Extensive NCAA Men’s Final Four Coverage from Fort Worth Begins April 3

Extensive NCAA Men’s Final Four Coverage from Fort Worth Begins April 3

03/31/2014

 

  • Four-Days of Live Set Presence in Sundance Square includes SportsCenter, GameDay, Tournament Countdown & More
  • ESPN Radio’s SVP & Russillo Live from Sundance Square on Championship Monday
  • Semifinal and National Championship Games on ESPN International

ESPN will provide extensive on-site coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Final Four – including analysis, news, reports and interviews across multiple platforms – from Fort Worth’s Sundance Square, located near the site of the semifinals and championship at AT&T Stadium, from Thursday, April 3, to Monday, April 7. ESPN will also cover the final four team practices and press conferences from the venue on Friday, April 4. Highlights:

  • Daily SportsCenter segments Thursday, April 3, to Monday, April 7 as well as extensive post-game coverage following the semifinals and championship;
  • Shulman, Bilas & Vitale calling the semifinals and championship on ESPN International networks
  • Three  editions of College GameDay Presented by State Farm, including semifinal and championship shows on Saturday, April 5, at 3:30 p.m. ET and Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m.;
  • Multiple championship-related Tournament Countdown programs on Monday, April 7, on ESPNU;
  • ESPN Radio’s daily SVP & Russillo originating from Sundance Square on Monday, April 7;
  • Extensive coverage on ESPN.com.

College GameDay host and game commentator Rece Davis will lead ESPN’s studio coverage from Fort Worth. He will be joined by anchor John Anderson and analysts Jay Bilas, Dan Dakich, Seth Greenberg, Digger Phelps, Dick Vitale and Jay Williams, and reporters Jeannine Edwards and Andy Katz.

In addition to extensive studio coverage across ESPN’s domestic platforms, ESPN International will televise the semifinals (Saturday, April 5, beginning at 6 p.m.) and championship (Monday, April 7, at 9 p.m.) with Dan Shulman, Bilas and Vitale on the call. 

SportsCenter
Davis and SportsCenter anchor Anderson will share hosting duties. Vitale, Bilas, Phelps, Greenberg and Williams will provide analysis. ESPN.com senior writer Katz and reporter Edwards will provide news and updates from Fort Worth.

ESPN will exclusively announce the winner of the 2014 John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s Men’s Player of the Year on the noon edition of SportsCenter Friday, April 4. The winning player will be unveiled from ESPN’s set in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square at approximately 12:30 p.m.

College GameDay
ESPN and ESPNU will combine to televise three College GameDay shows from two different sets in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square.

ESPN will offer two day-of-game editions for the semifinals and championship: a two-and-a-half hour show on Saturday, April 5, at 3:30 p.m. previewing the National Semifinal matchups and a two-hour Championship preview Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m. Davis will host with Bilas, Phelps and Williams on one set while Anderson will anchor from the second with Dakich and Greenberg. Katz and Edwards will provide reports.

Saturday’s show will include feature segments by Gene Wojciechowski and Chris Connelly.  Wojciechowski will chronicle Georgetown’s 1984 NCAA championship run and how Patrick Ewing battled two premier big men — Kentucky’s Sam Bowie and Houston’s Akeem Olajuwon — to lead the Hoyas’ redemption after a title slipped away in 1982. Connelly will examine the celebrations, heartbreak, and superstitions performed by players on the bench during games, including locking arms, air guitars, all-at-once collapses and how one Division III program raised the bar for sideline antics. 

ESPNU’s special one-hour College GameDay on Friday, April 4, at 4 p.m. will be hosted by Anderson with analysts Dakich, Greenberg and Williams.

ESPNU
In addition to College GameDay on Friday, ESPNU will provide extensive coverage as part of its Tournament Countdown programming on Monday, April 7:

  • A Tournament Countdown: The Experts show at 1 p.m. will include a panel of ESPN analysts reviewing the National Semifinals and previewing the National Championship. Panelists include Katz, Williams, Greenberg and Dakich.
  • A special Tournament Countdown: Katz Korner will air live from AT&T Stadium at 4 p.m.
  • Back-to-back 30-minute editions of Tournament Countdown: Road to the Championship will highlight the journey of the teams to the National Championship at 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • A special Tournament Countdown: College Basketball Live from ESPN’s Charlotte studios will air at 5:30 p.m.

ESPN Radio’s SVP & Russillo
ESPN Radio’s SVP & Russillo – hosted by Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo weekdays from 1 to 4 p.m. – will originate from Sundance Square on Monday, April 7.

ESPN.com
ESPN.com will have complete Final Four coverage from its lineup of experts and analysts, including Eamonn Brennan, Andy Katz, Myron Medcalf, Dana O’Neil, and lnsiders Jeff Goodman and John Gasaway. The reporters will deliver news, features, analysis, predictions and more, including live interaction with fans from the Final Four site in Arlington, Texas. Additionally, fans won’t be far from checking the latest news and their brackets while on the go with full coverage available on their mobile devices.

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Contact: Mike Humes at 860-766-2233 or michael.c.humes@espn.com