Thursday, July 18, 2013

ESPN Radio announces play-by-play & Week 1-5 broadcast schedule for ESPN NFL Sunday.

The ever popular Sean McDonough has been called on to be one of ESPN Radio's play-by-play men for the 2013 ESPN NFL Sunday broadcast schedule. Joining him as additional play-by-play men will be Bill Rosinski (College Football on ESPN Radio), Marc Kestecher (SportsCenter, college basketball, & NBA on ESPN Radio), and Ryan Rucco. They join the previously announced analysts in Herm Edwards, Bill Polian, Damien Woody, and Shaun O'Hara.

Contrary to what ESPN Radio is advertising, the broadcasts will actually begin with the Giants/ Jets preseason match-up on August 24. Also of interest is the fact that ESPN Radio is airing the Vikings/ Bears game on September 15. this is curious since they haven't announced having a contract with either of these teams. Below is the Press Release from ESPN Media Zone outlining the NFL schedule. 

ESPN Radio NFL Regular Season Kicks off with Tennessee/Pittsburgh

Giants, Eagles, Vikings, Bears, Panthers Also in First Five Weeks
ESPN Radio’s first season of broadcasting Sunday afternoon NFL games will kick off with an AFC matchup of Tennessee at Pittsburgh on opening Sunday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.  This season, ESPN plans to broadcast 17 regular-season NFL games, one each week.
NFC North rivals Minnesota and Chicago meet on Sept. 15, also at 1 p.m.  Two Giants games (at Carolina Sept. 22 and hosting NFC East rival Philadelphia Oct. 6) and one Steelers game (vs. Minnesota from Wembley Stadium in London on Sept. 29) round out the early season lineup.
ESPN Radio’s first NFL broadcast will be the New York Jets at New York Giants pre-season tilt Saturday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. ET.
This season, Sean McDonoughBill RosinskiMarc Kestecher and Ryan Ruocco will provide play by play. Herm EdwardsBill PolianDamien Woody and Shaun O’Hara will serve as analysts.
The remainder of the schedule will be announced throughout the season.
DateTime (ET)Game
Sat,   Aug 246   p.m.New   York Jets at New York Giants
Sun,   Sept 81 p.m.Tennessee   Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sun,   Sept 151 p.m.Minnesota   Vikings at Chicago Bears
Sun,   Sept 221 p.m.New   York Giants at Carolina Panthers
Sun,   Sept 291 p.m.Pittsburgh   Steelers at Minnesota Vikings
Sun,   Oct 61 p.m.Philadelphia   Eagles at New York Giants
ESPN Audio and the NFL
Since its launch in 1992, ESPN Radio has provided comprehensive coverage of the NFL including The NFL on ESPN Radio studio show with reports from every game each Sunday during the regular season and onsite programming from the NFL Draft.  Onsite Super Bowl coverage began in 1992 with Mike Tirico hosting from Minneapolis. Onsite programming has expanded to the current lineup of Mike & MikeThe HerdSVP & Russillo and more.  In 2013, ESPN Radio signed individual multi-year agreements with the New York Giants, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins for out-of-market Sunday afternoon syndication rights.

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