ESPN2 Moves Olbermann from Late Night to Afternoons
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In a move designed to enhance the current ratings growth of the personality-focused ESPN2 lineup, Keith Olbermann’s Emmy-nominated program Olbermann will be shifting to an afternoon time slot on the network on Monday, Sept. 8. The show will continue to be produced live from ABC’s Times Square studios in New York City and will air daily at 5 p.m. ET followed by Outside the Lines, hosted by Bob Ley.

“Keith has had a fantastic return to ESPN and we’re proud of the quality content featured in the first year ofOlbermann, immediately garnering the program its first Emmy nomination,” said Norby Williamson, executive vice president of program scheduling & development. “We feel that strategically shifting the time of this show will not only provide access to a broader audience, but gives us greater flexibility for Keith to do cross-platform opportunities, including hosting key editions of SportsCenter surrounding major news or events throughout the year, while enabling us to secure a more consistent time slot to showcase his distinctive voice.”

The program will continue to feature Olbermann’s signature opening monologues that tackle the day’s most relevant sports topics, along with the popular “World’s Worst” segment. Since highlights are a fan-favorite ofOlbermann, Keith will continue with packages driven by his sports knowledge, passion for the games and awareness of pop culture touch points. The revised show format will feature a bevy of new analytical, entertaining and occasionally offbeat highlight treatments. Interviews and contributors will remain part of the content mix of Olbermann.

“Keith delivers a unique mix of humor, intelligence and gravitas while tackling complex topics such as the Washington NFL team name controversy and athlete concussions,” Williamson continued. “The back to back positioning of two powerhouse journalistic voices such as Keith and Bob within our ESPN2 programming is perfect for a network that is enjoying strong ratings growth this year.”

“As I like to say on the air, I’ve done all the damage I can do here in late night,” said Keith Olbermann. “I’m very proud that we’ve accomplished what John Skipper asked me to do more than a year ago: We’ve established a franchise, thwarted what we thought might have developed into an external challenge, and made the world safe for even more and even newer dumb catchphrases. Onwards and upwards to 5:00 PM. Excelsior!”

Olbermann and Outside the Lines complete an ESPN2 lineup that includes diverse and unique voices such as: Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless and Cari Champion on First Take; Michael Smith and Jemele Hill onNumbers Never Lie; Colin Cowherd on You Herd Me; Dan LeBatard, Bomani Jones and Gonzalo “Papi” LeBatard on Highly Questionable; and Michelle Beadle, Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on SportsNation.

Following is the new ESPN2 line-up starting September 8:

10:00 a.m.         First Take

12:00 p.m.         Numbers Never Lie

1:00 p.m.           First Take (reair)

3:00 p.m.           SportsNation

4:00 p.m.           Highly Questionable

4:30 p.m.           You Herd Me with Colin Cowherd

5:00 p.m.           Olbermann

5:30 p.m.           Outside the Lines

6:00 p.m.           Around the Horn (reair)

6:30 p.m.           Pardon the Interruption (reair)

 

ESPN Addresses Michael Sam Report
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ESPN has released a statement following controversy after reporting on SportsCenter about the showering habits of Michael Sam and his St. Louis Rams teammates showering habits: ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report. Clearly on Tuesday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.

You can view the original SportsCenter report here:

Disney Parks Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary T-Shirt Available
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Disney Parks has released Mary Poppins t-shirts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic film. The shirt is available in women’s and children’s styles. The shirt is only available through August 31.
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Mary Poppins Tee for Women – 50th Anniversary – Limited Availability

Mary Poppins Tee for Kids - 50th Anniversary - Limited Availability

Mary Poppins Tee for Kids – 50th Anniversary – Limited Availability

Hiro and Baymax from Big Hero 6 Come to Disney Infinity
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Today, Disney Interactive announced that Hiro and Baymax from the upcoming action-packed movie “Big Hero 6” will be entering the Disney Infinity Toy Box (2.0 Edition). Fans will be able to use Hiro’s mind-power and Baymax’s super strength, along with hundreds of items, locations, props, vehicles and more from across the Disney and Marvel universes to create all-new adventures born from the imagination of players.

