Disney+ Original Movie “Rise” to Stream on Hulu and ESPN+





Disney+ Original Movie “Rise” to Stream on Hulu and ESPN+ Beginning August 18
The film is based on the triumphant real-life story about the remarkable family that gave the world the first trio of brothers to become NBA champions in the history of the league – Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and former Los Angeles Laker Kostas Antetokounmpo, and their younger brother Alex.
[via press release from Disney+]
DISNEY+ ORIGINAL MOVIE “RISE” TO STREAM ON HULU AND ESPN+ BEGINNING AUGUST 18

BURBANK, Calif. (August 11, 2022) – For a limited time, “Rise” will stream on Hulu and ESPN+, marking the movie’s availability across all three services of The Disney Bundle. Starting August 18, Hulu and ESPN+ subscribers can watch the Disney+ Original based on the triumphant real-life story about the remarkable family that gave the world the first trio of brothers to become NBA champions in the history of the league – Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and former Los Angeles Laker Kostas Antetokounmpo, and their younger brother Alex.

Audiences have never seen a story like that of the Antetokounmpos. After emigrating from Nigeria to Greece, Charles and Vera Antetokounmpo (Dayo Okeniyi and Yetide Badaki, respectively) struggled to survive and provide for their five children, while living under the daily threat of deportation. With their oldest son still in Nigeria with relatives, the couple were desperate to obtain Greek citizenship but found themselves undermined by a system that blocked them at every turn. When they weren’t selling items to tourists on the streets of Athens with the rest of the family, the brothers– Giannis (Uche Agada) and Thanasis (Ral Agada)– would play basketball with a local youth team. Latecomers to the sport, they discovered their great abilities on the basketball court and worked hard to become world class athletes, along with brother, Kostas (Jaden Osimuwa). With the help of an agent, Giannis entered the NBA Draft in 2013 in a long shot prospect that would change not only his life, but the life of his entire family. Just eight years later, Giannis and Thanasis helped bring the Milwaukee Bucks their first championship ring in 50 years, while Kostas played for the previous season champs, the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Rise” stars Dayo Okeniyi, Yetide Badaki, Manish Dayal, Taylor Nichols, introducing Ral Agada and introducing Uche Agada. The film was directed by Akin Omotoso (“Vaya”), written by Arash Amel (“A Private War”) and produced by Bernie Goldmann (“300”). Giannis Antetokounmpo and Douglas S. Jones served as the executive producers.

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About The Disney Bundle

The Disney Bundle is the ultimate streaming lineup of plans from Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. Subscribers get access to one of the largest streaming collections of live and on-demand entertainment, kids, news, and sports content from some of the biggest brands and franchises – with up to over 100,000 movie titles, TV episodes, original shows, sports and live events. Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. Hulu is the only on-demand offering that provides access to shows from every major U.S. broadcast network, libraries of hit TV series and films – including licensed content available exclusively on Hulu – and award-winning Hulu Originals, both with and without commercials. ESPN+ lets you stream thousands of live events and archives, including UFC Fight Nights and PPV events, NHL, soccer matches from LaLiga, FA Cup, Bundesliga, MLS and more, MLB, PGA Tour, Grand Slam tennis, college sports from 20 conferences, and much more. The stories you love and the entertainment that you want are all on your own terms. There’s something for everyone!



“Why Not Us: Southern Dance” Now Streaming Exclusively on ESPN+





“Why Not Us: Southern Dance” Now Streaming Exclusively on ESPN+
The eight-episode ESPN+ original will air weekly on Thursdays and is the third season of the acclaimed “Why Not Us” series from Andscape and executive produced by NBA All-Star and entrepreneur Chris Paul.
[via press release from ESPN]
“Why Not Us: Southern Dance” Now Streaming Exclusively on ESPN+

Episode One of Why Not Us: Southern Dance is available to stream now, exclusively on ESPN+. The eight-episode ESPN+ Original will air weekly on Thursdays and is the third season of the acclaimed Why Not Us series from Andscape and executive produced by NBA All-Star and entrepreneur Chris Paul.

In Episode One, a group of 25 dancers navigate rigorous auditions in hopes of joining the Fabulous Dancing Dolls of Southern University. With a limited number of slots available, the pressure is on to make the historic dance line.

The debut schedule for this season is as follows:

Episode Premiere on ESPN+
1 Thursday, August 11
2 Thursday, August 18
3 Thursday, August 25
4 Thursday, September 1
5 Thursday, September 8
6 Thursday, September 15
7 Thursday, September 22
8 Thursday, September 29

For over 50 years, the Dolls have set the standard for collegiate dance lines nationwide. Powered by the booming sounds of the school’s marching band, the Human Jukebox, the Dancing Dolls push the envelope with every performance, creating unique choreography stemming from their diverse dance backgrounds. Beyond the field, the Dolls are role models in their communities and represent what it means to be strong Black women, pushing the culture with their talent and artistry.

Presented by Andscape, Why Not Us: Southern Dance is produced by Roadside Entertainment, Paul’s Ohh Dip!!! Productions, and ESPN+. The Why Not Us series highlights the ethos of being a student and student-athlete at an HBCU. The series spotlights the importance of these remarkable schools and who have done more with less.

