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    X Games

    X Games

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    X Games 11 is being held at various venues in Los Angeles, California from August 4-7.
    The top athletes and newest up-and-comers will highlight their skill and daring in this extreme sports contest that brings competition to a whole new level. Events include BMX Freestyle Vert, Moto X, Skateboard Street and Vert competitions for both men and women, SuperMoto X, Wakeboarding, and Surfing.
    The X Games concept was conceived in 1993 by EPSN through a desire to host a gathering of the top action athletes, showcasing unique and daring sports for an audience that was craving something different. The first event, called The Extreme Games, was held in Rhode Island in 1995. The turn out from spectators and sponsors was so strong that ESPN decided to launch another Extreme Games the following summer and scrapped plans for holding the event every two years. In 1996 the name was officially changed to the X Games and plans for a winter installment were announced.
    Now, almost ten years later the X Games has grown into an international event with spectators and participants from around the globe.moreless
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    Monday Night Football

    Monday Night Football

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    "Monday Night Football really got on the air because of Pete Rozelle," recalls former producer Don Ohlmeyer. Indeed, it was Rozelle's reputation for public relations and marketing that created a prime-time venue for the National Football League. The prototypes for Monday Night Football were those annual Monday night games staged from 1966 to 1969 inclusive on CBS. St. Louis hosted three of them, and it seemed natural for the NFL to make Monday night their regular turf. The only trouble was, Rozelle couldn't get a network to agree. CBS did not want to lose Gunsmoke. NBC had Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, TV's highest-rated show the past two years. Even ABC, floundering in third place in the ratings, was unsure. Rozelle then threatened to put the Monday night package in syndication via the Hughes Television Service. So ABC bought in. NFL owners themselves weren't keen on Monday Night Football. Some thought the gates would be dormant. But then-Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell, who knew a thing or two about marketing himself, agreed to host the first MNF game. He asked that the Browns face the Jets to maximize ABC's first-night audience. The result was a smashing success. For 36 years, Monday Night Football would air on ABC at Mondays at 9pm ET/6pm PT ever since (except for when it aired at 8pm ET). Though two teams would always meet on the field, viewers often got their fill from watching the original ABC broadcasters. Don Meredith and Howard Cosell were, along with Keith Jackson, part of the original team that started in 1970. After Jackson returned full-time to ABC's college football broadcasts, the network hired Frank Gifford away from CBS. From there, Monday Night Football began its most memorable years. It got ratings thanks to the wide appeal that Cosell, Meredith, and Gifford collectively garnered. Except for a shift in the mid-70s that sent Meredith briefly to another network, ABC played a strong football card for twelve years. The separate departures of Meredith and Cosell left the Monday Night Football booth in a shaky transition period during the mid-80s. Though they sometimes got it right on the field, with the high-water mark being Miami's romping of the eventual Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears in 1985, it was plain that the booth could not work with three ex-players (what Howard Cosell had labeled "jockocracy"). The likes of Fred Williamson, O.J. Simpson, and Joe Namath were quickly disposed. The second-most-stable team was assembled in 1986, when veteran ABC sportscaster Al Michaels joined Gifford. Rounding out the booth was future Hall of Fame offensive lineman Dan Dierdorf. They would share more than a decade of prime time football coverage, including three Super Bowls. For all its considerable charm and novelty, one thing Monday Night Football did not achieve was a proper farewell to Frank Gifford. After the 1997 season, the booth welcomed the recently-retired Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason. Gifford was cramped in a studio to introduce pregame and halftime stories for the 1998 season. Neither change worked, as Gifford was out of ABC after one year and Boomer Esiason agreed to a contract settlement in 2000. The next two years were the least successful. Joining Al Michaels was ABC college football analyst Dan Fouts and, of all people, Dennis Miller. Even though their first season had an abundance of nail-biters (witness the Jets' Midnight Miracle over the Dolphins), the new recruits were unable to get in focus. Miller in particular was over-rehearsed in the hours leading up to a broadcast. Both he and Fouts were out of the booth after January 7, 2002. ABC needed a lift for the show, and thought they had it when John Madden (who had recanted on his offer to join ABC in 1994) came over from another network. Monday Night Football went from planes to buses for the next four years. Again, though, the players were meant to be bigger stars than Madden or Michaels. Sometimes it showed, such as the Colts' stunning comeback over the defending World Champion Buccaneers in 2003. But in all honesty, the hundred forces that had emerged after 1970 to compete with Monday Night Football, were collectively getting the better of ABC. Thus, on April 18, 2005, a new eight-year contract sent Monday Night Football to ABC's adopted sister network, ESPN.moreless
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    The Sports Reporters

    The Sports Reporters

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    The Sports Reporters features host John Saunders and three panelists from the print media who discuss current events in sports. This show, which is run weekly on ESPN, was originally hosted by Dick Schaap. It is on Sunday mornings at 10:00am on ESPN and repeated Sunday afternoon at 12:30pm on ESPN2.moreless
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    Sunday NFL Countdown