Key highlights include: 

•       Hiro: From the heart of San Fransokyo into Toy Box 2.0 comes the brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who created “Big Hero 6.” The inventor of mind-controlled microbots uses his brain as his most powerful weapon.

•       Baymax:  There is no robot better suited for the Disney Infinity Toy Box 2.0 than the plus-sized inflatable Baymax. While this robot might have a huggable side, he definitely packs a hard armor shell. His Kung Fu fighting moves can ward off even the fiercest of enemies. His rocket fist, super strength and thrusters are unmatched.

There will also be a “Big Hero 6” Chem Capsule Power Disc, which allows players to create a cloud of frost that freezes enemies right in their tracks.

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Disney’s Hiro and Baymax figures will be available in North American retail stores on November 4. Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) is rated E-10+ by the ESRB. Additional Disney and Marvel characters will be announced in the coming months.

Disney Hosting Citizen Kid Google Hangout August 27
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Tomorrow, August  27 from 10 to 11 PT, Babble will present the Disney Citizen Kid Google Hangout, a special live online event where parents from Disney’s Citizen Kid web series and bloggers from Babble.com will share tips and advice about how they’ve helped their children embrace their interests and talents to do extraordinary things in their communities.

Farah Miller, Executive Editor of Huffington Post’s family and relationships section will lead the roundtable discussion where viewers can join the conversation to ask questions, offer comments, and share stories of amazing kids they know by using #CitizenKid on Twitter and Facebook. If you¹re unable to watch live, a video of the Hangout will also be posted on Babble’s YouTube page after the event.

Walt Disney once said, “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children,” and the Citizen Kid series demonstrates the amazing things kids are capable of when parents, guardians and loved ones give young minds the freedom and encouragement to live their dreams. Milk, the series’ exclusive sponsor, helps fuel active, successful days by encouraging families to start every day with milk. Each 8 oz. glass of milk has 8 grams of high-quality protein to help you power through your day.

View episodes of Citizen Kid at disney.com/citizenkid, with new episodes going live every Wednesday. And for more info on the series, visit http://www.disneyinteractive.com/products/citizenkid/.

The live Google Hangout will occur at www.google.com/+Babble

USA Today Premieres First Image of Winston from Disney Animation’s Feast
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USA Today has premiered the first image of Winston from the upcoming Disney Animation short “Feast” as part of the celebration of National Dog Day.  The six-minute film features Winston and his owner sharing a life together seen through the window of the food they share. The short will be shown with Big Hero 6 this November. For more information on “Feast” check out Kyle’s review. 

Verizon FiOS to Carry SEC Network
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Verizon FiOS has signed an agreement to carry the SEC Network and expects to begin airing it prior to Aug. 28 on Channels 75 and 575. It will be available on those channels to all FiOS TV customers in Florida and Texas who receive ESPN in their FiOS TV package and to FiOS Extreme and Ultimate customers on Channel 75 in all other markets at launch. With the addition of Verizon FiOS, the SEC Network will be in more than 62 million households nationwide.

“We welcome the SEC Network to FiOS TV and look forward to carrying the studio content and athletic events it will offer, including the season-opening football doubleheader on Aug. 28,” said Terry Denson, Verizon’s vice president for content acquisition and strategy. “The preseason college poll lists eight SEC teams in the top 25; SEC football ratings are head and shoulders above other conferences; and SEC fans are extraordinarily and uniquely passionate about not only those teams but the entire conference as well. This deal with Disney-ESPN reinforces our already strong partnership with them which involves much more than this great new network.”

Sean Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks senior vice president, affiliate sales, added: “With the addition of Verizon FiOS, SEC Network is now available on nine of the top 10 multichannel video distributors in the country. We look forward to serving their customers in time for college football season.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. It also includes live viewing rights and additional live and on-demand content scheduled for SEC Network + across other platforms like smartphones, tablets and laptops via WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com. In addition, the deal also includes rights for the FiOS Mobile app, which will be available to FiOS customers in the near future. FiOS customers can already watch over 100 live channels in-home and over 50 live channels on the go on the FiOS Mobile app, for no additional charge, including live sports from the ESPN branded networks.