About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the industry-leading sports streaming service that offers fans in the U.S. thousands of live sports events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks and exclusive editorial content from dozens of ESPN writers and reporters. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ has grown to more than 22.8 million subscribers.

Fans sign up to ESPN+ for just $6.99 a month (or $69.99 per year) at ESPN.com, ESPNplus.com or on the ESPN App (mobile and connected devices). It is also available as part of The Disney Bundle that gives subscribers access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for $13.99/month (Hulu w/ads) or $19.99/month (Hulu w/o ads). Subscribers to Hulu + Live TV also receive ESPN+ at no additional cost.

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ESPN’s Industry-Leading College Football Coverage to Feature a Mix





ESPN’s Industry-Leading College Football Coverage to Feature a Mix of Veteran Commentators and Newcomers for 2022-23 Season
More than two dozen teams of esteemed play-by-play voices, talented analysts and intrepid reporters will cover the season from August’s Week 0 kickoff through the College Football Playoff National Championship in Los Angeles in January 2023.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN’s Industry-Leading College Football Coverage to Feature a Mix of Veteran Commentators and Newcomers for 2022-23 Season

· Fowler, Herbstreit and Rowe Return to ABC Saturday Night Football

· McDonough, Blackledge and McGrath Set for ESPN Saturday Night Primetime

· Other Notable ABC/ESPN Teams: Tessitore, McElroy and George; Pasch, Dvoracek and Luginbill; Wischusen, Orlovsky and Budden; Jones, Griffin III and Kessenich; and Flemming, Gilmore and Blackmon

ESPN’s industry-leading coverage of college football will once again feature the deepest roster of on-air personalities in the sport for the 2022-23 season – a mix of veteran voices, familiar faces, rookie commentators and highly-anticipated newcomers.

More than two dozen teams of esteemed play-by-play voices, talented analysts and intrepid reporters will cover the season from August’s Week 0 kickoff through the College Football Playoff National Championship in Los Angeles in January 2023.

Fowler, Herbstreit and Rowe Return to ABC Saturday Night Football

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and reporter Holly Rowe will team up again to call the weekly ABC Saturday Night Football marquee matchup. The 2022 season marks Fowler and Herbstreit’s ninth year in the SNF booth and their 27th season as college football teammates, beginning in 1996 on College GameDay. Fowler and Herbstreit, who recently signed a new ESPN extension, have called all eight College Football Playoff National Championship games together. Rowe, who won a Sports Emmy for her sideline reporting during the 2021-22 season, joined the team in 2021 and is in her 27th college football season for ESPN and ABC.

McDonough, Blackledge and McGrath Return to ESPN Saturday Night Primetime

Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge return to ESPN’s Saturday Night Primetime for the fourth year, joined for a third season by reporter Molly McGrath. McDonough, who called his first NHL Stanley Cup Final in June, and Blackledge combine for more than four decades of broadcast experience, while McGrath – who worked her first CFP National Championship game in January – covers a multitude of college sports across ESPN networks as both a reporter and host. With the start of the 2022 campaign, ESPN re-signed McGrath to a multi-year extension, ensuring one of the lead sideline voices remains on ESPN and ABC for years to come.

Tessitore and McElroy Team Up with George on ABC and ESPN

For the second straight season, longtime ESPN play-by-play voice Joe Tessitore and former Alabama National Champion quarterback Greg McElroy will partner in the ABC and ESPN booth alongside Katie George. For the better part of two decades, Tessitore has been among the premier broadcasters for ESPN and ABC’s coverage of college football, as well as the veteran blow-by-blow ringside commentator for Top Rank Boxing on ESPN and the co-host of Holey Moley on ABC. McElroy is beginning his seventh season calling games for ESPN and has studio experience on ESPN and SEC Network – in addition to now hosting ESPN and Omaha Productions’ Always College Football podcast. George, a versatile reporter who has covered multiple sports and events, returns for her second year on ABC and ESPN following her tenure on ACC Network’s lead crew.

Other teams for ESPN and ABC Saturday games:

· Dave Pasch and Dusty Dvoracek will call games together for the second consecutive season. A versatile football and basketball play-by-play voice – who also calls Arizona Cardinals NFL games, Pasch joined ESPN in 2003. A two-time Oklahoma Sooner captain and former NFL Draft pick, Dvoracek continues to expand his ESPN role. Veteran field analyst Tom Luginbill, who has been with ESPN for more than 15 years, rejoins the duo.

· Bob Wischusen and Dan Orlovsky are back together for a fourth season, joined by Kris Budden for a second straight year. Wischusen, a college football, basketball and NHL voice for ESPN, is also the New York Jets radio voice. In addition to calling college games, Orlovsky recently signed a new ESPN deal to call select Monday Night Football games while continuing to appear across a number of ESPN shows, including as a lead analyst on NFL Live. Budden has been a regular on ABC and ESPN covering college football, basketball and baseball since moving over from SEC Network following the 2018 season.

