diego against Dallas. It wound up not only winning the night but was the No. 1 one show of the week. So the NFL is as hot as it’s ever been, and it remains that way and we put up pretty good numbers despite have the San Francisco Bay Area blacked out last week with the Oakland game. So, it’s very exciting.”

“We never really have a goal except to do the best job we can every year, but this year after winding up as the number one show in the fall overall, that’s what we want to do again because we’ve been threatened, Cris and I, from our bosses to be put on the waiver wire if we wind up as low as No. 2.”

COLLINSWORTH ON POPULARITY OF NFL: “It’s really the brilliance of the NFL and the great players and these great coaches that people tune in to see.”

COLLINSWORTH ON NFL KICKOFF MATCHUP: “We are absolutely thrilled with our opening weekend. To get Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, the past two Super Bowl winners, playing on that opening Thursday night; two teams that believe in passing first, passing second, and passing third, and putting up a lot of points. We got a chance to watch the Saints in preseason and they were absolutely razor sharp as has been Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.”

COLLINSWORTH ON OPENING “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” GAME: “Rex Ryan against Rob Ryan on the defensive side with Dallas playing the Jets on the anniversary of 9/11, and we know that there’ll be a lot of mixed emotions for a lot of people as we reflect back on that. I’m sure the NFL will do a spectacular job in a very classy way of presenting that evening and that day of football. So really a lot to look forward to, not only great football, but a historic night as well in New York.”

DUNGY ON STARTING THE SEASON: “I’m just like everyone else, excited for the season, and glad that we’re playing football and about my third year here at NBC. I just really have come to appreciate the work that Fred (Gaudelli) and the guys do broadcasting the game. And just seeing it done in that quality is exciting. With the type of schedule we have, and I guess I can speak for Dan (Patrick) and everyone else on our show, we just really look forward to presenting what people do and just showing how great these NFL players and coaches are and giving a little insight.”

HARRISON ON SAINTS-PACKERS: “We get an opportunity to see how Green Bay plays out in terms of how they can handle success and everything that’s happened to them; how hungry they are; can they repeat? Drew Brees and the Saints losing, getting blown out in the playoffs last year by Seattle. I’m looking forward to it and I’m ready to go.”

DUNGY ON BROADCASTING: “I do see myself doing it for the long term. I really enjoy our group and have a lot fun. My comfort level, I would say my first year on a scale to 100 it was probably a 5, last year maybe 30, and I would say this year probably 75 to 80. Just being with Rodney and Dan over the last two years and we now kind of understand each other and how we like to do things, and who has a feel on certain things on the show and it’s just really been phenomenal. So I’m enjoying it tremendously. Hopefully I’m there a long time.”

ON MICHAEL VICK:

Dungy on new contract for Vick: “To me this makes it a success story for the Eagles; it was a success story to me from the very beginning. I thought Michael was a changed person. Philadelphia gave him a chance to be the third-team quarterback and he handled that well and did everything that he had determined that he was going to do. He’s been a leader on and off the field, and this contract makes it a feel-good thing, but really to me he has done what I hoped he would do two years ago. Now the on-the-field things, performing well and getting the nice contract, I think that’s great, but to me that was the icing on the cake.”

Collinsworth: “I would just add that the humility that he’s brought to the workplace was probably what impressed me most. Now I can’t speak to what it takes to come back from the off-the-field incident and the prison time that he served, but I know that it takes a certain humility to walk in a building and admit that my work ethic wasn’t where it was supposed to be, my study habits weren’t where they were supposed to be, my discipline in the pocket, my making the reads wasn’t where it was supposed to be, and to sort of just humble yourself professionally and that was what I found very very impressive about what he did.”

Harrison: “For me, seeing what Michael Vick has gone through and what he’s been through, and the way he’s handled it up until this point, I think it’s a fantastic story. However, I think now the pressure comes on him. Now, he has the contract, everything is going good in his life; can he keep the same humble spirit that he has, can he continue to avoid the negativity, that dark side off the field? Because now this is where the pressure comes; from his friends, from family members, from people out on the street, old people that he used to hang out with; the pressure comes now because they see the $100 million advertised on television. If he continues to lead down the same path then it really becomes a success story, but now is really where he’s going to be tested because he has the contract. When you have that, you have the tendency of kind of relaxing and putting your guard down. So hopefully he can continue to stay focused and not get caught up in the dark side.”

HARRISON ON ALBERT HAYNESWORTH: “Albert Haynesworth was a way of getting a guy in that was relatively inexpensive, a guy that was really on his last legs in the NFL, this is his last opportunity to be a productive pro. If it doesn’t work out I think the pressure is on Albert. If Belichick can’t straighten this guy out than no one can. So, I think he can be a very productive player but he will never be the player that he was in Tennessee. If it doesn’t work out then no one else will probably touch him, his career will be over.”