The first year of the SEC Network programming will consist of more than 1,000 live events, including 45 football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games and 50 softball games. The fall schedule also has 25 soccer and 45 volleyball matches. Programming also will include in-studio shows, daily news and information and original content.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, “Today is a good day for Verizon FiOS customers and SEC fans across the country, particularly in Tampa and Dallas. We look forward to serving them with an array of live events and programming.”

Justin Connolly, ESPN senior vice president, college networks, said, “The addition of Verizon FiOS to SEC Network’s distribution footprint is great news for fans nationwide. We have gotten off to a great start since launch, and we look forward to serving more fans with comprehensive coverage of the SEC’s 21 sports.”

Verizon is the sixth-largest pay-TV provider by subscriber size in the country, according to SNL Kagan (first-quarter 2014). The company has 5.4 million FiOS video connections in 12 states and the District of Columbia as of the end of the second quarter.

ESPN Announces College Football Kickoff Week Coverage
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ESPN will kick off the 2014 college football season with national coverage of 55 games in six days as part of the seventh annual DICK’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week from Wednesday, Aug. 27, to Monday, Sept. 1.

The schedule – a Labor Day Kickoff Week record featuring coverage across ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, ESPN3, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Radio – will be highlighted by nine of the top 15 ranked teams in action, including three matchups between ranked teams.

Every ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN3, SEC Network and Longhorn Network game will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE, Amazon FireTV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Roku devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Schedule highlights:

  • SEC Network Doubleheader Opener: The recently launched SEC Network, a national sports network devoted to the Southeastern Conference and operated by ESPN, will open its live game coverage with a doubleheader Thursday, Aug. 28: No. 21 Texas A&M at No. 9 South Carolina at 6 p.m. followed by Temple at Vanderbilt at 9:15 p.m.
  • Showdown of Ranked Teams: An ESPN Saturday night doubleheader on August. 30 will pit No. 16 Clemson at No. 12 Georgia at 5:30 p.m. followed by No. 14 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 LSU in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff from Houston at 9 p.m.
  • Top 2: ABC and ESPN Radio will broadcast the top two ranked teams in neutral site games against top non-conference opponents on Saturday, Aug. 30: Defending National Champion No. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State in the Cowboys Classic from Arlington, Texas, at 8 p.m. and West Virginia vs. No. 2 Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game from Atlanta at 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday night football: ESPN’s Labor Day prime-time telecast on Monday, Sept. 1, at 8 p.m. will mark the ACC debut for Louisville with the Cardinals hosting Miami (Fla.).
  • No. 6 & No. 7: The schedule for Saturday, Aug. 30, will include two teams in the top seven rankings: No. 7 UCLA at Virginia at noon on ESPN and No. 6 Auburn against Arkansas at 4 p.m. on SEC Network.
  • Longhorn Network: Longhorn Network’s exclusive coverage of Texas, led by new head coach Charlie Strong, against North Texas on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m. will mark the fourth straight season the network has televised the Longhorn’s season-opening game.
  • Goal Line: For the fifth consecutive season, the ESPN Goal Line network will offer unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from numerous top college football games every Saturday noon to midnight. ESPN will provide a special four-hour edition of Goal Line Thursday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. Zubin Mehenti will host the coverage with analyst Pete Najarian.

