ESPN Going All Out For A Game They Aren't Airing

Monday, January 28, 2008

That seems to be a recurring title these days, but the other contests pale in comparison to this year's Super Bowl coverage by ESPN. Among the highlights include 90 hours of television coverage, 65 hours of radio coverage, and twenty five different personalities on-air. Via ESPN....

*Super Bowl-related content across 16 ESPN platforms: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, ESPN International,, ESPN Radio,, ESPN Deportes Radio,, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Mobile properties;

* More than 90 hours of Super Bowl-related programming on domestic television from Arizona;

* More than 65 hours of Super Bowl-related programming on ESPN Radio from Arizona;

* ESPN International will bring the Super Bowl to some 10 million households in 99 countries;

*More than 25 on-air commentators (hosts, analysts, reporters and contributors) covering on-site;

* Live programming kicks off from Arizona Monday, Jan. 28 at 6 a.m. ET with Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio (simulcast on ESPN2). ESPN’s coverage will peak with more than 21 hours of TV and radio coverage on Super Bowl Sunday, beginning with a special edition of Mike & Mike in the Morning at 6 a.m. (simulcast on ESPN2). Television coverage that day will be highlighted by two hours of SportsCenter Special shows and a special three-hour Sunday NFL Countdown (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.). Post-game coverage will include four hours of SportsCenter and NFL Primetime beginning at 10 p.m.

* ESPN’s week-long coverage will originate from the main set location at The Mix at Southbridge in Scottsdale. Select ESPN Radio programs will also originate from downtown Phoenix (outside Hyatt Regency) and from the Westgate City Center in Glendale.
Other highlights that I've read about include Tony Kornheiser appearing via satellite while Tirico and Jaws are there and a 3-hour version of Sunday Countdown on February 3rd. I can't wait! More media schedules and events to come as the week goes on.

Oh and one more thing....if you're attending the ESPN the Mag "Next Party" then your performers are Ludacris and Soulja Boy. If someone can get me footage of Chris Berman "supermanning that ho", I will love forever.

(Source: ESPN PR)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 1:34 PM


Mike Tirico's radio show is being simulcast on ESPN2 all week too.

Anonymous said...
Jan 28, 2008, 2:03:00 PM  

ESPN PR sent you that information directly?
Is that common?
Just wondering if they recognize you as a legitimate tool (i'll let others comment on if you're a tool) to pass along their info.

Anonymous said...
Jan 28, 2008, 2:08:00 PM  

And by "love forever" you mean unlimited blowjobs? Do you spit or swallow?

Anonymous said...
Jan 28, 2008, 2:36:00 PM  

They are in the NFL's back pocket. ESPN has to kiss their ass because of the threat of NLFN. How else can you explain an entire SportsCenter dedicated to the release of the NFL schedule? It's all about leverage. The NFL tells them to do it, and they aren't in a position to say no. ESPN can tell the NHL to go screw themselves, but not a sport as powerful as the NFL.

J.J. said...
Jan 28, 2008, 2:49:00 PM  

This is just typical ESPN. Everything they do is infinitely more over the top than it needs to be. Sportscenter Specials for things like Bonds getting indicted. Zomg nobody saw that coming. I can only tolerate PTI (Wilbon is the truth) and the late SC anymore.

Anonymous said...
Jan 28, 2008, 2:59:00 PM  

Where can I find trey Wingo every minute of the day? I need a schedule people, where will Merrill and Stink be? What channel?

There's too much!!! I can't find my favorite ESPN personalities to give me insights to the savviness and players minds as the prepare for SBVXXVXX

hollywood wags said...
Jan 28, 2008, 3:16:00 PM  

Chris Berman "superman that ho" = fantastic visual

GMoney said...
Jan 28, 2008, 3:59:00 PM  

To answer the earlier question....ESPN sends me stuff very rarely, but I have ways of finding things out. Other networks are much more forthcoming with their info. TNT is by far the best.

Jan 28, 2008, 4:40:00 PM  

Wow--what a lineup. I can hardly imagine the arcana that will result. Did you see the ESPN feature on an episode of The Brady Bunch where Marcia gets hit in the face with a thrown football? I think Wingo was the moderator. Sean Salisbury provided "expert analysis." Even with the sound off (I was in a restaurant) it was gaggingly laughable.

dadlak said...
Jan 29, 2008, 12:38:00 AM  

On the money, J.J.! You're exactly correct, ESPN does kiss the NFL's ass for those reasons.

Plus, they don't want to lose viewers to the NFL Network so Sportscenter has basically become NFL Total Access on ESPN. The amount of coverage is ridiculous and tiresome.

Omigosh, Tom Brady is wearing a protective boot! Oh my God, some Giants are sick! Oh my God!

I try my best to tune out ESPN during this time of year.

Eric said...
Jan 29, 2008, 10:39:00 AM  

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