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Baseball Tonight On Every Night During MLB Playoffs

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ESPN is giving MLB fans new editions of Baseball Tonight every night during the playoffs. The network has not set a firm time for each show, stating only that the show will start “around midnight” every night. The nightly show will be 60 minutes long during the Divisional and Championship Series and feature the regular crew of host Karl Ravech and experts Mark Teixeira, David Ross, Eduardo Pérez, John Farrell, Tim Kurkjian and Buster Olney.

Depending on ESPN’s live sports commitments, Baseball Tonight will be seen on either ESPN2 or ESPNews. The show can also be streamed via the ESPN app.

During the World Series ESPN will move Baseball Tonight into the spotlight. There will be a 60 minute version of the show on at 5pm each afternoon. That will be followed by a second 30 minute edition at 7pm. Those shows will be done on-site from the stadium hosting each night’s game and will feature interviews with players and managers involved in the World Series.

The full schedule for Baseball Tonight during the playoffs is below:

Date Time (ET) Network(s)
Fri, Oct 5 1 a.m. ESPN2
Sat, Oct 6 Midnight ESPNEWS
Sun, Oct 7 Midnight ESPN2
Mon, Oct 8 Midnight ESPN2
Tue, Oct 9* Midnight ESPN2
Wed, Oct 10* Midnight ESPNEWS
Thu, Oct 11* Midnight ESPN2
Fri, Oct 12 1 a.m. ESPN2
Sun, Oct 14 Midnight ESPN2
Mon, Oct 15 Midnight ESPN2
Tue, Oct 16 Midnight ESPN2
Wed, Oct 17 Midnight ESPNEWS
Thu, Oct 18* Midnight ESPN2
Fri, Oct 19* Midnight ESPNEWS
Sat, Oct 20* 1 a.m. ESPNEWS
Sun, Oct 21* Midnight ESPN2
Tue, Oct 23 5 p.m. ESPN2
  7 p.m. ESPNEWS
Wed, Oct 24 5 p.m. ESPN2
  7 p.m. ESPN2
Fri, Oct 26 5 p.m. ESPN2
  7 p.m. ESPN2
Sun, Oct 28* 5 p.m. ESPN
  7 p.m. ESPN2
Tue, Oct 30* 5 p.m. ESPN2
  7 p.m. ESPN2
Wed, Oct 31* 5 p.m. ESPN2
  7 p.m. ESPN2

*Only applicable if games are played on that day

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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