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Here are ESPN’s coverage plans and announcers for their 2013 coverage of Wimbledon:

140 Live Hours on ESPN & ESPN2 with “Cross Court Coverage” — Highlights & Encores of Finals on ABC, Nine Screens on ESPN3
Serena, Federer Look to Repeat; Sharapova, Nadal & Djokovic Seek to Regain Crown; Murray, Azarenka Aim for First Wimbledon Title

Beginning Monday, June 24, tennis fans will enjoy ESPN’s exclusive coverage of one of sport’s most prestigious events, The Championships, Wimbledon, from the grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Complete and live daily marathon telecasts totaling 140 hours – plus 800 on ESPN3’s multi-screen presentation of all TV courts – will take fans from first ball to the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Championships, Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, respectively.

All the action on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available through WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. It is accessible in 55 million households to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription via Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision, Charter, Cox or AT&T U-verse.

ESPN’s tennis team returns to London: Chris Fowler will call matches and serve as studio host, as will Mike Tirico while Hannah Storm will host the Breakfast at Wimbledon programs. They will be joined by returnees Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe and Pam Shriver. Tom Rinaldi will provide reports and features and call matches as well. LZ Granderson of ESPN.com will also serve as a studio analyst and feature reporter.

After debuting “cross court coverage” to great acclaim a year ago, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD will again both be live for three days to start the second week. From Monday, July 1 – widely considered the greatest day in tennis as all Round of 16 matches are played – through Wednesday, July 3, ESPN will focus on Centre Court while ESPN2 airs matches from Court One and elsewhere around the grounds.

In addition, ESPN3 will offer 800 hours of a multi-screen offering – all available TV courts (up to nine) presented from first ball to last ball each day – which will be available along with ESPN and ESPN2’s action via the WatchESPN app. The service will also offer matches on demand after they occur. ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually via WatchESPN. It is available to 85 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.

On the “middle Sunday,” June 30, a scheduled day off as is Wimbledon tradition, ABC will broadcast a three-hour review of the first week at 3 p.m. ABC will also present encore presentations of the finals on the day they take place, July 6 and 7 at 3 p.m.

The new schedule is the result of a 12-year agreement between ESPN and the All England Lawn Tennis Club announced just after the conclusion of the 2011 Championships.

Surveying the Fields

The “big four” of men’s tennis – winners of 32 of the last 33 Major championships – continue to dominate the final weekends of Grand Slam events (rankings may not necessarily correspond to seeds when brackets are announced Wednesday, June 19):

No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion and winner of the 2013 Australian Open, his seventh Grand Slam title.
No. 2 Andy Murray fell in the Wimbledon final a year ago to Roger Federer before turning tables on Federer a few weeks later by winning the Olympic Gold Medal on the same Centre Court. Murray finally broke through and took the 2012 US Open (defeating Djokovic) but this year after reaching that Australian Open final vs. Djokovic was forced to skip the French Open because of injury.
At No. 3, 17-time Major champion Federer defends a Wimbledon crown for the seventh time.
No. 5 Rafael Nadal, a two-time winner (2008, 2010), who comes off a dominating French Open, his 12th major victory.
Leading the field hoping to crack this group is No. 4 David Ferrer, who at 31 made a Grand Slam final for the first time in Paris and No. 8 Juan Martin Del Potro, the winner of the 2009 US Open who took the Bronze Medal at the 2012 Olympics.

On the Ladies’ side, there is:

Serena Williams then everyone else. Last summer she won her fifth Wimbledon – and returned to the All England Club to take the Olympic Gold Medal – followed by her fourth US Open title. The top-ranked player in the world is coming off her second French Open victory and at 31 is as powerful as ever.
The leading contenders include No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, who defended her Australian Open title this year; No. 3 Maria Sharapova who won in 2004 and recently reached the final of the French Open, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska who lost to Williams in a three-set Wimbledon championship in 2012, and the 2011 champ, No. 8 Petra Kvitova.

