Man’s Best Friend will take center stage on Monday night, March 23, as ESPN2 celebrates “National Puppy Day” with six hours of dog-related programming in prime time beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
The featured programming will all either star or be related to furry good girls and boys and their connection to sports. The lineup:
6 p.m. – AKC Agility Premier Cup
Top AKC Agility dogs and handlers from around the country in competition on exciting and challenging agility courses designed to test their athleticism as well as their teamwork with their handler.
7 p.m. – Dog Tales
Three popular and touching dog-related features from the E:60 and SportsCenter SC Featured storytelling brands – Arthur, Fenway’s Best Friend and A Warrior’s Way.
8 p.m. – ESPN Championship Pup
ESPN’s campus is turned into a doggie competition arena for action in three different AKC-sanctioned dog venues: Agility, Dock Diving and Flyball. Anita Marks hosts coverage with commentary/analysis by Gina DiNardo of AKC.TV and Matt Nelson, founder of the immensely popular “We Rate Dogs” and “Thoughts of Dog” social handles.
9 p.m. – E:60 Pictures: 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 the Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award.
9:30 p.m. – Always Late with Katie Nolan
A special “dog” edition of the popular late-night 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.
10 p.m. – 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.
The programming was all part of the inaugural “ESPN Dog Day” held in August.
“National Puppy Day” begins ESPN2’s special prime time programming for the week of March 23. Additional programming for the network will be announced in the coming days via @ESPNPR and ESPN Press Room.
National Puppy Day on ESPN2 Programming Schedule
|Mon., March 23||6 p.m.||AKC Agility Premier Cup||ESPN2|
|7 p.m.||Dog Tales||ESPN2|
|8 p.m.||ESPN Championship Pup||ESPN2|
|9 p.m.||E:60 Pictures: Owen & Haatchi||ESPN2|
|9:30 p.m.||Always Late with Katie Nolan||ESPN2|
|10 p.m.||ESPN Great Outdoor Games Highlights||ESPN2|
|11 p.m.||ESPN Great Outdoor Games Highlights||ESPN2|
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