Monday, January 30, 2012

ESPN Super Bowl XLVI Tuesday Coverage

From ESPN - 



ESPN and ESPN Radio Super Bowl XLV Programs Originating Live from Pan Am Plaza in Indianapolis – Tuesday, Jan. 31
 
ESPN’s multimedia coverage of Super Bowl XLVI continues tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 31, from Indianapolis beginning with ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning (ESPN2) at 6 a.m. ET.  The day’s programming includes live reports from Super Bowl XLVI Media Day at Lucas Oil Stadium on SportsCenter (10 – 11 a.m. and 12 – 1 p.m.) with host Trey Wingo and analyst Mark Schlereth, as well as team-specific updates from reporters Ed Werder (Patriots) and Rachel Nichols (Giants) throughout the day.
 
All ESPN TV and radio shows are originating live from Pan Am Plaza (201 South Capitol Avenue) in downtown Indianapolis, throughout the week and fans are encouraged to attend.  Tuesday’s schedule highlights (all times ET):
 
6 a.m.  Mike and Mike in the Morning (ESPN Radio/ESPN2)
                Hosts: Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic
Guests: ESPN analyst Herm Edwards (6:30 a.m.), Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (8 a.m. via phone), ESPN NFL insider John Clayton (8:15 a.m.), ESPN NFL senior analyst Chris Mortensen (9 a.m.), and Monday Night Football analyst Ron Jaworski (9:15 a.m.)
 
10 a.m.  The Herd (ESPN Radio/ESPNEWS)
                Host: Colin Cowherd
Guest: Gary Bracket (12:15 a.m.)
 
1 p.m.   Scott Van Pelt Show (ESPN Radio/ESPNEWS through 3 p.m. ET)
                Hosts: Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo
Guest: Brackett (1:30 p.m.), ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer (2:30 p.m.), Fox Sports and NFL Network analyst Brian Billick (2:45 p.m.)
               
3 p.m.   SportsCenter Special (ESPN)
                Host: Steve Levy.  Analysts: John Clayton, Chris Mortensen, and Adam Schefter
 
4 p.m.   NFL Live (ESPN)
                Host: Trey Wingo.  Analysts: Tom Jackson and Mark Schlereth
       
5 p.m.  SportsNation (ESPN2)
                Hosts: Michelle Beadle and Cowherd. Guest analyst Herm Edwards
Throughout the week (M-F, 5-6 p.m.), SportsNation features two acts – the Blue Monkey Sideshow carnival act for SN’s ‘Halftime Show’ and Indy’s own “The Twin Cats” (official house band).
 
5 p.m.  SportsCenter (live on ESPNEWS) … to air at 6 p.m. on ESPN
Host: Greenberg. Analysts: Cris Carter and Ron Jaworski
               
6 p.m.   NFL 32 (ESPN2)         
                Hosts:  Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen.  Analysts:  Carter and Dilfer
 
8 p.m.   SportsCenter (ESPN Deportes)
                Host: Ciro Procuna. Analysts: Raul Allegre and Alvaro Martin
               
9 p.m.  SportsCenter (ESPN) … to air at 11 p.m.
                Host: Stuart Scott. Analysts: Merril Hoge and Tedy Bruschi
               
Note: Commentator and guest schedules subject to change
 

Dell and Stairs join NESN for Red Sox Coverage

From NESN -


NESN ADDS JENNY DELL AND MATT STAIRS TO RED SOX BROADCAST TEAM

January 30, 2012 – NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, announced today that Jenny Dell will join the network as its Red Sox field reporter and Matt Stairs will join as a Red Sox studio analyst. Dell and Stairs will join NESN’s popular and talented Red Sox broadcast team that includes play-by-play voice Don Orsillo, color commentator Jerry Remy, studio host Tom Caron, and the network’s trio of Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Jim Rice and Peter Gammons, who all serve as studio analysts.
              
Jenny Dell

Dell comes to NESN from ESPN where she served in several different roles, including on-air reporter. The University of Massachusetts graduate has reported from the last two Super Bowls and delivered AccuScore reports for ESPN.com. She also has experience behind the camera, working since 2008 at several different high profile events and programs for ESPN, including Major League Baseball (MLB), Monday Night Football, National Basketball Association (NBA) and NASCAR coverage. Dell, a Connecticut native, will begin working for NESN in February.

“Jenny is smart, resourceful and displays a professional approach to reporting,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO. “Her ability to connect with viewers makes her the ideal choice to join Don and Jerry as part of our Red Sox coverage this season.”

Matt Stairs


Stairs retired in 2011 after a 19-year MLB career with a record 12 teams, including one year with the Red Sox (1995). He finished with a .262 career batting average while slugging 265 home runs and 899 RBIs. He holds the major league record for pinch-hit home runs in a career with 23. A native of Frederickson, New Brunswick, Canada, Stairs played for Canada in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He currently resides in Bangor, Maine, where he serves as an assistant coach for the local high school hockey team.

“Matt brings incredible passion for the game of baseball and a great sense of humor,” said McGrail. “He adds a unique perspective since he has played with or against most of the current major league players, including one year with Adrian Gonzalez in San Diego.”

Red Sox on NESN


On February 19th NESN begins 46 days of live coverage from the Red Sox new Spring Training home JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers, Florida. In addition, this Thursday, February 2nd at 10:00 pm, NESN will broadcast the Red Sox Town Hall, which is being held on February 1st in Worcester, Massachusetts. NESN's Tom Caron will host new Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine and Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington for an interactive conversation in front of approximately 800 fans at Worcester Technical High School.  Fans not at the event can submit questions in advance at NESN.com/TownHall or via Twitter by sending a tweet to @NESN and including the hashtag #TownHall.

CNBC's Darren Rovell Teams up with Google+ for Super Bowl XLVI

From CNBC -




CNBC's Darren Rovell to Host NBC Sports' Post-Super Bowl Hangout on Google+
 
NEW YORK – Jan. 30, 2012 -- CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell will serve as host and industry expert for a NBC Sports Google+ Hangout discussion of Super Bowl commercials on Monday, Feb. 6. During the Hangout, Rovell will review the previous day’s Super Bowl commercials, dissect the talk around the ads, and interact with fans to find out what commercials worked best. 

