ESPN’s weeklong coverage of Super Bowl 50 – Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos vs. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers – kicks off Monday, February 1, from the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., and continues in the Bay Area through the post-Super Bowl NFL PrimeTime and SportsCenter shows on Sunday, February 7.
ESPN will make its Super Bowl home at Marina Green in San Francisco, where signature shows SportsCenter, NFL Insiders, NFL Live, Postseason NFL Countdown and PTI will originate. All shows are free and open for public viewing.
ESPN’s Super Bowl commentator team includes former NFL players, coaches and team executives with a combined 30 Super Bowl appearances and 17 championship rings. The roster of television hosts, analysts, insiders and reporters includes: Michelle Beisner, Chris Berman, Tedy Bruschi, John Buccigross, Cris Carter, Lindsay Czarniak, Trent Dilfer, Mike Ditka, Herm Edwards, Merril Hoge, Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski, Keyshawn Johnson, Suzy Kolber, Steve Levy, Ray Lewis, Wendi Nix, Sal Paolantonio, Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Adam Schefter, Mark Schlereth, Hannah Storm, Jim Trotter, Ed Werder, Trey Wingo and Steve Young.
ESPN TV Shows Originating from San Francisco:
- SportsCenter: ESPN’s flagship news and information program will be On the Road from multiple Bay Area locations during Super Bowl week. On Monday, Lindsay Czarniak (6 p.m. ET) will host from the site of Super Bowl Opening Night in San Jose, while Hannah Storm and Steve Levy will anchor that night’s three-hour SportsCenter Special (8-11 p.m. ET, ESPN2) with Tedy Bruschi and Steve Young. On Tuesday, Storm will contribute segments throughout the day, and Czarniak will host the 6 p.m. ET show, from Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Wharf. On Saturday, Levy and John Buccigross will anchor the 11:30 p.m. ET show from Oracle Arena in Oakland after the Oklahoma City-Golden State NBA game. All other shows will originate from Marina Green with Storm and Czarniak hosting morning and evening editions, respectively, and Levy and Buccigross on late-night shows.
- NFL Insiders (2:30 p.m. ET) Bill Polian, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter provide league updates and insights Wednesday through Friday. Suzy Kolber (Wed, Fri) and Wendi Nix (Thu) host the show from Marina Green.
- NFL Live (3:30 p.m. ET) host Trey Wingo and a rotating cast of former NFL players and coaches analyze the day’s news Wednesday through Friday from Marina Green.
- PTI (5:30 p.m. ET) with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon originates from Marina Green Wednesday through Friday.
- First Take (10 a.m. ET): ESPN2’s weekday morning debate show featuring Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim will be live from The General’s Residence at Fort Mason Wednesday through Friday.
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§ Postseason NFL Countdown (11 a.m. ET, ESPN): Hosts Chris Berman and Suzy Kolber preview the Denver Broncos-Carolina Panthers matchup from Marina Green and Levi’s Stadium, respectively. Co-host Wendi Nix, NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson, and NFL Insider Adam Schefter join Berman from the Marina District, while Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young join Kolber from Santa Clara. Bureau reporters Sal Paolantonio (Broncos), Ed Werder (Panthers) and Jim Trotter provide team updates.
§ NFL PrimeTime and SportsCenter: After Super Bowl 50, Chris Berman, Tom Jackson and Steve Young will have highlights, interviews and more on NFL PrimeTime (10:30 p.m. ET) from Levi’s Stadium and Steve Levy and John Buccigross will anchor the post-game SportsCenter (11:30 p.m. ET) from Marina Green.
ESPN Radio Shows Originating from San Francisco
ESPN Radio will broadcast 38 hours of live, on-site coverage from San Francisco, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3 – Saturday, Feb. 6.
- Mike & Mike: (W-F from 6-10 a.m. ET, simulcast on ESPN2): Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic – hosts of ESPN Radio’s popular national morning show – are live from Fort Mason.
- Russillo & Kanell (W-F from 1-4 p.m. ET): Ryen Russillo and Danny Kanell host the daily Russillo & Kanell live from Radio Row at the Moscone Center.
- The Trifecta (Sat from 12-3 p.m. ET): espnW’s new show on ESPN Radio, featuring hosts Kate Fagan, Jane McManus and Sarah Spain, is also live from Radio Row.
