ESPN serves up in a solo effort this month, announcing broadcast plans for the upcoming US Open with exclusive coverage as Serena Williams looks to lock up the first calendar year Grand Slam in nearly three decades. The action starts Aug. 31 and runs through the Women’s Championship on Saturday, Sept. 12, and the Men’s Championship on Sunday, Sept. 13. Overall, ESPN will produce over 130 hours of television as well as 1,100 on ESPN3 from up to 11 courts at once. ESPN and ESPN2 will include new 12-hour time slots at 11a on the “middle weekend” of Saturday, Sept. 5 – Labor Day Monday Sept. 7. Also, in the event’s new format, the Women’s Semifinals will now be played in prime time Thursday, Sept. 10, with the Men’s Semifinals on Friday, Sept 11.
Misfits Gaming is making history, announcing (along with the Miami Heat) a broad-ranging deal described as “one of the most comprehensive sponsorship partnerships in esports” with Alienware. Dealpoints will see the team leverage the brand’s slate of gear across an entire slate of categories that include laptop, desktop, mice, keyboard, mousepad, monitor and training analytics. […]
FACEIT is announcing plans to host the first UK-based Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major at London’s SSE Arena, Wembley. The tournament will run from Sept. 20-23 with tickets on sale starting April 2. “The community has been at the heart of everything we do at FACEIT, and we’re so grateful for the support of the players […]
Wendy Williams revealed today on her syndicated talk show that she has Graves disease and hyperthyroidism. The show will go on a three-week hiatus beginning today (February 22) so Williams can focus on her health.
Because we don’t have enough political drama… WE tv will begin airing binge-a-thons of CBS drama series Madam Secretary on Wednesday, March 7 from 7p-4a. Beginning the following week, Wednesday, March 14, the series will air during all-day binge-a-thons on Wednesdays from 10a-4a.
After a run that topped 35 years, Mike Patrick’s stay at ESPN is over. Patrick began his play-by-play role with the network in 1982, but the network announced yesterday that his last event with the company was the 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30. During that span, Patrick’s role included serving as the voice […]