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NCAA Division I Baseball Regionals on ESPN

ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN3 will be providing coverage of this weekend’s regional action in the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.

Coverage begins Friday, June 1st.  Mike Rooney and Ben McDonald will provide analysis from the studio for the Regionals. Tennessee baseball coach Dave Serrano will serve as an ESPNU guest analyst during the Regionals on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June. 2. In addition to providing pre- and post-game analysis, they will contribute on ESPNU’s SportsCenterU programs June 1 to June 3 at 3 p.m. ET, 10 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

Adam Amin, Joe Davis, Justin Kutcher, Clay Matvick, Mark Neely and Ducis Rodgers are scheduled to provide play-by-play while Nick Belmonte, Chris Burke, Randy Flores, Danny Kanell, Jay Payton and Kyle Peterson will provide analysis.

Here is the NCAA Baseball Regional Schedule for ESPN:

Date Time (ET) Matchup / Site / Commentators Game Networks
Fri, June 1 Noon Coastal Carolina vs. Clemson (Columbia, S.C.)
Clay Matvick & Kyle Peterson
1 ESPNU /ESPN3
  Noon Samford vs. Mississippi State (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Adam Amin & Nick Belmonte
1 ESPN3
  1 p.m. College of Charleston vs. Georgia Tech (Gainesville, Fla.)
Mark Neely & Danny Kanell
1 ESPN3
  1:35 p.m. Mississippi vs. TCU (College Station, Texas)
Ducis Rodgers & Chris Burke
1 ESPN3
  4 p.m. Manhattan vs. South Carolina (Columbia, S.C.)
Clay Matvick & Kyle Peterson
2 ESPNU /ESPN3
  4 p.m. Michigan State vs. Pepperdine (Stanford, Calif.)
Joe Davis & Randy Flores
1 ESPN3
  6 p.m. UAB vs. Florida State (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Adam Amin & Nick Belmonte
2 ESPN3
  7 p.m. Louisville vs. New Mexico State (Tucson, Ariz.)
Justin Kutcher & Jay Payton
1 ESPNU /ESPN3
  7 p.m. Bethune-Cookman vs. Florida (Gainesville, Fla.)
Mark Neely & Danny Kanell
2 ESPN3
  7:35 p.m. Dayton vs. Texas A&M (College Station, Texas)
Ducis Rodgers & Chris Burke
2 ESPN3
  9 p.m. Fresno State vs. Stanford (Stanford, Calif.)
Joe Davis & Randy Flores
2 ESPN3
  11 p.m. Missouri vs. Arizona (Tucson, Ariz.)
Justin Kutcher & Jay Payton
2 ESPNU /ESPN3
Sat, June 2 Noon Game 2 Loser vs. Game 1 Loser (Columbia, S.C.)
Clay Matvick & Kyle Peterson
3 ESPNU /ESPN3
  Noon Game 2 Loser vs. Game 1 Loser (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Adam Amin & Nick Belmonte
3 ESPN3
  1 p.m. Game 2 Loser vs. Game 1 Loser (Gainesville, Fla.)
Mark Neely & Danny Kanell
3 ESPN3
  1:35 p.m. Game 2 Loser vs. Game 1 Loser (College Station, Texas)
Ducis Rodgers & Chris Burke
3 ESPN3
  4 p.m. Game 2 Winner vs. Game 1 Winner(Columbia, S.C.)
Clay Matvick & Kyle Peterson
4 ESPNU /ESPN3
  4 p.m. Game 2 loser vs. Game 1 Loser (Stanford, Calif.)