“The day after the Super Bowl is when people head back to their office water coolers to discuss what they loved and what they didn't,” Rovell said. “Our conversation is about taking all those water cooler conversations and bringing it to a national, digital stage.”

On Friday evening, Feb. 17 during his NBC Sports Network show CNBC SportsBiz: Game On, Rovell will reveal the most popular Super Bowl commercial as selected by YouTube Ad Blitz voters. 

The Hangout is the second piece of an NBC Sports collaboration with YouTube and its Super Bowl Ad Blitz, the premier online gallery of Super Bowl commercials. The Super Bowl is annually the biggest single day of the year for advertisers, commanding the attention of millions of Americans tuned in to watch the game as well as the TV commercials. Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and New England Patriots will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 5. 

As part of the agreement, NBC will promote Ad Blitz and Rovell’s Google+ Hangout during its pre-game coverage and YouTube will offer weekend-long online promotion of NBC's Super Bowl XLVI coverage. This marks the first time in the five-year history of the YouTube Ad Blitz that YouTube has partnered with the Super Bowl network broadcaster.

Rovell, CNBC's Sports Business Reporter, is responsible for both analyzing and reporting on the sports business world on all of CNBC's programming. In addition, he is the author of the “Sports Biz” blog on CNBC.com and is very involved in social media with more than 173,000 people following his @darrenrovell feed.

Google+ has already conducted several high profile Hangouts including ones hosted by The Dalai Lama, will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas and coming Jan 30th President Obama.

The YouTube Ad Blitz program is a popular, online and interactive gallery of Super Bowl commercials that allows users to view the commercials and vote on the top ads of the Super Bowl on laptops, mobile phones, or tablets. Last year Ad Blitz generated 93M video views of Super Bowl commercials. The Ad Blitz gallery will be hosted on NBCSports.com and the YouTube Ad Blitz Channel.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

WWE Royal Rumble PPV Predictions

Short and sweet my friends...

John Cena vs. Kane
Winner: Cena by embracing the hate!

WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler
Winner: CM Punk

World Champion Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry
Winner: Daniel Bryan

Royal Rumble - 30 Man Battle Royal
Winner: Chris Jericho
Surprise Returns: Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Road Dogg Jesse James, Road Warrior Animal, Goldust


Friday, January 27, 2012

NBA TV's Fan Night picks Nuggets/Grizzlies

From NBA TV -


Fans Select Denver Nuggets @ Memphis Grizzlies for NBA TV’s Fan Night presented by Sprint on Tuesday, Jan. 31

NBA TV’s Fan Night presented by Sprint will feature the Denver Nuggets taking on the Memphis Grizzlies on Tues., Jan. 31, at 8:00 p.m. (ET). This match-up was selected by fans who voted via nba.com, NBA’s Facebook page, and Yahoo.com. Host Ernie Johnson and analysts Chris Webber and Greg Anthony will tip-off coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. (ET) followed by the Autotrader.com Pregame Show beginning at 7:30 p.m. (ET).  GameTime host Rick Kamla and analyst Steve Smith will conclude the evening with a postgame recap featuring highlights from the evening’s match-up.       

Fan Night voting for next week’s match-up on Tues., Feb. 7, will continue on nba.com/nbatv/fannight, the NBA Facebook page and Yahoo.com from Tues., Jan. 31 (8 a.m. ET) – Thurs., Feb. 2 (Midnight ET).  Fans will have the opportunity to select among the following games:
  • Utah Jazz @ Indiana Pacers
  • Charlotte Bobcats @ Boston Celtics
  • Sacramento Kings @ Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Phoenix Suns @ Milwaukee Bucks
  • Oklahoma City Thunder @ Golden State Warriors

Fans can stay connected to the latest NBA action every Tuesday with The Jump presented by Sprint. Host Jared Greenberg and analysts Brent Barry, Dennis Scott and ‘chat-master’ Sekou Smith will jumpstart Tuesday’s basketball coverage with the live, interactive show.  Fans can submit questions and comments via NBA.com, Facebook or Twitter.  The Jump presented by Sprint will stream live on Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. (ET) on NBA.com and will air at 6:00 p.m. (ET) on NBA TV. 

On Friday, Jan. 27, former NBA All-Star Antonio Davis and Kendall Gill will join NBA GameTime host Vince Cellini from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (ET) prior to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors game.   NBA GameTime host Rick Kamla and analysts Steve Smith and Gill will take over for the late broadcast.  On Saturday, Davis will be back in studio with NBA GameTime host Matt Winer and analyst Dennis Scott with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. (ET) followed by the AutoTrader.com Pregame Show at 8:30 p.m. (ET) prior to NBA TV’s coverage of the Sacramento Kings and the Utah Jazz
NBA  TV GAMES OF THE WEEK:
JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 3             
NBA TV  SCHEDULE (all times ET): Jan. 30 – Feb. 3
MONDAY, JAN. 30
7 p.m.
NBA Regular Season:  Chicago Bulls @ Washington Wizards 
10:30 p.m.
NBA Regular Season:  Oklahoma City Thunder @ L.A. Clippers
TUESDAY, JAN. 31  Fan Night presented by Sprint
7:30 p.m.
Autotrader.com Pregame Show
Ernie Johnson, Greg Anthony, Chris Webber
8 p.m.
NBA Regular Season Fan Night Winner:  Denver Nuggets @ Memphis Grizzlies 
  SATURDAY, FEB. 4
  7 p.m.
NBA Regular Season: Orlando Magic @ Indiana Pacers
10:00 p.m.
NBA Regular Season: Denver Nuggets @ Portland Trail Blazers
  SUNDAY, FEB. 5
  12 p.m. Noon
NBA Regular Season: Memphis Grizzlies @ Boston Celtics




Namath debuts on HBO Saturday

From HBO Sports -


HBO SPORTS AND NFL FILMS EXAMINE THE LIFE OF “BROADWAY JOE”
NAMATH, ONE OF PRO FOOTBALL’S BIGGEST STARS, IN A
DOCUMENTARY DEBUTING JAN. 28, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