HARRISON ON PATRIOTS DEFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY: “Belichick’s philosophy for a long time has been bend but don’t break; he knows he has an offense that can put up 30 points a game and he wants to hold you to field goals. He doesn’t really care if you go up and down the field on him.

HARRISON ON ANDY REID: “There’s a lot of pressure on Andy Reid because if he doesn’t win with this group of guys then people will start saying, ‘well they got the talent, can this guy get them to the next level, is he the guy to get them to the next level?’ I don’t think, a playoff win, a division win, a wild card win, or even and NFC Championship is good enough. They’ve been there. They’ve experienced that. They’ve tasted that, now it’s time to win a Super Bowl. You got Michael Vick, you traded Kevin Kolb, you have the guy under center that you want, you go out you get all these defensive backs and all these so called superstars to stop, in particular, Green Bay’s offense and these offenses that are high power like the Cowboys. You have everything you need, now it’s time to win a championship it’s time to produce.”

DUNGY ON TEAM CHEMISTRY: “A lot of times we got caught up with, ‘well this team got player ‘X’ and he’s better than player ‘Y’ and they added this player and he’s better than that player,’ and that’s not what wins games for you. What wins is everybody knowing their role, buying into the system, and doing their job and playing together. I remember when the Patriots beat us with Troy Brown playing defensive back. So I just think there’s a chemistry in the locker room, there’s something with continuity, and that’s not to say you can’t bring new players in, if the new players buy in to what you’re doing and they’re there for the right reason, then you’ve got a chance to be successful.”

ON THE NEW REPLAY RULE:

Michaels: “I don’t think it’s going to be that big of an issue because most of the scoring plays will not involve anything more than somebody looking at it upstairs and confirming what was called on the field. From time to time, you will see a delay, but what you would have seen in those circumstances anyway is probably a challenge from a coach. So you are going to have that delay to begin with, this takes that away and saves the coach from having to challenge the scoring. I think that’s good, and I think what you are going to see here is much ado about nothing. I don’t see it being a very big factor by the end of the year.”

Collinsworth: I do think you’ll see a couple of things a little different. One, the whole idea of did they cross the goal line or not? Something ordinarily that coaches wouldn’t challenge- is that something you want to challenge? Now we’re going to get a full look at that so we may see a few touchdowns brought back or maybe a few touchdowns added on. From a television standpoint, it takes a little pressure off of television people to feel obligated to get the replays bang, bang, bang up to the coaches to take a look at it. You may want to get a reaction shot from the quarterback jumping up and down or the head coaches doing a back flip or all the sort of TV-ish kind of things, as opposed to the entire obligation being on us to jam in all the replays possible so that the coaches can get a look at it.”

COLLINSWORTH ON CAM NEWTON: “A guy that, without question, is going to capture a lot of our attention is Cam Newton. The college game keeps presenting tremendous talent at the quarterback position that isn’t classic NFL style quarterback play. We just talked about Tebow a little bit, you’ve got Terrelle Pryor now, and you’ve got Cam Newton. Will there be that first sort of pure college quarterback type guy break through in the NFL and maybe open the door for some other guys; I think it’ll be interesting to follow.”

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“SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” 2011 SEASON: Storied rivalries including Giants-Cowboys, Bears-Packers on Christmas Night at Lambeau, Colts-Patriots, Steelers-Ravens, Cowboys-Eagles, Patriots-Jets and Eagles-Giants; a matchup of the last two Super Bowl Champions as the Packers host the Saints in the opening Thursday night game; and Peyton Manning returning home to New Orleans in a Super Bowl XLV rematch highlight the “Sunday Night Football” schedule as the NFL announced its 2011 slate of games today. The season concludes on NBC with Super Bowl XLVI from Indianapolis.

Highlights of the 2011 “Sunday Night Football” schedule:

Sixteen of NBC’s 17 scheduled games involve at least one playoff team from last season; 11 of 17 include two playoff teams.

The last two Super Bowl Champions, Saints and Packers, meet in the Thursday night NFL opening game.

A rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game between the Packers and Bears on Christmas Night in Green Bay, the oldest rivalry in the NFL. The only other time Bears-Packers met on Christmas Day was in 2005 with the Bears winning 24-17 at Lambeau Field.

Peyton Manning goes home to New Orleans as Saints host Colts in Week 7 in a rematch of Super Bowl XLIV.

Rex Ryan’s Rivals: Meets brother Rob (Dallas defensive coordinator) and the Cowboys in Week 1 in New York on the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001; Ryan faces his old team, the Ravens in Week 4; and his nemesis the Patriots in Week 10, in a rematch of last year’s AFC Divisional playoff game.