· Mark Jones and Robert Griffin III will link up in the booth, along with reporter Quint Kessenich, after a stellar debut season for the trio in 2021. Jones has served as a college football commentator and leading NBA play-by-play voice for more than three decades. Griffin III, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, contributes to ESPN’s year-round college and NFL coverage, and even debuted as an analyst on the 2022 NCAA Track & Field Championships, while Kessenich is one of ESPN’s top lacrosse voices and a reporter on multiple NCAA Championship events.

· Dave Flemming and Rod Gilmore are teaming up on ESPN and ABC again this fall, with Flemming continuing his play-by-play duties for college football, basketball, baseball and MLB, and Gilmore kicking off his 25th season of ESPN college football analysis. They will be joined by Tiffany Blackmon, who made her ESPN debut last fall, finishing her first campaign on the sidelines at The Rose Bowl Game.

Senior NFL Draft Analyst Todd McShay Set for New Role

Todd McShay will continue as a college football field analyst this fall – with a twist. McShay will work with different announce crews throughout the season, allowing him to analyze and scout even more players in anticipation of the 2023 NFL Draft. On certain weeks, McShay will have the opportunity to hone in on specific prospects in action who have the potential to play at the next level.

ESPN Re-Signs College Football Commentators to New Contracts

ESPN helped solidify its 2022-23 college football roster by signing multiple on-air personalities to new contracts during the offseason. In addition to Herbstreit, McGrath and Orlovsky, ESPN re-signed veteran play-by-play commentator Beth Mowins to a multi-year deal. In addition to her high-profile football assignments, Mowins provides play-by-play on college basketball and softball, and has been the Voice of the Women’s College World Series for more than two decades.

Analyst Louis Riddick also signed a new extension this offseason and will return to the college football booth for Thursday Night games this fall. Riddick, who is synonymous with ESPN’s NFL game, studio and NFL Draft coverage, previously called a package of college games in 2019.

Brock Osweiler and Aaron Murray Join ESPN Analyst Roster

Former NFL quarterback and Arizona State standout Brock Osweiler has joined ESPN as a college football game analyst and will team up with Anish Shroff and reporter Taylor McGregor. Details.

Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, the SEC’s all-time leader in career passing touchdowns, also joins ESPN’s analyst roster this season and will call a handful of games on SEC Network in addition to studio appearances.

Lead College Networks Commentating Crews:

· For the sixth consecutive season, SEC Network returns its SEC Saturday Night trio of Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic.

· ACC Network Primetime features Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck and Kelsey Riggs, who team up for their second season together.

· Longhorn Network’s game crew will combine Lowell Galindo, Sam Acho and reporter Alex Chappell, who will be on the call for a handful of Big 12 matchups with additional assignments throughout the season.

Additional Game Crews on ESPN Networks:

· Returning Teams:
· Dave Neal, Deuce McAllister and Andraya Carter
· Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb and Alyssa Lang
· Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich and Lericia Harris
· Tiffany Greene and Jay Walker
· John Schriffen and Rene Ingoglia
· Kevin Brown and Hutson Mason

· New Teams:
· Matt Barrie, Louis Riddick and Harry Lyles
· Roy Philpott, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
· Anish Shroff, Brock Osweiler and Taylor McGregor
· Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison and Stormy Buonantony
· Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman and Dawn Davenport
· Brian Custer, Dustin Fox and Lauren Sisler
· Wes Durham, Roddy Jones and Taylor Davis
· Connor Onion and Craig Haubert

Additional ESPN college football contributors include rules analysts Bill LeMonnier (Saturday Night Football), Matt Austin (SEC games) and John Parry (ESPN/ABC games with Tessitore-McElroy).

ESPN Radio

Marc Kestecher, the lead voice for the NBA on ESPN Radio, moves into the top college football play-by-play role this season, joined by veterans Kelly Stouffer (analyst), the former NFL and Colorado State quarterback, and Ian Fitzsimmons (reporter). Longtime ESPN play-by-play commentator Mike Couzens – ESPN Radio’s top college basketball voice – will also call games with Florida alum and two-time Super Bowl champion Max Starks.

ESPN welcomes back college football in 2022 with an unrivaled collection of top rivalries, non-conference matchups, in-state showdowns, conference championship clashes and premier postseason programming headlining the early release of ESPN’s 2022 college football schedule. For updates to programming schedules and game assignments, please visit ESPNPressRoom.com.

ESPN College Football Commentator Teams for 2022-23:

Game/Network Commentators
ABC Saturday Night Football Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe
ESPN Saturday Night Primetime Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Molly McGrath
ESPN and ABC Saturday Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Katie George
ESPN and ABC Saturday Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III, Quint Kessenich
ESPN and ABC Saturday Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill
ESPN and ABC Saturday Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Kris Budden
ESPN and ABC Saturday Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Tiffany Blackmon
ESPN and ESPN2 Saturday Anish Shroff, Brock Osweiler, Taylor McGregor
ESPN and ESPN2 Saturday Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN Thursday Matt Barrie, Louis Riddick, Harry Lyles Jr.
ESPN and ESPN2 Friday Roy Philpott, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN and ESPN2 Saturday Brian Custer, Dustin Fox, Lauren Sisler
SEC Saturday Night Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ACC Network Primetime Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Kelsey Riggs
SEC Network Dave Neal, Deuce McAllister, Andraya Carter
SEC Network Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
ACC Network Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Taylor Davis
ACC Network Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Lericia Harris
ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Dawn Davenport
ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday Kevin Brown, Hutson Mason
ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia
ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday Drew Carter, TBD
ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday Connor Onion, Craig Haubert
Longhorn Network Lowell Galindo, Sam Acho, Alex Chappell
ESPNU Thursday – HBCU Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker
ESPN Radio Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer, Ian Fitzsimmons
Mike Couzens, Max Starks

* Commentator teams are subject to change. Additional broadcasters will be used throughout the season.