          The Emmy®-winning combination of HBO Sports and NFL Films explores the fascinating life and career of one of pro football’s biggest stars when NAMATH, a documentary on New York Jets icon Joe Namath, debuts SATURDAY, JAN. 28 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
          Other HBO playdates:  Jan 28 (1:00 a.m.) and 31 (noon, midnight), and Feb. 3 (5:30 p.m.), 5 (11:15 a.m.), 7 (noon, 3:30 a.m.), 9 (8:00 p.m., 1:30 a.m.), 11 (3:00 p.m.), 15 (11:30 a.m., 5:45 p.m.) and 17 (7:30 p.m.)
          HBO2 playdates:  Jan. 30 (4:30 p.m., 12:50 a.m.) and Feb. 6 (6:30 p.m., 4:30 a.m.), 18 (7:45 a.m.), 21 (12:25 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), 26 (8:30 a.m.) and 29 (midnight)
          HBO On Demand availability:  Jan. 30-Feb. 28
          Born in Beaver Falls, Pa. in 1943, Namath was raised in western Pennsylvania and was a stellar high school athlete in basketball, baseball and football.  He accepted a football scholarship to the University of Alabama and played quarterback for the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant.  Namath led the Crimson Tide to the top of the national polls in 1964 and his stock as a pro football prospect soared.
          With entertainment mogul Sonny Werblin at the helm of ownership of the New York Jets, Namath elected to sign with the upstart American Football League for a then-staggering $427,000, and by game five of his first season had become the Jets’ starting quarterback.  He was subsequently named AFL Rookie of the Year, and was one of the first sports celebrity superstars, captivating both the entertainment press and fans with his movie-star looks and bigger-than-life “Broadway Joe” personality.
          In a moment that would alter the NFL landscape, Namath led the underdog New York Jets to a world championship title in Super Bowl III versus the heavily favored Baltimore Colts.   His “guarantee” of a Jets upset brought him legendary status.
          While his MVP performance in Super Bowl III was the high point, Namath fashioned a high-flying all-star career during his 13 years in pro football, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
          Now 68, Namath remains engaged in the game with which he has had a lifelong love affair.  He provides radio commentary, is connected to new media initiatives through Facebook and Twitter (@realjoenamath), and hosts his own website destination (broadwayjoe.tv).
          Interviews for the documentary include:  family members Frank Namath, Rita Sims and Jessica Namath; family friends Linwood Alford, Wibby Glover, Al Hassan, Jimmy Walsh and Tad Dowd; former New York Jets teammates Matt Snell, John Schmitt, Don Maynard, Richard Castor, Emerson Boozer and John Riggins; former Jets assistant coach Ken Meyer; former Alabama teammate Gaylon McCollough; former Alabama assistant coach Howard Schnellenberger; former Baltimore Colts head coach Don Shula; former NFL players Mike Curtis, Ben Davidson and Fred Dryer; sports journalists Sal Marchiano, Suzy Kolber, Dave Anderson and Rick Telander; producers Larry Spangler and Roger Smith; attorney Mike Bite; and actress Ann-Margret.
          HBO Sports and NFL Films have a long history of acclaimed football productions, including the 2010 documentary “Lombardi,” which earned rave reviews and received the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Documentary.
          The executive producers of NAMATH are Rick Bernstein for HBO Sports and Steve Sabol for NFL Films; produced by Joe Lavine for HBO Sports and Keith Cossrow for NFL Films; Liev Schreiber narrates; music composed by Dave Robidoux of NFL Films; writer, Ouisie Shapiro; senior coordinating producers for NFL FILMS, Pat Kelleher and Ross Ketover; executive producer for Namanco Productions Inc, James Walsh.

          Highlights of NAMATH:
          Former Alabama teammate Gaylon McCollough:  “He had good command of the Alabama offense.  He was shifty, he was all over the field and he almost left you standing in your boots when you were trying to tackle him.  He had tremendous speed and quickness and agility.  He was like trying to tackle the wind.  He could stop on a dime and throw a jump pass 40 or 50 yards.  It was different from what our opponents had seen in the past.”
          Gaylon McCollough:  “One of the tragedies in American sports is that most people never had the chance to see a healthy Joe Namath play, to see how good he really was.  If you had ever seen him at his best, you’d never forget it.”
          Former New York Jets offensive coach Ken Meyer:  “[He’s] the only quarterback I’ve ever been around that you didn’t have to look to see when the ball was released…You could hear the ‘whoosh’ when the ball left his hand.  And that is not kidding!”
         Sports journalist Rick Telander:  “There had not been anybody like Joe Namath, not in sports.  Long hair, sideburns…a Fu Manchu.  Suddenly it’s like, ‘We got some kind of revolutionary here.’  No, you got a guy who’s growing a Fu Manchu ‘cause the chicks dig it.”
          New York sportscaster Sal Marchiano:  “So here was this rascal – not a maverick – a rascal who wore white shoes, wore his hair long, and he went his own way.  He was Mick Jagger in a football uniform.  He wasn’t Pat Boone.  And that’s what America wanted.”
          Former Colts head coach Don Shula on Namath delivering in Super Bowl III:  “You gotta give credit where credit is due, and Namath, he made the predictions, then he made ‘em come true.”
          Former NFL player Fred Dryer:  “That guy was very important to the game of football as a cultural icon, and how he brought professional football into the television era and with it a whole degree of excitement…The likes of him will never ever, ever pass this way again.”
          Joe Namath:  “Something’s been guiding me around throughout my life.  I keep saying, ‘I’m just a lucky guy.’ ”

ESPN's Monday Super Bowl XLVI Coverage

From ESPN - 



ESPN’s Super Bowl XLVI Coverage Starts Monday, Jan. 30 at 6 a.m. ET
Multiple Programs Originating Live from Pan Am Plaza in Indianapolis
 
ESPN’s multimedia news and information coverage of Super Bowl XLVI kicks off Monday, Jan. 30, at 6 a.m. ET and continues throughout the week with more than 110 hours of television and radio programming originating live from Pan Am Plaza (201 South Capitol Avenue) in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.  Mike and Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Scott Van Pelt Show, NFL Live, SportsCenter, SportsNation, NFL Live, NFL 32 and Sunday NFL Countdown are some of the ESPN television and radio programs based in Indianapolis throughout the week.
 