Three matchups among bitter NFC East rivals: Cowboys-Eagles, Eagles-Giants, and Giants-Cowboys.

Eagles QB Michael Vick goes back to Atlanta to face his former team for the first time as an opposing starting quarterback in Week 2.

Traditional “Sunday Night Football” rivalries: Colts-Patriots (Week 13), Ravens-Steelers (Week 9).

The first “NBC Sunday Night Football” trip to Kansas City as Chiefs host Steelers in Week 12.

2011 “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” SCHEDULE
Thurs. Sept. 8 NFL Kickoff New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Sept. 11 Week 1 Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets
Sun. Sept. 18 Week 2 Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons
Sun. Sept. 25 Week 3 Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts
Sun. Oct. 2 Week 4 New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens
Sun. Oct. 9 Week 5 Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
Sun. Oct. 16 Week 6 Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Sun. Oct. 23 Week 7 Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints
Sun. Oct. 30 Week 8 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
Sun. Nov. 6 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sun. Nov. 13 Week 10 New England Patriots at New York Jets
Sun. Nov. 20 *Week 11 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants
Sun. Nov. 27 *Week 12 Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Sun. Dec. 4 *Week 13 Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots
Sun. Dec. 11 *Week 14 New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Dec. 18 *Week 15 Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers
Sun. Dec. 25 *Week 16 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Jan. 1 *Week 17 TBA
*Flex Week


“FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA”: ‘Football Night,’ which enjoyed its best viewership ever last season averaging 8.3 million viewers, begins NBC’s NFL coverage every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

SNF DOMINATED SUNDAY NIGHTS: Last season, “Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 show all 18 nights (100 percent) vs. its competition (16 Sundays, one Tuesday and one Thursday). In 2009, SNF was the most-watched Sunday night primetime broadcast in a then-record 15 of 16 (94 percent) weeks. In 2008, SNF won 13 of 16 (81 percent) Sunday nights. In 2007, SNF won 11 of 16 (69 percent) and, in 2006, SNF won nine of 16 (56 percent).

For the full season, “Sunday Night Football” averaged 21.8 million viewers, a gain of 12 percent from 2009 (19.4 million) and the best viewership for the NFL’s premier primetime broadcast package in 14 years.

SNF NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM FOR SEASON: For the fall primetime television season, “Sunday Night Football,” during its season, ranked as the most-watched show (persons 2+) and the No. 1 program across the key demographics of Adults 18-49, 18-34, 25-54 as well as Men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54, based on Nielsen live + same day data. Additionally, SNF was the No. 3 show among Women 18-34 behind only Grey’s Anatomy and Glee, and, remarkably, No. 3 among Women 18-49 behind only Dancing with the Stars and Grey’s Anatomy.

US Open on CBS Labor Day

From CBS Sports -

CBS SPORTS SERVES UP 2011 U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR 44th CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Men’s and Women’s Championships Highlight CBS Sports’ Coverage


CBS Sports presents the U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS, tennis’ final major of the year and the only one played in the United States, for the 44th consecutive year. Coverage begins on Saturday, Sept. 3 (11:00 AM–6:00 PM, ET) with men’s and women’s third-round action and concludes with the men’s singles championship on Sunday, Sept. 11 (4:00 PM, ET). CBS Sports will broadcast over 37 hours of the 2011 U.S. Open from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

Lead play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg will be joined by expert analysts Mary Carillo and John McEnroe in the booth for the 12th consecutive year. Jim Courier returns for his third year as analyst and will call the action alongside Bill Macatee. Mary Joe Fernandez serves as reporter. Ian Eagle serves as contributor.

CBS Sports will provide live comprehensive coverage during both weekends of the event and on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5 (11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET) and on Friday, Sept. 9 (12:30-6:00 PM, ET). The 2011 women’s championship highlights the Network’s “Super Saturday” coverage live in prime time on Saturday, Sept. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET). All the action during CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2011 U.S. Open will be broadcast in HDTV.

CBS Sports’ schedule of live U.S. Open Tennis action as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 3
11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET (men’s and women’s third round singles)

Sunday, Sept. 4
11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET (men’s third round/women’s fourth round)

Monday, Sept. 5
11:00 AM-6:00 PM, ET (men’s/women’s fourth round singles)

Friday, Sept. 9
12:30-6:00 PM, ET (men’s doubles final/women’s semi-finals)

Saturday, Sept. 10
12:00 NOON-6:00 PM ET (men’s semi-finals)
8:00-10:00 PM, ET (women’s singles championship)

Sunday, Sept. 11
4:00-7:00 PM, ET (men’s singles championship)

Additionally, the entire slate of U.S. Open play on CBS Sports, including both the men’s and women's singles championships, will be streamed live on CBSSports.com. For the matches played during the opening weekend (Sept. 3, 4, 5), CBSSports.com will allow users to choose between any of the action played on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium or the Grandstand. Users can also log onto CBSSports.com to watch daily news and match previews and highlights with Kaylee Hartung, Lauren Shehadi and CBS Sports tennis analyst Justin Gimelstob.