Joe Davis & Randy Flores
3 ESPN3
  7 p.m. Game 2 loser vs. Game 1 Loser (Tucson, Ariz.)
Justin Kutcher & Jay Payton
3 ESPNU /ESPN3
  7 p.m. Game 2 Winner vs. Game 1 Winner(Tallahassee, Fla.)
Adam Amin & Nick Belmonte
4 ESPN2 /ESPN3
  7 p.m. Game 2 Winner vs. Game 1 Winner(Gainesville, Fla.)
Mark Neely & Danny Kanell
4 ESPN3
  7:35 p.m. Game 2 Winner vs. Game 1 Winner (College Station, Texas)
Ducis Rodgers & Chris Burke
4 ESPN3
  9 p.m. Game 2 Winner vs. Game 1 Winner(Stanford, Calif.)
Joe Davis & Randy Flores
4 ESPN3
  11 p.m. Game 2 Winner vs. Game 1 Winner (Tucson, Ariz.)
Justin Kutcher & Jay Payton
4 ESPNU /ESPN3
Sun, June 3 Noon Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser (Columbia, S.C.)
Clay Matvick & Kyle Peterson
5 ESPNU /ESPN3
  Noon Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser (Gainesville, Fla.)
Mark Neely & Danny Kanell
5 ESPN2 /ESPN3
  Noon Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Adam Amin & Nick Belmonte
5 ESPN3
  1:35 p.m. Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser (College Station, Texas)
Ducis Rodgers & Chris Burke
5 ESPN3
  4 p.m. Game 5 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner (Columbia, S.C.)
Clay Matvick & Kyle Peterson
6 ESPNU /ESPN3
  4 p.m. Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser (Stanford, Calif.)
Joe Davis & Randy Flores
5 ESPN3
  6 p.m. Game 5 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner (Gainesville, Fla.)
Mark Neely & Danny Kanell
6 ESPN3
  6 p.m. Game 5 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Adam Amin & Nick Belmonte
6 ESPN3
  7 p.m. Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser (Tucson, Ariz.)
Justin Kutcher & Jay Payton
5 ESPN3
  7:35 p.m. Game 5 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner (College Station, Texas)
Ducis Rodgers & Chris Burke
6 ESPN3
  9 p.m. Game 5 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner (Stanford, Calif.)
Joe Davis & Randy Flores
6 ESPN3
  11 p.m. Game 5 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner (Tucson, Ariz.)
Justin Kutcher & Jay Payton
6 ESPN3
Mon, June 4 6 p.m. Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser(Tallahassee, Fla.)
Adam Amin & Nick Belmonte
7* ESPN3
  7 p.m. Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser (Columbia, S.C.)
Clay Matvick & Kyle Peterson
7* ESPNU /ESPN3
  7 p.m. Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser(Gainesville, Fla.)
Mark Neely & Danny Kanell
7* ESPN3
7:35 p.m. Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser (College Station, Texas)
Ducis Rodgers & Chris Burke
7* ESPNU /ESPN3
9 p.m. Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser (Stanford, Calif.)
Joe Davis & Randy Flores
7* ESPN3
11 p.m. Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser (Tucson, Ariz.)
Justin Kutcher & Jay Payton
7* ESPN3