ESPN, Inc. and Wimbledon

ESPN networks will show all of Wimbledon live, from first ball through the finals, including up to nine courts simultaneously on ESPN3 and the ESPN/ESPN2 “cross court coverage” for July 1-3:

ESPN and ESPN2 will combine for daylong live weekday action the first week, starting Monday, June 24, at 7 a.m. (ESPN on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; ESPN2 Wednesday and Thursday).
Breakfast at Wimbledon returns as a one-hour preview on ESPN of the day’s matches Saturday, June 29, and the live, national telecasts of the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Semifinals and Finals, Thursday, July 4 – Sunday, July 7.
On the “middle Sunday,” June 30 – a scheduled day off as is Wimbledon tradition – ABC will broadcast a three-hour review of the first week at 3 p.m. ABC will also air encore presentations of the finals on the day they take place, July 6 and 7 at 3 p.m.
For the second Monday – Wednesday (July 1-3), ESPN will be live alongside ESPN2 to allow for live coverage of each and every match from the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals. In this unprecedented “Cross Court Coverage,” ESPN will focus on Centre Court matches while ESPN2 offers fans a “grounds pass” with action from Court 1 and other courts. The first of these three days, Monday, July 1 – when all 32 players are on the court in eight Gentlemen’s and eight Ladies’ Round of 16 matches, something that is unique to Wimbledon – is commonly referred to as “the greatest day in tennis.”
ESPN 3D will again televise five days of action live from Centre Court. ESPN 3D’s coverage will begin with the Gentlemen’s quarterfinals Wednesday, July 3, and continue through the Finals.
ESPN3 will provide a daily multi-screen offering of live play from all nine TV courts, including a simulcast of ESPN and ESPN2 action, plus press conferences totaling more than 800 hours.

ESPN.com will have previews, reviews, the latest news and videos and more:

Courtcast: A multi-tool application with live events via the ESPN3 syndicated player, all-court scoring, match stats, Cover It Live conversations, poll questions, rolling Twitter feeds and scrolling bottom line;
Five Things We Learned: Video series reviewing the top news of the day;
Grass Stains: A daily notebook wrapping up the best and worst of the day;
Digital Serve: Daily original videos previewing the next day;
Star Watch: Daily blog focusing on one of the game’s elite.

espnW.com will offer daily columns, blog posts and video, with an emphasis on the women’s side of the tournament.

ESPNDeportes.com will provide live scores and draws, in depth news and coverage of Latin American players, columns, blogs, live chats, video, highlights and news, including ESPiando Wimbledon that will recap the day’s play. The site will also feature Slam Central, a special index page dedicated to all four Grand Slams.

ESPN International – the home of tennis’ Grand Slam events in the Caribbean and in Spanish-speaking Latin America– will air over 70 hours of live Wimbledon coverage to 35 million homes on its multiple television networks throughout the region. Notable among those, ESPN+ in the Southern Cone will present 40 additional live hours plus daily prime-time highlight programs. Broadband’s ESPN Play — ESPN International’s multi-screen broadband service — will offer over 700 hours of live coverage throughout Latin American and the Caribbean with over 10 windows of simultaneous early round action available. ESPN’s Spanish-language commentator team at Wimbledon is led by Luis Alfredo Alvarez and Edurado Varela calling matches with analysts Javier Frana and Jose Louis Clerc along with reporters Nicolas Pereira and Pablo Stecco. Sam Gore and Mark Brown will describe the action for English-language feeds with analysts Jimmy Arias and Mark Donaldson.

ESPN Mobile TV will simulcast over 87 hours of live ESPN/ESPN2 coverage throughout the tournament.

ESPN On Demand (TV/Mobile) will offer historic matches and highlights of the 2013 Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ finals.

ESPN Mobile will provide point-by-point coverage of every Wimbledon match with live scores on the ESPN mobile Web and ScoreCenter app. Additionally, ESPN will offer video highlights of Wimbledon via the ScoreCenter app for iPhone. ESPN Alerts will also notify fans who opt in to receive alerts of developing stories, match results and highlights.

ESPN Interactive TV, now in its sixth year at Wimbledon, will provide multi-screen coverage of five matches in addition to the match airing on ESPN2 or ESPN through the second Monday of the tournament through DirecTV. Fans will also receive interviews, features, press conferences and a studio wrap-around presence hosted by SportsCenter anchor Steve Weissman, along with a roster of guest analysts. In addition to the video offerings, DirecTV viewers can access results, schedules, draws and other interactive features through the remote control “Red Button.” In total, ESPN will provide more than 350 hours of coverage through this unique application.