10 Years of Hard Knocks on HBO

From HBO Sports -

HBO SPORTS® AND NFL FILMS TEAM UP TO PRESENT A SPECIAL EDITION OF THE ULTIMATE SPORTS REALITY SERIES WHEN HARD KNOCKS: A DECADE OF NFL TRAINING CAMPS DEBUTS WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

Ten years after the debut of the groundbreaking HBO Sports and NFL Films collaboration on the first-ever sports reality program, one of sports television’s most enduring partnerships teams up for an all-new special when HARD KNOCKS: A DECADE OF NFL TRAINING CAMPS debuts WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31 (10:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: Aug. 31 (4:05 a.m.) and Sept. 2 (2:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m.), 3 (9:15 a.m., 1:00 a.m.), 5 (2:00 p.m., 1:30 a.m.), 7 (10:00 p.m.), 8 (9:00 a.m., midnight), 11 (9:45 a.m.), 13 (6:30 p.m.) and 16 (6:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Sept. 1 (9:00 a.m.), 6 (1:15 a.m.), 7 (4:30 p.m., 2:35 a.m.), 10 (6:00 a.m., 1:55 a.m.), 13 (1:15 p.m.) and 21 (9:00 p.m.)

One of the fastest-turnaround reality programs on television, the cinema-verité series debuted Aug. 1, 2001 when NFL Films and HBO Sports began chronicling rookies and free agents trying to make an NFL roster as determined veterans fought to keep their jobs at the camp of the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. An instant sensation, the show captured the heat, the hurt, the camaraderie and the humor of an NFL training camp.

In addition to revisiting memorable moments of the teams – Baltimore, Dallas (twice), Kansas City, Cincinnati and New York Jets – that have been featured on the seven-time Emmy®-winning series, the special includes new interviews with HARD KNOCKS veterans like Brian Billick, Shannon Sharpe, Chad Ochocinco and Rex Ryan, never-before-seen outtakes and a “Where Are They Now?” segment with updates on players from past episodes. Liev Schreiber narrates.

“We know football fans are hungry for compelling NFL programming and we think they’ll love this HARD KNOCKS special, which will have a host of new wrinkles,” says Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports.

Steve Sabol, president of NFL Films, says, “The first ten years of HARD KNOCKS have been the ultimate fly-on-the-wall NFL training camp experience. We look forward to taking a look back at those shows and reintroducing the fans to those characters who made the decade of HARD KNOCKS so memorable.”

Embedded in an NFL training camp, the 24-person NFL Films crew would typically shoot more than 1,000 hours of video over the course of each series. Each year, camera and sound crews were given unencumbered access to the players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, dormitories and practice fields.

HARD KNOCKS launched with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, followed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002. The series resumed in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs, winning a Sports Emmy®. In 2008, the series revisited the Dallas Cowboys, receiving a second Sports Emmy®. In 2009 HARD KNOCKS spotlighted the Cincinnati Bengals and captured two more Sports Emmy® Awards, for Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology and Outstanding Post Produced Audio/Sound. In 2010 the show featured the New York Jets and attracted an average of 4.6 million viewers per episode, receiving three Sports Emmys®, including Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology.

Sports Illustrated.com said HARD KNOCKS is the “most entertaining reality show on TV,” while the St. Petersburg Times observed, “HARD KNOCKS is fascinating television,” and the Wall St. Journal noted that the show “looks great and it sounds great, too.”

NESN gets two new shows in September

From NESN -

NESN TO LAUNCH TWO NEW SERIES IN SEPTEMBER

TARGETS COLLEGE STUDENTS AND NASCAR FANS

AT&T Schooled: NESN’s College Face Off – Sept. 6

Inside Roush Fenway Racing – Sept. 13

BOSTON, MA
– NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, announced plans to launch two new original series in September with AT&T Schooled: NESN’s College Face Off on Tuesday, September 6 and Inside Roush Fenway Racing on September 13.