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“Eli’s Places” Season 2 Debuts Today, Exclusively on ESPN+





“Eli’s Places” Season 2 Debuts Today, Exclusively on ESPN+
Join 2-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning as he takes on his own version of his brother’s signature show to explore what makes college football a way of life across the country.
[via press release from ESPN]
“Eli’s Places” Season 2 Debuts Today, Exclusively on ESPN+

Season 2 of Eli’s Places, a college football centric expansion of the Peyton’s Places franchise, debuts today on ESPN+. Join 2-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning as he takes on his own version of his brother’s signature show to explore what makes college football a way of life across the country. Manning travels to some of the most well-known and historic college football establishments and meets with giants in the sport to better understand what makes college football such a national sensation. The first episode of the season is available now on ESPN+.

“I’m so excited to be back for Season 2 of Eli’s Places,” said Manning. “We’re featuring so many incredible athletes and impressive stories from campuses around the country, and we’re even unpacking a few secrets and myths along the way. There’s a lot for college football fans to look forward to.”

Class is in session as Eli Manning heads to Gainesville in the season opener. Down in the swamp, Eli relives the magic of “Tebow Mania” with Gator legend, Tim Tebow. Later in the season, Eli also visits Notre Dame, Penn State, the University of Southern California, and Brigham Young University.

The debut schedule for this season is as follows:

Episode Premiere on ESPN+
1 Wednesday, August 10
2 Wednesday, August 17
3 Wednesday, August 24
4 Wednesday, August 31
5 Wednesday, September 7
6 Wednesday, September 14
7 Wednesday, September 21
8 Wednesday, September 28
9 Wednesday, September 28

Eli’s Places is produced by NFL Films in collaboration with ESPN+. The series is executive produced by Omaha Productions, an entertainment company launched by Hall of Famer Peyton Manning following his retirement from the NFL. Omaha Productions executive produces ESPN’s Monday Night Football with Peyton & Eli. The company also produces ESPN+’s Places series.

About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the industry-leading sports streaming service that offers fans in the U.S. thousands of live sports events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks and exclusive editorial content from dozens of ESPN writers and reporters. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ has grown to more than 22.3 million subscribers.

Fans sign up to ESPN+ for just $6.99 a month (or $69.99 per year) at ESPN.com, ESPNplus.com or on the ESPN App (mobile and connected devices). It is also available as part of The Disney Bundle that gives subscribers access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for $13.99/month (Hulu w/ads) or $19.99/month (Hulu w/o ads). Subscribers to Hulu + Live TV also receive ESPN+ at no additional cost.

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ESPN Films’ “Fate of a Sport” About Formation of Premier Lacrosse League to Debut August 29





ESPN Films’ “Fate of a Sport” About Formation of Premier Lacrosse League to Debut August 29 on ESPN+
The film chronicles the story of lacrosse legend Paul Rabil and his fight to change the trajectory of the sport he loves by launching a new professional league, the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL).
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN Films’ “Fate of a Sport” About Formation of Premier Lacrosse League to Debut August 29 on ESPN+

ESPN Films’ latest documentary “Fate of a Sport” will debut August 29 on ESPN+. Directed by Michael Doneger (“Brampton’s Own,” “The Escort”), the film chronicles the story of lacrosse legend Paul Rabil and his fight to change the trajectory of the sport he loves by launching a new professional league, the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL). “Fate of a Sport” will have its linear debut Thursday, September 15 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will also air on ABC Sunday, September 18 at 1 p.m. ET leading into the PLL Championship Game.

After eleven years as one of the most decorated players within a professional lacrosse league that was anything but professional, Rabil decides to create his own league of the sport that made him a star. In partnership with his brother Mike, Paul raises capital, poaches the top players, fights off lawsuits, and navigates through a global pandemic to establish the PLL as the premiere destination for professional lacrosse in the country.

“Having had the benefit of knowing Paul and Mike prior to documenting their story and knowing how dogged and determined they are, I knew audiences would appreciate a peek behind the curtain to watch these two strong personalities build a professional sports league from scratch and help change the trajectory of a traditionally niche sport,” said Doneger. “We’re in such a time of disruption across all industries, and there’s no better example of the script being flipped than the origin story of the Premier Lacrosse League. ‘Fate of a Sport’ is an underdog story about ambition, identity, and sacrifice. I’m humbled and excited for audiences to see it all unfold on ESPN.”

The documentary, which premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Festival, features original interviews with Paul Rabil, Mike Rabil, Jeffrey Wright, Adam Silver, Bill Belichick, Peter Berg, Joe Tsai and Lyle Thompson.

