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ESPN Announces NCAA March Madness Women’s Basketball Commentary Teams

The network has unveiled 16 commentary pairings that will be utilized for the first weekend of action across the United States.

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ESPN has announced its commentary teams for its exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. The network has unveiled 16 commentary pairings that will be utilized for the first weekend of action across the United States. Additionally, it will utilize two teams for studio coverage during the First Four and first and second rounds of the tournament featuring College GameDay host Elle Duncan with analysts Rebecca Lobo and Andraya Carter.

The second studio crew will feature ACC Huddle host Kelsey Riggs with analysts Nikki Fargas and Chiney Ogwumike. During the second weekend of play, Duncan, Carter and Ogwumike will continue providing coverage before traveling to Cleveland for on-site coverage, where they will be joined by Hall of Fame coach Carolyn Peck.

Over the course of the tournament, the SEC Network and ACC Network will provide coverage of the teams from their conferences, and The Pat McAfee Show will broadcast live from the University of Iowa for a special live show on Friday, March 22. WWE superstar and universal champion Roman Reigns is currently scheduled to appear on the program, which is simulcast from 12 to 2 p.m. EST on ESPN, ESPN+ and the program’s official YouTube channel. Its final hour, which lasts from 2 until approximately 3 p.m., is available on ESPN+ and YouTube.

The slate of First Four games begins on Wednesday night when No. 16 Presbyterian plays No. 16 Sacred Heart, which will feature Courtney Lyle and Carolyn Peck on the ESPNU broadcast at 7 p.m. EST. Following that game, Jay Alter and Kelly Gramlich will call the action for No. 12 Columbia’s game against No. 12 Vanderbilt, also on ESPNU at 9 p.m. EST.

Games will be televised on ESPN2 Thursday night beginning with a faceoff between No. 11 Arizona and No. 11 Auburn with commentators Pam Ward and Christy Winters-Scott at 7 p.m. EST. First Four action concludes at 9 p.m. EST on ESPN2 when Beth Mowins, Stephanie White and Holly Rowe call No. 16 UT Martin vs. No. 16 Holy Cross.

Rowe is part of the Final Four and National Championship commentary team, which also includes play-by-play announcer Ryan Ruocco and analyst Rebecca Lobo. Furthermore, she will be in Iowa City, Iowa to cover the Iowa Hawkeyes first- and second-round games, the latter of which is dependent on a victory in the former, to continue its coverage of star guard and NCAA basketball all-time scoring leader Caitlin Clark. The full commentary teams as announced by ESPN can be found below:

First and Second Round:

Play-by-PlayColor Commentator(s)City
Courtney LyleCarolyn PeckColumbia, S.C.
Beth MowinsStephanie White; Holly Rowe (reporter)Iowa City, Iowa
Elise WoodwardMary MurphyLos Angeles, Calif. (USC)
Tiffany GreeneJimmy DykesAustin, Texas
Roy PhilpottBrooke WeisbrodPalo Alto, Calif.
Matt SchumackerMeghan McKeownColumbus, Ohio
Kevin FitzgeraldKim AdamsLos Angeles, Calif. (UCLA)
Sam GoreTamika CatchingsSouth Bend, Ind.
Jason Ross Jr.Aja EllisonCorvallis, Ore.
Dave O’BrienChristy ThomaskuttyBaton Rouge, La.
Pam WardChristy Winters-ScottStorrs, Conn.
Eric FredeSteffi SorensenRaleigh, N.C.
Ann SchatzMike ThibaultSpokane, Wash.
Jay AlterKelly GramlichBlacksburg, Va.
Brenda VanLengenHolly WarlickManhattan, Kan.
Angel GrayAndrea LloydBloomington, Ind.

Sweet 16 and Elite 8:

Play-by-PlayColor CommentatorSideline ReporterCity
Ryan RuoccoRebecca LoboHolly RoweAlbany Regional
Pam WardStephanie WhiteHolly RoweAlbany Regional
Courtney LyleCarolyn PeckBrooke WeisbrodPortland Regional
Beth MowinsDebbie AntonelliAngel GrayPortland Regional

Final Four and National Championship:

Play-by-PlayColor CommentatorSideline ReporterCity
Ryan RuoccoRebecca LoboHolly RoweCleveland, Ohio

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ESPN Names NFL Draft Broadcast Teams; Nick Saban to Debut on ABC

ABC will feature the College GameDay crew of Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard, who will be joined by former Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who will join the crew this fall.

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ESPN has announced their commentator teams for their extensive coverage of the NFL Draft. Coverage will take place on both ESPN and ABC as well as ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes.