AT&T Schooled: NESN’s College Face Off

With students returning to college campuses throughout New England, NESN will kick-off this seven episode series on Tuesday, September 6 at 5:30 PM when Northeastern takes on Maine. A unique competitive trivia/reality series, AT&T Schooled: NESN’s College Face Off will feature three students representing eight different New England colleges as they go head-to-head in a single-elimination tournament. Hosted by comedian Michael Showalter, AT&T Schooled will test the contestants’ IQs in pressurized, time sensitive situations, all to gain regional bragging rights. http://www.nesn.com/schooled

Inside Roush Fenway Racing


The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup begins in September and NESN brings NASCAR fans closer to the action than ever before with Inside Roush Fenway Racing, premiering on Tuesday, September 13 at 5:30 PM. The weekly program will take racing fans on a thrilling ride inside the world of one of NASCAR’s most successful teams every Tuesday evening. The show will feature regular appearances by Roush Fenway drivers Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, David Ragan, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne along with Roush Fenway Racing owner Jack Roush. Hosted by Chuck Howard, the series will be produced by NASCAR Media Group exclusively for NESN. http://www.nesn.com/roush

NFL firms up Telemundo & NBC Offerings

From NBC Sports -

TELEMUNDO, MUN2, NBC SPORTS AND THE NFL EXPAND PARTNERSHIP TO DELIVER SEASON-LONG NFL COVERAGE TO U.S. HISPANIC AUDIENCES

Telemundo Is Only Spanish-Language Broadcaster to Air “Sunday Night Football,” with 3 Primetime Games in 2011

Telemundo Extends Its NFL Partnership through the 2013 NFL Season with Award-Winning Announcer Jessi Losada Hosting and Rene Giraldo and Edgar Lopez Calling the Play-by-Play Action

MIAMI - August 30, 2011
- Telemundo and the National Football League announced today that they have extended their six-year partnership through the 2013 NFL season and, together with NBC Sports, will offer season-long, special Spanish-language coverage of the NFL. This unprecedented partnership establishes Telemundo as the only Spanish-language broadcaster to air “Sunday Night Football,” with award-winning broadcasting announcer, Jessi Losada hosting the games and René Giraldo and Edgar López calling the play-by-play action in Spanish.

“Telemundo's continued partnership with the NFL is one that our viewers and advertisers expect and have embraced. Deportes Telemundo is committed to lead and innovate in our industry and this expanded relationship with the NFL and NBC Sports is another example of that commitment,” said Jorge Hidalgo, senior executive vice president of Telemundo Sports.

“With the support of NBC Sports, we are excited to expand our partnership with Telemundo to offer our Hispanic fans more NFL programming in Spanish,” said Peter O’Reilly, NFL vice president of fan strategy and marketing. “More than 32 million Hispanics watched the 2010 NFL season. It’s an exciting time for our fans as Telemundo expands NFL programming throughout the next three years.”

The NFL returns to Telemundo through a production partnership with NBC Sports and simulcasts three of the season’s most anticipated games:

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Telemundo will air an NFL Hispanic Heritage special on Sunday, September 25 at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the Indianapolis Colts from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, site of Super Bowl XLVI. Both events will air on Telemundo in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco/San Jose, and Washington.

The second NFL game to air on Telemundo will be between two NFC East rivals, the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys, on December 11 at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT.
Closing out the trio of matches will be the San Diego Chargers facing the Baltimore Ravens from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on December 18, at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT.

In addition to the simulcast with NBC Sports of three games, the new agreement brings Telemundo viewers three nationally broadcasted specials, including “2011 NFL Kickoff Presented by Verizon” on September 10 at 5pm ET/4:30pm PT, an NFL Playoff special on January 7, 2012 and a one-hour Super Bowl special which will air on Saturday, February 4. Deportes Telemundo and the hit show “The mun2 Arena” will also include NFL features during each week of the NFL season.

In addition to the NFL Hispanic Heritage special on September 25, a second regional special highlighting the NFL’s outreach to Hispanics across the country will air on Saturday, September 24. All of the NFL specials will be re-broadcast on mun2.

More information about these and other NFL games can be found at www.telemundo.com/deportes.

Bell gets NBC Olympic Gig

From NBC Sports -

JIM BELL NAMED EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF NBCUNIVERSAL’S LONDON OLYMPIC COVERAGE

Bell Will Continue Role as Executive Producer of NBC News’ TODAY

NEW YORK – August 30, 2011
– Jim Bell, the executive producer of TODAY and a former NBC Sports & Olympics producer, will serve as executive producer for NBCUniversal’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group, announced today.

Bell, who will continue to oversee all aspects of America’s top-rated TODAY show news program, will have editorial oversight for NBCUniversal’s coverage of the London Olympic Games and will work extensively with Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics.