“Fate of a Sport” is produced by Matt Tolmach (“The Armstrong Lie,” “Jumanji”) and Doneger. The film is executive produced by ESPN Films and UNINTERRUPTED’s LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Jamal Henderson, and Philip Byron with co-executive producer Camille Maratchi.

About ESPN Films

ESPN Films has been an industry leader in documentary filmmaking since its inception in March 2008, producing more than 100 documentaries that have showcased some of the most compelling stories in sports. The high quality of storytelling, highlighted by the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 series and the Academy-Award winning documentary “O.J.: Made in America,” has led to record viewership as well as multiple honors and critical acclaim. Additional projects from ESPN Films over the years have included 30 for 30 Shorts, Nine for IX, SEC Storied and Emmy award-winning docu-series “The Last Dance.” ESPN+ is the exclusive home for the entire 30 for 30 library.

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ESPN Films Announces “30 for 30” Documentary on Hall of Famer Bill Walton





ESPN Films Announces “30 for 30” Documentary on Hall of Famer Bill Walton
Among the interview subjects featured in the story are Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Artis Gilmore, World B. Free, Robert Parish, Jim Gray, Luke Walton, Jamal Wilkes, Brent Musberger, Bob Ryan, and a number of close friends and teammates from Bill’s high school days to today.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN Films Announces “30 for 30” Documentary on Hall of Famer Bill Walton

Film to be directed by Steve James (“Hoop Dreams,” “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”)

ESPN Films today announced that production has started on a 30 for 30 documentary about iconic basketball Hall of Famer, Bill Walton. Walton, when healthy, was arguably one of the greatest centers to play the game. The ultimate competitor, Walton embraced team play over individual glory. The documentary will tell Walton’s story, from his earliest days as a high school phenom in San Diego, to his glory days at UCLA, and through his injury plagued, but stellar career with the Portland Trailblazers and the story of their 1977 NBA championship team. It will also delve deeply into Bill’s tortured history of debilitating injuries, his personal relationship with John Wooden, his love of the Grateful Dead, his politics and activism that alienated basketball fans in the ’70’s, and his final incarnation as a basketball broadcaster who regularly draws a Twitter storm.

Among the interview subjects featured in the story are Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Artis Gilmore, World B. Free, Robert Parish, Jim Gray, Luke Walton, Jamal Wilkes, Brent Musberger, Bob Ryan, and a number of close friends and teammates from Bill’s high school days to today.

The documentary will be directed by Steve James (“Hoop Dreams,” “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”), produced by Steve James & Zak Piper, and executive produced by ESPN Films.

Further details will be announced at a later date.

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Linda Cohn Celebrates 30 Years at ESPN with New, Multiyear Contract





Linda Cohn Celebrates 30 Years at ESPN with New, Multiyear Contract
Anchoring the late night edition of “SportsCenter” from ESPN’s Los Angeles studios, Cohn also hosts the ESPN+ hockey program “In the Crease” and co-hosts the podcast of the same name.
[via press release from ESPN]
Linda Cohn Celebrates 30 Years at ESPN with New, Multiyear Contract

Longest-Tenured SportsCenter Anchor Will Continue SportsCenter and Hockey Roles

After recently celebrating 30 years with ESPN, Linda Cohn has signed a new, multiyear deal to remain with the network as an anchor for SportsCenter and a contributor to ESPN’s coverage of the NHL.

Anchoring the late night edition of SportsCenter from ESPN’s Los Angeles studios, Cohn also hosts the ESPN+ hockey program In the Crease and co-hosts the podcast of the same name. She also reports on the NHL with news and features for SportsCenter and other ESPN platforms and serves as a reporter on game telecasts.

Cohn will continue all of those roles as her new contract extends her presence on ESPN that began when she joined the network in 1992 and hosted her first SportsCenter on July 11, 1992.

“Linda has had an amazing career at ESPN and she continues to serve our fans after 30 years on the air,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN Executive Editor & Head of Event & Studio Production.

“Her diligence and creativity have helped SportsCenter become a destination and an iconic brand for sports fans and our viewers continue to be the lucky recipients of her expertise, passion for sports and outstanding work, both on SportsCenter and our NHL coverage. We’re very happy that she’s going to continue delivering for years to come.”

In 2016, Cohn was recognized for her 5,000th episode of SportsCenter, the most of any anchor in ESPN history. And in 2017, she was inducted into the National Sports Media Association (NSMA) Hall of Fame.

“Hosting SportsCenter is huge – it never gets old for me,” said Cohn. “It’s what the viewers connect me with the most, and that’s a good thing. Every time I talk to a fan, a viewer, through social media, or I run into them at the grocery store, or when I’m out walking my dog Babs, they always say it’s comforting to see me still doing SportsCenter.

“And I say thank you and ask them why they say that, and the answer is about seeing someone who you grew up with still doing what they’re doing, and someone who made an impact for so many others, especially women,” she said. “I’ve heard this from so many women in the business now that I’m at my 30-year anniversary, that if it wasn’t for me as youngsters, seeing that a woman could be hosting SportsCenter, they never would have thought they could do something like that. That’s very special to me.”

Cohn has displayed her versatility during her ESPN career with hosting, reporting, commentating, interviewing, writing and calling play-by-play. She also has appeared in many of ESPN’s iconic “This Is SportsCenter” commercials.

