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Here’s SiriusXM Radio’s coverage plans and announcers for the 2013 PGA Championship:

SiriusXM Offers Live Coverage of 2013 PGA Championship
Live hole-by-hole coverage airs Aug. 8-11 from Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., on XM channel 93 and Sirius channel 208
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and other top players headline major championship field

NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that it will broadcast the 95th PGA Championship, the season’s final major golf championship, this Thursday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 11, on channel 93 on XM and channel 208 on Sirius Premier.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101014/NY82093LOGO )

SiriusXM’s live coverage, from Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., will be hosted by Earl Forcey alongside analyst John Maginnes, with hole-by-hole updates from roving reporters Fred Albers, Mark Carnevale and Dennis Paulson.

On-course coverage will start daily at 12:00 pm ET (Thursday-Sunday) and will continue until the conclusion of each day’s play. Live play-by-play will be preceded by the PGA Championship Preview Show, hosted by Matt Adams, starting each day at 10:00 am ET. After the conclusion of each round, John Maginnes will host a special edition of his show, Maginnes on Tap, to provide listeners with a wrap-up of the day’s action with highlights and analysis.

The PGA Championship perennially showcases the strongest field in golf. Currently, 99 of the top 100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are in the field for the 95th PGA Championship. The event is returning for the third time to Oak Hill Country Club, which is widely recognized as one of America’s finest courses and owns the distinction of being the only club to have hosted all six of the men’s major championships that move around the U.S. — the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup, the U.S. Open, the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior PGA Championship.

This year’s field will include Tiger Woods, the world’s top-ranked player and a four-time PGA Champion; 2005 PGA Champion Phil Mickelson, who won the 2013 Open Championship last month; defending PGA Champion and World No. 3 Rory McIlroy; reigning U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose; 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott, and many more of the world’s best golfers.

In the days leading up to the Championship, SiriusXM hosts Matt Adams, Brian Katrek and John Maginnes will broadcast their daily shows live from Oak Hill, providing fans with daily golf talk and an in-depth analysis of this year’s field. East broadcast day starts at 7:00 am ET with Fairways of Life with Adams. Katrek’s Teed Off can be heard at 9:00 ET and Maginnes on Tap airs at 5:00 pm ET. Listeners can also tune in on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET to hear live coverage of player press conferences from the media center.

For more information visit http://www.siriusxm.com/siriusxmpgatourradio.


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Here’s CBS Sports’ coverage plans and announcers for the 2013 PGA Championship:

For some reason I either can’t find their press release or they never issued one, but here’s the lineup according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Subsequent to this release, Ed Sherman reported that Peter Kostis will not be on CBS this weekend as he continues recovering from cancer:

CBS Sports will air live 18-hole third and fourth coverage of the 2013 PGA Championship from Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y on Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 (2:00-7:00 PM, ET, both days). Last year Rory McIlroy ran away from the field with an eight-stroke victory. Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo will serve as host and lead analyst. The hole correspondents include Ian Baker-Finch (17th hole), Gary McCord (16th hole), Peter Oosterhuis (15th hole), Lundquist (14th hole) and Bill Macatee (13th hole). David Feherty, Peter Kostis and Billy Kratzert will serve as on-course reporters. (Note: As of this writing, Time Warner had dropped CBS in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and several other cities).

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Here’s CBS Sports Network’s coverage plans and announcers for their coverage of the 2013 PGA Championship:


Weekend Encore Replays Complement CBS Sports’ Live Broadcasts of
2013 PGA Championship

CBS Sports Network once again tees up exclusive coverage of the PGA Championship with new expanded coverage including, for the first time ever, the PGA CHAMPIONSHIP CLUBHOUSE REPORT show live from Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. CBS Sports Network’s coverage pairs with CBS Sports’ live 18-hole broadcasts of the third and final-round of the 95th PGA Championship.

