Thursday, June 6, 2013

ESPN Outlines US Open coverage

ESPN's coverage of the US Open begins next Tuesday, June 11, and goes through June 17. ESPN acts as the exclusive radio carrier of the US Open and will air coverage on June 13 & 14 from 9 AM- 3 PM and 5 PM- 7 PM. Below is the press release outlining the coverage plans. 

ESPN at the 113th U.S. Open

ESPN will surround the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club near Philadelphia with extensive multiplatform offerings June 11-17. In addition to live action, coverage will include analysis, news and information on television, radio, online and mobile devices.
Eight hours of live play in each of the first two rounds of U.S. golf’s national championship will air each day from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, June 13-14, on ESPN, ESPN3 and WatchESPN. An edited encore presentation from each of the first two rounds will air in prime time on ESPN and WatchESPN at 8 p.m. both nights and edited highlights from Saturday and Sunday’s third and final round action will air on ESPN2 and WatchESPN in the overnight hours after each round.
Merion Golf Club
ESPN Radio will have exclusive live coverage of all four days of tournament play as well as special programming and reports that can be heard on both terrestrial and satellite radio, online at and on mobile devices with the ESPN Radio app.

ESPN’s flagship news and information program, SportsCenter, will originate from the tournament site with special SportsCenter presented by IBM at the U.S. Open programs each day beginning Tuesday, June 11, and will air extensive reports from Merion on the hour throughout each day.
ESPN’s live telecasts on Thursday and Friday and the weekend highlights programs will be hosted by Chris Berman, who is in his 27th year at the U.S. Open for ESPN. Berman will be joined by NBC’s Roger Maltbie in the 18th hole booth to call the play for part of each day.Mike Tirico and analyst Paul Azinger, the 1993 PGA Champion, will share time in the host role and on the 18th hole each day.
ESPN’s U.S. Open team for the Thursday and Friday telecasts also includes two-time U.S. Open champions 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 PeltTerry Gannon and Sean McDonough, while Bill Kratzert also will report from the course. Reporter Tom Rinaldi will conduct player interviews.  
ESPN’s telecasts will use Flight Tracker, a live feature that tracks drives from behind and in front of the shot with a virtual line on the screen, allowing viewers to see the flight path of the ball from the time it leaves the tee.
Among features that will be presented during ESPN’s coverage of the U.S. Open are looks at some of the great moments that have occurred at the historic Merion course, including those involving legendary golfers Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones and Lee Trevino.
ESPN, which began televising the first and second rounds of the U.S. Open in 1982, is airing the championship for the 32nd consecutive year. The event has been in the ESPN/ABC family of networks since 1966.

SportsCenter presented by IBM at the U.S. Open
One-hour SportsCenter presented by IBM at the U.S. Open programs air Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11-12, at 2 p.m. on ESPN and Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, June 14-17, at midnight on ESPN2. There also are programs on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., both airing on ESPN. All U.S. Open SportsCenter programs also will stream live on WatchESPN.
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 national columnist Gene Wojciechowski also will contribute to the SportsCenter reports.
Regular editions of SportsCenter will have reports from the U.S. Open hosted by Mike Tiricoon the hour beginning Tuesday of the championship week.

ESPN Radio’s Four-Round U.S. Open Coverage
ESPN Radio is broadcasting live coverage of the U.S. Open Championship, presented in part by American Express and Brut, for the fourth consecutive year. Programming tees off Thursday, June 13, with a one-hour preview special at 1 a.m. ET leading to the network’s 24 live hours of tournament play Thursday-Sunday from Merion Golf Club.
Commentators contributing to ESPN Radio’s live coverage from Merion include: Doug Bell,Bill Kratzert, Dennis Paulson, Bill RosinskiCurtis Strange and Bob Wischusen. Kevin Winter will host U.S. Open studio programming featuring a preview and recap shows from all four rounds.
ESPN Radio’s U.S. Open coverage will be simulcast on Slacker Radio and Tune-in Radio, as well as on and via the ESPN Radio app on smartphones and tablets. It will also be available on Sirius XM Radio: Rounds 1 and 2 on PGA TOUR Radio (Channel 93), and Rounds 3 and 4 on ESPN Radio (Channel 84).
ESPN Radio’s Four-Round U.S. Open Coverage (All Times Eastern)
Thursday, June 1310 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, June 1410 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 152-8 p.m.
Sunday, June 162-8 p.m.
ESPN Radio’s Preview & Review Shows
Thursday, June 132013 U.S. Open Preview Special1 a.m. & 4 a.m.
Friday, June 14First Round Recap Special4 a.m.
Saturday, June 15Second Round Recap Special1 a.m. & 4 a.m.
Sunday, June 16Third Round Recap Special1 a.m. & 4 a.m.
Monday, June 172013 U.S. Open Recap Special4 a.m.