“I still believe that whatever I’m doing for ESPN, there are people out there who are seeing me for the very first time. And I get motivated by that because to this day, I still feel that I have to prove that I belong to be there,” Cohn said.

“That helps me. I use that as inspiration to make every show special. That was my mantra way back when I first started at ESPN and why should I change that now? It’s worked so far.”

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‘The 2022 ESPYS,’ Hosted by Stephen Curry, Celebrated the Biggest Achievements





‘The 2022 ESPYS,’ Hosted by Stephen Curry, Celebrated the Biggest Achievements, Performances and Moments of the Year in Sports
Shohei Ohtani, Katie Ledecky and Golden State Warriors Among the Night’s Big Winners

On Wednesday evening, the biggest stars in sports and entertainment convened at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to celebrate the year’s best moments in sports at “The 2022 ESPYS Presented by Capital One.” Airing live on ABC, the show was hosted by recent NBA Champion and Finals MVP Stephen Curry. Curry opened the show with playful jokes towards his NBA contemporaries before reflecting on his offseason, noting that hosting tonight was welcome after hosting his children’s birthday parties. Famed impressionist Jay Pharoah then joined the four-time champ on stage for a musical number, celebrating that the sharpshooter has “finally made it” by hosting the ESPYS.

The first award of the evening, Best Championship Performance, went to Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp for his two touchdowns in the Rams’ win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Kupp’s former teammate Odell Beckham Jr. and “Ted Lasso” star Hannah Waddingham presented the award to him. Best Breakthrough Athlete was awarded to Olympic Gold Medalist skier Eileen Gu and Best Athlete, Women’s Sports went to Olympic gold medalist swimmer Katie Ledecky. After that, Curry accepted the award for Best Record Breaking Performance after surpassing Ray Allen for the most 3-pointers in NBA History. The host also won for Best NBA Player.

Megan Rapinoe’s unbelievable Olympic corner kick goal against Australia won Best Play. Best Comeback Athlete was awarded to NBA All-Star Klay Thompson, who recovered from a torn ACL and a torn achilles that had him sidelined since the 2019 NBA Finals. Los Angeles Angels superstar pitcher and slugger Shohei Ohtani took home Best Athlete, Men’s Sports and Best MLB Player.

Each year, The ESPYS recognizes individuals in the sports world who have demonstrated admirable perseverance, courage and strength in the face of adversity with three marquee awards: the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage and the Pat Tillman Award for Service. GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Ciara and Denver Broncos’ quarterback Rusell Wilson presented the Pat Tillman Award for Service to author, athlete and retired Army Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans. After suffering a life-altering injury while serving in the Army, Evans founded Team UNBROKEN, an adaptive racing team of mostly veterans who have experienced life-altering injuries, illness or traumas.

Later in the evening, “Black Adam” star and XFL Owner Dwayne Johnson accepted the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage on behalf of Vitali Klitschko, who could not be in attendance. The former heavyweight boxing champion and current Mayor of Kyiv was recognized for being an inspiration to people around the globe as one of the faces of the Ukrainian resilience to the Russian invasion. Top Gun: Maverick’s Jon Hamm and ESPN’s Chris Berman presented the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance to legendary broadcaster and Hall of Famer Dick Vitale, who battled melanoma and lymphoma before a March 2022 scan declared he was cancer free. Invoking the memory of his great friend Jimmy V, Vitale encouraged those in the theater and watching at home to continue contributing to the fight against cancer. Vitale has raised millions of dollars for pediatric cancer research and the V Foundation over the years. He left the audience with a reminder to continue pursuing their dreams and that perseverance plus passion plus pride equals win.

Honoring the 50th anniversary of the passing of Title IX, women’s sports legends Billie Jean King, Lisa Leslie, Brandi Chastain and Carolyn Peck took the stage to speak about the bill’s impact on women’s athletics. They were followed by sports stars Jocelyn Alo, Layshia Clarendon, Chloe Kim, Allyson Felix, Oksana Masters, Aly Raisman and Megan Rapinoe who spoke to the ongoing fight for rights, recognition and equality women still face today. The moment was accompanied by a performance from country music star Mickey Guyton.

This year, the show also featured two of the Sports Humanitarian Awards. The Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award was presented to St. Louis Cardinal’s legend Albert Pujols for his work with the Pujols Family Foundation to improve the health and quality of life for thousands of people living in poverty in the Dominican Republic. The Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award honored five high school and college students for using the power of sports to improve their communities. Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year was the Denver Broncos, and the WNBA was recognized as the Sports Humanitarian League of the Year.

The final award of the evening for Best Team was presented by “The Woman King”’s John Boyega and GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist Lil Wayne to Curry and Thompson’s Golden State Warriors.

The ESPYS raises awareness and funds for Foundation for Cancer Research, the charity founded by ESPN and the late basketball coach Jim Valvano at the first ESPYS back in 1993. ESPN and the V Foundation have vowed to continue to raise awareness and funds for cancer research until there is victory over cancer. This year, the V Foundation has a generous donor who will be matching gifts to the V Foundation up to a total of $1 million. For more information, go to V.org.