    Sunday NFL Countdown

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    Since 1985 ESPN has been on hand to kick off your Sunday afternoon and get you ready for a day of football. Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter all return to the desk.moreless
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    Streetball

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    Streetball videos on ESPN. Streetball or street basketball is a variation of the sport of basketball, typically played on outdoor courts and featuring significantly less by way of formal structure and enforcement of the game's rules. As such, its format is more conducive to allowing players to publicly showcase their own individual skills.moreless
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    American Dragster

    American Dragster

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    The lives of three Top Fuel Drag racers are exposed as they work with their teams and families during the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
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    SportsCenter

    SportsCenter

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    Welcome to the SportsCenter guide on TV.com. SportsCenter debuted September 7, 1979 to launch ESPN. It shows highlights of sporting events from around the United States everyday. "This is SportsCenter!" "Booyah!" "Back, Back, Back, Back, Gone!" "All The Way - Touchdown!" are some popular catch phrases from the cast at ESPN and SportsCenter. SportsCenter airs weeknights at 9AM, 12 PM, 6PM, 11 PM and 1 AM ET on ESPN. (Presented in HDTV on ESPNHD)moreless
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    Baseball Tonight

    Baseball Tonight

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    Baseball Tonight airs nightly throughout the baseball season, giving game highlights, expert analysis, and commentary on the day's events in Major League Baseball. Featured segments include Out of the Box, Web Gems, and Touch 'Em All. Presented in HDTV on ESPNHDmoreless
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    Around The Horn

    Around The Horn

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    Welcome to "the show that scores the argument." Around the Horn featureshost Tony Reali and four reporters from across the country debate the hottest issues of the day with points awarded for good arguments. In this sport of competitive banter, the winner gets 30 uninterrupted seconds to discuss the topic of their choice. Tony Reali has hosted since February 2004, after original moderator Max Kellerman left the program. Current regular panelists include Bill Plaschke and J.A. Adande from Los Angeles, Woody Paige from Denver, Tim Cowlishaw from Dallas, Bomani Jones from Raleigh, Kevin Blackistone from Washington D.C., and Bob Ryan and Jackie MacMullan from Boston, with occasional appearances from Gene Wojchiechowski from Chicago, Jemele Hill from Orlando, and Michael Smith from Boston. The show consists of four rounds of discussion during which the panelists are given points by the host. After the second and third rounds, the lowest scoring panelist is eliminated. The winning panelist of the forth round, the showdown, wins 30 seconds at the end of the show to talk about any topicof their chocie. The First Word - Discusses the relevant sports headlines of the day. Buy or Sell - Where the columnists are asked to buy or sell a certain sports concept that is in the news. Lightning Round - The three remaining panelists discuss more sports topics in speed rounds. Out of Bounds (Rare)- The remaining three columnists discuss American popular culture or other sports related stories. Showdown - The final two columnists get 15 seconds each on three sports related topics. The winner wins 30 seconds to themself.moreless
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    The Contender

    The Contender

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    From the producer of The Apprentice and Survivor comes a new unscripted series that will launch a competitive search for the next boxing superstar. The Contender will follow 16 aspiring boxers from training camp through an evolving series of ring challenges and boxing matches over 16 episodes. For the first eight episodes, the winner of the fight-of-the-week will be rewarded with a guaranteed spot in the Quarter Finals. After four weeks of these Quarter Finals, two weeks of Semi-Finals will follow. In the show's last week, the final victor will claim a $1,000,000 prize. The driving force behind the series will be the pursuit of the American dream and the natural trials, tribulations and heartbreak inherent in that quest combined with the drama and tension of the sweet science. The canvas of the show is much broader than boxing - it will give viewers a first hand look into the real life hopes, triumphs and defeats of the contestants. The Contender will be a joint production of Mark Burnett Productions, DreamWorks Television and Rogue Marble. Sylvester Stallone, Mark Burnett, and Jeffrey Katzenberg are the executive producers. NBC cancelled The Contender in May of 2005 after only one season. After three months of shopping around, Mark Burnett finally sold it to ESPN. The sports cable channel will begin airing the series in the Spring of 2006. ESPN has the option of picking the series up for an extra two seasons. Broadcast History Season 1-NBC/CNBC Season 2-ESPN/ESPN2moreless
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    SVP & Russillo

    SVP & Russillo

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    SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt hosts a new radio show that will air in the afternoon on ESPN. A plethora of analysts, players and coaches will stop by daily to talk about the latest happenings in the world of sports.moreless
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    Monday Night Countdown

    Monday Night Countdown

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    Host Chris Berman and NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and NFL "Insiders" Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter review Sunday's games, preview the Monday night matchup and give fans the latest league news. Stuart Scott, Matt Millen and Steve Young also contribute from the site of that night's game, along with reporter Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya.moreless
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    Monday Night Baseball

    Monday Night Baseball

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    Monday Night Baseball began in 1966 on NBC, before moving to ABC in 1976.
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    ESPN Sunday Night Football

    ESPN Sunday Night Football

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    For 19 years ESPN was the home of prime-time weekend football. The original Sunday Night Football featured Mike Patrick and Roy Firestone on the call and was home to many of the most famous NFL games ever from 1987 to 2006. The first season featured a second color commentator who was changed up for each game.

