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Cubs featured on Espn’s Mlb Spring Training game schedule

Espn’s six-game Mlb Spring Training broadcast schedule starts Thursday, March 17, with the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz., beginning at 7pm Et. The Cubs, expected to be Nl pennant contenders, appear twice on Espn’s exhibition schedule, as do the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Espn’s new Sunday Night Baseball announcing crew of play-by-play commentator Dan Shulman, analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone, and reporter Buster Olney, makes its debut on Monday, March 21, with the Red Sox at the Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla. Also featured is the Tampa Bay Rays playing … Continue reading →

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Espn Sunday Night Baseball 2015 schedule

An ESPN2 edition of Sunday Night Baseball sees the first pitch of the 2015 Mlb regular season Sunday, April 5, at 8pm Et at historic Wrigley Field (currently under renovation) in Chicago as the Cubs take on the Nl Central rival St. Louis Cardinals. Espn’s Dan Shulman, analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney are the broadcast team. All Sunday Night Baseball games are available online and on mobile devices through WatchESPN. Espn Sunday Night Baseball 2015 schedule All games scheduled for 8pm Et on Espn unless otherwise noted. Additional games to be announced. Date Game April 5 St. Louis Cardinals at … Continue reading →

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Mlb Home Run Derby 2014 TV coverage on Espn

Mlb Home Run Derby 2014 TV coverage on Espn begins Monday, July 14, at 8pm Et from Target Field in Minneapolis as part of the 2014 Mlb All-Star break festivities. Espn airs the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby Monday, July 14, beginning at 8pm Et from Target Field in Minneapolis. Chris “Back Back Back Back, etc.” Berman will host the telecast with analyst John Kruk. Buster Olney and Pedro Gomez provide reports and interviews with participants. The Derby has a new format this year that should speed up the pace (thankfully!) and keep the participants fresh for the finals. There … Continue reading →

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Espn Sunday Night Baseball 2014 schedule

Espn’s Sunday Night Baseball 2014 schedule begins on March 30 with an opening night game between the L.A. Dodgers and the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Espn’s schedule is loaded up with the usual big-market and marquee teams, with multiple appearances by the Dodgers, Cardinals, Red Sox and Yankees. So we hope you like those teams. Dan Shulman calls the games with analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney. (Curt Schilling, who had been previously added to the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast booth, is undergoing cancer treatments.) It’s the first year of Mlb’s new eight-year, $12.4 billion TV rights … Continue reading →

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2013 Spring Training TV schedule

2013 Spring Training TV schedule includes more than 150 live and tape-delayed games on Mlb Network and eight live games on Espn and ESPN2. Coverage begins Saturday, Feb. 23 on Mlb Network. The new Espn Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team – Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and John Kruk with reporter Buster Olney – gets their first practice together on March 18 with the Phillies at the Braves. 2013 Mlb Spring Training on Espn/ESPN2 Monday, March 11: St. Louis at N.Y. Yankees, 1pm Et (Espn) Monday, March 18: Philadelphia at Atlanta, 1pm Et (Espn) Tuesday, March 19: N.Y. Yankees at Philadelphia, [...]
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R.I.P. New York Yankees dynasty: 1996-2012

R.I.P. New York Yankees dynasty: 1996-2012
Tonight in Detroit, the Yankees dynasty might very well be given its last rites.

Down 2-0 to the Detroit Tigers in the best-of-7 playoff series, missing their captain Derek Jeter after a fractured ankle, and featuring a lineup of high-priced, underperforming sluggers, the New York Yankees are seemingly doomed. On the mound for the Tigers is their ace, Justin Verlander, he of the 100 m.p.h. fastballs that Alex Rodriguez will need to start swinging at now to have any prayer of contact. If Verlander stomps the Yankees tonight in Detroit, the writing will be on the wall. As Yankee fans know all too well,
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Adrian Gonzalez Traded from Padres to the Red Sox

In sporting news, the 28 year old slugger Adrian Gonzalez of the San Diego Padres has been shipped off to the Red Sox according to sources close to the situation.

The First Baseman Gonzalez who jacked over 30 home runs in each of the last four seasons, has been traded to the Boston Red Sox for a slew of other prospects, Espn’s Buster Olney reported.

