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Disney and ESPN Media Networks Earn Top Marks in Beta Cable Operator Study
For the 17th consecutive year, operators named ESPN the no. 1 network with the most average perceived value among all networks measured in Beta Research Corp’s annual Cable Operator Evaluation Study. ESPN was also ranked the no. 1 most important network in their cable systems for the 13th straight year – and 16 of the past 17 years – with 97 percent of operators describing the network as “very important” for subscriber retention and acquisition.
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College Lacrosse: No. 4 Notre Dame faces Georgetown Saturday, Feb. 18 on ESPNU
The second week of the college lacrosse is underway, with Georgetown facing No. 4 Notre Dame at The Star in Frisco, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 18 (2 p.m. ET, ESPNU). A women’s game between No. 18 Stanford and No. 8 Duke will follow at 5 p.m. on ESPN3 from The Star. A former standout at Georgetown, Sheehan Stanwick-Burch will serve as an analyst and reporter, joining Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra for both games.
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UConn’s 100th-Consecutive Win is Highest-Rated College Basketball Game on ESPN2 This Season; Highest Women’s College Basketball Regular-Season Overnight Since 2010
Top ranked UConn’s 66-55 milestone 100th-consecutive victory over No. 6 South Carolina on Monday, Feb. 13 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2), delivered a 0.9 overnight rating, marking the highest-rated college basketball game on ESPN2 this season among men’s and women’s telecasts, and the highest-rated women’s college basketball regular-season game since 2010.
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SportsCenter on the Road Spring Training Bus Tour Coverage Begins Saturday
SportsCenter on the Road powered by Ford will begin its Spring Training bus tour, providing on-site updates from around the league and interviews with key players, this Saturday, Feb. 18, from the Chicago Cubs camp in Mesa, AZ. SportsCenter anchor Jay Crawford will be hosting the coverage throughout the day Saturday with Sunday Night Baseball analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza and reporters Tim Kurkjian and Pedro Gomez. Coverage from the Cubs’ camp continues Sunday, anchored by Matt Barrie. Sunday coverage will include Barrie speaking with the Cubs’ owner Tom Ricketts, Mendoza with man
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ESPN College GameDay Basketball Heads West to Arizona’s Campus
ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm heads west to the campus of Arizona, on Saturday, Feb. 25, in advance of the Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T pivotal Pac-12 matchup showcasing No. 6 UCLA at No. 5 Arizona (ESPN, 8:15 p.m. ET).
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ESPN’s Groundbreaking Coverage of Special Olympics World Winter Games Begins March 18 From Austria
First-Ever coverage of World Winter Games includes live three-hour Opening Ceremony featuring Parade of Athletes, Special Guests and musical performances from multi-Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz and Grace VanderWaal

Robin Roberts, Kevin Negandhi, Lindsay Czarniak and Dustin Plunkett to host coverage
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Play4Kay Features Ten Top-Ranked Teams On ESPN2 and ESPNU
Play4Kay, in its 11th year on ESPN networks, will feature ten top-ranked teams on Sunday, Feb. 19, and Monday, Feb. 20, on ESPN2 and ESPNU.
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Olympic Medal Gymnast Bridget Sloan Joins SEC Network “Friday Night Heights” Studio
SEC Network is debuting new commentators, new roles, new graphics and streaming the razzle-dazzle of Southeastern Conference pre-meet introductions for the 2017 gymnastics season.