CBS Sports Network airs the PGA CHAMPIONSHIP CLUBHOUSE REPORT live after the conclusion of play on Thursday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET). Andrew Catalon, Billy Kratzert and Billy Ray Brown host the show each night with highlights, analysis and player interviews. Ken Mack produces and Mark Grant directs.

In addition, CBS Sports Network’s PGA Championship programming again includes encore replays of CBS Sports’ third and final-round broadcasts of the 2013 Tournament immediately following PGA CHAMPIONSHIP CLUBHOUSE REPORT, as well as classic PGA Championships from years past.

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE RANGE returns for the second year live from the Tournament Practice Range of Oak Hill on Thursday, Aug. 8 and Friday, Aug. 9 (8:30-10:30 AM, ET) featuring player interviews, analysis and a preview of the day’s action. Grant Boone, Brian Crowell and Bobby Clampett host the show each day. Mack produces and Grant directs.

CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports.

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Here’s TNT and Turner Sports’ coverage plans and announcers for the 2013 PGA Championship:

Turner Sports will provide comprehensive multimedia coverage of the 95th PGA Championship held August 8-11 from Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course in Rochester, N.Y. TNT will televise 18 hours of exclusive live action including six hours each day on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 8-9, from 1-7 p.m. ET, along with live coverage of the third and fourth rounds on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

This marks the 23rd consecutive year of Turner Sports’ coverage of the PGA Championship and TNT’s 15th straight year televising the event. TNT commentators will include Sports Emmy Award-winning host Ernie Johnson, analysts Ian Baker-Finch and Billy Kratzert and reporter Vince Cellini.

PGA.com, managed by Turner Sports, will offer extensive coverage of the event including live streaming via PGA Championship LIVE, an award-winning digital franchise with multiple live video streams allowing fans to follow marquee groups and par-3 coverage. This year, PGA Championship LIVE will offer fans a new and improved design including a larger screen devoted to video and a responsive design which allows for the best display across a wide variety of devices. PGA Championship LIVE is available on all platforms including desktop, mobile web and iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. PGA.com’s announce team will include host Brian Katrek, analyst Michael Breed, featured reporter Matt Adams, course reporters Craig Sager and Ted Tryba and media center reporter Amanda Balionis.

Additionally, for the first time ever, fan voting on PGA.com will determine the hole location of a major championship through the newly created “PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus.” Fans can continue to vote through Saturday, Aug. 10, via PGA.com to determine the location of the picturesque par-3 15th hole. On Sunday, Aug. 11, during the final round of the Championship, fans will be able to see the winning position.

PGA.com fan voting will also define the “PGA Championship: Moments of Glory.” From Aug. 4-7, fans will be able to cast their vote from a list of 18 signature moments in PGA Championship history. The top five will be unveiled during TNT’s telecast on Thursday, Aug. 8, and voting will continue through Saturday, August 10, until the top moment is announced during TNT’s final round coverage and via PGA.com on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Additional cross-platform highlights:


? TNT Total Motion – a super slo-mo camera will deliver a definitive point of view for swing analysis and a review of specialty shots.
? Golf Trax – TNT and PGA.com will provide viewers with a virtual tour of the course along with an aerial view of a player’s ball direction and a 360-degree view of each hole.
? TNT Pro Tracer – viewers will be able to see the flight of the ball for select shots live during play.
? Walter Hagen feature – TNT will profile the career of Rochester native Walter Hagen, a five-time winner of the PGA Championship.
? Moments of Glory Flashbacks – a look back at some of the greatest moments in PGA Championship history.
? Billy’s Course – TNT analyst Kratzert will take an in-depth look at the Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course.
? Chasing the Trophy – a daily all-access look at Chip Sullivan, one of the PGA Club Professionals competing in this year’s PGA Championship.
? Drive to The PGA Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz – Breed, 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year, will provide tips on how to play the course.