Celebrated ESPN studio hosts Chris Berman, covering his 30th Super Bowl, Mike Greenberg, Suzy Kolber, Steve Levy, Stuart Scott, Mike Tirico and Trey Wingo, will rotate as anchors for the television programs.  Tedy Bruschi, Cris Carter, Trent Dilfer, Herm Edwards, Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski, Antonio Pierce, Jerry Rice, Mark Schlereth, Darren Woodson and Steve Young, will be among the ESPN personalities who will appear on various programs throughout the week leading into Super Bowl XLVI matchup between the Patriots and Giants.
 
ESPN television and radio shows will be open for public viewing all week and fans are encouraged to attend.
Monday’s schedule (all times ET):
 
6 a.m.  Mike and Mike in the Morning (ESPN Radio/ESPN2)
                Hosts: Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic
Guests: ESPN analyst Cris Carter (8 - 9 a.m.), Colts linebacker Gary Brackett (8:30 a.m.), Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel (9 a.m.), and NBC’s Sunday Night Football and Super Bowl XLVI analyst Cris Collinsworth (9:30 a.m.)
 
10 a.m.  The Herd (ESPN Radio/ESPNEWS)
                Host: Colin Cowherd
Guest: Keisel (10:30 a.m.)
 
1 p.m.   Scott Van Pelt Show (ESPN Radio/ESPNEWS through 3 p.m. ET)
                Hosts: Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo
Guest: Keisel (2:45 p.m.)
               
3 p.m.   SportsCenter Special (ESPN)
                Host: Steve Levy.  Analysts: John Clayton, Chris Mortensen, and Adam Schefter.
 
4 p.m.   NFL Live (ESPN)
                Host: Trey Wingo.  Analysts: Tedy Bruschi and Mark Schlereth
       
5 p.m.  SportsNation (ESPN2)
                Hosts: Michelle Beadle and Cowherd. Guest analyst Herm Edwards
Throughout the week (M-F, 5-6 p.m.), Sportsnation will originate from ESPN’s demo field and will feature two acts as part of the show each day: the Blue Monkey Sideshow carnival act for SN’s ‘Halftime Show’ and Indy’s own “The Twin Cats” will be the show’s official house band.
Guest: Four-time Super Bowl winning kicker and Indianapolis Colt Adam Vinatieri
 
5 p.m.  SportsCenter (live on ESPNEWS) … to air at 6 p.m. on ESPN
Host: Greenberg. Analysts: Carter and Tom Jackson
               
6 p.m.   NFL 32 (ESPN2)         
                Hosts:  Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen.  Analysts:  Bruschi and Schlereth
 
8 p.m.   SportsCenter (ESPN Deportes)
                Host: Ciro Procuna. Analysts: Raul Allegre and Alvaro Martin
               
9 p.m.  SportsCenter (ESPN) … to air at 11 p.m.
                Host: Stuart Scott. Analysts: Merril Hoge and Edwards
               
Note: Commentator and guest schedules subject to change
 

Celtics/Magic Notes from NBA on TNT

From TNT Sports - 



Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Thursday, January 26, 2012

TNT's NBA coverage continues Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 at 7 p.m. ET with a special one-hour edition of TNT NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com.  Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith will have the exclusive announcement of the 2012 NBA All-Star starters.

Following the pre-game show, TNT’s doubleheader will feature the Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks (8 p.m. ET) followed by the Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET)

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TNT NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com
Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard on Charles Barkley: “[Charles] has always had my back since day one and I appreciate it.”

Barkley on Magic center Dwight Howard and his impact: “Bill Russell is the greatest defensive center ever. Dwight Howard, I’m not going to put him in Bill Russell’s category. [But Howard] is a great defender and great rebounder.”
  
O’Neal on Dwight Howard and the nickname ‘Superman’: “The good thing about Dwight Howard is he listened and responded. The one thing you have to know about me is that I know what I’m doing.”


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Game 1:  Boston Celtics (91) @ Orlando Magic (83)
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Mike Fratello (analyst) with Craig Sager (reporter)

Fratello on Orlando forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis: “When it comes to team defense, ‘Big Baby’ Davis is an important part.”

Fratello on potential Eastern Conference playoff matchups: “In the East there are two teams who are clearly a step above the rest – Chicago and Miami. After that, who can’t beat anybody else in the Eastern Conference? If one of those teams [Orlando or Boston] end up with the wrong matchup in the first round [of the playoffs], watch out.”

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Halftime
Johnson, O’Neal, Smith and Barkley

Smith on the Boston Celtics’ sloppy first-half play resulting in the Magic holding a 21-point lead: “It’s mental effort that makes the difference, not always shots and rebounds.”

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Magic center Dwight Howard on trade rumors: “I’m not going to get traded any time [soon], so just play.”

Fratello on the Celtics’ surge in the second half and the Magic’s demise due to poor shot selection at the end of the 24-second clock: “Those are the shots the Magic have wound up with in the fourth quarter.”

Fratello on the Celtics defensive pressure that helped them close a 27-point deficit and win tonight’s game against the Magic: “You normally don’t see, in a NBA game, pressure take a toll [on a team] the way the Celtics did in the first game of this week [Monday vs. the Clippers] and the second half of tonight’s game.”
  
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Game 2:  Memphis Grizzlies (91) @ L.A. Clippers (98)
Announcers: Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst), Reggie Miller (analyst) with Cheryl Miller (reporter)

Reggie Miller on Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol as the second best center in the league: “(Gasol is) much more well-rounded than [Los Angeles Lakers’] Andrew Bynum or [Utah Jazz’s] Al Jefferson. He can rebound, blocks shots, he’s got great hands and he can score.”

Kerr on the throwback uniforms and the night’s retro theme: “I wish some of the guys would’ve busted out the mutton chops and afros for tonight’s game.”

Reggie Miller on the Los Angeles Clippers offensive identity this season: “Eventually, they will be a good half-court team because of CP3 [Chris Paul] and Chauncey Billups. They’ll be an excellent half-court team.”