ESPN Classic will air championship matches upon (or near) their 5th, 10th….all the way to a 40th anniversary, the 1973 Ladies Championship between Billie Jean King and Chris Evert (Sunday, July 8, at 10 a.m.). The lineup includes the first Wimbledon titles for Stefan Edberg (1988), Steffi Graf (1988), Martina Navravtilova (1978) and Pete Sampras (1993), plus two matches pitting the Williams Sisters against each other (both on July 5, from 2003 and 2008. The schedule – which also includes related interview and documentary programming – begins Tuesday, July 2:

July 2

4 p.m. ET Schaap One on One: Martina Navratilova-Part I

4:30 p.m. Schaap One on One: Martina Navratilova-Part II

5 p.m. 1983 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Martina Navratilova vs Andrea Jaeger (30th Anniversary on July 1) – Navratilova won 6-0, 6-3, but in 2008 Jaeger claimed that she threw the match

6:30 p.m. SportsCentury: Steffi Graf

7:30 p.m. 1988 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Martina Navratilova vs Steffi Graf (25th Anniversary) – 19-year-old Graf defeats Navratilova for her first Wimbledon crown

9:30 p.m. SportsCentury: Martina Navratilova

10:30 p.m. 1983 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Martina Navratilova vs Andrea Jaeger (30th Anniversary on July 1) – Navratilova won 6-0, 6-3 but in 2008 Jaeger claimed that she threw the match

July 3

6 p.m. 1993 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Jana Novotna vs Steffi Graf (20th Anniversary) – Graf claimed her third consecutive Wimbledon title with a comeback in the final set from down 4-1.

July 4

3 p.m. 1988 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship: Boris Becker vs Stefan Edberg (25th Anniversary) – This was Edberg’s first Wimbledon title.

5 p.m. 1993 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship: Jim Courier vs Pete Sampras (20th Anniversary) – Sampras claimed his first Wimbledon title with a 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 win over Courier.

July 5

12 a.m. 1998 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship: Goran Ivanisevic vs Pete Sampras (15th Anniversary)­ – Sampras claimed his fifth Wimbledon title 6-7(2-7), 7-6(11-9), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

4 p.m. 2003 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Serena Williams vs Venus Williams (10th Anniversary) – Serena claimed her second Wimbledon title with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over sister Venus.

6 p.m. 2008 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Venus Williams vs Serena Williams (5th Anniversary) – Williams sisters face off with Venus taking a 7-5, 6-4 victory, her fifth Wimbledon title.

July 8

9:30 a.m. Schaap One on One: Billie Jean King

10 a.m. 1973 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Chris Evert vs Billie Jean King (40th Anniversary on July 7) – Billie Jean King defeated Evert 6-0, 7-5 to claim her fifth Wimbledon crown.

Noon SportsCentury: Chris Evert

12:30 p.m. SportsCentury: Martina Navratilova

1:30 p.m. 1978 Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship: Martina Navratilova vs Chris Evert (35th Anniversary on July 7) – Navratilova came back to defeat Evert 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 to claim her first Wimbledon title.

3:30 p.m. 30 For 30: Unmatched

4:30 p.m. SportsCentury: John McEnroe

5:30 p.m. Up Close Classics: Jimmy Connors

6 p.m. 1978 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship: Bjorn Borg vs Jimmy Connors (35th Anniversary) – Borg took home his third consecutive Wimbledon crown with a straight-sets win over Connors.

One Year Ago…Beginning of a New Era & Unprecedented Success

In 2012, a new era of Wimbledon coverage was launched with the first all-live, all-ESPN presentation of the fortnight. Exclusivity brought increased viewership, a younger audience, an ESPN record rating for tennis, and soaring digital usage. Highlights:

With the addition of exclusivity, the audience for the ESPN/ESPN2 presentation was 65 percent larger than ESPN2’s audience in 2011, an average of 981,000 viewers (P2+), up from 596,000. The average rating was up 40 percent, from 0.5 to 0.7 (U.S. ratings).
The ESPN/ESPN2 rating is equal to NBC/ESPN2 a year earlier with a 0.7 U.S. rating, but the key male demographic groups enjoyed strong double-digit increases in impressions: Men 18-34 up 37 percent, Men 18-49 up 37 percent, and Men 25-54 up 28 percent.
The U.S. ratings of 2.0 and 2.5 for the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s matches represent increases of five percent and 39 percent, respectively, over 2011.
The Gentlemen’s Championship drew a 2.9 coverage rating, an ESPN record for tennis. In fact, ESPN posted its top five Wimbledon ratings (ESPN or ESPN2) in its 10-year history covering the event.
Consumption across ESPN’s digital platforms nearly tripled from 2011. ESPN3/WatchESPN registered 126 million live minutes of viewing across all platforms, up 182 percent.