COMPLETE LIST OF THE 2022 ESPYS WINNERS
Best Championship Performance: Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Eileen Gu, Skiing
Best Athlete, Women’s Sports: Katie Ledecky
Best Athlete, Men’s Sports: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
Best Record-Breaking Performance: Stephen Curry most 3-pointers made in NBA history
Best Play: Megan Rapinoe Scores from the Corner
Best Comeback Athlete: Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Best Team: Golden State Warriors
Best NWSL Player: Ashley Hatch, Washington Spirit
Best MLS Player: Carlos Vela, LAFC
Best Athlete with a Disability, Men’s Sports: Brad Snyder, Paratriathlon
Best Athlete with a Disability, Women’s Sports: Jessica Long, Swimming
Best Athlete, Men’s Action Sports: Eli Tomac, Supercross
Best Athlete, Women’s Action Sports: Eileen Gu, Skiing
Best College Athlete, Men’s Sports: Bryce Young, Alabama Football
Best College Athlete, Women’s Sports: Jocelyn Alo, Oklahoma Softball
Best International Athlete, Men’s Soccer: Kylian Mbappé, PSG
Best International Athlete, Women’s Soccer: Sam Kerr, Chelsea
Best MLB Player: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
Best MMA Fighter: Charles Oliveira
Best NBA Player: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Best WNBA Player: Candace Parker, Chicago Sky
Best NFL Player: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Best NHL Player: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
Best Athlete, Men’s Golf: Justin Thomas
Best Athlete, Women’s Golf: Nelly Korda
Best Athlete, Men’s Tennis: Rafael Nadal
Best Athlete, Women’s Tennis: Emma Raducanu
Best Bowler: Kyle Troup
Best Boxer: Tyson Fury
Best Driver: Kyle Larson, NASCAR
Best Game: Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Buffalo Bills in OT
Best Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Best Olympian, Men’s Sports: Caeleb Dressel, Swimming
Best Olympian, Women’s Sports: Katie Ledecky, Swimming
Best WWE Moment: Cody Rhodes returns to WWE at Wrestlemania

SPECIAL AWARDS
Jimmy V Award for Perseverance: Dick Vitale
Arthur Ashe Award for Courage: Vitali Klitschko
Pat Tillman Award for Service: Gretchen Evans

SPORTS HUMANITARIAN AWARDS
Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award: Noor Abukaram, Kendall Dudley, Sydney Moore, Alicia Serratos, Lucy Westlake
Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year: Denver Broncos
Sports Humanitarian League of the Year: WNBA
Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award Honorees: Chris Evert, Steve Gleason, Dikembe Mutombo

More information on The 2022 ESPYS can be found in the official press kit.

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The V Foundation has funded more than $290 million in cancer research grants nationwide. Event proceeds benefit cancer research funded by the V Foundation. The Foundation awards game-changing grants through a competitive process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation, please visit v.org.



Viewership for “T-Mobile Home Run Derby” Across ESPN and ESPN2





Viewership for “T-Mobile Home Run Derby” Across ESPN and ESPN2 Draws Average of 6.9 Million Viewers
Viewership for the event was up nine percent from 2019 and up 15 percent vs. 2018.
[via press release from ESPN]
Viewership for “T-Mobile Home Run Derby” Across ESPN and ESPN2 Draws Average of 6.9 Million Viewers

· Wins the Night Across all of Television

· Up from Both 2019 and 2018

The 2022 T-Mobile Home Run Derby, which saw Juan Soto crowned as the new champion, drew an average of 6.9 million viewers across ESPN and ESPN2. It peaked with 7.5 million viewers from 9:15-9:30 p.m. ET according to Nielsen.

Viewership for the event was up nine percent from 2019 and up 15 percent vs. 2018. The T-Mobile Home Run Derby won the night across all of television, including in all key demos.

In addition, the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft on ESPN was the second-most watched ever, averaging 544,000 viewers on ESPN for the event on July 17.

ESPN will exclusively televise the national second-half opener on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. ET as the Los Angeles Dodgers host the San Francisco Giants.

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ESPN to Exclusively Televise the 2022 “T-Mobile Home Run Derby”





ESPN to Exclusively Televise the 2022 “T-Mobile Home Run Derby” as Part of Significant Week of MLB Coverage from Los Angeles
Karl Ravech will be the voice of the Home Run Derby for the sixth time, calling the event with analyst Eduardo Perez and reporters Buster Olney and Marly Rivera.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN to Exclusively Televise the 2022 “T-Mobile Home Run Derby” as Part of Significant Week of MLB Coverage from Los Angeles

· ESPN2 to Offer Statcast-Driven Alternate Viewing Experience of T-Mobile Home Run Derby

· ESPN Radio to Nationally Broadcast Mid-Summer Classic for the 24th Time

· ESPN to Nationally Televise First Round of the 2022 MLB Draft on July 17

ESPN will be the exclusive home of the 2022 T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 18, at 8 p.m. ET as part of a significant week of MLB coverage around MLB All-Star 2022 from Los Angeles. Karl Ravech will be the voice of the Home Run Derby for the sixth time, calling the event with analyst Eduardo Perez and reporters Buster Olney and Marly Rivera.