ESPN Has Coverage of the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament

ESPN today took the wraps off its planned coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Tournament. For the eighth year in a row all 15 games will air live on either ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3. Four regional games will be shown on ESPN3 with additional coverage on ESPNU in tape delay.

On March 18th at 12:00p.m. ET ESPNU will air the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Selection Show hosted by John Buccigross with analyst Barry Melrose and  three-time Stanley Cup champion Aaron Ward.

During the telecasts of the action ESPN will be utilizing what it calls the Advanced Replay Tool, or ART. This Technology allows graphics to be instantaneously embedded within a replay, providing commentators greater visual resources to communicate analysis to viewers.  It has seen previous success in ESPN’s coverage of basketball, football and golf telecasts.

Here is the complete scheudle of ESPN’s coverage of the tournament. with announcer assignments:

Date Time (ET)

Game/Commentators

Network (s)
Sun, Mar 18 noon NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Selection Show
John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Aaron Ward
ESPNU
Fri, Mar 23 3 p.m. East Regional Semifinal 1 (Bridgeport, Conn.)John Buccigross and Barry Melrose ESPNU/ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. Midwest Regional Semifinal 1 (Green Bay, Wis.)Ben Holden and Sean Ritchlin ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. East Regional Semifinal 2 (Bridgeport, Conn.)John Buccigross and Barry Melrose ESPNU/ESPN3
  9 p.m. Midwest Regional Semifinal 2 (Green Bay, Wis.)Ben Holden and Sean Ritchlin ESPNU/ESPN3
  11:30 p.m. Midwest Regional Semifinal 1 (Green Bay, Wis.)Ben Holden and Sean Ritchlin ESPNU*
Sat, Mar 24 1:30 p.m. West Regional Semifinal 1 (Saint Paul, Mass.)Clay Matvick and Dave Starman ESPN3
  4 p.m. Northeast Regional Semifinal 1 (Worcester, Mass.)
Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe
ESPNU/ESPN3
  5 p.m. West Regional Semifinal 2  (Saint Paul, MN)
Clay Matvick and Dave Starman
ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. East Regional Final (Bridgeport, Conn.)
John Buccigross and Barry Melrose
ESPNU/ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Northeast Regional Semifinal 2 (Worcester, Mass.)Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe ESPN3
  9 p.m. Midwest Regional Final (Green Bay, Wis.)Ben Holden and Sean Ritchlin ESPNU/ESPN3
  11:30 p.m. Northeast Regional Semifinal 2 (Worcester, Mass.)Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe ESPNU**
Sun, Mar 25 12:30 p.m. West Regional Semifinal 1 (Saint Paul, Minn.)Clay Matvick and Dave Starman ESPNU**
  3 p.m. West Regional Semifinal 2 (Saint Paul, Minn)Clay Matvick and Dave Starman ESPNU**
  5:30 p.m. West Regional Final (Saint Paul, Minn.)Clay Matvick and Dave Starman ESPNU/ESPN3
  8 p.m. Northeast Regional Final (Worcester, Mass.)Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe ESPNU/ESPN3
Thu, Apr 5 4:30 p.m. Frozen Four Semifinal 1 (Tampa Bay, Fla.)Gary Thorne, Clay Matvick and Barry Melrose ESPNU/ESPN3
  8 p.m. Frozen Four Semifinal 2  (Tampa Bay, Fla.)Gary Thorne, Clay Matvick and Barry Melrose ESPN2/ESPN3
Sat, Apr 7 7 p.m. NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship (Tampa Bay, Fla.)Gary Thorne, Clay Matvick and Barry Melrose ESPN2/ESPN3

NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament Schedule on ESPN

ESPN will have exclusive coverage of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.  All 63 games of the tournament will be televised across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN FULL COURT – beginning Saturday, March 17 and concluding at the NCAA National Championship game Tuesday, April 3 in Denver.

ESPN will be cognizant of the regional significance of each game and will reduce the urge to switch from a game in the event of a blowout.  During the first two rounds ESPN2 does plan to network plans to “whip-around” or switch to the best action from different games for viewers in the majority of the nation (except in the home markets of the competing teams). Select games will be made available to a full national audience on ESPNU.

Trey Wingo will anchor the studio coverage of the tournament.  He’ll be joined by Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck.

espnW will be providing extensive coverage of the tournament online.

Here is the complete Women’s Basketball Championship schedule, with announcer assignments:

Date Time (ET) Matchup Networks
Sat, Mar 17 11 a.m. First RoundNo. 9 Princeton vs. No. 8 Kansas State (Bridgeport, Conn.)

Pam Ward & Rebecca Lobo

No. 15 Navy vs. No. 2 Maryland (College Park, Md.)

Bob Wischusen & LaChina Robinson

No. 9 Texas vs. No. 8 West Virginia^ (Norfolk, Va.)

Mark Jones & Mary Murphy

No. 12 Eastern Michigan vs. No. 5 South Carolina (West Lafayette, Ind.)

Brenda VanLengen & Stephen Bardo

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
  Approx. 30 minutes after end of 11 a.m. games First RoundNo. 16 Prairie View vs. No. 1 Connecticut

(Bridgeport, Conn.)

No. 10 Michigan State vs. No. 7 Louisville^

(College Park, Md.)

No. 16 Hampton vs. No. 1 Stanford (Norfolk, Va.)

No. 13 South Dakota State vs. No. 4 Purdue

(West Lafayette, Ind.)

