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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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    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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    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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    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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    Best of World Series of Poker - Lon and Norm's Picks

    Best of World Series of Poker - Lon and Norm's Picks

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    Best of World Series of Poker - Lon and Norm's Picks is a professional poker highlight series featuring famed sports announcers Lon McEachern and Norman Chad as they recall some of their favorite moments from their many years of announcing for the World Series of Poker, from the most unbelievable hands, to amazing bluffs, to the biggest personalities to explode on the casino floor. Lon and Norm have watched the greatest players in the world gamble their way through some of the most exciting hands in the history of Texas Hold 'Em, and in this series they share some of their favorite moments and players with viewers. Their videos cover a wide variety of players and tournaments, but they always showcase the game of poker being played at the highest level of competition available in the world today. Best of World Series of Poker - Lon and Norm's Picks is an exciting highlight series and a must-see for poker fans around the world.moreless
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    Jungle Fight Championship

    Jungle Fight Championship

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    Jungle Fight Championship is an ESPN Deportes combat sports series. Events air monthly featuring the top rising MMA fighters and kickboxers.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    NFL Live

    NFL Live

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    NFL Live is a weekday hour-long show that talks about the latest news, trades, injuries and rumors in football. Trey Wingo has hosted the show from the beginning with former players and coaches rounding out the show as analysts.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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    ESPN College Football

    ESPN College Football

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    ESPN has the most complete slate of college football games in television history. Over 200 games will air during the regular season as well as numerous bowl games. The network began covering college football in 1982.moreless
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    NBA Tonight

    NBA Tonight

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    NBA Tonight is the new late night studio show on ESPN covering all of the latest news in the world of basketball. Highlights will be shown, analysis will be provided and interviews with the night's top performers will also be on the half hour program.moreless
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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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