- ESPN Radio’s Super Bowl 50 Golden Moments Show (Sat from 3-5 p.m. ET): Hosted by John Saunders with Wendi Nix, Herm Edwards and Bill Polian, the program – airing live from Radio Row – is a culmination of ESPN Radio’s 50-day countdown to Super Bowl 50, covering the history of America’s biggest game on the cusp of its Golden Anniversary.
- In addition, ESPN NY 98.7FM’s The Michael Kay Show (3-7 p.m. ET) airs live Wednesday-Friday, with hosts Michael Kay, Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg broadcasting from Radio Row.
For the first time ever, ESPN Deportes will televise the Super Bowl in Spanish live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., thanks to an agreement reached with CBS – the home of Super Bowl 50. Leading into the game, ESPN Deportes will present daily editions of NFL Live beginning Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. ET and daily live segments from San Francisco across all studio programming throughout the day. The lineup on Super Bowl Sunday features nine hours of pregame coverage, including a 90-minute NFL Super Bowl Pregame special at 4:30 p.m. ET and a postgame show.
Coverage will be led by a team of 12 reporters/analysts in San Francisco: Alvaro Martin (play-by-play), Super Bowl-winning kicker Raul Allegre (analyst) and John Sutcliffe (sideline reporter) call the Super Bowl, while Ciro Procuna, Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega, former Bears center Roberto Garza, Sergio Dipp, Kary Correa, Mauricio Pedroza, Sebastian Martinez Christensen, and Carlos Nava will contribute daily reports and segments. In addition, Martin, Allegre and Sutcliffe will contribute to ESPN’s English-language coverage with special segments on SportsCenter and Mike & Mike.
ESPN Deportes Radio also broadcasts the game live with Kenneth Garay calling the action alongside Sebastian Martinez Christensen and Eduardo Martell reporting from the field. Additionally, the Spanish-language radio network complements the game telecast with over 40 hours of news and information programming leading up to Sunday, including weekday editions of Firma ESPN (6-9 a.m. ET), Zona ESPN (12-2 p.m. ET), and Zona NYC (2-4 p.m. ET). Saturday’s lineup includes Zona Sabatina special from San Francisco at 9 a.m. ET and Super Bowl Sunday’s coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET with Ultimo Paso SB50 Special, followed by a pregame special at 5 p.m. ET.
ESPNDeportes.com provides complete reporting and highlights throughout the week, including bilingual video analysis with commentators to be featured on both ESPN.com and ESPNDeportes.com, daily live streaming segments, video features and updates, press conferences, breaking news, updates and highlights. Reporters Carlos Nava and Sebastian Martinez Christensen are on site covering both teams.
ESPN International will present Super Bowl 50 live to more than 59 million households in 60 countries and territories throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Canada. Commentary and analysis is provided in four languages — English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Highlights:
- The game will be seen in HD in Australia, New Zealand, Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and Canada.
- Spanish language coverage features a team of 12 reporters/analysts in San Francisco: Alvaro Martin (play-by-play), Super Bowl-winning kicker Raul Allegre (analyst) and John Sutcliffe (sideline reporter) call the Super Bowl, while Ciro Procuna, Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega, former Bears Center Roberto Garza, Sergio Dipp, Kary Correa, Mauricio Pedroza, Sebastian Martinez Christensen, and Carlos Nava host daily reports and segments for NFL Live, SportsCenter, NFL Esta Noche, Radio Formula, Nación ESPN, #Redes and Los Capitanes.
- Live coverage on Super Bowl Sunday in Spanish-speaking Latin America begins at 11 a.m. ET with a special Toque Inicial, followed by SportsCenter (1 p.m. ET), NFL Live (2 p.m. ET), and an extended NFL Esta Noche-Camino al Super Bowl (3 p.m. ET) leading into the Super Bowl pregame and telecast (5 p.m. ET).
- Spanish digital coverage features ESPN commentator live chats, video and complete coverage from San Francisco on ESPN.com and via social media on Facebook and Twitter, using #SBxESPN.
- The live Super Bowl broadcast is available digitally throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America on ESPN’s broadband player, ESPN Play.