2012: A Year of Memorable Storylines

The 2012 fortnight at Wimbledon culminated with a weekend of compelling, indeed historic, storylines:

In the Ladies’ Championship, concluding a two-year comeback from injury and illness, Serena Williams captured her 14th Major title, fifth at Wimbledon and her first Grand Slam event victory since Wimbledon in 2010.
ESPN continued to air live from Centre Court (totaling nine hours) with both the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Doubles Finals. First, Great Britain saw its first Wimbledon male champion of any kind when unseeded Jonathan Marray and his Danish partner Frederik Nielsen proved victorious in a stirring five-set affair.
The telecast concluded with Serena Williams returning to the court alongside her sister Venus to take their fifth Wimbledon Doubles title together.
The Gentlemen’s Championship was sure to provide headlines regardless of the outcome. Andy Murray stepped onto Centre Court knowing it had been 76 years since Great Britain cheered their own as Wimbledon champ. In the end, Roger Federer had won a record-tying seventh time and extended his unmatched tally to 17 Grand Slam events titles. It was the first time the Wimbledon Championship had been decided with the roof closed (middle of third set).

ESPN – All Four Slams, All In One Place

Tennis has been part of ESPN since its first week on the air and provided many memorable moments, but it has never been as important as today, with the US Open joining the lineup in 2009, giving ESPN all four Grand Slam events, something no other U.S. network has ever done, let alone in one year. ESPN has presented the Australian Open since 1984, the French Open since 2002 (plus 1986 – 1993), and Wimbledon since 2003, with exclusivity for live television with all other rights extended in a 12-year agreement starting in 2012. Exclusivity for the US Open in an 11-year agreement begins in 2015.

ESPN debuted September 7, 1979, and the first tennis telecast was exactly one week later, September 14, a Davis Cup tie, Argentina at U.S. from Memphis with Cliff Drysdale on the call and John McEnroe playing.

ESPN3, now in 85 million homes, carries every major global tennis event on the men’s and women’s circuit, including all four Grand Slam tournaments, every ATP World Tour 500 and ATP Masters 1000 event and WTA Premier events featuring all the top-seeded players. Also, ESPN Classic shows great matches from the past and the sport receives extensive coverage on SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, Spanish-language ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. ESPN 3D aired its first tennis at Wimbledon in 2011.

ESPN & WIMBLEDON 2013
Date Time (ET) Event Network
Mon, June 24 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN / ESPN3 – * Live
Tue, June 25 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN / ESPN3 Live
Wed, June 26 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN2 / ESPN3 Live
Thur, June 27 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN2 / ESPN3 Live
Fri, June 28 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN / ESPN3 Live
Sat, June 29 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Early Round Action ESPN / ESPN3 Live
Sun, June 30 3 – 6 p.m. Highlights of Week One ABC Tape
Mon, July 1 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Round of 16 ESPN2 / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Round of 16, Centre Court ESPN / ESPN3 Live
Tue, July 2 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals ESPN2 / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Quarterfinals, Centre Court ESPN / ESPN3 Live
Wed, July 3 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals ESPN2 / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Quarterfinals, Centre Court ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
Thur, July 4 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ladies’ Semifinals ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
Fri, July 5 7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN / ESPN3 Live
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gentlemen’s Semifinals ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
Sat, July 6 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN / ESPN3 Live
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ladies’ Final ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
3 – 6 p.m. Ladies’ Final ABC Tape
Sun, July 7 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN / ESPN3 Live
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Final ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3 Live
3 – 6 p.m. Gentlemen’s Final ABC Tape

* – ESPN3 will start at 6:30 a.m. ET each day June 24 – July 5 (no matches June 30)

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Here are Golf Channel & NBC’s coverage plans and announcers for the 2013 United States Open Championship:

ORLANDO, Fla. – May 29, 2013 – Unprecedented television coverage dedicated to the 2013 U.S. Open Championship is on tap for golf fans, with NBC and Golf Channel scheduled to present more than 70 live hours of tournament and news coverage, June 9-16.

