U.S. Open Golf

ESPN’s Coverage of the U.S. Open

ESPN is preparing for its coverage of next week’s U.S. Open.

ESPN will televise the first two rounds of the tournament from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, June 13-14.

Chris Berman will host the television coverage.  Mike Tirico and Paul Azinger will handle the call from the 18th green.  The rest of the team includes Curtis Strange (hole announcer) and Andy North (on-course reporter), World Golf Hall of Famer Judy Rankin and two-time major winner Dottie Pepper  (on-course reporters). Other hole announcers will be Scott Van Pelt, Terry Gannon and Sean McDonough, while Bill Kratzert also will report from the course. Reporter Tom Rinaldi will conduct player interviews.

SportsCenter will also be on hand at Merion throughout the tournament.  Scott Van Pelt and John Anderson will host the programs with analyst Andy North and reporter Tom Rinaldi.  Analysts Paul Azinger and David Duval and ESPN.com national columnist Gene Wojciechowski also will contribute to the SportsCenterreports.  Regular editions of SportsCenter will have reports from the U.S. Open hosted by Mike Tirico on the hour beginning Tuesdayof the championship week.

ESPN Radio will also have coverage of the tournament based on the following schedule:

ESPN Radio’s Four-Round U.S. Open Coverage (All Times Eastern)

Thursday, June 13 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, June 14 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 15 2-8 p.m.
Sunday, June 16 2-8 p.m.

ESPN Radio’s Preview & Review Shows

Thursday, June 13 2013 U.S. Open Preview Special 1 a.m. & 4 a.m.
Friday, June 14 First Round Recap Special 4 a.m.
Saturday, June 15 Second Round Recap Special 1 a.m. & 4 a.m.
Sunday, June 16 Third Round Recap Special 1 a.m. & 4 a.m.
Monday, June 17 2013 U.S. Open Recap Special 4 a.m.

Commentators contributing to ESPN Radio’s live coverage from Merion include: Doug Bell, Bill Kratzert, Dennis Paulson,Bill Rosinski, Curtis Strange and Bob Wischusen. Kevin Winter will host U.S. Open studio programming featuring a preview and recap shows from all four rounds.

U.S. Open action will also be available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.

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ESPN’s Coverage of the US Open

ESPN will once again provide comprehensive coverage of the 2012 U.S. Open Golf Championship.

ESPN will have live coverage of the first two rounds, next Thursday and Friday, from noon to 3:00p.m. and again from 5:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. ET.  An edited encore presentation from each of the first two rounds will air on ESPN2 and WatchESPN in the overnight hours from 1:00a.m. -4:oo a.m ET. and both also will air edited highlights from Saturday and Sunday’s third and final round action. If a playoff is necessary, ESPN will air the first two hours on Monday, June 18, at noon.

ESPN Radio will have exclusive coverage of the tournament and SporsCenter will originate from the Olympic Club beginning next Tuesday.

Chris Berman will host the live telecasts on Thursday and Friday as well as the weekend highlight programs, while Mike Tirico will call the early-day action on Thursday and Friday with Paul Azinger as analyst.

Hole announcers and on course reporters include Curtis Strange, Andy North,  Judy Rankin, Scott Van Pelt, Terry Gannon, Sean McDonough and Bill Kratzert. Reporter Tom Rinaldi will conduct player interviews and ESPN the Magazine columnist Rick Reilly will contribute essays.

Here is the entire ESPN schedule for the Open:

Day/Date Program Start Network
Tue., June 12 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open 2 p.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed., June 13 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open 2 p.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed., June 13 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open 11 p.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Thu., June 14 First Round (Part 1) Noon ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Thu., June 14 First Round (Part 2) 5 p.m. ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Fri., June 15 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open Midnight ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., June 15 Best of the U.S. Open pres. by Titleist 1 a.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., June 15 Second Round (Part 1) Noon ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Fri., June 15 Second Round (Part 2) 5 p.m. ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Sat., June 16 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open Midnight ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat., June 16 Best of the U.S. Open pres. by Titleist 1 p.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat., June 16 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open 1:30 p.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Sun., June 17 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open Midnight ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun., June 17 Best of the U.S. Open 2 a.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun., June 17 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open 1:30 p.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Mon., June 18 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open Midnight ESPN2, WatchESPN
Mon., June 18 Best of the U.S. Open 1 a.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Mon., June 18 Playoff (if necessary) Noon ESPN, WatchESPN

NBC Sports Group Coverage of the U.S. Open

The NBC Sports Group plans to devote over 60 hours of  coverage of the 2012 U.S. Open Golf Championship.

