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McCain and Obama to Appear on Monday Night Football October 30, 2008 9:21 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in ESPN, Monday Night Football, News, Television.
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On the eve of the election–Monday, November 3–the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates will appear on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Both will be interviewed, separately on tape, by half-time anchor Chris Berman.  The expected time is 10:15 pm ET, but depending in the flow of the game, it could be closer to 10:30.

The game, between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins, actually has some historical signficance.  With the exception of one election (2004) over the past 15, when the Redskins win their last home game before the election (this Monday night), the incumbent party remains in power.

Source: USA Today

ESPN Grabs Rights to First Two Rounds of Masters October 10, 2007 2:59 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, ESPN, Golf, News, Sports, Television.
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ESPN has secured exclusive rights to broadcast the first two rounds of Golf’s The Masters Tournament beginning April 2008.

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Monday Night Football Doubleheader Hands ESPN Solid Ratings September 13, 2007 1:32 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Cable TV Ratings, ESPN, ESPN Monday Night Football, Football, News, NFL, Nielsen TV Ratings, Sports.
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The doubleheader, season opening pro football special on ESPN delivered strong ratings for the first of the two games, but the second matchup drew the franchises lowest ratings ever.

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ESPN Orders Another Season of “The Contender” August 8, 2007 7:59 pm

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ESPN today announced that The Contender is returning back to ESPN for another season this coming September 4th (10:00 p.m. ET), ordering up a third season of the Mark Burnett-produced show.

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Beckham’s MLS Debut Highest Viewed MLS Match in ESPN’s History July 25, 2007 1:12 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV Ratings, ESPN, MLS, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Sports.
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The much hyped debut of soccer superstar David Beckham with the Los Angeles Galaxy brought strong ratings on Saturday night, with the program attracting nearly 1.5 million viewers (1.47 million), well above the 1.1 million viewers who watched the April 4, 1996 MLS premiere matchup of DC United against the San Jose Clash.

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Dan Patrick To Leave ESPN July 9, 2007 6:22 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in ESPN, News, Radio, Sports.
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In a statement released on Monday, and also communicated during his ESPN Radio show The Dan Patrick Show, the sports radio host/sports broadcaster announced his intentions to leave the “worldwide leader of sports” next month.

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NBC Renews Wimbledon Contract July 6, 2007 3:38 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in ESPN, NBC Sports, News, Sports, Tennis, Wimbledon.
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NBC Sports have renewed their rights to the Wimbledon tennis tournament, extending their contract four more years starting in 2008.

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New Broadcast Team for Monday Night Football March 26, 2007 9:01 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in ESPN, Football, Monday Night Football, NFL, Sports.
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Current ESPN football analyst Ron Jaworski will be replacing Joe Theismann in the booth during the networks Monday Night Football broadcast, the network announced today.

The game will now be called by Jaworski, Mike Tirico and analyst Tony Kornheiser in the booth while current sideline reporters Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya will stay in place.

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It’s Rock, Paper, Scissors for ESPN March 13, 2007 11:02 pm

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Expanding to its already massive sports catalog, ESPN has signed on to televise this year’s USA Rock Paper Scissors League championship.

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ESPN’s Peter Gammons Re-ups with Network March 7, 2007 6:23 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Baseball, ESPN, News, Sports, Television.
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ESPN announced Tuesday that Hall of Famer baseball writer and current contributor Peter Gammons, has signed a multi-year extension to stay on with the network.

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ESPN Adds Content February 26, 2007 5:40 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in College Football Live, ESPN, News, Sports, Television.
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Hoping to captilize on the continued successes that Football has brought to the network, ESPN has announced that they will be debuting a new weekly half-hour summer series, College Football Live.

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ESPN aquires European Football (Soccer) December 11, 2006 6:45 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in ESPN, News, Sports, Television.
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ESPN has picked up the rights to air the 2008 UEFA European Football Championshiops, sheculded for Saturday, June 7 through Sunday June 29, 2008.

The tournament, which will be played in Austria and Switzerland, is one of the most popular sporting events in the world today.

On the television front, all 31 games will be shown (exclusively) on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic and ABC as well as on ESPN Deportes.

ESPN Radio also has the broadcast rights to air the games on the radio if they so choose.

Soccer rated very highly during the past world cup on all the ESPN nets as well as on ABC, and ESPN has taken steps in recent months to continue expanding their soccer portfolio in an effort to capitialize and maintain the sports increase in ratings.

Mobile ESPN Phone Service Goes Under September 28, 2006 11:52 pm

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Mobile ESPN, the cell phone service catering to the needs of sports fanatics, will close down service. Sales of Mobile ESPN phones and service will end immediately, while current customers will continue to receive their service until the end of this year.

Mobile ESPN has had a hard time growing its subscriber base, only serving 30,000 in its first year.

ESPN has decided to go in a different route, focusing on licensing out their content to other service providers, instead of running their own network.

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