“Golf Channel on NBC” will present 17 hours of live tournament coverage of the season’s second major championship Thursday through Sunday, June 13-16, from famed Merion Golf Club, located in Ardmore, Pa., just outside Philadelphia. Complementing NBC’s live coverage, Golf Channel will air 56 hours of wraparound programming, featuring the latest news and highlights on its franchise show, LIVE FROM THE U.S. OPEN; top instruction from the range at Merion Golf Club with Michael Breed on THE GOLF FIX; lively discussion and debate with GREY GOOSE 19th HOLE; and an original documentary, 1971 U.S. OPEN: LEE TREVINO AN AMERICAN CHAMPION, chronicling Trevino’s dramatic U.S. Open playoff victory over Jack Nicklaus at Merion in 1971.

NBCU digital properties – GolfChannel.com, NBCSports.com, CSNPhilly.com and mobile applications NBC Sports Live Extra and Golf Live Extra – are teaming up to provide the most comprehensive digital coverage of the U.S. Open to date.

Hosting its fifth U.S. Open Championship, Merion Golf Club and the Philadelphia region boast a rich history with the sport. Providing comprehensive daily coverage from a regional perspective, the NBC Sports Group’s Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and NBC’s owned and operated NBC10 station will present an additional 44 hours of U.S. Open coverage as Philadelphians celebrate the City of Brotherly Love’s 10th Major Golf Championship.

TOURNAMENT BROADCAST TEAM: Bob Costas will reprise his role as network host, when “Golf Channel on NBC” presents its 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 Notah Begay; interviewer Steve Sands; and essayist Jimmy Roberts. The team brings intimate knowledge of Merion’s challenging layout, with Miller, Jacobsen, Maltbie and Koch having competed in the U.S. Open the last time it was played at the course in 1981.

U.S. OPEN AIRTIMES ON NBC (all times ET):

13-Jun Thursday Round 1 3-5 p.m.
14-Jun Friday Round 2 3-5 p.m.
15-Jun Saturday Round 3 Noon-7:30 p.m.
16-Jun Sunday Final Round Noon-7:30 p.m.

56 LIVE HOURS OF NEWS COVERAGE: Fans will keep connected to the competition and players through 56 hours of live wraparound news coverage of the U.S. Open throughout the week, featuring highlights, inside analysis, player interviews and news conferences, special guest appearances and compelling features. LIVE FROM THE U.S. OPEN begins Monday with pre-tournament player news conferences and airs throughout the week before and after tournament play. LIVE FROM THE U.S. OPEN will originate from two sets at Merion Golf Club – the main stage overlooking the clubhouse and a stage positioned near the player practice range. The U.S. Open will be the topic of discussion all week on MORNING DRIVE, the network’s daily morning show. Co-host and travel expert Matt Ginella will highlight some of the best places to play if you’re heading to Merion or visiting Philadelphia anytime, and Gary Williams will walk the course with USGA Executive Director Mike Davis to discuss Merion’s unique set-up and how Davis gets the course U.S. Open ready. John Cook, who tied for fourth place in the 1981 U.S. Open at Merion, will be in studio all week. Additionally, THE GOLF FIX (Monday, 6-7 p.m. ET) and GREY GOOSE 19th HOLE (expanding to one hour Wednesday, June 12, 6-7 p.m. ET) will air live from Merion Golf Club.

In addition to news and expert analysis, Golf Channel’s LIVE FROM THE U.S. OPEN telecasts will incorporate special production elements to bring viewers even closer to the players. Robotic and jib cameras providing sweeping video will be positioned throughout the player practice area, capturing unique inside-the-ropes footage. And a special “Fly Cam” will be fixed to a cable stretched across the entire length of the practice range and over the players, designed to feature unique angles of players as they prepare for competition. This footage also will be utilized during NBC’s live coverage to showcase the leaders as they prepare for competition.

LIVE FROM THE U.S. OPEN GUEST CONTRIBUTORS: In addition to Golf Channel’s team of analysts and reporters, LIVE FROM THE U.S. OPEN will welcome 2013 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Colin Montgomerie and PGA TOUR pro Arron Oberholser as guest analysts during the week. And with the unpredictability Mother Nature has already wrought on the 2013 golf season so far, LIVE FROM THE U.S. OPEN will keep on top of the weather conditions that may affect play with the help of The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore, who will serve as the show’s weather expert.