“Jim’s unique background in both sports and news at NBCUniversal makes him the perfect choice to lead our London Olympics production,” said Lazarus. “He knows the people at NBC Sports, the intricacies of the Olympics, and how to work within NBCUniversal. Jim’s leadership combined with the extensive experience of our existing Olympic production team -- led by head of production Bucky Gunts, coordinating producer Molly Solomon, creative director Mark Levy, and executive editor Joe Gesue -- has us well positioned to present the London Olympics in a manner consistent with the high standards that viewers have come to expect from NBC.”

Prior to joining TODAY in 2005, Bell spent 16 years with NBC Sports & Olympics. He has worked on every Olympic Games NBC has broadcast since 1992 in either sports (1992, 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2004) or news (2006, 2008 and 2010). His NBC Sports & Olympics career began in 1990 when he was hired to work in the profiles unit for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and concluded in 2004 when he served as coordinating producer for NBC Olympics, overseeing all aspects of nearly 100 hours of afternoon and late night Olympic programming during the 2004 Athens Olympics.

“It is an honor to return to the Olympics, the pinnacle of sports television. And for nearly 25 years no one has done it better than NBC, with innovative, comprehensive coverage and signature storytelling of the world’s greatest athletes,” said Bell. “It is especially exciting to be working with so many good friends and former colleagues on the 2012 London Summer Games.”

Bell won Emmys for his work on the 1992, 1996, 2000 & 2002 Olympics and a Peabody for NBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony. During Bell’s tenure at TODAY, the iconic news program has extended its dominance in the morning ratings race to 15 years, earned five Emmys, seven Edward R. Murrow Awards and nine Headliner Awards.

“Jim's unmatched talents producing both live news and sporting events reach from the control room to the studio and straight to viewers at home,” said Steve Capus, NBC News President. “He is at the helm of the strongest, most dominant team in morning television. With the success of the TODAY show, which has Olympic-production similarities on a daily basis, Jim has proven time and again that no one is more suited to handle both roles.”

Monday, August 29, 2011

Kenny Chesney thanks New England!

It was a special weekend in Foxboro for Kenny Chesney and the fans who braced the threat of Hurricane Irene (TCN included!).


Click here to find out what Kenny had to say, courtesy of 102.5 WKLB in Boston.

Tuesday's MLB Pitching Probables

TOR at BAL 7:05 PM
TOR: B Cecil (L) 4-7, 4.42
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 6-16, 4.42

OAK at CLE 7:05 PM
OAK: T Cahill (R) 9-12, 4.13
CLE: J Gomez (R) 0-2, 5.70

KAN at DET 7:05 PM
KAN: J Francis (L) 5-14, 4.82
DET: D Fister (R) 6-13, 3.35

NYY at BOS 7:10 PM
NYY: C Sabathia (L) 17-7, 2.99
BOS: J Lackey (R) 12-9, 5.98

WAS at ATL 7:10 PM
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 7-12, 4.36
ATL: J Jurrjens (R) 13-5, 2.71

PHI at CIN 7:10 PM
PHI: R Halladay (R) 15-5, 2.56
CIN: B Arroyo (R) 8-10, 5.02

FLA at NYM 7:10 PM
FLA: J Vazquez (R) 7-11, 4.63
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 7-10, 4.60

TAM at TEX 8:05 PM
TAM: J Hellickson (R) 11-9, 3.01
TEX: S Feldman (R) 0-0, 3.94

PIT at HOU 8:05 PM
PIT: C Morton (R) 9-7, 3.63
HOU: H Sosa (R) 1-2, 5.09

MIN at CHW 8:10 PM
MIN: A Swarzak (R) 3-4, 3.62
CHW: Z Stewart (R) 1-3, 4.76

STL at MIL 8:10 PM
STL: E Jackson (R) 10-9, 3.94
MIL: S Marcum (R) 11-4, 3.38

COL at ARI 9:40 PM
COL: A Cook (R) 3-7, 5.47
ARI: W Miley (L) 1-1, 4.50

LAA at SEA 10:10 PM
LAA: J Williams (R) 1-0, 4.82
SEA: A Vasquez (L) 1-0, 8.44

SDG at LAD 10:10 PM
SDG: T Stauffer (R) 8-10, 3.42
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 10-14, 2.92

CHC at SFO 10:15 PM
CHC: M Garza (R) 6-10, 3.68
SFO: R Vogelsong (R) 10-4, 2.54

NFL Life - Bill Belichick

This looks awesome! Behind the scenes for an entire season with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick - wired for sound all season long!

Click here to watch a preview from the NFL Network.

Sept. 15th at 9pm! Make the appointment!