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
  4 p.m. First RoundNo. 15 McNeese State vs. No. 2 Kentucky

(Ames, Iowa)

Clay Matvick & Krista Blunk

No. 15 UT-Martin vs. No. 2 Tennessee^ (Chicago, Ill.)

Jon Sciambi & Brooke Weisbrod

No. 11 Dayton vs. No. 6 Arkansas (College Station, Texas)

Carter Blackburn & Tamika Raymond

No. 11 Gonzaga vs. No. 6 Rutgers (Spokane, Wash.)

Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
  Approx. 30 minutes after end of4 p.m. games First RoundNo. 10 Iowa State vs. No. 7 Green Bay^ (Ames, Iowa)

No. 10 BYU vs. No. 7 DePaul (Chicago, Ill.)

No. 14 Albany vs. No. 3 Texas A&M (College Station, Texas)

No. 14 Idaho State vs. No. 3 Miami (Fla.)

(Spokane, Wash.)

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
Sun, Mar 18 Noon First RoundNo. 9 Florida vs. No. 8 Ohio State^ (Bowling Green, Ohio)

Cara Capuano & Abby Waner

No. 12 Fresno State vs. No. 5 Georgetown

(Chapel Hill, N.C.)

Beth Mowins & Stephanie White

No. 9 Iowa vs. No. 8 California (Notre Dame, Ind.)

Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke

No. 13 Marist vs. No. 4 Georgia (Tallahassee, Fla.)

Justin Kutcher & Nell Fortner

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
  Approx. 30 minutes after end ofNoon games First RoundNo. 16 UC-Santa Barbara vs. No. 1 Baylor^

(Bowling Green, Ohio)

No. 13 Sacred Heart vs. No. 4 Georgia Tech

(Chapel Hill, N.C.)

No. 16 Liberty vs. No. 1 Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Ind.)

No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast vs. No. 5 St. Bonaventure

(Tallahassee, Fla.)

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
  5 p.m. First RoundNo. 13 UTEP vs. No. 4 Penn State (Baton Rouge, La.)

Bob Picozzi & Rosalyn Gold-Onwude

No. 14 UALR vs. No. 3 Delaware^ (Little Rock, Ark.)

Holly Rowe & Fran Fraschilla

No. 10 Middle Tennessee State vs. No. 7 Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.)

Dave Pasch & Debbie Antonelli

No. 14 Creighton vs. No. 3 St. John’s (Norman, Okla.)

Marc Kestecher & Kayte Christensen

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
  Approx. 30 minutes after end of5 p.m. games First RoundNo. 12 San Diego State vs. No. 5 LSU (Baton Rouge, La.)

No. 11 Kansas vs. No. 6 Nebraska (Little Rock, Ark.)

No. 15 Samford vs. No. 2 Duke (Nashville, Tenn.)

No. 11 Michigan vs. No. 6 Oklahoma^

(Norman, Okla.)

ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
Mon, Mar 19 7 p.m. Second Round (Bridgeport, Conn., College Park, Md., Norfolk, Va., West Lafayette, Ind.) ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
  9:30 p.m. Second Round (Ames, Iowa, Chicago, Ill., College Station, Texas, Spokane, Wash) ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
Tue, Mar 20 7 p.m. Second Round (Bowling Green, Ohio, Chapel Hill, N.C., Notre Dame, Ind., Tallahassee, Fla.) ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
  9:30 p.m. Second Round (Baton Rouge, La., Little Rock, Ark., Nashville, Tenn., Norman, Okla. ESPN2 HD / ESPN3

^ – Full national telecast – not part of Regionalized/Home Market Protection

 