? 360-Degree Camera – while watching PGA Championship coverage on the site, fans will be able to access a 360-degree camera that provides a panoramic look and natural sound from the course. Users can drag the camera right, left, or up and down in a 360-degree circle to see action from various vantage points including the practice range, putting green and other course locations.
? Video Highlight Hub – an enhanced experience will allow fans to search and browse by player, round, hole or top moment from the 2013 PGA Championship.
? Predict It – an interactive feature available through PGA Championship LIVE which will provide fans the opportunity to predict the outcome of situations that could happen on the course.
? Social Leaderboard – fans can get a closer look at the score and the social conversation surrounding each player through a more interactive leaderboard. Available via PGA.com on desktop, the enhanced leaderboard allows fans to see video highlights and follow the social conversation around each hole. The leaderboard is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and National Car Rental.


? Expanded Suite of Mobile Apps – Turner Sports will expand its suite of mobile apps this year with a new PGA Championship iPad app and a new Android app. The iPad app will provide users with news, video alerts, detailed leaderboard and scorecards and access to live video streaming. The Android app will offer access to news, the leaderboard and a player locator. Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, the apps are available via the App Store and Google Play.
? Mobile Website – in addition to the PGA Championship apps, the PGA.com mobile website will be enhanced to offer live video, live scoring, news and updates throughout the event.

? Twitter Mirror – making its first appearance at a major golf championship, the Twitter mirror will allow fans to see candid shots of their favorite competitors as players use the mirror to tweet out behind-the-scenes shots from the handle @PGA_com.
? Video Highlights – @PGA_com will provide fans with video clips of key moments and highlights during the tournament.
? Social Caddy – inserted within the leaderboard, fans can view social content by hole, player and key moment.
? #PGAChamp – using the hashtag #PGAChamp, fans can join in and follow the conversation from PGA professionals, analysts and other golf fans on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google +.

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This week is the 2013 Open Championship (watch out for Jason Day), and here are ESPN’s coverage plans and announcers:

ESPN at The Open Championship

ESPN will air live, four-round television coverage of the 142nd renewal of golf’s oldest major, The Open Championship, July 18-21 as it is played for the 16th time at Scotland’s Muirfield Golf Links. In addition to more than 65 total hours on television, which includes live play and encore presentations, ESPN also will have live radio broadcasts and extensive digital offerings on computers, tablets and mobile devices.

ESPN and WatchESPN will have 11 scheduled hours of live play from each of the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday, July 18-19, from 4 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET. The third round on Saturday, July 20, will air live from 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with the final round on Sunday, July 21, airing live from 6 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

MuirfieldThe Best of The Open Championship, an edited encore presentation, will air in prime time Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7-10 p.m. on ESPN and Sunday night from 9 p.m. – midnight on ESPN2 for golf fans unable to watch the live play earlier in the day. Highlights of each day’s play also will air in The Open Championship Today from 3-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday on ESPN and Saturday and Sunday on ABC. The Open Championship has appeared on ABC every year since 1966.

ESPN’s flagship news and information program, SportsCenter, will originate from the site of the championship with a one-hour special SportsCenter at The Open Championship program on Wednesday, July 17, at 2 p.m. as well as with extensive reports throughout each day beginning Monday, July 15.

ESPN’s expert analysts and reporters for the event represent nine major golf championships and include Andy North and World Golf Hall of Famer Curtis Strange, both two-time U.S. Open champions; 1993 PGA Championship winner Paul Azinger, World Golf Hall of Famer Judy Rankin, two-time women’s major champion Dottie Pepper, 1973 Open Championship winner Tom Weiskopf and 2001 Open Championship winner David Duval.

Mike Tirico will host ESPN’s live telecasts from The Open Championship for the 17th consecutive year, with Scott Van Pelt also in the host role during the four days of the event. The BBC’s legendary golf announcer Peter Alliss will join ESPN for several afternoon hours on both Thursday and Friday.

In addition to his host role, Van Pelt will work as a hole announcer as will Strange, Pepper and Sean McDonough. Azinger, Duval and Alliss will join the hosts for analysis at various times. On-course reporters will be North, Rankin, Pepper and Bill Kratzert while Tom Rinaldi will conduct player interviews.