The U.S. Open on ESPN Digital Platforms
All U.S. Open programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliate provider including Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision, Cox, Charter Communications and AT&T U-verse.
WatchESPN will carry ESPN’s telecast of the first and second rounds on Thursday and Friday, June 13-14, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET (Part I) and 5-7 p.m. (Part II). In addition, ESPN3 will have three exclusive feeds, including a morning and afternoon featured group, play from the 11th and 18th holes, both starting at 9 a.m., and a Spanish-language feed beginning at 1 p.m.
Trey Wingo will host the 11th and 18th hole coverage, with analysis from veteran PGA TOUR player David Duval. ESPN golf announcers Curtis Strange and Bill Kratzert also will join the coverage at various times. Jim Kelly will host the featured group coverage with former major winner Tom Weiskopf as analyst and on-course reporter Mark Donaldson.
  • News, reactions and columns from senior golf writers Farrell Evans and Bob Harig, columnists Gene Wojciechowski and Rick Reilly and writer Ian O’Connor.
  • “Digital Drive,” an exclusive program, will be produced each night Wednesday-Sunday of U.S. Open week, hosted by Scott Van Pelt and Andy North.
  • “Quiet Please,” the exclusive weekly video show, on Tuesday from Merion
  • Live chat, featuring “Scribble Live” application, moderated by senior golf analystMichael Collins and ESPN The Magazine’s Sarah Turcotte.
  • Collins will hand out nightly grades for the top 5 players in the world plus other notable names.
  • “Championship Central” on the index page focusing on the majors and the Presidents Cup.
  • The “Road to the U.S. Open” series has offered extensive coverage of the U.S. Open sectionals
  • How top players who have never competed at Merion will handle the challenge
  • Different club strategies that will be in play at Merion
  • How will Merion handle a modern-day U.S. Open? Do other classic courses also get a shot?
  • ESPN GolfCast with an easy to use interface with scoring, video and social media elements.
  • Interactive elements including Best Ball Challenge and U.S. Open conversation pages.
  • “Red Light/Green Light” each tournament day, examining pin placements on selected holes.
ESPN Mobile
News, highlights and a U.S. Open leaderboard will appear on the ESPN mobile Web and ScoreCenter app.  There will also be U.S. Open Insider content, news and columns and scoring alerts for top players.

Additional coverage of the U.S. Open on ESPN platforms:
ESPN International
Internationally, the U.S. Open on ESPN platforms will reach some 122 countries and more than 57 million international households, with coverage in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French language. Latin America will also feature live coverage and exclusive feeds (Holes 11 & 18 and a featured group) via ESPN Play (broadband). In Canada, TSN and RDS (in French) will carry all four rounds of the tournament live along with streaming coverage. 
ESPN The Magazine
The “Taboo” issue of ESPN The Magazine, on newsstands now, contains a preview of the U.S. Open with ESPN analyst and two-time champion Curtis Strange. ESPN The Magazineused a variety of metrics to zero-in on five contenders and five great pretenders for this year’s event. The preview also looks at Merion specifically—and discusses why, despite its short length, it’ll still pack a punch against the pros.
SportsCenter on ESPNEWS will offer all the latest U.S. Open news beginning Tuesday, June 11, with reports on the hour from Merion.
ESPN Classic
ESPN Classic will feature 34 hours of classic U.S. Open golf films leading into live coverage of the first round of the U.S. Open on ESPN. The U.S. Open Golf Tribute begins at midnight on Wednesday, June 12, and runs through Thursday, June 13, at 9 a.m.
ESPN on Demand
Available in more than 43 million households, ESPN on Demand will offer viewers the opportunity to watch some classic U.S. Open tournaments from the past, including Tiger Woods’ victories in 2000, 2002 and 2008, past U.S. Open Championships from Merion, including Lee Trevino’s win in 1971 and David Graham in 1981, the last time the Open was held at the course. Webb Simpson’s win at Olympic last year and Lee Janzen’s 1998 win from the same course also will be revisited.
Interactive Television
The four-screen U.S. Open Mix will air on DirecTV (channels 701-705) for all four days of the championship. Channel 1 will carry the live ESPN or NBC television coverage, while Channels 2 and 3 will cover Featured Groups 1 and 2, respectively (players in both groups to be determined). Channel 4 will cover the 11th and 18th holes.
113th U.S. Open Championship – Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, PA
(all times Eastern)

Tue., June 11SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open2 p.m.ESPN, WatchESPN
Wed., June 12SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open2 p.m.ESPN2, WatchESPN
Thu., June 13First Round (Part 1)9 a.m.ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN 
Thu., June 13First Round (Part 2)5 p.m.ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Thu., June 13Best of the U.S. Open pres. By Titleist8 p.m.ESPN, WatchESPN
Fri., June 14SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. OpenMidnightESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., June 14Best of the U.S. Open pres. by Titleist1 a.m.ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., June 14Second Round (Part 1)9 a.m.ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Fri., June 14Second Round (Part 2)5 p.m.ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Fri., June 14Best of the U.S. Open pres. By Titleist8 p.m.ESPN, WatchESPN
Sat., June 15SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. OpenMidnightESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat., June 15Best of the U.S. Open pres. by Titleist2 a.m.ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat., June 15SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open11 a.m.ESPN, WatchESPN
Sun., June 16SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. OpenMidnightESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun., June 16Best of the U.S. Open2 a.m.ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun., June 16SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open11 a.m.ESPN, WatchESPN
Mon., June 17SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. OpenMidnightESPN2, WatchESPN
Mon., June 17Best of the U.S. Open 1 a.m.ESPN2, WatchESPN

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