2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented by Capital One Regional & Final Four Schedule (Subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Games Networks
Sat, Mar 24 Noon (Des Moines, Iowa)Beth Mowins, Stephanie White & Samantha Steele ESPN HD / ESPN3
  2 p.m. (Des Moines, Iowa)  ESPN HD / ESPN3
  9 p.m. (Fresno, Calif.)Dave Pasch, Debbie Antonelli & Heather Cox ESPN HD / ESPN3
  11:30 p.m. (Fresno, Calif.) ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
Sun, Mar 25 Noon (Raleigh, N.C.)Pam Ward, Rebecca Lobo & Allison Williams ESPN HD / ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. (Raleigh, N.C.) ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. (Kingston, R.I.)Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Holly Rowe ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
  7 p.m. (Kingston, R.I.) ESPN2 HD / ESPN3
Mon, Mar 26 7 p.m. (Des Moines, Iowa)  ESPN HD / ESPN3
  9 p.m. (Fresno, Calif.) ESPN HD / ESPN3
Tue, Mar 27 7 p.m. (Raleigh, N.C.) ESPN HD / ESPN3
  9 p.m. (Kingston, R.I.) ESPN HD / ESPN3
Sun, Apr 1 6:30 p.m. National Semifinal (Denver, Colo.)Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe ESPN HD /ESPN3
  9 p.m. National Semifinal (Denver, Colo.) ESPN HD / ESPN3
Tue, Apr 3 8:30 p.m. National Final (Denver, Colo.)Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe ESPN HD / ESPN3

ESPN Unveils Major League Lacrosse Schedule

ESPN has unveiled its schedule of games for the 2012 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) season.

Six games will air on ESPN2 while 42 regular-season games will be delivered live on ESPN3.  ESPN will also provide coverage of the MLL All-Star Game and the MLL Championship.

Play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati and analyst Quint Kessenich will once again serve as the commentator team for the MLL telecasts on ESPN2. 

Here is the complete MLL Schedule on ESPN:

Date Time (ET) Game Network(s)
Sat, April 28 7 p.m. Rochester at Boston ESPN3
  7 p.m. Denver at Charlotte ESPN3
  7 p.m. Chesapeake at Long Island ESPN3
Sat, May 5 7 p.m. Charlotte at Boston ESPN3
  7 p.m. Ohio at Chesapeake ESPN3
  9 p.m. Hamilton at Denver ESPN3
Sat, May 12 7 p.m. Hamilton at Boston ESPN3
  7 p.m. Ohio at Charlotte ESPN3
  7 p.m. Rochester at Chesapeake ESPN3
  9 p.m. Long Island at Denver ESPN3
Fri, May 18 11 a.m. Chesapeake at Hamilton ESPN3
Sat, May 19 7 p.m. Long Island at Charlotte ESPN3
  8 p.m. Rochester at Ohio ESPN3
  9 p.m. Boston at Denver ESPN3
Fri, June 1 7 p.m. Ohio at Long Island ESPN3
Sat, June 2 9 p.m. Chesapeake at Denver ESPN3
Sat, June 9 7 p.m. Charlotte at Chesapeake ESPN3
  7 p.m. Denver at Ohio ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Rochester at Hamilton ESPN3
Sat, June 16 7 p.m. Boston at Charlotte ESPN3
  7 p.m. Long Island at Ohio ESPN3
  7 p.m. Hamilton at Chesapeake ESPN3
Sat, June 23 7 p.m. Boston at Chesapeake ESPN3
  7 p.m. Charlotte at Ohio ESPN3
  7 p.m. Denver at Long Island ESPN3
Sat, June 30 7:30 p.m. MLL All-Star Game
(FAU Stadium, Palm Beach County, Fla.)
ESPN2 / ESPN3 /WatchESPN
Fri, July 6 7 p.m. Chesapeake at Charlotte ESPN3
Sat, July 7 7:30 p.m. Rochester at Long Island ESPN2 / ESPN3 /WatchESPN
  7:30 p.m. Boston at Hamilton ESPN3
Fri, July 13 7:30 p.m. Ohio at Hamilton ESPN3
Sat, July 14 7 p.m. Hamilton at Ohio ESPN3
  7 p.m. Boston at Long Island ESPN3
  7 p.m. Charlotte at Denver ESPN2 / ESPN3 /WatchESPN
  7 p.m. Chesapeake at Rochester ESPN3
Fri, July 20 7 p.m. Charlotte at Rochester ESPN3
Sat, July 21 8 p.m. Chesapeake at Ohio ESPN3
Sat, July 28 2 p.m. Chesapeake at Boston ESPN2 / ESPN3 /WatchESPN
  7 p.m. Ohio at Rochester ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Denver at Hamilton ESPN3
Sat, Aug 4 7 p.m. Denver at Rochester ESPN3
  7 p.m. Ohio at Boston ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Charlotte at Hamilton ESPN3
Sat, Aug 11 7 p.m. Rochester at Charlotte ESPN3
  7 p.m. Denver at Chesapeake ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Long Island at Hamilton ESPN3
Sat, Aug 25 1 p.m. MLL Semifinal Game 1
(Harvard Stadium, Boston, Mass.)
ESPN2 / ESPN3 /WatchESPN
Sun, Aug 26 3 p.m. MLL Championship Game
(Harvard Stadium, Boston, Mass.)
ESPN2 / ESPN3 /WatchESPN

