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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    I Scored a Goal in the FIFA World Cup Final

    I Scored a Goal in the FIFA World Cup Final

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    I Scored a Goal in the FIFA World Cup Final is a series of short films about memorable goals in the history of the World Cup finals told by the players themselves. ESPN interviews the 26 different players and has them go back to the stadium and talk about serious of events that led up to them scoring the decisive goal for their respective teams. Players ranging from Josef Masopust, who references what it was like to be an athlete under Czechoslovakia's communist regime and scored his country's only goal in its 1962 loss to Brazil, to Marco Materazzi, who tied up the 2006 World Cup Final for Italy with the help of a ray of light and his deceased mother, all tell heartfelt, intimate stories. Each man, in hist native tongue, relates what it was like to be a hero in the world's biggest game.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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    College Gameday

    College Gameday

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    College Gameday previews some of the best games during the season and analyze teams that may be on upset alerts.
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    Face to Face with Hannah Storm

    Face to Face with Hannah Storm

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    Face to Face with Hannah Storm features the veteran television personality interviewing some of the biggest figures in sports.
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    BCS Countdown

    BCS Countdown

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    ESPN's weekly BCS Countdown program – including the exclusive announcement of the weekly Bowl Championship Series standings -- includes in-depth analysis and discussion from the sport's preeminent analysts, potential impact of upcoming games, interviews with college football coaches and players and more.moreless
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