ESPN will continue the use of “Virtual Aerial,” a technical feature that debuted in coverage of last year’s Open Championship. With wind being such a factor in links golf, Virtual Aerial demonstrates for viewers the different conditions for golfers around the course with a live aerial view of wind direction in one part of the course as opposed to another.

ESPN also will use Flight Tracker on six holes. The real-time feature 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.

MuirfieldGolden Globe winning actor Ian McShane, one of the stars of the current movie Jack the Giant Slayer, again lends his voice to ESPN’s Open Championship scene-setting interstitial videos penned by ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine senior writer Wright Thompson.

SportsCenter at The Open Championship

A special one-hour SportsCenter at The Open Championship will have an extensive preview of the event on Wednesday, July 17, at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. The program will originate from Muirfield Golf Links. Scott Van Pelt will host with analyst Andy North and reporter Tom Rinaldi. ESPN.com national columnist Gene Wojciechowski also will contribute to the special.

Regular editions of SportsCenter will have reports from The Open Championship beginning Monday of tournament week. Mike Tirico will share the host role with Van Pelt on the reports with analysis by North, Paul Azinger, Tom Weiskopf and David Duval. Rinaldi will conduct interviews and with reports and reactions from Wojciechowski.

ESPN Radio’s Four-Round Open Championship Coverage

ESPN Radio’s coverage of The Open Championship tees off Thursday, July 18, with a six-hour live broadcast at 7 a.m. ET from Muirfield Golf Links in Scotland. Daily coverage will continue Friday (7 a.m. – 1 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and Sunday (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.). The broadcasts also will be available on ESPNRadio.com and TheOpen.com.

Commentators contributing to ESPN Radio’s live coverage will include Doug Bell, Dennis Paulson, Bill Rosinski, and Bob Wischusen.

The Open Championship on ESPN Digital Platforms


All Open Championship programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and Apple TV 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.


News, reactions and columns from senior golf writer Bob Harig, senior golf analyst Michael Collins, 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 Open week, hosted by Scott Van Pelt and Andy North.
“Quiet Please,” the exclusive weekly ESPN.com video show, on Tuesday from Muirfield
Live chat, featuring “Scribble Live” application, moderated by senior golf analyst Michael Collins
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.
ESPN GolfCast with an easy to use interface with scoring, video and social media elements.
Written features include a look at Muirfield, one of the finest links courses in the world and, along with St. Andrews, one of the best in the Open rotation.
For fans who have never been to an Open Championship, what they will need to do if they ever get the chance.
The Open venues are quite accessible, writes Harig, who offers a tour during his own golfing adventure across these classic sites.
Interactive elements including Best Ball Challenge and Open Championship 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.
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ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network – available to more than 85 million households nationwide via WatchESPN to fans who receive their Internet or video subscription from an affiliated provider – will offer golf fans five options for a second-screen experience during The Open Championship.

One ESPN3 Open Championship feed will feature live play on the 1st & 18th Holes, plus player interviews from the practice range, highlights and features. Trey Wingo and Jim Kelly will share the host role, with 1973 Open Championship winner Tom Weiskopf in the analyst chair. Former LPGA player Jane Crafter also will serve as an analyst with Kim Thomas interviewing players on the practice range and Mark Donaldson reporting from the course.

ESPN3’s Open Championship options also will include a Spanish-language feed with ESPN Deportes golf announcers Francisco Aleman and former LPGA pro Silvia Bertolaccini; the International View from the BBC/World coverage; and alternating views of holes 7, 8 and 9. The programming for the four feeds begins at 4 a.m. ET on the first two days of the event, 7 a.m. on Saturday and 6 a.m. on Sunday.

The fifth feed will be @TheOpen Live, an “outside the ropes” presentation covering the general atmosphere of the event that also includes fan interviews and news conferences. @TheOpen Live begins Wednesday, July 17, at 5 a.m. and then at 2:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, 4 a.m. on Saturday and 5 a.m. on Sunday.

