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ESPN Reveals College Gameday Coverage of Men’s NCAA Final Four

Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, LaPhonso Ellis, and Seth Greenberg will provide the analysis and insight throughout various shows leading up to the semifinal games between Houston vs. Baylor and UCLA vs. Gonzaga, along with the national championship game on Monday.

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The 2021 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship Final Four begins this weekend. ESPN will have wall-to-wall coverage with “College GameDay,” which starts at 2 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN, the network stated in a press release.

Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, LaPhonso Ellis, and Seth Greenberg will provide the analysis and insight throughout various shows leading up to the semifinal games between Houston vs. Baylor and UCLA vs. Gonzaga, along with the national championship game on Monday. 

Various guests will join the “College GameDay” throughout their coverage of the Men’s Final Four these next few days. Dick Vitale, who recently signed a new extension, Kentucky head coach John Calipari, college basketball analyst Sean Farnham, former Baylor player and current ESPN analyst King McClure, and college basketball analyst Bill Walton will all stop by to provide their analysis.

Furthermore, throughout the coverage on Saturday, the men’s positional awards will be revealed. Meanwhile, Monday’s national championship game coverage will see a two-hour edition of “College GameDay” on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET. 

Davis, Bilas, Ellis, and Greenberg break down the matchup between the final two teams competing for the national championship and look back at the unusual 2020-21 season.

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Scott Hanson Clarifies NFL RedZone Missteps During Raiders/Seahawks

Hanson believed in the moment that CBS was airing the overtime period to a national audience. But due to NFL broadcasting rules, the game was only available on select stations.

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NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson ruffled feathers for many football fans Sunday when he told viewers to switch from the channel to their local CBS affiliates to see the conclusion of the Las Vegas Raiders and Seattle Seahawks game.

Unfortunately, for both viewers and Hanson, the game was only being shown in a small portion of the country, with the rest of the nation’s CBS affiliates already airing 60 Minutes. The game was also available to NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers.

Hanson took to Twitter Sunday evening to explain what happened on the air and to apologize for the miscalculation.

Hanson believed in the moment that CBS was airing the overtime period to a national audience. But due to NFL broadcasting rules, the game was only available to stations in the Las Vegas, Fresno, Sacramento, Reno, Eugene, Portland, Boise, Seattle, and Spokane markets on the west coast. Additionally, the game was available in Chicago, Tampa, Atlanta, and Charlotte.

He apologized for the mistake and said he would have more details at a later date.

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ESPN Creates ACC/SEC Challenge

The series will begin for the 2023-2024 season, launching with 28 games played between the two sports.

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ESPN, in conjunction with the ACC and SEC, is slated to announce the creation of the ACC/SEC Challenge for men’s and women’s basketball.

The series will begin for the 2023-2024 season, launching with 28 games played between the two sports. That number will grow to 30 contests when the SEC expands for the 2025-2026 season.

Every game in the challenge will be aired on an ESPN platform, with each side hosting the same amount of home games.

The creation of the event comes on the heels of the Big Ten’s new media rights deal with FOX, NBC, and CBS, ending a nearly four-decade relationship with ESPN. The ACC/Big Ten Challenge began in 1999, with the SEC/Big 12 Challenging beginning in 2013. Both events will cease to exist following this season.

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FOX Sports Sees Record-Setting Ratings Weekend

The World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

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FOX Sports has been home to a number of record-setting games in terms of viewership over the last several days.

In addition to FOX Sports setting a new mark for a Thanksgiving and regular season NFL audience, the World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

The network reported the U.S./England match in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup averaged 15.377 million. It was the most-watched English-language soccer game in the U.S. ever, topping the 1994 World Cup final between Italy and Brazil.

Viewership of the match was up 11% compared to the second group stage contest for the U.S. team in 2014 against Portugal. The audience peaked at 19.646 million from 3:30-3:45 p.m.

FOX Sports also reported the Michigan/Ohio State game on Saturday drew in 17 million, which made it the most-watched regular season college game on the network ever. That figure was also the highest of any regular season contest since 2011. That game also saw the audience peak at 19.6 million.

Viewership for the game was up 3% compared to last year.

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