NBC will have live coverage during all four days of the tournament:

Thursday, June 14 (Round 1) 3-5 p.m.
Friday, June 15 (Round 2) 3-5 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 (Round 3) 4-10 p.m.
Sunday, June 17  (Final Round) 4-10:30 p.m.

Bob Costas will serve as network host for NBC’s weekend U.S. Open coverage. Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller will anchor NBC’s four-day coverage, and will be joined by tower reporters Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen; on-course reporters Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Dottie Pepper; and interviewer/essayist Jimmy Roberts.

Complementing NBC’s live coverage, Golf Channel will provide more than 40 hours of wrap-around programming, featuring news, talk and instruction, headlined by its franchise show, Live From the U.S. Open.  NBCSports.com and GolfChannel.com are teaming up to provide the most comprehensive digital coverage of the championship in their respective histories.

West coast viewers will also be able to access special programming from Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

Here is the entire NBC Sports Group schedule for the U.S. Open:

Monday, June 11

Morning Drive Golf Channel 7-9 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 3-5 p.m. (news conferences)
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 6-7 p.m.
The Golf Fix Golf Channel 7-8 p.m.
Chronicle Live CSN Bay Area 8-9 p.m.

Tuesday, June 12

Morning Drive Golf Channel 7-9 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 4-7 p.m. (news conferences)
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 7-9 p.m.
Chronicle Live CSN Bay Area 8-9 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13

Morning Drive Golf Channel 7-9 a.m.
Grey Goose 19th Hole Golf Channel 6-7 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 7-9 p.m.

Thursday, and Friday, June 14-15

Morning Drive Golf Channel 7-9 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 9 a.m.-Noon
U.S. Open NBC 3-5 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 10 p.m.-Midnight

Saturday, June 16

Morning Drive Golf Channel 10 a.m.-Noon
Live From the U.S Open Golf Channel Noon-2:30 p.m.
Morning Drive Golf Channel 2:30-3 p.m.
1962 U.S. Open: Jack’s First Major NBC 2-3 p.m.
Live From the U.S Open NBC 3-4 p.m.
U.S. Open NBC 4-10 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 10 p.m.-Midnight

Sunday, June 17

Morning Drive Golf Channel 10 a.m.-Noon
Live From the U.S Open Golf Channel Noon-2:30 p.m.
Morning Drive Golf Channel 2:30-3 p.m.
Live From the U.S Open NBC 3-4 p.m.
U.S. Open NBC 4-10:30 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #37- Dan Hoard, Pawtucket Red Sox

Sports Media Weekly We are back for another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

On this 37th episode Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I talk about the media reaction to the World Cup just underway in South Africa.  Specifically we attack those in the media who criticize the sport of soccer for its lack of scoring and think we ALL should join in the revolt.

Also on the agenda, the saving of the Big 12 Conference thanks to an agreement reached between the conference and ESPN,  how ESPN and NBC may fair telecasting this week’s U.S. Open in prime time, and we react to the news from a few weeks ago on the sale of The Big Lead to Fantasy Sports Ventures.

Our guest this week is Dan Hoard, play-by-play voice for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.  Dan talks about his career, which also currently includes serving as voice of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats football and men’s basketball as well as his new upcoming job as television voice of pre-season games for the Cincinnati Bengals.

In our discussion we ask Dan about his work in minor league baseball, his two successful blogs, and one post in particular that became popular involving the story of a PawSox player leaving tickets for ESPN’s Erin Andrews.