ESPN Mobile

News, highlights and an Open Championship leaderboard will appear on the ESPN mobile Web and ScoreCenter app. There will also be Open Championship Insider content, news and columns and scoring alerts for top players.

MuirfieldAdditional coverage of The Open Championship on ESPN platforms:

ESPN International

Coverage of The Open Championship on ESPN platforms will reach 53 countries and more than 42 million international households, with coverage in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Latin America territories will offer HD coverage and digital streaming via ESPN Play and WatchESPN (Brazil), while also providing exclusive feeds. Additionally, ESPN Extra in Latin America will offer The Open Championship Mix interactive TV experience for all four rounds available on DirecTV.


SportsCenter on ESPNEWS will offer all the latest Open Championship news beginning Monday, July 15, with interviews, pre- and post-round news conferences and analysis.

ESPN Classic

ESPN Classic will feature a tribute to The Open Championship in the days leading up to ESPN’s live coverage of the event with 55 hours of special programming. The tribute begins Monday, July 15, at 11 a.m. ET with an airing of highlights of the 1978 Open Championship won by Jack Nicklaus and will run straight through until 4 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, when ESPN’s live coverage begins.

ESPN The Magazine

The “Body Issue” of ESPN the Magazine, on newsstands July 12, contains a preview of The Open Championship. Muirfield has produced the greatest collection of champions in modern history—champions with, since 1953, more average majors throughout their career than any other major venue. ESPN The Magazine got Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Nick Faldo, three of those champions, to describe how to play the final three holes at Muirfield. The 77-year-old Player, who won The Open Championship in three different decades during his illustrious career and whose fitness routine is legendary, also is one of the featured athletes in the Body Issue.

ESPN on Demand

Available to more than 43 million television households, ESPN On Demand will offer exclusive Open Championship content, including official films from the 2002 event at Muirfield (won by Ernie Els), St Andrews in 2000 and Royal Liverpool in 2006 (Tiger Woods) and a look at how Phil Mickelson came so close to winning in 2011. Viewers will also be able to watch a 2012 Open Championship highlight film and a classic Dick Schaap interview with Tom Watson.

Interactive Television

The four-screen Open Championship Experience will air on DirecTV (channels 701-705) for all four days of the championship. One of the channels will have live coverage of the 1st & 18th Holes, plus player interviews from the practice range, highlights and features. Trey Wingo and Jim Kelly will share the host role, with analysts Tom Weiskopf and Jane Crafter, interviewer Kim Thomas and reporter Mark Donaldson. The other three channels will carry the live ESPN television coverage, the International View with the BBC/World coverage and alternating coverage of holes 8, 9 and 10.

The Open Championship – Muirfield Golf Links, Gullane, Scotland

(all times U.S. Eastern)
Day/Date Program Start Network
Wed., July 17 SportsCenter at The Open Championship 2 p.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Thu., July 18 First Round 4 a.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Thu., July 18 First Round 7 a.m. ESPN Radio
Thu., July 18 The Open Championship Today 3 p.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Thu., July 18 Best of The Open Championship 7 p.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Fri., July 19 Second Round 4 a.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Fri., July 19 Second Round 7 a.m. ESPN Radio
Fri., July 19 The Open Championship Today 3 p.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Fri., July 19 Best of The Open Championship 7 p.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Sat., July 20 Third Round 7 a.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Sat., July 20 Third Round 9 a.m. ESPN Radio
Sat., July 20 The Open Championship Today 3 p.m. ABC
Sat., July 20 Best of The Open Championship 7 p.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Sun., July 21 Final Round 6 a.m. ESPN, WatchESPN
Sun., July 21 Final Round 8 a.m. ESPN Radio
Sun., July 21 The Open Championship Today 3 p.m. ABC
Sun., July 21 Best of The Open Championship 9 p.m. ESPN2, WatchESPN
Mon., July 22 Best of The Open Championship Noon ESPN2, WatchESPN

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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.

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.


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.


– 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 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.


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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