Kerr on the popularity of the Clippers in Los Angeles: “It’s fun. Let’s face it, the Clippers…they’ve been, probably, the worst franchise in the history of this league. You can’t sugarcoat it – 33 seasons here in L.A. and three winning seasons. Finally, we’re seeing some hope; actually, more than hope. We’re seeing tremendous talent from a team that is on the rise.”

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Halftime
Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

O’Neal on Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay: “He’s leading his team and playing very well. When big Zach [Randolph] comes back they’re going to be a dangerous team.”

Barkley on Grizzlies forwards Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph: “That’s a really nice combination those two guys. If they can get on the same page, Memphis is a legit contender in the West.”

Smith on the Celtics head coach Doc Rivers: “I would love to play for Doc Rivers because he’s the kind of coach who’s with you in the trenches.”

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Kerr on Clippers point guard Chris Paul’s ability to score at the end of a game: “Chris Paul is a world-class game closer.”

TNT’s Cheryl Miller interviewed Clippers point guard Chris Paul following the game.

Chris Paul on what it will take to get to the next level despite blowing a big first-half lead: “We gotta get better defensively.”


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Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai
Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

Barkley on the Clippers weaknesses: “They aren’t the best team in their own building.  Their half-court offense is not very good and I don’t like their bench as far as the ‘bigs’ go. There is such a drop-off [in size] after Blake [Griffin] and DeAndre [Jordan] come out of the game. They get really small.”

O’Neal on the Clippers: “They are a work in progress but they play with a lot of effort and energy.  They can win a lot of games with that.  Down the stretch, they will become a better half court team as they play more games.  I think they are going to be fine.”

Barkley on the Dwight Howard trade rumors: “The Dwight Howard [trade rumors] are not going to go away because the trade deadline is looming [March 15]. [The Magic] are going to have to address that and answer that question every day.”

The TNT studio crew picked their biggest surprise of the season

O’Neal on Magic guard Ryan Anderson: “He’s a great role player and a very consistent shooter. He doesn’t try to do too much, he does what he does and gets the open shot. If I was a general manager, I would sign him up today.”

Smith on the Chicago Bulls: “They’ve had injuries to key players and through that time, they’ve had John Lucas, Jr. and Mike James holding the fort down. When you expect Rose, Noah and Boozer to lead the team, [head coach Tom] Thibodeau has done a great job to get them to say, ‘no excuses, we should still be the best team in the East’ and they are.”

Barkley on the Denver Nuggets and Grizzlies: “The Nuggets are one of the best teams in the West and the Grizzlies have played very well since losing Zach Randolph [to injury]. [Nuggets] head coach George Karl has proven that he is one of the best coaches in the league.”

The TNT studio crew picked their biggest disappointments of the season

Barkley on the level of play in the NBA: “I love basketball but we’ve got some bad basketball teams in the NBA.”

O’Neal on the Washington Wizards: “With all the ability and talent that [guard] John Wall has, he needs to do a better job leading the team. They make a lot of juvenile mistakes. [Forward] Andray Blatche is a good player but he needs to step up his game a little bit. I’m surprised and disappointed that they are the worst team in the league right now.”

Smith on the New York Knicks: “They made a big acquisition with [center] Tyson Chandler and now they have ‘stickum’ on the basketball. They have a lot of guys that hold the basketball. This is not a team I want to watch with [head coach Mike] D’Antoni and the way it’s constructed.”

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ohio State/Michigan & Baylor/Texas on CBS

From CBS Sports -


BIG TEN BATTLE BETWEEN MICHIGAN AND OHIO STATE HIGHLIGHTS
CBS SPORTS’ COLLEGE BASKETBALL LINE-UP ON SATURDAY, JAN. 28 AND SUNDAY, JAN. 29

CBS Sports’ college basketball schedule continues on Saturday, Jan. 28 (1:00-3:00 PM, ET) with national coverage of *No. 6-ranked Baylor taking on Texas.  On Sunday, Jan. 29 (1:00-3:00 PM, ET), CBS Sports broadcasts nationally *No. 4-ranked Ohio State hosts *No. 20-ranked Michigan. 

Verne Lundquist joins CBS Sports’ lead college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg to call the action at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas for the Baylor-Texas contest.  Bob Dekas, CBS Sports’ coordinating producer for college basketball, produces and Bob Fishman directs.

Kevin Harlan is joined courtside by Bill Raftery for the call from Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio for the Ohio State-Michigan game.  Steve Scheer produces and Bryan Lilley directs.

AT THE HALF, CBS Sports’ halftime studio show, hosted by Tracy Wolfson provides all the day’s news, scores and highlights live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. Vin DeVito produces and Jim Cornell directs. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

In addition, CBS Sports will stream the Ohio State-Michigan game, as well as select games from the entire 2011-12 college basketball schedule, live on CBSSports.com. The games are available exclusively on CBSSports.com and CBS Sports Mobile.

Follow us on Twitter: @CBSSportsGang, @HoopsOnCBS

*AP Poll as of 1/23/12

NBC's got the Pro Bowl Sunday

From NBC Sports -

NBC SPORTS’ SUPER BOWL WEEK KICKS OFF WITH LIVE PRIMETIME COVERAGE OF 2012 NFL PRO BOWL, SUNDAY 7 P.M. ET
 
Bob Costas, Tony Dungy & Rodney Harrison Host Pre-Game, Halftime and Post-Game Coverage from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Site of Super Bowl XLVI
 
Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Ray Lewis Will Wear Microphones Throughout the Game
 
Access to Coach/QB Radio Transmissions Highlight NBC’s Production
 
NEW YORK – January XX, 2012 – Super Bowl XLVI Week on NBC begins this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET with the NFL’s top stars competing in the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl. The NFL’s All-Star Game will take place once again at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii and is the signature event to start the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVI, to be played between the New England Patriots and New York Giants in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 5, on NBC. 

Dan Hicks (play-by-play), Mike Mayock and Doug Flutie (analysts), Alex Flanagan and Randy Moss (sideline reporters) call the action from Aloha Stadium. 

Football Night in America’s Bob Costas, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison will host the pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage from inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the site of Super Bowl XLVI. 

