ESPN Going to the Dogs – August 24 Becomes Dogust 24 for “Dog Day”

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ESPN Going to the Dogs – August 24 Becomes Dogust 24 for “Dog Day”

Twelve Hours of Doggone Good Shows with Furry Four-Legged Friends on ESPN2, ESPNEWS

ESPN will be going to the dogs – literally – for a special “ESPN Dog Day” celebration of dogs, canine competition and dog-related sports programming on Saturday, August Dogust 24. The featured programming, which will be capped by an airing of the greatest movie ever made about a basketball-playing dog, Disney’s Air Bud, will all either star or be related to man’s best friends and their connection to sports.

ESPN Dog Day, which also celebrates International Dog Day (August 26), will “raise the woof” from noon until 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Most of the fur-tastic programming will repeat on ESPNEWS from 6 p.m. until midnight, making for a combined 12 hours of canine companionship for viewers—and a pawfect way to lighten up after a ruff week.

Viewers can look for ESPN Dog Day’s host Katie Nolan throughout the day and fetch more of ESPN’s Dog Day content across SportsCenter, ESPN.com and ESPN’s social media platforms. In addition to airing on television, the ESPN Dog Day lineup also will be streaming on the ESPN App. The entire programming schedule, with the exception of Air Bud, will be available on demand via the ESPN App as a collection following the initial television airing.

The lineup:

11:30 a.m. – ESPN App

ESPN Dog Day Preshow

As ESPN welcomes the American Kennel Club and visiting dogs to its campus in Bristol, Conn., the ESPN Dog Day Preshow will be hosted by noted dog lover (and ESPN personality) Anita Marks and include an AKC Meet the Breeds® with Gina DiNardo and Agility, Dock Diving and Flyball warm-up runs for the live compeititon that starts at noon. Joining Marks as a special guest commentator for the program will be Matt Nelson, founder of the immensely popular “We Rate Dogs” and “Thoughts of Dog” social handles.

Noon – ESPN2

ESPN Dog Day Championship Pup

ESPN’s campus is turned into a doggie competition arena, including the addition of a 20,000-gallon Dock Diving pool, for live action in three different AKC-sanctioned dog venues: Agility, Dock Diving and Flyball. Marks will host coverage with commentary/analysis by Nelson and DiNardo. The program also will have some fun features including an #SCTop10 of all dog clips and “Furry Funnies” (since no good boy or girl dog could ever be #NotTop10). The two features will be narrated by SportsCenter anchor Neil Everett.

1 p.m. – ESPN2

Dog Tales

Four popular and touching dog-related features from the E:60 and SportsCenter SC Featured storytelling brands will be part of a compilation show hosted by Tom Rinaldi. The four features will include:

  • Arthur – A dog’s remarkable journey to find a home. The unlikely bond between a team of Swedish Adventure racers and an injured stray dog found in the Amazon Jungle – a distance of 6,455 miles doesn’t begin to measure the journey in this SC Featured piece from 2017, now being made into a movie starring Mark Wahlberg. Nominated for Sports Emmy.
  • Fenway’s Best Friend — Two life-changing accidents and a PTSD diagnosis led Fenway Park’s head groundskeeper to a relationship with man’s best friend – the story of Dave and his dog Drago and how they built their own Field of Dreams. Dave and Drago will be in the studio for an interview with Rinaldi after the feature. Winner of Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award.
  • Owen + Haatchi — An E:60 story from 2014 about a boy and his dog. But not just any boy, and not just any dog. Together, Owen and Haatchi, with their improbable winning streak and their remarkable bond, are like nothing ever seen. Winner of Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award.
  • A Warrior’s Way – An SC Featured story from SportsCenter’s coverage of the 2017 Warrior Games. U.S. military veteran and double-amputee Christy Gardner is inspired to compete by her service dog, a Golden Retriever named Moxie.

2 p.m. – ESPN2

Always Late with Katie Nolan

A special “dog” edition of the popular ESPN+ program features one of Katie’s favorite subjects: dogs. Katie welcomes some furry friends to the sets of ESPN’s programs and she and the doggos have fun at the expense of some notable ESPN personalities.

2:30 p.m. – ESPN2

Flyball: The Ultimate Dog Relay

AKC Flyball is a competitive canine relay race in which two teams, comprised of four dogs (and two substitutes), compete side by side against one another over a course. Dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages can compete.

3 p.m. – ESPN2

2019 AKC Agility Premier Cup

Top AKC Agility dogs and handlers from around the country converged on Long Island in April for the inaugural AKC Agility Premier Cup. Sixty dogs were in competition on exciting and challenging agility courses designed to test their athleticism as well as their teamwork with their handler.

4 p.m. – ESPN2

Disney’s Air Bud

Starring a basketball-playing Golden Retriever, Air Bud (1997) is the story of a circus dog that escapes a cruel master, is adopted by a lonely boy in a new city and becomes the unlikely star of a high school basketball team. Viewers should be on the lookout for exclusive “Thoughts of Dog” from the mind of Buddy (and Matt Nelson) during the film.

The first four hours of ESPN Dog Day programming will repeat on ESPNEWS between 6-10 p.m.

10 p.m. – ESPNEWS

ESPN Great Outdoor Games Highlights

Two hours of highlights of dog competitions from the 2004 and 2005 ESPN Great Outdoor Games including agility, disc dogs, big air, launch and more.

ESPN Dog Day – Full Schedule

Date Time (ET) Title Network
Sat., Dogust. 24 11:30 a.m. ESPN Dog Day Preshow with Meet the Breeds ESPN App
Noon ESPN Dog Day Championship Pup (live) ESPN2
1 p.m. Dog Tales ESPN2
2 p.m. Always Late with Katie Nolan (special dogs edition) ESPN2
2:30 p.m. Flyball: The Ultimate Dog Relay ESPN2
3 p.m. 2019 AKC Agility Premier Cup ESPN2
4 p.m. Disney’s Air Bud ESPN2
6 p.m. ESPN Dog Day Championship Pup (encore) ESPNEWS
7 p.m. Dog Tales ESPNEWS
8 p.m. Always Late with Katie Nolan (special dogs edition) ESPNEWS
8:30 p.m. Flyball: The Ultimate Dog Relay ESPNEWS
9 p.m. 2019 AKC Agility Premier Cup ESPNEWS
10 p.m. 2004 ESPN Great Outdoor Games Highlights ESPNEWS
11 p.m. 2005 ESPN Great Outdoor Games Highlights ESPNEWS

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Andy Hall

I’m part of a team that handles PR/Communications for SportsCenter, including the SC Featured brand, and ESPN’s news platforms. In addition, I’m the PR contact for ESPN’s coverage of golf (the Masters), motorsports (Formula 1), and the sports betting program Daily Wager. I’m based in Daytona Beach, Fla., and have been with ESPN since 2006.
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