ESPN DICK’s Sporting Goods Kickoff Week Game Schedule

You are Looking Live… On-Site Studio

ESPN will provide extensive studio reports and analysis from four game sites, and its studios located in Bristol, Conn.; Charlotte, N.C. and Austin, Texas, over opening weekend. Details:

  • Two editions of College Football Live and two ESPN Radio programs will originate from Atlanta, site of Boise State vs. No. 18 Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Saturday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
    • On-site studio coverage will begin on Thursday, Aug. 28, with ESPN’s daily College Football Live from the new College Football Hall of Fame (3 p.m. on ESPN2) and a special College Football Live Kick Off pregame from the Georgia Dome (7 p.m. on ESPN).  Hosts Scott Van Peltand Chris Cotter with analysts Lou Holtz, Mark May and Brian Griese will all be onsite in Atlanta.
    • The ESPN Audio Fall Football Tour — Mike & Mike, The Herd with Colin Cowherd and SVP & Russillo broadcasting live from four anticipated college football games – will kick off with SVP & Russillo – hosted by Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo at 1 p.m. – from Atlanta.
    • ESPN Radio’s College GameDay – hosted by Matt Barrie with analysts Brad Edwards and Trevor Matich – will open its season from Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 30.
  • Multiple ESPN shows will originate from Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas in advance of the Cowboys Kickoff pitting defending national champion No. 1 Florida State vs. Oklahoma State in Arlington (Saturday, Aug. 30, at 8 p.m. on ABC and ESPN Radio) beginning Friday, Aug. 29.
    • SportsCenter segments will begin Friday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m. and College Football Live will originate from the site at 2:30 p.m.
    • College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – with host Chris Fowler, analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and reporters Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, Scott Van Pelt and Gene Wojciechowski – will open its season from Fort Worth on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 9 a.m.
  • ESPN and ESPN2 will provide day-long studio coverage from Bristol on Saturday, Aug. 30. Rece Davis will host on ESPN with Holtz and May while Adnan Virk will anchor on ESPN2 with analysts Butch Davis and Robert Smith.
  • Host John Saunders and analysts Mack Brown and Danny Kanell will be the ABC Saturday studio crew, appearing on College Football Countdown (3 p.m. ET), and on pre-game, halftime and post-game segments for every ABC game telecast.
  • SEC Nation, the new two-hour traveling Saturday morning college football show on SEC Network at 10 a.m., will debut Thursday at 4 p.m. with a special edition from Columbia, S.C., site of No. 21 Texas A&M at No. 9 South Carolina (SEC Network at 6 p.m.). SEC Nation – hosted Joe Tessitore, analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears, and contributors Paul Finebaum and Kaylee Hartung – will originate from Auburn, Ala. Saturday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. in advance of Arkansas at Auburn (SEC Network at 4 p.m.)
  • ESPN will provide a special one-hour College Football Live at 7 p.m. prior to ESPN’s Labor Day coverage of Miami (Fla.) at Louisville (Sept. 1, at 8 p.m.). Davis will host with Holtz and May.
  • Longhorn Network will premiere several new shows throughout the week, including Longhorn Weekly with Charlie Strong with analyst Ricky Williams who won a Heisman with Texas (Friday at 8 p.m.) andRewind with Charlie Strong (Monday at 8 p.m.). In addition, Longhorn legend and BCS National Champion Vince Young will join LHN’s flagship Saturday pre-game show Texas GameDay – originating live from Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Saturday at 5:30 p.m. – as a weekly analyst.
Donald Glover To Voice Miles Morales In Ultimate Spider-Man
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Vulture is reporting that Donald Glover, who campaigned to play Peter Parker in Sony’s Spider-Man film series has been cast as Miles Morales in Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man. In the Ultimate line of comic books that take place in a different universe than the main Marvel titles, Miles Morales became Spider-Man following the death of Peter Parker. Vulture also shared a clip of Morales meeting Peter Parker (voiced by Drake Bell)

ESPN Networks to Carry Every Game of 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
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ESPN networks will combine to carry every game of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain beginning Saturday, August 30, and continuing through Sunday, September 14. ESPN and ESPN2 will televise 13 games, including every USA Basketball Men’s National Team game, as well as the Semifinals, Finals and select Quarterfinal games. Analyst and international basketball expert Fran Fraschilla will provide analysis for all games on ESPN and ESPN2, while Kevin Connors and Marc Kestecher will rotate on play-by-play assignments.

