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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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    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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    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

    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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    World Series of Poker

    World Series of Poker

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    The World Series of Poker is the Super Bowl of poker. It consists of over 55 events and as of 2007 is broadcast on the ESPN cable network.
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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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    ESPY Awards

    ESPY Awards

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    Since 1993 ESPN has been honoring the best athletes with an award show of their very own. The ESPY Awards have a number of categories including "Best Game" and "Best Championship" and feature a celebrity host.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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    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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    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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    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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    Wednesday Night Baseball

    Wednesday Night Baseball

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    ESPN continues their coverage of baseball with a new game every Wednesday. Play-By-Play Announcer Dave O'Brien, Color Analyst Rick Sutcliffe and Field Reporter Erin Andrews cover the games each week.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    ESPN Sports Century

    ESPN Sports Century

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    A sports biography program which features in depth coverage of the most important, influential and controversial athletes and sports figures of the 20th century.
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    UEFA European Championship

    UEFA European Championship

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    Similar in style and scope to the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) European Championship is a football tournament involving the best national sides in Europe. UEFA is one of the biggest of six continental confederations of FIFA. Of all the confederations, it is by far the strongest in terms of wealth and influence over the global game.

    The UEFA European Championship tournament is made up of 16 teams. Teams will be knocked out as each round progresses, until the new champions of Europe hold aloft their prize: the Henri Delaunay trophy. The 2008 tournament will be hosted by Austria and Switzerland.moreless
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    FIBA World Championship

    FIBA World Championship

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    The FIBA World Championships take place every four years, two years before the Summer Olympics, where 24 countries get the opportunity to prove that they are the best basketball players in the world.moreless
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