LIVE FROM THE U.S. OPEN ON NBC: Golf Channel will prep NBC’s weekend tournament coverage with pre-game shows produced by Golf Channel and airing exclusively on NBC, Saturday and Sunday from Noon-1 p.m. ET. Costas and Rich Lerner will host the shows and joined by analysts Brandel Chamblee, Frank Nobilo and Montgomerie. In addition to previewing play, the show will feature live look-ins of competition. Also contributing will be Jimmy Roberts, Steve Sands, Todd Lewis and Tim Rosaforte.

LIVE FROM THE U.S. OPEN FEATURES:

– The Boutique Open – Merion Golf Club’s friendly confines and tight layout will be a difficult test for the players, who will need to have a clear strategy of attack.
– Nobilo Goes Tee to Green – Nobilo recently scouted the Merion Golf Club layout and will host a series of features that will provide insight into the various ways players will try to conquer the golf course.
– Michael Breed Tutorial – Merion features seven, par-4 holes less than 430 yards, so a short game will be critical to success. Breed, host of THE GOLF FIX, will demonstrate how wedge play could mean the difference between success and failure.
– Merion History – Merion Golf Club has played host to more USGA Championships than any course in America and has created some of the most memorable moments. It’s where Bobby Jones completed golf’s Grand Slam at the 1930 U.S. Amateur and where Ben Hogan striped the awe-inspiring 1-iron on the 72nd hole in the 1950 U.S. Open.
– Jim Simons – Simons was the last amateur to lead a major championship after 54 holes but, despite his success in the tournament, his career, subsequently, fell on hard times.
– David Graham – Graham won the 1981 U.S. Open with a score of 67 on Sunday, what some say was the perfect round of golf.
– The Francis Ouimet Story – 100th anniversary of Ouimet’s unlikely victory as an amateur at the 1913 U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., against the likes of superstars Harry Vardon and Ted Ray has been credited with bringing golf to the American sporting mainstream.
– Jim Furyk: As part of Golf Channel’s celebration of Father’s Day, Golf Channel will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pennsylvania native Jim Furyk’s 2003 U.S. Open win at Olympia Fields Country Club outside Chicago. Furyk has always been coached by his father, Mike, who has nurtured one of golf’s most unusual homemade swings.
– The First Tee – A look at the amazing life story of youngster, Zakki Blatt, who overcame the odds with the help of The First Tee. The feature also takes a closer look at the Philadelphia chapter of The First Tee.

TREVINO 1971 U.S. OPEN RETROSPECTIVE: As the U.S. Open prepares for its return to Merion, NBC and Golf Channel will present 1971 U.S. OPEN: LEE TREVINO AN AMERICAN CHAMPION, a 60-minute retrospective documenting Trevino’s life and victory at Merion in 1971, and how he claimed his place among the great champions in U.S. Open history by beating the great Jack Nicklaus in a Monday playoff. Produced in association with the United States Golf Association, the documentary will premiere on NBC on Sunday, June 9 at 5 p.m. ET, and air throughout June on Golf Channel.

COMCAST SPORTSNET PHILADELPHIA/NBC10

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and NBC10 Philadelphia will present Philadelphians with the most comprehensive local coverage of the 2013 U.S. Open Championship, with the majority of content originating from Merion Golf Club:

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia:
– U.S. Open Preview – Philadelphia sports icons Jimmy Rollins, Jeremy Roenick, Jay Wright and Comcast SportsNet’s Neil Hartman hit the links at Merion for this special preview titled An Open Challenge, premiering Saturday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
– Made in Merion – U.S. Open special nightly presentations, hosted by Comcast SportsNet anchor Neil Hartman from Merion Golf Club featuring interviews and analysis with golfers and experts. Made in Merion premiers Sunday, June 9 at 7 p.m.
– Philly Sports Talk – Daily roundtable hosted by Michael Barkann from Merion Golf Club airing each day at 5 p.m.
– SportsNite and SportsRise – Comcast SportsNet’s daily news programs will provide daily reports, live leaderboard updates, historical “Fast Facts” and golfing tips. SportsNite airs at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. SportsRise airs at 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends.
– Vignettes: A series of 30-second vignettes focused on the U.S. Open will air leading up to and including U.S. Open week. Several examples include:
– A Championship Moment will feature the history of the U.S. Open through the eyes of golf historian and Golf Channel contributor Martin Davis.
– Merion Moments is a series featuring famous athletes, such as Julius “Dr. J” Erving, U.S. skier Bode Miller, boxer Bernard Hopkins and many others discussing the U.S. Open.
– Online Coverage: CSNPhilly.com will create a special section on the website dedicated to U.S. Open coverage from CSNPhilly.com and GolfChannel.com writers.