Every Game on WatchESPN

Every game of the FIBA Basketball World Cup will be available on WatchESPN including 63 games on ESPN3 from the FIBA world feed. Commentator pairings include Liam Canny/John Rogers, Mark Clark/Alvaro Martin, Jeff Taylor/Jiri Zidek and Roy Birch/Lloyd Gardner. ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network which is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast (via the WatchESPN app), Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

ESPN Deportes

ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+ will also provide Spanish-language coverage of 15 games – including all USA Basketball Men’s National Team appearances, the Semifinals, Finals and several games featuring Puerto Rico, Argentina and Mexico. Pablo Viruega, Roberto Abramowitz, Manu Martin and Jerry Olaya will call the games. In addition, ESPNDeportes.com will cover the Latin American teams in the tournament with feature interviews with players and coaches, video analysis and recaps, and onsite reporting from Gonzalo Aqguirregomezcorta.

SportsCenter

Reporter Bob Holtzman will provide on-site reports from Spain for the first week of the FIBA Basketball World Cup while ESPN Insider Marc Stein and analyst Fran Fraschilla will contribute to SportsCenter throughout the entire tournament.

ESPN.com

ESPN Insider Marc Stein will also provide comprehensive, on-site coverage for ESPN.com throughout the entire tournament including breaking news, digital video and more.

USA Basketball Men’s National Team Roster:

The USA Basketball team will be coached by the legendary Mike Krzyzewski and is headlined by Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Anthony Davis among others.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes FIBA Basketball World Cup Schedule:  

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Location Network(s)
Sat, Aug 30 11:30 a.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup: Argentina vs. Puerto Rico Palacio Municipal de Deportes. Seville, Spain ESPN Deportes
  3:30 p.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup: Finland vs. USA
Kevin Connors, Fran Fraschilla
Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Spain ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Sun, Aug 31 11:30 a.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup: Mexico vs. Slovenia Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas, Spain ESPN Deportes
  3:30 p.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup: USA vs. Turkey
Kevin Connors, Fran Fraschilla
Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Spain ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Tue, Sep 2 11:30 a.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup: New Zealand vs. USA
Marc Kestecher, Fran Fraschilla
Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Spain ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Wed, Sep 3 7:30 a.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup: Puerto Rico vs. Philippines Palacio Municipal de Deportes, Seville, Spain ESPN Deportes
  3:30 p.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup: USA vs. Dominican Republic
Marc Kestecher, Fran Fraschilla
Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Spain ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Thu, Sep 4 11:30 a.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup: USA vs. Ukraine
Marc Kestecher, Fran Fraschilla
Bizkaia Arena, Bilbao, Spain ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
  12 p.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup: Puerto Rico vs. Croatia Palacio Municipal de Deportes, Seville, Spain ESPN Deportes+
TBD TBD FIBA Basketball World Cup Round of 16*
Kevin Connors, Fran Fraschilla
Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain ESPN/ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Tue, Sep 9 TBD FIBA Basketball World Cup Quarterfinals</strong
Marc Kestecher, Fran Fraschilla
Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain ESPN, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Wed, Sep 10 12 p.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup Quarterfinals
Marc Kestecher, Fran Fraschilla
Palacio de los Deportes de la Comunidad, Madrid, Spain ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  4 p.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup Quarterfinals
Marc Kestecher, Fran Fraschilla
Palacio de los Deportes de la Comunidad, Madrid, Spain ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Thu, Sep 11 3 p.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup Semifinals
Marc Kestecher, Fran Fraschilla
Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Fri, Sep 12 4 p.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup Semifinals
Kevin Connors, Fran Fraschilla
Palacio de los Deportes de la Comunidad, Madrid, Spain ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Sun, Sep 14 1 p.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup 3rd Place Game*
Kevin Connors, Fran Fraschilla
Palacio de los Deportes de la Comunidad, Madrid, Spain ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
  3 p.m. FIBA Basketball World Cup Final
Kevin Connors, Fran Fraschilla
Palacio de los Deportes de la Comunidad, Madrid, Spain ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

*Delayed


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