    Joe Theismann took over as the sole color commentator for Season 2. A sideline reporter (Mark Malone) was added for the 1994 season and Paul Maguire joined the booth for the 1998 season.

    Also beginning in 1998 (Season 12), ESPN took over as the sole broadcaster of Sunday Night Football. For the first 11 seasons, they shared the rights with TNT, who televised games for Weeks 1-9 while ESPN televised Weeks 10-17. In 1998, the start time for the games was changed from 8:00 PM ET to 8:20 PM ET, allowing for a 75-minute NFL Prime Time highlight program hosted by Chris Berman and Tom Jackson.

    For the 2006 season, NBC won the rights for Sunday Night Football while ESPN took over Monday Night Football from parent company ABC.moreless
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    NFL Matchup

    NFL Matchup

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    Ron Jaworski, Sal Paolantonio and Merril Hoge bring viewers inside the film room for the Xs and Os analysis of the weekend's NFL matchups Sunday's on ESPN and reaired on ESPN2. The 30-minute program – taped each week at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey – highlights team strategy and game planning.moreless
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    BCS National Championship

    BCS National Championship

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    BCS National Championship is the last bowl game of the annual Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and is intended to determine the National Champion of the **** Division I Football. Since 1998, The two participants are the two highest ranked football teams at the end of the college football season, currently determined by averaging the results of the final weekly USA Today Coaches' Poll, Harris Interactive Poll of media, former players and coaches, and the average of six participating Computer rankings. The BCS National Championship is rotated amongst 4 different venue and locations. The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida (Orange Bowl). The Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana (Sugar Bowl). And finally the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Fiesta Bowl). Though immersed in controversy, the BCS National Championship game is the most coveted sport of any sport in college athletics.moreless
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    Dallas SportsCenter

    Dallas SportsCenter

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    Dallas SportsCenter is a subdivision of ESPN's SportsCenter, which is a daily television show that highlights all the happenings in the sporting world. Dallas SportsCenter features the likes of sport analysts Michael Kim, Neil Everett, and Tim Kurkjian covering game and interview highlights, transactions, and overall daily happenings among the Texas-based teams. The teams they cover are primarily located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, though they also cover teams located in much of the greater Texas area as well. The teams they focus include the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers, Texas Longhorns (Collegiate), and Dallas Stars. However, they are also known to feature other Texas-based teams and also cover sporting news on the national level. Overall, the show does a good job giving a complete coverage of the most popular Dallas teams, which allows even the most rabid sport fans to catch up on the many sports Texas has to offer.moreless
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    In the Game with Robin Roberts

    In the Game with Robin Roberts

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    In the Game with Robin Roberts is an ESPN show in which Roberts interviews the world's most famous athletes. Season 1 focused on female athletes while Season 2 also included conversations with male stars.moreless
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    Chicago SportsCenter

    Chicago SportsCenter

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    Chicago SportsCenter is a wildly popular sports television program that is broadcast on the ESPN Network. ESPN covers a huge variety of professional and collegiate state, regional, and national athletic events; Chicago SportsCenter focuses on sporting events in the greater Chicago area. The program is particularly renowned for its coverage of the Chicago Bulls basketball team and the Chicago Bears football team. SportsCenter also covers women's basketball, baseball, softball, ice hockey, motorports, soccer, tennis, golf, cycling, rowing, lacrosse, cricket, rugby, mixed martial arts, and other sports. In addition to coverage of games and competitions, Chicago SportsCenter offers a diverse lineup of interviews, behind-the-scenes programming, and sports news, as well as several televised poker tournaments. A large portion of this content is also available free of charge on the ESPN network website; this site also offers versions of SportsCenter that focus on athletic events in Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York.moreless
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    Boston SportsCenter

    Boston SportsCenter

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    Boston SportsCenter is the website on ESPN.com that offers up exclusively Boston area sports news and updates. The site includes videos of top stories, and footage from the televised SportsCenter version as seen on ESPN. Everything sports and Boston is covered, from all the professional league teams to area colleges and local high school athletics. There are blogs for each of the major league sports teams, commentaries, columnists who offer up their expert opinions, game highlights, scores, schedules, and even a calendar so that a Boston fan stays organized on what's going on, no matter what sport they follow. The Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, Revolution and the Bruins are all covered in-depth at Boston SportsCenter. The Boston website also offers a link so fans can listen to streaming ESPN Radio SportsCenter shows as they air. Since it went online in 2008, Boston SportsCenter has become the one-stop online location for everything sports in Boston.moreless
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