Scripps, ESPN recommence Spelling Bee accord

It’s time for the Scripps National Spelling Bee once again, marking ESPN’s 21st straight year of televising the event. Coverage will see more than 14 combined hours of live competition across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3, starting today at 8a and concluding tomorrow at 10p. Throughout the competition, ESPN3 and WatchESPN will feature an enhanced “Play Along” version, a newly integrated informational experience featuring the live coverage from the Bee alongside a display of the official spelling clues from Scripps, speller bio blasts, previous words spelled, live tweets and other information. SportsCenter anchor Chris McKendry returns to the Final with Paul Loeffler returning as analyst. Meanwhile, ESPN and the Scripps National Spelling Bee reached a two-year agreement for the exclusive rights to carry the National Spelling Bee Finals in 2014 and 2015 across its linear television and digital platforms.

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