ESPN kicks-off college football 2011

From ESPN -



2011 College Football Season Kicks off Thursday

First Week of Season Includes 44 Games in Five Days, College GameDay Built by The Home Depot from Arlington
ESPN will kick off the 2011 college football season with 44 games in five days across ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com as part of the fourth annual DICK’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week Sept. 1-5. The season will conclude with all five post-season Bowl Championship Series bowls, highlighted by the Allstate BCS National Championship Jan. 9, at 8:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio.
Schedule highlights
  • The season will kick off with 11 games Thursday, Sept. 1, including an ESPNU doubleheader: Murray State at Louisville at 6 p.m. followed by Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky from Nashville at 9:15 p.m.
  • ESPN3.com will offer exclusive coverage of 13 games and 37 games overall.
  • First weekend will include two Saturday night telecasts pitting teams from the Associated Press top 25 preseason rankings against each other:
  • No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 4 LSU (in Cowboys Classic from Arlington) Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. on ABC
  • No. 5 Boise State vs. No. 19 Georgia (in Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game from Atlanta) Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3.com
  • Overall, the weekend will kick off with 16 teams from the preseason poll. Additional teams include:
  • No. 2 Alabama against Kent State Saturday, Sept. 3 at noon on ESPN3.com
  • No. 6 Florida State against Louisiana-Monroe Saturday, Sept. 3, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU
  • No. 11 Wisconsin against UNLV Thursday, Sept. 1, at 8 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN3.com and ESPN 3D.
  • No. 12 South Carolina against East Carolina Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.com
  • No. 13 Virginia Tech against Appalachian State Saturday, Sept. 3, at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN3.com
  • No. 14 TCU at Baylor Friday, Sept. 2, at 8 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3.com
  • No. 15 Arkansas against Missouri State Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.com
  • No. 18 Ohio State against Akron Saturday, Sept. 3, at noon on ESPN and ESPN3.com
  • No. 22 Florida against Florida Atlantic Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. on ESPNU
  • No. 23 Auburn against Utah State Saturday, Sept. 3, at noon on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com
  • No. 24 West Virginia against Marshall Sunday, Sept. 4, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3.com
  • No. 25 USC against Minnesota Saturday, Sept. 3, at 3:30 p.m. on ABC and ESPN2 and ESPN3.com
  • A Labor Day telecast Monday, Sept. 5 will feature an ACC showdown and debut of two new head coaches: Miami with Al Golden at Maryland, led by Randy Edsall, at 8 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio.
New elements
  • ACC: The first year of a 12-year agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference providing ESPN extensive rights to games for Saturday, Thursday and Labor Day telecasts across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
  • BYU: The first year of an eight-year agreement for exclusive rights to BYU home football games across multiple ESPN platforms. ESPN will televise the first game as an independent against Ole Miss Saturday, Sept. 3, at 4:45 p.m.
Goal Line and WatchESPN
  • Second year of ESPN Goal Line – currently available to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV customers – will include unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from numerous games every Saturday beginning at noon.
  • Viewers can also watch live ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3.com and ESPN Goal Line game action on smart phones or tablets through the WatchESPN app. The service – available to customers of Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks or Verizon FiOS TV – gives fans the ability to watch ESPN’s live networks, no matter where they are. 
College GameDay Built by The Home Depot
  • College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on ESPNU and 10 a.m. to noon on ESPN – will open the season Sept. 3 from Arlington, Texas, site of the Cowboys Classic pitting No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 4 LSU (8 p.m. on ABC).
  • Chris Fowler will return as show host with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard. Erin Andrews will anchor several segments of the first hour on ESPNU and contribute reports, interviews and features during the ESPN portion. David Pollack joins as a contributor.
  • The three-time Emmy Award-winning program is entering its 25th season and 19th consecutive year of originating from the site of one of the day’s best games or a game with the most compelling storyline.
