ESPNU to Debut Hour-long Special, Alabama All-Access, on Aug. 18

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ESPNU to Debut Hour-long Special, Alabama All-Access, on Aug. 18

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August 3, 2010

ESPNU and ESPN will showcase the defending national champions, the University of Alabama football program, in the hour-long College Football Special: Alabama All-Access Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU (re-air, midnight) and Thursday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Crimson Tide will provide ESPN with unprecedented access into the inner workings of a college football program, by giving viewers a first-time look at practices, team meetings and campus facilities for eight days, beginning today, Aug. 3.

Excerpts from the special will be featured on nightly half-hour prime-time shows Monday, Aug. 9 -Friday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU (re-air, midnight). These shows will include segments devoted to the analysis of the Crimson Tides’ offense, defense and special teams. 

SportsCenter will debut short clips of Alabama All-Access starting Friday, Aug. 13, and continuing daily through Wednesday, Aug. 18.

Each episode will be presented in the players’ and coaches’ own words as Alabama prepares to defend its national title. In 2009-10, head coach Nick Saban led Alabama to its 13th national championship with a perfect 14-0 record, defeating Texas 37-21 in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

ESPN will capture aspects of the Crimson Tide on and off the field, going behind the scenes and delving into what makes this program run on a daily basis. The series will also explore the experience of living in the heart of Crimson Tide country: Tuscaloosa. 

ESPN has offered viewers similar all-access type segments within SportsCenter, College GameDay and other ESPN shows.

College Football Special: Alabama All-Access (Schedule subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Re-air Network
Mon, Aug 9 -Fri, Aug 13 7 p.m. Midnight ESPNU
Wed, Aug 18 7 p.m. Midnight ESPNU
Thu, Aug 19 8 p.m.   ESPN


Rachel Margolis Siegal

A part of the Internal Communications team at ESPN, I began with the network in 2010 as part of the College Sports PR team. Always an avid sports fan and not an athlete – I grew up a huge fan of the Hartford Whalers, while also watching my brother compete at different levels. I became the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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