ESPN2 will offer a Statcast powered by Google Cloud alternate viewing experience alongside the traditional derby telecast. Jason Benetti will provide analytics-driven commentary with Olympic Gold Medalist Jessica Mendoza and MLB Statcast analyst Mike Petriello. ESPN2 will also have its own Statcast edition of Baseball Tonight hosted by Benetti, Mendoza and Petriello starting at 7:30 p.m.

Ernesto Jerez will be the voice of the Home Run Derby in Spanish for ESPN Deportes, along with analyst Luis Alfredo Alvarez and reporters Carolina Guillen and Monica Puig, plus contributions from Mauricio Pedroza, Herculez Gomez and Katia Castorena.

For the 24th time, ESPN Radio will serve as the exclusive, national home of the 2022 MLB All-Star Game Presented by Mastercard on Tuesday, July 19, at 8 p.m. Jon “Boog” Sciambi and Doug Glanville will describe the game action over the airwaves with Olney and Tim Kurkjian reporting from the dugouts. In addition, ESPN Radio will broadcast the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, with Roxy Bernstein joining Glanville on the call as Sciambi reports from the field.

ESPN will televise approximately six hours of T-Mobile Home Run Derby coverage on Monday, July 18, beginning at 4 p.m. with a two-hour edition of Baseball Tonight, live from Los Angeles. Kevin Connors will host with contributions from Kurkjian, Mendoza, Chris Burke, Jeff Passan, Kyle Peterson and Xavier Scruggs. Baseball Tonight will also lead into the Home Run Derby at 7 p.m. on ESPN. BBTN Live, ESPN’s digital MLB pregame show, will stream live on ESPN’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the ESPN App at 7:30 p.m. with Phil Murphy and Joon Lee. All-Star coverage continues on Tuesday, July 19, at 5 p.m. as Ravech, Perez and Mendoza host an additional hour of Baseball Tonight ahead of the MLB All-Star Game.

Ravech, Perez and Kurkjian will host the T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Show on Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. on ESPN, unveiling the matchups for the event. The current field of participants includes back-to-back derby champion, the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso, plus the St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols and the World Series Champion Atlanta Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr.

MLB Draft on ESPN

ESPN will nationally televise the first round of the 2022 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Sunday, July 17, at 7 p.m. ET. Ravech will host the event in Los Angeles with lead analyst and MLB Draft expert Kiley McDaniel, plus Perez, Mendoza, Peterson, Burke and Passan contributing from site. Coverage will also air on ESPN international platforms. McDaniel’s third and final Mock Draft will run on ESPN.com on Friday, July 15.

ESPN.com’s dedicated MLB Draft page will feature a variety of MLB Draft storylines and analysis, including all of McDaniel’s Mock Drafts and rankings, an MLB Draft guide for all 30 teams and the casual fan’s guide to the MLB Draft.

Upcoming ESPN MLB Programming:

Date Time (ET) Event Commentators Platform(s)

Thursday, July 14 7 p.m. T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Show Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian ESPN

Sunday, July 17 2 p.m. Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals* — ESPN+ 7 p.m. MLB First-Year Player Draft Karl Ravech, Kiley McDaniel, Eduardo Perez, Jessica Mendoza, Kyle Peterson, Chris Burke, Jeff Passan ESPN, ESPN App

Monday, July 18 4 p.m. Baseball Tonight Kevin Connors, Tim Kurkjian, Jessica Mendoza, Chris Burke, Jeff Passan, Kyle Peterson, Xavier Scruggs ESPN 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight Kevin Connors, Tim Kurkjian, Jeff Passan, Xavier Scruggs ESPN 7:30 p.m. Baseball Tonight: Statcast Edition Jason Benetti, Jessica Mendoza, Mike Petriello ESPN2 8 p.m. T-Mobile Home Run Derby ESPN: Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Buster Olney, Marly Rivera ESPN2: Jason Benetti, Jessica Mendoza, Mike Petriello ESPN Radio: Roxy Bernstein, Doug Glanville, Jon “Boog” Sciambi ESPN Deportes: Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Alvarez, Carolina Guillen, Monica Puig, Mauricio Pedroza, Herculez Gomez ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN App (following the T-Mobile Home Run Derby ESPN Films’ “The Captain” debut episode — ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN+, ESPN App

Tuesday, July 19 8 p.m. MLB All-Star Game Presented by Mastercard Jon “Boog” Sciambi, Doug Glanville, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian ESPN Radio

Thursday, July 21 1 p.m. Texas Rangers vs. Miami Marlins* — ESPN+ 10 p.m. Exclusive national MLB second-half opener: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Buster Olney ESPN, ESPN App

Friday, July 22 7 p.m. New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles* — ESPN+

Saturday, July 23 1 p.m. Cleveland Guardians vs. Chicago White Sox* — ESPN+

Sunday, July 24 1:30 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox* — ESPN+ 7 p.m. Sunday Night Baseball Presented By Taco Bell: San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets ESPN: Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, David Cone, Buster Olney ESPN Radio: Jon “Boog” Sciambi, Doug Glanville ESPN Deportes: Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Alvarez ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN App

*Subject to local blackout restrictions

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