The 43-man teams are comprised of 21 offensive and 17 defensive players plus five specialists, including a long snapper. The AFC All-Star team will be led by Gary Kubiak and the coaches from the Houston Texans while Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers’ coaching staff will guide the NFC Pro Bowl squad. 

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees lead the NFC against the NFL’s leading rusher Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. 

PRO BOWL PRODUCTION ELEMENTS: Five quarterbacks in the game – Rodgers, Brees, Roethlisberger, Cam Newton and Philip Rivers, along with Ray Lewis - will wear microphones during the game. In addition, NBC will have access to coach-quarterback radio transmission and will deploy its ‘stedi-cam’ operator into the teams’ huddles. 

NBC Sports’ Notre Dame Football producer Rob Hyland, who worked as the Sunday Night Football replay producer for three years under SNF producer Fred Gaudelli, will produce the game. Artie Kempner, who directs NFL games for NFL Network and Fox, and who directed Super Bowl XLII, will direct.

NBC AND THE PRO BOWL: Sunday’s broadcast marks fourth time ever and the second time in three years that NBC has broadcast the Pro Bowl. The last NBC broadcast of the Pro Bowl was the week after Super Bowl XLIII in February 2009. Prior to that NBC’s last Pro Bowl broadcast was on Jan. 20, 1974 from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City when the AFC, coached by then Raiders coach and former NBC analyst John Madden, defeated the NFC 15-13 on five Garo Yepremian field goals. Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis called the game for NBC. The only other time the Pro Bowl was on NBC was two years earlier, on Jan. 23, 1972, when the AFC defeated the NFC 26-13. That game took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 

PRO BOWL STARTERS:
AFC OFFENSE
QB Ben Roethlisberger Steelers
RB Maurice Jones-Drew Jaguars
FB Vonta Leach Ravens
WR A.J. Green Bengals
Mike Wallace Steelers
TE Antonio Gates Chargers
T Joe Thomas Browns
D’Brickashaw Ferguson Jets
G Ben Grubbs Ravens
Marshal Yanda Ravens
C Nick Mangold Jets
AFC DEFENSE
DE Elvis Dumerville Broncos
Dwight Freeney Colts
DT Haloti Ngata Ravens
Richard Seymore Raiders
OLB Tamba Hali Chiefs
Von Miller Broncos
ILB Ray Lewis Ravens
CB Darrell Revis Jets
Champ Bailey Broncos
FS Ed Reed Ravens
SS Eric Weddle Chargers
AFC SPECIAL TEAMS
P Shane Lechler Raiders
K Sebastian Janikowski Raiders
KR Antonio Brown Steelers
ST Montell Owens Jaguars
NFC OFFENSE
QB Aaron Rodgers Packers
RB LeSean McCoy Eagles
FB Michael Robinson Seahawks
WR Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals
Steve Smith Panthers
TE Jimmy Graham Saints
T Jason Peters Eagles
Joe Staley 49ers
G Jhari Evans Saints
Carl Nicks Saints
C Ryan Kalil Panthers
NFC DEFENSE
DE Jared Allen Vikings
Jason Babin Eagles
DT Justin Smith 49ers
Jay Ratliff Cowboys
OLB DeMarcus Ware Cowboys
Clay Matthews Packers
ILB Patrick Willis 49ers
CB Charles Woodson Packers
TBA
FS Earl Thomas Seahawks
SS Adrian Wilson Cardinals
NFC SPECIAL TEAMS
P Andy Lee 49ers
K David Akers 49ers
KR Patrick Peterson Cardinals
ST Corey Graham Bears

ESPN at Super Bowl XLVI

From ESPN - 



ESPN at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis
110+ Hours of Television and Radio Programming
25+ On-air Commentators with 19 Super Bowl Rings
30th Super Bowl for Host Chris Berman

ESPN’s live coverage leading up to Super Bowl XLVI begins Monday, Jan. 30, at 6 a.m. ET from Pan American Plaza in Indianapolis and continues through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, when the New England Patriots face the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium. Highlights:

·         More than 110 hours of television and radio programming;
·         More than 25 on-air commentators (hosts, analysts, reporters and contributors) on site in Indianapolis – in all, an analyst team of former players and coaches with a combined 19 Super Bowl rings in 29 appearances in the NFL’s biggest game;
·         Content across 18 ESPN platforms: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Classic, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, ESPNEWS HD, ESPN Deportes HD, ESPN International, ESPN.com, ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNdeportes.com, ESPN The Magazine, WatchESPN, and ESPN Mobile properties; and
·         Super Bowl XLVI aired live in more than 68 million households in 162 countries and territories via ESPN International.

All shows originating from Pan Am Plaza will be available for free public viewing. The on-site operation includes:
§  A 62-by-40-foot outdoor set, enclosed in glass and overlooking Lucas Oil Stadium;
§  A 24-by-48-foot demo field;
§  Aerial views via a “flycam” that spans 300 feet and is suspended 30 feet in the air;
§  Two 16-by-9-foot LED screens for fan viewing of ESPN’s on-site programs; and
§  Two pod camera locations at Pan Am Plaza that showcase the downtown skyline, Union Station and the stadium.