The NFL Draft takes place April 25-27 and on the first two days, ABC will feature the College GameDay crew of Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard, who will be joined by former Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who will join the crew this fall. Field Yates, Laura Rutledge and Pete Thamel will also be part of the ABC team.

On ESPN, Mike Greenberg will host alongside Mel Kiper, Jr., Booger McFarland, Louis Riddick, Molly McGrath and Adam Schefter. Both ESPN and ABC will start coverage on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET and on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

A number of ESPN football reporters will also report from various team sites including Courtney Cronin who will be with the Chicago Bears who have the No. 1 overall pick.

ESPN Radio will feature Chris Canty and Chris Carlin along with Ian Fitsimmons, Jordan Reid and Mike Tannenbaum. ESPN Deportes will have a team of Sebastian M. Christensen, Carols Nava, Miguel Pasquel, Eduardo Varela and Pablo Viruega.

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DraftKings Network to Introduce ‘Good Follow’ Women-Led Show on June 7

“Engagement with women’s sports is at an all-time high, and we couldn’t be more excited to expand our programming to include a women-centric sports show to our content portfolio.”

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DraftKings Network will be introducing a new one-hour, weekly women-led sports show, adding to its slate of sports content and programming. The show will be titled Good Follow and debut on June 7 at 8 p.m. EST on DraftKings Network. Award-winning content creator Megan Reyes has been named the host of the show, which will blend news and pre-produced segments into interviews and discussion surrounding women’s sports. Additionally, former Texas Southern University golfer Logan Hackett will contribute to the show and look at the biggest events in sports as well.

“Engagement with women’s sports is at an all-time high, and we couldn’t be more excited to expand our programming to include a women-centric sports show to our content portfolio,” Stacie McCollum, vice president of content at DraftKings, said in a statement. “At the core, a ‘Good Follow’ is someone who unapologetically moves culture forward within or adjacent to women’s sports. Our approach to this show aligns with growth trends we’re seeing within the space and from our customers as they interact with women’s sports across all our products.”

Ahead of the program’s debut on DraftKings Network, the show will be posted on social media platforms, including Instagram, X, Facebook and TikTok, for daily women’s sports content. This will include coverage from the WNBA Draft on April 15, which will take place from the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, N.Y. Lucy Rohden and other contributing personalities from Meadowlark Media will be on site for coverage to record content and interviews with draftees into the league. Furthermore, there will be additional behind-the-scenes features and access to those making an impact in women’s sports.

DraftKings Network is a free ad-supported television (FAST) channel that is available to watch for free through various services, including Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel and Google TV. Consumers can also find the programming on DKNetwork.com and YouTube and as audio on major podcasting platforms.

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ESPN Films Creating Stuart Scott ‘30 for 30’

“ The 30 for 30 film will explore Scott’s rise up the ranks at ESPN, his influence on media and culture, a painful divorce and his fight against cancer, which ultimately took his life.”

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ESPN Films has announced plans for an upcoming 30 for 30 documentary on former SportsCenter star Stuart Scott. The film will be directed by Andre Gaines.

According to Deadline, the film will detail how Scott shattered preconceived notions of how on-air talent were expected to look, talk, act, and think. It’ll also highlight how hip-hop and Black culture were brought into the sports media mainstream.

“Stuart Scott transcended broadcasting, journalism, sports and culture in ways that we’re only beginning to really understand and appreciate now,” said Andre Gaines. “He made his mark on so many people, especially young black men, and his legend has only grown since his passing. The opportunity I’ve had now to examine his life, visit his home, get to know his daughters Taelor and Sydni, and understand how incredibly vast and rich a life Stuart lived, I can only hope that audiences find the same catharsis I’ve already experienced in making this film.”

Vice President and Executive Producer of ESPN Films Marsha Cooke added, “We pride ourselves on telling the stories of true originals who changed the world, and Stuart epitomized that in so many ways. This film is the perfect tribute to a man who touched lives in front of and behind the camera. Andre Gaines has begun crafting a film that will shine a new light on who Stuart really was–from his relationship with Taelor and Sydni to the many people who saw the world differently just from spending time with him. The film will be Stuart through and through–funny, smart, edgy, touching, and transformational.”

Scott passed away at the age of 49 in January 2015 following a battle with cancer. His style and memorable catchphrases helped ESPN attract new fans, influence broadcasters, and put a modern twist on the network’s signature show.

The 30 for 30 film will explore his rise up the ranks at ESPN, his influence on media and culture, the pain of a divorce and his fight with cancer that ultimately took his life. Scott’s daughters Taelor and Syndi will also lend their voices to the tribute to their father.

A release date has not yet been announced.

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