Changes Coming to ESPN2 Afternoon Line-Up

With the departure later this month of Jim Rome to CBS Sports, ESPN is changing around its afternoon line-up of shows on ESPN2.

Beginning January 30th, ESPN Audio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning, will expand to one hour beginning at 2:00p.m. ET.  NASCAR Now will move into the 3:00p.m. ET slot beginning February 13th.  Existing ESPN2 weekday shows will see their times shift with Best of First Take (rebranded from 1st and 10) airing at 3:30 p.m.; Numbers Never Lie (4 p.m.) and Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable (4:30 p.m.). SportsNation remains in its 5 p.m. slot.

Here is the revamped line-up in table form:

New ESPN2 Lineup, begins Jan. 30, 2012 (Times ET)

2-3 p.m.                     Best of Mike and Mike (expands by 30 minutes)
3-3:30 p.m.                Nascar Now (returns Monday, Feb. 13)
3:30-4 p.m.                 Best of First Take
4-4:30 p.m.                Numbers Never Lie
4:30-5 p.m.                Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable

ESPN Set for WNBA Finals

ESPN has announced the schedule for the WNBA Finals, featuring the Atlanta Dream and Minnesota Lynx, which begins on Sunday, October 2nd.

Pam Ward will serve as play-by-play voice for game one of the best-of-five series, joined by analysts Rebecca Lobo and reporter Heather Cox.  Terry Gannon will take over on play-by-play beginning with game two.

Cindy Brunson will serve as host of ESPN’s WNBA Finals studio program, joined by analyst Carolyn Peck.

Complete coverage will also be available on ESPN.com and espnW.

Here is the full WNBA Finals schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sun, Oct 2 8:30 p.m. WNBA Finals – Game 1:

No. 3 seed Atlanta at No. 1 seed Minnesota
Pam Ward, Rebecca Lobo & Heather Cox
ESPN/ESPN3
Wed, Oct 5 8 p.m. WNBA Finals – Game 2:

No. 3 seed Atlanta at No. 1 seed Minnesota
Terry Gannon, Rebecca Lobo & Heather Cox
ESPN2/ESPN3
Fri, Oct 7 8 p.m. WNBA Finals – Game 3:

No. 1 seed Minnesota at No. 3 seed Atlanta
Terry Gannon, Rebecca Lobo & Heather Cox
ESPN2/ESPN3
Sun, Oct 9 4 p.m. *WNBA Finals – Game 4:

No. 1 seed Minnesota at No. 3 seed Atlanta
Terry Gannon, Rebecca Lobo & Heather Cox
ESPN2/ESPN3
Wed, Oct 12 8 p.m. *WNBA Finals – Game 5:

No. 3 seed Atlanta at No. 1 seed Minnesota
Terry Gannon, Rebecca Lobo & Heather Cox
ESPN2/ESPN3

ESPN2 & ESPN3.com Set for WNBA Playoffs

ESPN2 and ESPN3.com will be providing comprehensive coverage of the WNBA Playoffs.

The Eastern and Western Conference semifinals begin this Thursday, September 15th.