New in 2012:
·         Themed SportsCenter Specials (M-F, 3-4 p.m., ESPN): Host Steve Levy and NFL Insiders John Clayton, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter discuss the latest league news Monday and Tuesday; Mike Tirico, Trent Dilfer and Merril Hoge discuss safety and head injuries Wednesday; the Monday Night Football team of Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski preview the Super Bowl matchup Thursday; and, on Friday, ESPN’s Super Bowl champion analysts – Tedy Bruschi, Dilfer, Mike Ditka, Gruden, Keyshawn Johnson, Jerry Rice, Mark Schlereth and Steve Young – talk with Tirico about playing in the NFL’s title game.
·         SC Special: NFL Face to Face with Hannah Storm (Tues., Jan. 31 at 9 p.m., ESPN2): ESPN’s Hannah Storm conducts one-on-one interviews in this one-hour special with some of the NFL season’s biggest newsmakers: Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers, Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton, Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, and Colts owner Jim Irsay. Full release.
·         Bill Parcells’ Super Bowl Confidential (Wed., Feb. 1, 7 p.m., ESPN): Two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells discusses all facets of the Super Bowl with Tirico, drawing upon his more than 30 years of experience, including leading both the Giants (1986 and 1990) and Patriots (1996) to the Super Bowl, and his relationships with this year’s head coaches, Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick, both of whom he mentored when they served as assistant coaches on his teams.
·         NFL32 (M-F, 6 p.m., ESPN2), which debuted in September, is a social media-driven NFL discussion show featuring host Suzy Kolber, NFL Insider Mortensen and a rotating cast of ESPN analysts and guests while engaging with fans via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
·         NFL Kickoff (Friday, 7-9 p.m., ESPN2) with host Trey Wingo, and NFL analysts Bruschi and Schlereth. The show will cover team news, strategies, and injuries.
·         NFL Live expanded to one hour this year (previously 30 minutes) and will air daily from Indianapolis during Super Bowl week with host Wingo, and a rotating cast of ESPN NFL analysts (M-F, 4-5 p.m., ESPN).
·         SportsNation (M-F, 5-6 p.m., ESPN2) will originate from ESPN’s demo field with hosts Michelle Beadle and Colin Cowherd. Two acts that will be part of the show all week: the Blue Monkey Sideshow carnival act for SN’s ‘Halftime Show’ and Indy’s own “The Twin Cats” will be the show’s official house band.

Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5

·         A special Sunday 6-10 a.m. edition of Mike & Mike from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios can be heard and/or watched on ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN2 (6-9 a.m.) and ESPNEWS (9-10 a.m.). The show will provide a comprehensive live game-day preview of the Super Bowl in addition to Mike & Mike’s best interviews from Super Bowl week in Indianapolis.
·         Mike Tirico will host SportsCenter from Lucas Oil Stadium the morning of the Super Bowl (9-10 a.m., ESPN) with analysts Merril Hoge, Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski.
·         Covering his 30th Super Bowl, Chris Berman will host the special four-hour Super Bowl edition of Sunday NFL Countdown (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) from Pan Am Plaza with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson. The Monday Night Football team of Tirico, Gruden and Jaworski will join the crew from Lucas Oil Stadium, with Super Bowl champions Tedy Bruschi, Trent Dilfer, Jerry Rice and Steve Young. NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will also contribute reports.
·         Reporters Rachel Nichols (covering the Giants) and Ed Werder (Patriots) will provide team updates.
·         Postgame coverage on ESPN includes Berman, Jackson and Young on NFL Primetime (10:30-11:30 p.m.), followed by Stuart Scott, Steve Levy, Carter, Dilfer, and Johnson on SportsCenter (11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.).

ESPN Programming
Throughout Super Bowl week, a host of ESPN studio shows will originate from Pan Am Plaza in Indianapolis. The schedule:

Date
Time (ET)
Show
Network
Mon, Jan. 30 – Thurs, Feb. 2
6-10 a.m. 
Mike & Mike in the Morning
ESPN Radio/ESPN2

9 a.m.-2 p.m.      
SportsCenter AM
ESPN

10 a.m.-1 p.m.     
The Herd with Colin Cowherd
ESPN Radio/ESPNEWS

1-4 p.m.  
Scott Van Pelt Show
ESPN Radio/ESPNEWS

3-4 p.m.      
SportsCenter Special
ESPN

4-5 p.m.       
NFL Live
ESPN

5-6 p.m.    
SportsNation
ESPN2

5-6 p.m.    
SportsCenter
ESPN

6-7 p.m.   
NFL 32
ESPN2

8-9 p.m.    
ESPN International coverage


9-10 p.m. 
SportsCenter
ESPN
Fri, Feb. 3
6-10 a.m. 
Mike & Mike in the Morning
ESPN Radio/ESPN2

9 a.m.-2 p.m.      
SportsCenter AM
ESPN

10 a.m.-1 p.m.     
The Herd with Colin Cowherd
ESPN Radio/ESPNEWS

1-2 p.m.
NFL Semanal
ESPN Deportes

1-4 p.m.  
Scott Van Pelt Show
ESPN Radio/ESPNEWS

3-4 p.m.      
SportsCenter Special
ESPN

4-5 p.m.       
NFL Live
ESPN

5-6 p.m.    
SportsNation
ESPN2

5-6 p.m.    
SportsCenter
ESPN

6-7 p.m.   
NFL 32
ESPN2

7-9 p.m.
NFL Kickoff
ESPN2

10-11 p.m.
SportsCenter
ESPN
Sat, Feb. 4
10-11 a.m.
SportsCenter
ESPN

1-2:30 p.m.
ESPN International coverage


6-7 p.m.
SportsCenter
ESPN
Sun, Feb. 5
9-10 a.m.         
SportsCenter
ESPN

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sunday NFL Countdown
ESPN

10:30-11:30 p.m. 
NFL Primetime
ESPN

11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.   
SportsCenter
ESPN

Note: Interview segments for First Take, Around the Horn, Pardon the Interruption and other ESPN programs will also originate from Indianapolis.

ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio will air more than 50 hours of live programming from Indianapolis prior to Super Bowl XLVI.

Super Bowl Week: Monday, Jan. 30-Friday, Feb. 3
ESPN Radio’s weekday Mike & Mike in the Morning (6-10 a.m.), The Herd with Colin Cowherd (10 a.m.-1 p.m.), The Scott Van Pelt Show (1-4 p.m.), and co-host Mark Schlereth’s half of Hill & Schlereth (7-10 p.m.), co-hosted by Mike Hill in Bristol, will originate from Indianapolis during Super Bowl week.
  
Mike & Mike with co-hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, and The Herd with Cowherd, will be open for public viewing at ESPN’s main set in Pan Am Plaza, surrounded by the NFL Super Bowl Village events. Van Pelt, with Ryen Russillo, and Schlereth, will broadcast their shows from the adjacent Pan Am Building. Mike & Mike is simulcast on ESPN2, while The Herd and Van Pelt are simulcast on ESPNEWS. All shows are streamed live on ESPN.com and available via ESPN Podcast.

Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5:
A special Sunday 6-10 a.m. edition of Mike & Mike from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios can be heard and/or watched on ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN2 (6-9 a.m.) and ESPNEWS (9-10 a.m.). The show will provide a comprehensive live game-day preview of the Super Bowl in addition to Mike & Mike’s best interviews from Super Bowl week in Indianapolis. 

ESPNRadio.com will carry ESPN Radio programming live.

ESPN.com
ESPN.com will provide complete reporting and analysis of the game, teams, players, coaches and the entire Super Bowl scene from Indianapolis on Page 1 and the main NFL page, as well as on the 2012 edition of Super Bowl Central. ESPN.com will also present chats with ESPN.com writers and others, as well as video reports throughout the week.

ESPN’s roster of journalists will be on hand, including senior NFL writer John Clayton, as well as Adam Schefter, Ashley Fox, Elizabeth Merrill, the NFL Blog Network and Scouts Inc. They will provide insight, commentary, breaking news and analysis of all facets of the Super Bowl XLVI matchup. Other highlights:

·         NFL Any Era team: ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine put together a 20-member panel of Pro Football Hall of Famers to select an NFL Any Era team -- current players who the stars of yesterday most admire for their toughness, grit and skill. ESPN.com will reveal four players a day, culminating with the final four on Friday, Jan. 27. The presentation includes a video roundtable with Hall of Famers Mike Ditka, John Randle and James Lofton, as well as a video interview with the No. 1 player;
·         Interactive presentation Inside a Moment in Time takes readers inside John Elway’s famous “Helicopter Run” in Super Bowl XXXII against the Packers. The presentation has video interviews with Elway, Rod Smith, Eugene Robinson and more;
·         Road to Indy blog: reports from ESPN.com’s blog network;
·         Complete coverage of Media Day, where users can interact with bloggers on the scene;
·         Super Bowl rings presentation highlighting one player from each of the 45 teams who have earned Super Bowl rings; and
·         In-depth analysis, scouting reports and rankings of all 106 players on the Super Bowl rosters from Scouts Inc.

ESPN Mobile will provide fans on-the-go with alerts, updates and news throughout the game. Additionally, fans can access the latest action through the ESPN mobile Web site and up-to-the-minute scores via the ESPN ScoreCenter mobile app. 

ESPN International
ESPN International will air Super Bowl XLVI live to more than 68 million households in 162 countries and territories throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Brazil, Africa, the Middle East, Israel, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Pacific Rim, and much of Europe. Commentary and analysis will be provided in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Highlights:

·    The game will be seen in HD in Australia, Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean;
·    ESPN International’s SportsCenter production team will report throughout the week to Latin America and throughout the Pacific Rim;
·    ESPN Latin America will also air daily editions of NFL Semanal;
·    ESPN Brazil will air live the pre-game Abre o Jogo Super Bowl XLVI directly from Lucas Oil Stadium, along with a dedicated live Twittcam @espnagora behind the scenes and commentary from on-air duo Everaldo Marques and Paulo Antunes;
·    Live coverage on Super Bowl Sunday in Latin America will begin at 3 p.m. with an extended pregame: NFL Esta Noche: Previo Super Bowl XLVI EN VIVO, followed by the telecast of Super Bowl XLVI at 6 p.m.; and
·    Spanish-language Emmy nominee and play-by-play announcer Álvaro Martín, analyst and former New York Giants Super Bowl-winning kicker  Raúl Allegre, NFL Esta Noche hosts Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega, and reporters John Sutcliffe, Goga Ruiz and Ciro Procuna will report daily on Spanish-language editions of SportsCenter, Radio Formula, Nacion ESPN and Los Capitanes

ESPN DEPORTES
ESPN Deportes will offer the most comprehensive coverage of Super Bowl XLVI on Spanish-language television in the U.S. The network will have a team of reporters and commentators in Indianapolis all week for nightly segments on SportsCenter and live feeds during Los Capitanes and Nación ESPN. Additionally, ESPN's signature Spanish-language NFL news and analysis program, NFL Esta Noche, will air a special Saturday edition from Indianapolis with hosts Allegre, Martín, Procuna and Sutcliffe.
ESPN Deportes Radio, the only around-the-clock national Spanish-language sports radio network in the U.S., will provide Super Bowl reporting beginning Sunday, January 29. It will be heard during the regularly scheduled weekday programs ESPN Al Despertar, Zona ESPN and two special editions of the NFL show El Ultimo Pase.
ESPNdeportes.com, the Spanish-language Web site, will provide complete reporting and highlights from Indianapolis all week, including daily Cover It Live chats with ESPN Deportes’ on-site commentators, including Álvaro Martin, Raúl Allegre, Lalo Varela, Ciro Procuna and John Sutcliffe.
Spanish-language fans can also follow the action via social media on the network’s Facebook and Twitter pages.  Extensive coverage of Super Bowl week will also include fan polls, blogs, video reports, chats and exclusive video.
ESPN The Magazine
ESPN The Magazine is hosting its eighth annual NEXT EVENT on Friday, February 3, in Indianapolis to celebrate its annual NEXT issue, which recognizes an elite group of emerging athletes to watch in the year ahead. The Magazine will take over 40,000 square feet of a warehouse a few short miles from downtown Indy and convert the space into the most anticipated Super Bowl celebration of the weekend. The event includes a 40-foot “red carpet” entrance and a tailored social media studio featuring ESPN NFL analyst Marcellus Wiley and Numbers Never Lie host Charissa Thompson, as well as on-site sponsorship activations.

The Magazine’s NEXT Event will feature a live special performance by multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated artist DRAKE with music by DJ D-Nice in addition to athletes, musicians, VIPs and celebrities. The invite-only party will showcase what's NEXT in sports, technology, lifestyle and, of course, what’s NEXT from ESPN. ESPN The Magazine’s NEXT Event sponsors include: Bud Light, Dunkin’ Donuts, Ford, Kaspersky Labs, LG, Makers Mark, Old Spice, Powerade, Snickers, Van Heusen Institute of Style, and Vicks Dayquil/Nyquil.

espnW
Kate Fagan will report daily from the Super Bowl for espnW.com starting Monday, Jan. 30. She will cover a variety of topics including Media Day and will preview Madonna’s much anticipated halftime show.

*All times ET unless otherwise noted.