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    Gruden's QB Camp

    Gruden's QB Camp

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    Former NFL head coach and current Monday Night Football announcer, Jon Gruden, works with prospective professional players by evaluating their game and helping them run through drills in this unique and innovative program on ESPN.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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    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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    Pardon the Interruption

    Pardon the Interruption

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    On Monday, Oct. 22, ESPN premiered Pardon The Interruption, a live and provocative show devoted exclusively to sports opinions and headline issues, airs each weekday at 5:30 p.m. ET leading into SportsCenter. The 30-minute program originates from Washington, D.C. and features Washington Post columnists Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon. The two address a variety of issues from the sports world each day with some the help of some in-studio and out-of-studio contributors. The program reairs each weekday at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS, and often at 7:30 on ESPN2. Kornheiser and Wilbon, who have been debating each other in the sports and style pages of the Washington Post for more than two decades, face-off nightly on the day's hot topics. Timely interviews with newsmakers frame the debates. Viewers also have an opportunity to ask questions and voice opinions. Veteran ESPN news executive Jim Cohen serves as the show's executive producer. Kornheiser and Wilbon, frequent guests on ESPN's The Sports Reporters, remain with The Post and continue writing columns for the sports pages. Kornheiser also continues as host of Tony Kornheiser Show on ESPN Radio.moreless
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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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    30 for 30

    30 for 30

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    This series will feature 30 documentaries over several months geared towards showcasing a variety of sports topics that have occurred in the past three decades. They will feature celebrity guests and acclaimed documentary filmmakers.moreless
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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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    Sunday Night Baseball

    Sunday Night Baseball

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    Sunday Night Baseball allows ESPN viewers to see a nationally televised marquee major league baseball game in prime time. For 21 years, Ford C. Frick Award winner Jon Miller called the play-by-play and Joe Morgan added color commentary. For the 2010 season, Orel Hershiser joined the booth.

    2011 marks the program's 22nd season and the first without Jon and Joe. Dan Shulman takes over the play-by-play duties and Bobby Valentine joins Hershiser to provide color commentary. For the 2012 season, Valentine left to manage the Boston Red Sox, replacing fired manager Terry Francona, who took over Valentine's spot in the broadcast booth. For the 24th season of 2013, Francona left to manage the Cleveland Indians and was replaced in the booth by John Kruk.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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    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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    NBA on ESPN

    NBA on ESPN

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    During the 1982-1983 season ESPN began airing games from the National Basketball Association. ESPN was the second cable partner for the NBA, after USA Network started airing games in 1979. The initial run lasted just two seasons. In 2003 the NBA returned to ESPN, and is still on the channel today. The network often airs doubleheaders on Wednesdays and Fridays, along with occasional games on Tuesdays and Sundays.moreless
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    NFL PrimeTime

    NFL PrimeTime

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    With too many games airing every Sunday to watch, NFL PrimeTime condenses all of the action into a one-hour program. Trey Wingo hosts and Merril Hoge and Trent Dilfer provide the analysis on NFL PrimeTime, recapping all of the action from the previous week in football.moreless
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    Greatest Games

    Greatest Games

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    NFL Films presents a series of game recaps from their famous vaults.
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    Tilt

