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ESPN / Australian Open Conference Call with Chrissie Evert, Patrick McEnroe
ESPN tennis analysts Chrissie Evert and Patrick McEnroe spoke with media Wednesday about the Australian Open, which starts Sunday, Jan. 15 (Monday in Melbourne), with 100 live hours over two weeks including the usual marathon overnight telecasts on ESPN television and 1,400 on WatchESPN that includes every match – singles, doubles and juniors, culminating with the women’s and men’s championships.
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ESPN College GameDay Basketball Opens 13th Season at Duke
The 13th season of ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm will open in Durham, N.C., in advance of the Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T matchup between ACC opponents – No. 7 Duke and Miami on Saturday, Jan. 21 (ESPN, 8:15 p.m.). The morning show begins at 11 a.m. on ESPN, followed by an evening edition leading into the game telecast at 8 p.m.
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Postseason NFL Countdown on Saturday and Sunday for NFL Divisional Playoffs
On Saturday, Berman files two features – a one-on-one conversation with Patriots coach Bill Belichick; and a story on the unique and winning culture head coach Pete Carroll has fostered with the Seahawks. The past two weeks, Berman has travelled to Foxboro, Mass., and Seattle to visit both teams.
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Mike & Mike Launch Gruden’s QB Camp Sweepstakes presented by Sears Auto Center and DieHard Brand
ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike launched its Gruden’s QB Camp sweepstakes presented by Sears Auto Center & DieHard Brand today, which gives fans the chance to win a trip to ESPN Monday Night Football analyst and Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden’s quarterbacks camp in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
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X Games Aspen Debuts New Telecast Team
X Games Aspen 2017 will debut a new production format for the 16 hours of live coverage January 26 – 29 on ESPN and ABC, including a fresh lineup of on-air talent as well as a focus on in-depth coverage of the action sports competitions, stars and overall youth lifestyle. The X Games Aspen telecasts will be hosted by pro snowboarder Jack Mitrani (@jackmitrani) and national television host Allison Hagendorf (@allihagendorf).
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First Take’s “First Take, Your Take” Viewer Contest Winners Coming To Bristol January 17 and 18
The two winners of the “First Take, Your Take” viewer contest will travel to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and Wednesday, Jan. 18, to receive the full backstage experience and join Stephen A. Smith , Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim on First Take on ESPN at 10 a.m. ET to debate the day’s news. On Tuesday, Chrystal Stone of New York City will take a seat at the desk, followed by Mikal Goodman of Miami on Wednesday. Watch Stone and Goodman preparing for their appearances here, and watch their entry videos here (Stone) and here (Goodman).
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ESPN’s 2017 Major League Soccer Schedule
ESPN networks will televise 31 regular-season Major League Soccer matches in 2017, beginning Sunday, March 5 at 5 p.m. ET with Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC, the 2017 MLS season- opener for the two clubs and the first match at the new Orlando City Stadium. ESPN and ESPN Deportes will televise the Orlando-NYC FC clash, which will feature some of the league’s top international stars such as Brazil’s Kaká and Italy’s Antonio Nocerino (Orlando), and Spain’s David Villa and Italy’s Andrea Pirlo (New York City).