NBC10 Philadelphia:
– Themed specials – NBC10 will televise six, 30-minute specials titled Tee off at Merion, touching on everything U.S. Open, from history to tournament updates. The specials, hosted by Vai Sikahema, John Clark and Jacqueline London, will air:

Saturday, June 8, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 13, 7 p.m.
Friday, June 14, 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 16, 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 16, 11:30 p.m.

Updates and Vignettes: NBC10 will provide extensive coverage in all newscasts, and will air 18 vignettes focused on Merion Golf Club’s 18 holes.

DIGITAL COVERAGE: NBC and Golf Channel digital properties – GolfChannel.com, as well as mobile applications NBC Sports Live Extra and Golf Live Extra – are teaming up to provide the most comprehensive digital coverage of the U.S. Open to date.

Live Streaming

Live tournament coverage will be streamed on NBCSports.com and via the NBC Sports Live Extra app. Fans who are customers of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services, will be able to enjoy 24/7 streaming of Golf Channel content via GolfChannel.com and Golf Channel’s mobile application, Golf Live Extra.

Editorial, Blogs & Live Chats

GolfChannel.com’s dedicated staff of writers – including Rex Hoggard, Jason Sobel, Randall Mell, Ryan Lavner and Jay Coffin – will be on site at Merion Golf Club all week, providing the most up-to-date news, features and blogs posts. Joe Posnanski also will post from NBCSports.com. The team will preview the U.S. Open with features exploring the five-year anniversary of Tiger Woods’ last major championship win; Rickie Fowler on the challenge of Merion, while reflecting on his play there in 2009 as part of the U.S. Walker Cup team; a history of Merion; and a profile of David Graham, the last winner of the U.S. Open at Merion and an International Team captain who was ousted by his players during a Presidents Cup competition. Sobel and contributor John Hawkins also will host live chats during each day of competition.

Social

GolfChannel.com features the Golf Channel Social Lounge (www.GolfChannel.com/sociallounge), a recently launched social center that aggregates all social media posts related to the U.S. Open in one location on the site. The Social Lounge currently is aggregating all content on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram mentioning @usopengolf.

PACE OF PLAY: Golf Channel will mark the beginning of its U.S. Open coverage on June 1 with a unique, month-long program dedicated to help promote ideas and initiatives that improve pace of play and assist with the growth of the game. Titled “It’s About Time,” the company-wide campaign will be conducted in partnership with the United States Golf Association, with each week of the month tied to concepts that will help golfers and golf course operators understand the problems and adopt new strategies for faster play.

XFINITY LIVE!: Philadelphians can join the fun at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, the dining and entertainment district in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, where NBC and Golf Channel will host a public celebration of the U.S. Open Championship, complete with golf simulators, putting greens, photo booths, contests and giveaways, Golf Channel personalities and animated characters from favorite Universal Pictures feature films. The two events will take place Friday, June 14 from 4-8 p.m., and a more family friendly gathering on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

NBC Sports Group U.S. Open Coverage

Show Network Airtime (all times ET)
Saturday, June 8
An Open Challenge CSN Philly 6:30-7 p.m.
Tee off at Merion NBC10 7:30-8 p.m.

Sunday, June 9
Made in Merion CSN Philly 7-7:30 p.m.

Monday, June 10
Morning Drive Golf Channel 7-9 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (news conferences)
Philly Sports Talk CSN Philly 5-6 p.m.
The Golf Fix Golf Channel 6-7 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 7-8 p.m.
Made in Merion CSN Philly 7-7:30 p.m

Tuesday, June 11
Morning Drive Golf Channel 7-9 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Philly Sports Talk CSN Philly 5-6 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 7-9 p.m.
Made in Merion CSN Philly 7-7:30 p.m

Wednesday, June 12
Morning Drive Golf Channel 7-9 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Philly Sports Talk CSN Philly 5-6 p.m.
Grey Goose 19th Hole Golf Channel 6-7 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 7-9 p.m.
Made in Merion CSN Philly 7-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 13
Morning Drive Golf Channel 6-7 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 7-9 a.m.
U.S. Open Live Coverage ESPN 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
U.S. Open live coverage NBC 3-5 p.m.
Philly Sports Talk CSN Philly 5-6 p.m.
U.S. Open live coverage ESPN 5-7 p.m.
Made in Merion CSN Philly 7-7:30 p.m.
Tee off at Merion NBC10 7:30-8 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 7-9 p.m.