2011 Season
The 2011 college football season on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN 3D, ESPN3.com, ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Regional Television and ESPN GamePlan will total more than 400 regular-and post-season games, concluding with the entire Bowl Championship Series, including the AllState BCS National Championship, on ESPN. The schedule will include weekly Saturday night games on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, weekly ESPN and ESPNU Thursday night contests and telecasts every Friday and select Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3.com, ESPN 3D, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio Schedule
Note: All ABC split national, ESPN and ESPN2 games will be simulcast on ESPN3.com
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sep 1 6 p.m. Murray State at Louisville
Rob Stone, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
ESPNU
7 p.m. North Texas at Florida International
Kevin Corke & Doug Graber
ESPN3.com
7 p.m. Villanova at Temple
Scott Graham & Chuck Cecil
ESPN3.com
7 p.m. Western Illinois at Sam Houston State
TBD
ESPN3.com
7:30 p.m. Western Carolina at Georgia Tech
Ryan Rose & Warrick Dunn
ESPN3.com
7:30 p.m. Fordham at Connecticut
Bob Picozzi & Christian Fauria
ESPN3.com
7:30 p.m. North Carolina Central at Rutgers
Dave Popkin & Rob Harley
ESPN3.com
7:30 p.m. West Alabama at South Alabama
TBD
ESPN3.com
8 p.m. UNLV at No. 11 Wisconsin
Rece Davis, Craig James, Jesse Palmer & Jenn Brown
ESPN 3D: Dave Lamont, Tim Brown & David Diaz-Infante
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN 3D
8 p.m. Wake Forest at Syracuse
Dave Weekley & John Bunting
ESPN3.com
9 p.m. Bowling Green at Idaho
TBD
ESPN3.com
9:15 p.m. Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky (from Nashville)
Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
ESPNU
Fri, Sep 2 8 p.m. No. 14 TCU at Baylor
Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore & Samantha Steele
ESPN / ESPN3.com
Sat, Sep 3 Noon Akron at No. 18 Ohio State
Dave Pasch, Urban Meyer, Chris Spielman & Quint Kessenich
ESPN / ESPN3.com
Noon Utah State at No. 23 Auburn
Beth Mowins, Mike Bellotti & Ivan Maisel
ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Noon Northwestern at Boston College
Rob Stone & Danny Kanell
ESPNU
Noon Kent State at No. 2 Alabama
TBD
ESPN3.com
12:30 p.m. Appalachian State at No. 13 Virginia Tech
Steve Martin, Dave Archer & Mike Hodgewood
ESPN3.com
3:30 p.m. Minnesota at No. 25 USC
Carter Blackburn, Brock Huard & Shelley Smith
ABC and ESPN2 * / ESPN3.com
Western Michigan at Michigan
Mike Patrick, Craig James & Jeannine Edwards
ABC and ESPN2 * / ESPN3.com
3:30 p.m. Louisiana Monroe at No. 6 Florida State
Pam Ward & Dan Hawkins
ESPNU
3:30 p.m. Troy at Clemson
Joe Davis & Warrick Dunn
ESPN3.com
3:30 p.m. James Madison at North Carolina
TBD
ESPN3.com
4:45 p.m. BYU at Mississippi
Bob Wischusen, Bob Davie & Jessica Mendoza
ESPN / ESPN3.com
6 p.m. Buffalo at Pittsburgh
John Sanders & John Bunting
ESPN3.com
6 p.m. Liberty at North Carolina State
Darren Goldwater & Rene Ingoglia
ESPN3.com
6 p.m. William & Mary at Virginia
Dave Weekley & John Gregory
ESPN3.com
6 p.m. Montana at Tennessee
TBD
ESPN3.com
7 p.m. Richmond at Duke
Neil Solondz & Jay Taylor
ESPN3.com
7 p.m. Army at Northern Illinois
Shawn Kenney & Bob Chemeil
ESPN3.com
7 p.m. Indiana at Ball State
Jim Barbar & Adam Archuletta
ESPN3.com
7 p.m. Florida Atlantic at No. 22 Florida
Clay Matvick, Brian Griese & Allison Williams
ESPNU
7 p.m. East Carolina at No. 12 South Carolina
TBD
ESPN3.com
7 p.m. Missouri State at No. 15 Arkansas
TBD
ESPN3.com
7 p.m. Austin Peay at Cincinnati
TBD
ESPN3.com
7:30 p.m. Elon at Vanderbilt
TBD
ESPN3.com
8 p.m. Cowboys Classic: No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 4 LSU (from Arlington)
Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Erin Andrews
ABC / ESPN Radio
8 p.m. Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: No. 5 Boise State vs. No. 19 Georgia (from Atlanta)
Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
ESPN / ESPN3.com
8 p.m. Ohio at New Mexico State
TBD
ESPN3.com
10:15 p.m. Colorado at Hawaii
Dave Lamont & David Diaz-Infante
ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
10:30 p.m. Grambling State at Alcorn State
Adam Amin & Jay Walker
ESPNU ** / ESPN3.com (at 7 p.m.)
Sun, Sep 4 Noon MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney: Prairie View A&M vs. Bethune Cookman (from Orlando)
Morgan & Jay Walker
ESPNU / ESPN3.com
3:30 p.m. Marshall at No. 24 West Virginia
Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich
ESPN / ESPN3.com
Mon, Sep 5 8 p.m. Miami at Maryland
ESPN: Sean McDonough, Matt Millen & Heather Cox
ESPN 3D: Joe Tessitore, Tim Brown & Ray Bentley
ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Radio / ESPN 3D
* Part of reverse mirror in which ABC’s split national telecast is televised regionally on ESPN or ESPN2 and ESPN3.com to markets receiving another game on ABC
** Same day delay