    Tilt

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    Three aspiring gamblers team up to attempt to bring down the "King of Vegas," Don Everest. "The Matador" has achieved that nickname through countless victories, mostly against those interested in bringing him down. But when a man named Seymour (Kenneth Walsh - The Practice, Judge Harrod) comes knocking, Eddie (Eddie Cibrian - Invasion, Russell Varon), Clark (Todd Williams - Third Watch, Detective Barlow), and Miami (Kristen Lehman - Killer Instinct, Detective Danielle Carter) decide to attempt to take down "The Matador" and all his glory. Everest is good buddies with the president of the Colorado Casino, Bart "Lowball" Rogers, or at least he tries to be. Together they call the shots at the casino, and sometimes that means inflicting pain on those considered threats in any way to "The Matador," "Lowball" or the casino in general. The series unfolds during nine episodes, revealing information from the character's pasts, and also the present day action of running a casino and trying to take down a legend. Character Guide: • Don "The Matador" Everest: The King of Vegas. "The Matador," having earned his nickname for taking on all of the bulls that try to slay him, is the undisputed champion of Texas Hold 'Em. He "wrote the book on the game," and the road to greatness goes through him. On his way to earning countless riches by mastering poker, "The Matador" amassed a loyal group of influential backers. Some believe that he uses this influence to rig the game and that he can't win on his own. But no one really knows for sure. One thing is certain ... The Matador is the most ruthless and feared player in town. • Eddie: The women find him handsome, charming and intuitive. He is one of the most gifted young poker players on tour. He's one of the new young guys of Texas Hold 'Em, and is looking to take down the old guard. Eddie, born to a -addicted father and an emotionally distant mother, turns to cards for his escape. He is looking to take down the big dog, "The Matador." • Miami: She's sexy, seductive, and as tough a poker player as any in Vegas. She desperately wants to take down The Matador for personal reasons. She had left the game not too long ago but now plans to make her triumphant return to the big show. • Clark: A degenerate gambler who is just as talented as Eddie. He has never lived up to his father's expectations and turned to poker as an escape. His quest to prove his father wrong is manifested in his many insecurites. He plans to rid himself of his family by sitting at the top of Vegas. • Nickel: He lost his only brother to an addiction and is out for sweet revenge. When his life spiraled out of control, he sued The Matador and The Colorado Casino. His brother, Wayne, had made a videotape in which he revealed all of the ways in which The Matador rigged games. He will stop at nothing to prove to everyone that The Matador is a con artist, not a poker champ. • Dee Everest Daddy's little girl? Hardly. This wild-child of Sin City is looking to have fun. But when you're the daughter of "The Matador," people tend to treat you with kid gloves. Makes it tough to earn a living, but she needs money to live a certain lifestyle. If "The Matador" keeps bankrolling Dee, will she and Eddie be able to maintain a real relationship, or is "The Matador" just using her to keep tabs on his new protégé? • Bart "Lowball" Rogers Bart "Lowball" Rogers is the president of The Colorado Casino and a longtime friend of "The Matador." These two conquered Las Vegas together, but it's clear that their old alliance is about to fold. He's under an enormous amount of pressure attempting to control the money and chaos from the current craze. But he's also a cagey, political animal, intent on convincing the owner of the casino that they need to operate on the up and up. One thing is clear ... "Lowball" will have to be one step ahead at all times if he plans to survive. FAQ: What does "tilt" mean?: "Tilt" is a well known term in Vegas. It essentially means off-kilter. When you're at the table, you're in the zone, and you have that edge. Then, all of a sudden, something happens that takes you off your game and that little thing is all it takes to lose in Vegas. (i.e.: a bad hit, too high a raise, etc.) Is this the first drama from ESPN?: No, it is the second. Playmakers was an EOE drama that debuted in 2003. It was a hit but the NFL, the league that it was essentially portraying, pressured ESPN to scrap it. Can a drama based on poker actually work?: There have been several movies based on poker that have been successes. The list includes: Rounders, The Cincinnati Kid, Maverick, and Luckytown. Is The Colorado Casino a real casino in Vegas?: No, The Colorado Casino, which most of the show action takes place in, is fictional. However, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a real event. It is held at Binions Horseshoe Casino in Vegas. Is the show filmed in Las Vegas?: It is actually filmed in a warehouse in Toronto, Canada. ESPN Broadcast History ----------------- January 13 - Thursdays 9:00 - 10:00 PM (Presented in HDTV on ESPNHD)moreless
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    Palmer & Pollack

    Palmer & Pollack

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    ESPN college football analysts Jesse Palmer and David Pollack anchor this program which will spend 3 hours looking at the top sports stories of the past weekend. This show aired during the 2011 college football season.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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    MLS Cup

    MLS Cup

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    The MLS cup is the annual championship game of Major League Soccer.
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    E:60

    E:60

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    This primetime news magazine series hails from ESPN. Reporters discuss issues relating to sports from a more controversial approach.
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    Jim Rome is Burning

    Jim Rome is Burning

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    Welcome to the Jim Rome is Burning guide at TV.com.



    Seasoned television and radio sports talk authority Jim Rome will bring his signature of rapid-fire dialogue and hard-hitting analysis and opinions to ESPN five days per week starting Monday, Feb. 14 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Jim Rome is Burning, the half-hour discussion and interview program, will further solidify ESPN's daily programming block of debate and opining by some of the nation's top sports experts (Around the Horn at 5 p.m., Pardon the Interruption, 5:30 p.m.) leading into the 6 p.m. SportsCenter.

    The half-hour show will continue its mix of interviews with guest in-studio and via satellite, and Rome's unique take on what's going on in sports.

    Segments include:

    Rome is Burning: a monologue featuring five topics Rome is fired up about and wants to get off his chest.

    The Forum: "politically incorrect-"debate and discussion with guest sports writers and other personalities.

    FAN-ning the Flames: Rome debates the hot-button sports news issues of the week with sports experts.

    Alone with Rome: a daily one-on-one interview with some of the biggest names in sports.

    Rise and Fall: a who's hot and who's not list with commentary.

    Also, viewers can expect to see an increased presence of Rome's rabid fans known as "The Clones" as he takes viewer phone calls and emails.

    Jim Rome is Burning is produced by ESPN Original Entertainment in conjunction with Mandt Brothers Productions.moreless
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