Friday, June 14
Morning Drive Golf Channel 6-7 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 7-9 a.m.
U.S. Open Live Coverage ESPN 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
U.S. Open live coverage NBC 3-5 p.m.
Philly Sports Talk CSN Philly 5-6 p.m.
U.S. Open live coverage ESPN 5-7 p.m.
Made in Merion CSN Philly 7-7:30 p.m.
Tee off at Merion NBC10 7:30-8 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 7-9 p.m.

Saturday, June 15
Morning Drive Golf Channel 7-9 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 9-11 a.m.
Morning Drive Golf Channel 11 a.m.-Noon
U.S. Open live coverage NBC Noon-7:30 p.m.
Made in Merion CSN Philly 7:30-8 p.m.
Tee off at Merion NBC10 7:30-8 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 15
Morning Drive Golf Channel 7-9 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 9-11 a.m.
Morning Drive Golf Channel 11 a.m.-Noon
Tee off at Merion NBC10 11:30 a.m.-Noon
U.S. Open live coverage NBC Noon-7:30 p.m.
Made in Merion CSN Philly 7:30-8 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open Golf Channel 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Tee off at Merion NBC10 11:30 p.m.-12:05 a.m.

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Here’s ESPN and ESPN Radio’s coverage plans and announcers for the 2013 United States Open Championship.

ESPN’s Friday coverage will now start at 8:30am ET.

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 ClubESPN 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 ESPNRadio.com 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 Pelt, Terry 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 ESPN.com 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 Tirico on 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 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.

ESPN Radio’s U.S. Open coverage will be simulcast on Slacker Radio and Tune-in Radio, as well as on ESPNRadio.com 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 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.

The U.S. Open on ESPN Digital Platforms

WatchESPN & ESPN3

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.

ESPN.com

News, reactions and columns from senior golf writers Farrell Evans and Bob Harig, ESPN.com columnists Gene Wojciechowski and Rick Reilly and ESPNNewYork.com writer Ian O’Connor.
“Digital Drive,” an exclusive ESPN.com 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 ESPN.com video show, on Tuesday from Merion
Live chat, featuring “Scribble Live” application, moderated by senior golf analyst Michael 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 ESPN.com/Golf 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.

Video clips from ESPN golf analysts Andy North, Curtis Strange and Paul Azinger.
Photo Galleries
Live scoring from USGA.

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 Magazine used 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.

ESPNEWS

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)

Day/Date Program Start Network
Tue., June 11 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open 2 p.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Wed., June 12 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open 2 p.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Thu., June 13 First Round (Part 1) 9 a.m. ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Thu., June 13 First Round (Part 2) 5 p.m. ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Thu., June 13 Best of the U.S. Open pres. By Titleist 8 p.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Fri., June 14 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open Midnight ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., June 14 Best of the U.S. Open pres. by Titleist 1 a.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., June 14 Second Round (Part 1) 9 a.m. ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Fri., June 14 Second Round (Part 2) 5 p.m. ESPN, ESPN3, WatchESPN
Fri., June 14 Best of the U.S. Open pres. By Titleist 8 p.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Sat., June 15 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open Midnight ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat., June 15 Best of the U.S. Open pres. by Titleist 2 a.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat., June 15 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open 11 a.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Sun., June 16 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open Midnight ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun., June 16 Best of the U.S. Open 2 a.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun., June 16 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open 11 a.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Mon., June 17 SportsCenter pres. by IBM at the U.S. Open Midnight ESPN2, WatchESPN
Mon., June 17 Best of the U.S. Open 1 a.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Here are my picks for this week:

Yahoo!:

A: Phil Mickelson (Backup: Brandt Snedeker)
B: Jimmy Walker (Backup: Cameron Tringale)
B: Dustin Johnson (Backup: John Merrick)
C: Billy Horschel (Backup: Ryan Palmer)

PGATOUR.com: Phil, Walker, Dustin, Horschel

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This week on the PGA Tour it is the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis. It is the last event before next week’s U.S. Open, the second major of the 2013 season.

TV Coverage is: Thursday-Friday, Golf Channel, 3-6pm ET, and Saturday-Sunday, CBS, 3-6pm ET.

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