Here is the entire WNBA Playoff Schedule:

2011 WNBA Playoff Schedule (Subject to change)
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Sep 15 8 p.m. Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 1:

No. 4 seed New York at No. 1 seed Indiana
Marc Kestecher, Carolyn Peck & Holly Rowe
ESPN2/ESPN3
  10 p.m. Western Conference Semifinals – Game 1:

No. 3 seed Phoenix at No. 2 seed Seattle
Pam Ward, Rebecca Lobo & Heather Cox
ESPN2/ESPN3
Sun, Sep 18 3 p.m. Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 2:

No. 2 seed Connecticut at No. 3 seed Atlanta
Beth Mowins, Carolyn Peck & Holly Rowe
ESPN2/ESPN3
  5 p.m. Western Conference Semifinals – Game 2:

No. 1 seed Minnesota at No. 4 seed San Antonio
Pam Ward, Rebecca Lobo & Heather Cox
ESPN2/ESPN3
Mon, Sep 19 8 p.m. *Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 3:

No. 4 seed New York at No. 1 seed Indiana
ESPN2/ESPN3
  10 p.m. *Western Conference Semifinals – Game 3:

No. 3 seed Phoenix at No. 2 seed Seattle
ESPN2/ESPN3
Tue, Sep 20 TBD * Conference Semifinals – Game 3 ESPN2/ESPN3
Thu, Sep 22 7 p.m. Conference Finals – Game 1 ESPN2/ESPN3
  9 p.m. Conference Finals – Game 1 ESPN2/ESPN3
Sun, Sep 25 3 p.m. Conference Finals – Game 2 ESPN2/ESPN3
  5 p.m. Conference Finals – Game 2 ESPN2/ESPN3
Tue, Sep 27 8 p.m. *Conference Finals – Game 3 ESPN2/ESPN3
Sun, Oct 2 4:30 p.m. WNBA Finals – Game 1 ESPN2/ESPN3
Wed, Oct 5 8 p.m. WNBA Finals – Game 2 ESPN2/ESPN3
Fri, Oct 7 8 p.m. WNBA Finals – Game 3 ESPN2/ESPN3
Sun, Oct 9 4 p.m. *WNBA Finals – Game 4 ESPN2/ESPN3
Wed, Oct 12 8 p.m. *WNBA Finals – Game 5 ESPN2/ESPN3

ESPN Announces Women’s Basketball Big Monday Slate

Not to be outdone by its male counterparts, women’s college basketball will once again have a slate of Big Monday games this season on ESPN2.

For the sixth consecutive season the slate of games will feature some of the best women’s programs in the country.

Here is the schedule, which gets underway January 16th:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Jan 16 7 p.m. North Carolina at Connecticut ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Jan 23 7 p.m. Tennessee at Notre Dame ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Jan 30 7 p.m. Connecticut at Duke ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Feb 6 7 p.m. North Carolina at Duke ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
9 p.m. Oklahoma at Baylor ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Feb 13 7 p.m. Play 4 Kay: Kentucky at Tennessee ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
9 p.m. Play 4 Kay: Connecticut at Oklahoma ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Feb 20 2 p.m. Notre Dame at Louisville ESPN / ESPN3.com
7 p.m. Ohio State at Penn State ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
9 p.m. Vanderbilt at Kentucky ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
Feb 27 7 p.m. Baylor at Texas A&M ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
9 p.m. Notre Dame at Connecticut ESPN2 / ESPN3.com

25 Hours of Action Kicks-Off College Basketball Season on ESPN

ESPN will once again be providing a marathon of games to kick-off the college basketball season.  It’s the fourth year in a row ESPN has provided non-stop coverage across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com.

Here is the schedule, set to begin November 15th:

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Tue, Nov 15 Midnight Washington State at No. 25 Gonzaga ESPN / ESPN3.com
  2 a.m. Northern Iowa at Saint Mary’s ESPN / ESPN3.com
  4 a.m. South Alabama at Hawaii ESPN / ESPN3.com
  6 a.m. Drexel at Rider ESPN / ESPN3.com
  8 a.m. Morehead State at College of Charleston ESPN / ESPN3.com
  10 a.m. Kent State at West Virginia ESPN / ESPN3.com
  Noon EA Sports Maui Invitational (from Memphis): Belmont at No. 8 Memphis ESPN / ESPN3.com
  2 p.m. San Diego State at No. 16 Baylor ESPN / ESPN3.com
  4 p.m. TicketCity Legends Classic (from Austin): Rhode Island at Texas ESPN / ESPN3.com
    Louisville at Texas A&M (women’s) ESPNU
  6 p.m. College GameDay Driven by State Farm ESPN / ESPN3.com
    State Farm Women’s Tip-Off Classic (from Knoxville, Tenn.): Miami at Tennessee ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
    DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off (from Blacksburg, Va.): TBD at Virginia Tech ESPNU
  7 p.m. State Farm Champions Classic (from New York): No. 5 Duke vs. Michigan State ESPN / ESPN3.com
  8 p.m. No. 12 Florida at No. 3 Ohio State ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
  9 p.m. State Farm Champions Classic (from New York): No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 18 Kansas ESPN / ESPN3.com
  10 p.m. CBE Classic (from Berkeley): Austin Peay at California ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
  11 p.m. DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off (from Palo Alto, Calif.): TBD at Stanford ESPNU
  TBD DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off (from Syracuse): TBD at No. 4 Syracuse ESPN3.com
  TBD DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off (from Stillwater): Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Oklahoma State

ESPN Solidifies High School Football Schedule

ESPN has finalized a slate of 16 high school football match-ups as part of its GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase.

Games will be televised either on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.  Coverage starts September 2nd.

Here is the schedule:

2011 GEICO ESPN High School Football Showcase Television Schedule:
Date Time (ET) Game Venue Network
Fri, Sept. 2 8:00 p.m. Evangel Christian (La.) at Union (Okla.) Union Tuttle Stadium, (Okla.) ESPNU
Sun, Sept. 4 2:00 p.m. Archbishop Wood (Pa.) at Pittsburgh Central Catholic (Pa.) Antimarino Stadium,    (Pa.) ESPN2
Mon, Sept. 5 4:00 p.m. Dwyer (Fla.) at Glades Central (Fla.) Dr. Effie Grear Stadium (Fla.) ESPN
Fri, Sept. 9 8:30 p.m. Yulee (Fla.) at Buford (Ga.) Tom Riden Stadium (Ga.) ESPNU
Thurs, Sept. 15 7:30 p.m. Cherokee Trail (Colo.) at Mullen (Colo.) De La Salle Stadium (Colo.) ESPNU
Fri, Sept. 16 8:00 p.m. Hueytown (Ala.) at McAdory (Ala.) McAdory Stadium (Ala.) ESPNU
Fri, Sept. 23 8:00 p.m. De La Salle (Calif.) at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) Brian Piccolo Memorial Stadium (Fla.) ESPN2
Fri, Sept. 23 10:00 p.m. Lake Oswego (Ore.) at Jesuit (Ore.) Cronin Stadium (Ore.) ESPNU
Fri, Sept. 30 8:00 p.m. Chaparral (Ariz.) at Notre Dame (Ariz.) Scottsdale Community College (Ariz.) ESPN2
Fri, Sept. 30 10:00 p.m. Servite (Calif.) at Bishop Gorman (Nev.) Fertitta Field (Nev.) ESPNU
Thurs, Oct. 6 8:00 p.m. Allen (Tex.) at Plano East (Tex.) Tom Kimbrough Stadium (Tex.) ESPN2
Fri, Oct. 7 8:00 p.m. TBD TBD ESPNU
Fri, Oct. 14 6:00 p.m. Hopewell (Pa.) at Central Valley (Pa.) Sarge Alberts Stadium (Pa.) ESPNU
Fri, Oct. 21 8:00 p.m. Bradley Central (Tenn.) at Cleveland (Tenn.) Benny Monroe Stadium (Tenn.) ESPNU
Thurs, Oct. 27 8:00 p.m. Aledo (Tex.) at Birdville (Tex.) Birdville ISD Complex (Tex.) ESPNU
Fri, Oct. 28 8:00 p.m. Bethany (Okla.) at Heritage Hall (Okla.) Heritage Hall High School (Okla.) ESPNU