The transaction could help propel the Red Sox back into the playoffs after they missed the cut last season.

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Opening day for new 'SportsCenter'

Opening day for new 'SportsCenter'
Bristol, Conn. -- The show looks and feels pretty much the same, but the day starts pretty early for the crew of Espn's new daytime "SportsCenter."

Monday was the first day of the new live "SportsCenter," a six-hour block beginning at 9 a.m. Et that on weekdays replaces the "SportsCenter" repeats that had run there for years. It's part of a new effort for the network to shore up its live programming during the day and jump on sport stories that break before the 6 p.m. "SportsCenter."

That means Espn and its franchise program starts its day even earlier. The first employees roll into the network's sprawling suburban Connecticut campus around midnight, as the finishing touches are being put on the preparations for the night's final "SportsCenter" beginning at 2 a.m. The late crew gives way to the morning shift that each day will provide six hours of live sports news.

It's the first time that "SportsCenter" has ever been produced that long for that regular a period of time. But they're not reinventing the wheel, said Mark Gross, managing editor of studio production.

"Is it going to be different? Yes. Is it going to be dramatically different? No. It's still going to be scores and highlights," he said.

There are some new features, including a strong link to the new SportsCenter Web site, an interview with an Espn analyst taking viewers' questions called "In Box," and "Word on the Street," talking to an Espn Radio talk show host from around the country. Monday's topic? How Green Bay, Wis., is weathering life after Brett Favre.

Doing a live "SportsCenter" daytime block was on the boards for years, but the network decided this spring that the time finally was right.

It hired veteran sports broadcaster and former "Early Show" co-host Hannah Storm, who anchors the 9 a.m.-noon telecast with Josh Elliott. The broadcast is then passed off to Chris McKendry and Robert Flores for the back three hours. Monday was chosen as the premiere because it's at the beginning of the Summer Olympics, plus near the start of football season and in the stretch of baseball's pennant race.

On Monday, there was no breaking news and only a handful of dropped balls. Favre led off the first newscast, with the U.S. swim team's stunning come-from-behind victory in the men's 4x100 freestyle relay and Team USA's opening victory over host nation China in men's basketball near the top.

Storm and Elliott were in almost constant motion, between two desks and two standup locations. They interviewed in short order former NFL player Cris Carter in the studio, reporter Jeremy Schaap in Beijing and baseball reporter Buster Olney, among others.

Because of the NBC-abc trade that allowed Al Michaels go to "Sunday Night Football" and ABC to have, among other things, Oswalt the Rabbit, Espn has been able to run six minutes of Olympics highlights per hour, up dramatically from years' past. "SportsCenter" used that to full effect with an extend play and several camera angles of Sunday's thrilling relay finish.

It's a dizzying pace, and one that Storm said after the telecast was thrilling and challenging. Storm started full-time work at Espn only at the beginning of the month and estimated that there were only about eight rehearsals before hitting the air. Some of the rehearsals by Flores and McKendry ended up going on the air because of last week's Favre trade to the New York Jets.

"We only had one or two days where we actually did try to pull off a three-hour rehearsal," Storm said.

Previous plans had Espn start the live "SportsCenter" at 6 a.m. Et, but several weeks ago those earlier three hours were scrapped. Gross said the network decided that it wouldn't start out doing 6-9 a.m. but might review it in the next six months.

"The beauty is that we have a whole crew of people in place" in case breaking news forces Espn on the air earlier than 9 am., he said.

It's also hoped that the live nature of the show boosts the ratings after 9, when in the past the re-air ratings dipped. Ratings range from 0.5 in households between 6-9 a.m. to 0.4 at 11 a.m., Nielsen Media Research said. The 10 a.m. re-air averages a 0.6.

"We think there is more upside to the 9 a.m. start," Gross said.

For Storm, her first live three hours brought back memories of the excitement and responsibility when she worked at CNN. She also said she enjoyed writing the script and doing other preparation for the sports show, which she hasn't done in six years or so.

But there was one challenge to the whole "SportsCenter" routine. There's no time to get food, so she brought her own: nuts, fruit and the like.

"I didn't like going three hours without eating," she joked.
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