- ESPN Brasil will feature Portuguese coverage with Everaldo Marques, Paulo Antunes and Andre Kfouri on the live Super Bowl 50 telecast and reporting for The Book is On the Table (daily Monday-Sunday), Abre and Pos Jogo (pre- and post-game show) and SportsCenter Brasil.
- Live coverage of the Super Bowl begins in Australia and New Zealand at 2 a.m. ET with extended pregame coverage.
- English-speaking ESPN networks in the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands features ESPN’s Postseason NFL Countdown live from San Francisco and U.S. network coverage of Super Bowl 50.
- RDS Canada provides French-language coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET.
- ESPN will distribute the Super Bowl to over 175 movie theaters throughout Mexico and Brazil.
ESPN Digital and Print
ESPN Digital and Print coverage of Super Bowl 50 includes analysis, commentary, breaking news and more across ESPN.com and the ESPN App leading up to the game and in-depth game coverage. ESPN.com’s roster of journalists includes NFL senior writers John Clayton, Ian O’Connor, Elizabeth Merrill and Seth Wickersham, analyst Bill Barnwell, NFL Nation reporters, and more. Coverage highlights:
- Super Bowl Confidential: Takeaways from a survey of more than 300 current NFL players, who share their thoughts on everything from their choice for the halftime performer to game-changing players.
- Super Bowl Rank: The top 50 players in Super Bowl history.
- Ranking the 49 Super Bowl MVPs.
- Whitney Houston’s version of “The Star Spangled Banner” unintentionally changed the entire culture of the Super Bowl. On its 25th anniversary, ESPN retraces the development of the anthem.
- Super Bowl predictions from ESPN personalities, writers, celebrities and more.
- In-depth previews of the game from NFL Nation reporters.
- ESPN Digital Video coverage from San Francisco, featuring NFL Nation reporters and NFL Insiders.
- ESPN Insider coverage includes on-location analysis from Mike Sando, as well as advanced metrics leading up to and following the game.
- Instant postgame analysis, grades for each team and power rankings for the coming season.
- espnW’s Jane McManus reports from the NFL Women’s Summit and covers media day and surrounding Super Bowl week events for espnW. In addition, Sarah Spain provides red carpet and Super Bowl party coverage from espnW’s social handles. All three co-hosts of espnW’s The Trifecta (Spain, McManus and Kate Fagan) will broadcast their show from Radio Row on Saturday, Feb. 6.
ESPN The Magazine
ESPN The Magazine’s Super Bowl 50 Issue, on newsstands today, focuses on the Super Bowl as a cultural phenomenon. Editor-in-chief Chad Millman notes, “As the Super Bowl turns 50, ESPN The Magazine looks at how the game went from ‘good idea’ to ‘unofficial national holiday.’” The issue features Bryan Curtis on the NFL’s success in branding more than just the big game in “All That Glitters.” Danyel Smith writes about how Whitney Houston soothed a nation on the 25th anniversary of her national anthem performance, and David Fleming plays detective, piecing together the best Super Bowl party of all time in “Joey Fatone, Miss February 1999 and One Epic Chocolate Fountain.” This all leads up to the Super Bowl preview, anchored by Tim Keown’s examination of why Cam Newton continues to be a lightning rod of controversy, as well as breakdowns of whether the Panthers or Broncos hold the competitive edge, from blitz schemes and passing when pressured to red zone success and players to watch.
ESPN The Party
ESPN hosts its 12th annual Super Bowl event, ESPN The Party, on Friday, Feb. 5, in San Francisco. In conjunction with the release of ESPN The Magazine’s Super Bowl issue, the invitation-only event features a special live performance by multi-platinum selling GRAMMY–nominated singer/songwriter Nick Jonas, along with music by D-Nice. ESPN takes over the Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason, which in 1941 was home to over a million military men and women as they boarded ships to sail the Pacific to begin Hawaiian relief efforts after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Follow the action via social channels using #ESPNTHEPARTY.
ESPN Social Media
- Behind-the-scenes coverage of Super Bowl week via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Twitter vote: On Friday, Feb. 5, fans are invited to answer the question: Who will win Super Bowl 50?
- The 2015 NFL Season in Pictures: For the third year in a row, Trey Wingo recaps the NFL season in 160 seconds. The video will air on NFL Live and other ESPN TV programs throughout Super Bowl week. It will also be posted on ESPN.com.
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