ESPN and the Southeastern Conference will make an announcement at a Noon ET news conference this afternoon in Atlanta.
In this space, Front Row will provide a LIVE Storify of the event to chronicle social media’s reaction to the announcement.
The complete live stream of the news conference will be available at www.SECDigitalNetwork.com, the official SEC mobile and tablet apps, and the official SEC YouTube page starting at Noon. Storify begins after the jump. continue reading…
ESPN’s Mike Tirico, 1988 Syracuse grad, at a Monday Night Football production meeting. (ESPN)
This weekend’s Final Four in Atlanta will draw fans from all four schools, each dreaming of its team cutting down the nets on Monday night. ESPN employees are no different.
They are passionate sports fans, too. Here, Front Row presents some Final Four smack talk from four folks with ties to the schools. Be sure to tune into ESPN all weekend through Monday’s championship game for live coverage from Atlanta and extensive pre- and post game analysis and features. continue reading…
Conan O’Brien brought his show to Atlanta this week to coincide with the 75th Final Four. In tonight’s final episode from the city (11 p.m. ET, TBS), Conan welcomes Charles Barkley and ESPN’s Dick Vitale to the show. The musical guest is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Vitale also enjoyed some time backstage with one of his boyhood heroes, Hank Aaron. Vitale tweeted he was “honored to be with these two legends (Aaron and Barkley).”
Vitale will call Final Four games this weekend for the first time in his career. He will serve as the analyst on Final Four telecasts from Atlanta, calling a semifinal and the championship for ESPN International.
Front Row will have more behind-the-scenes photos from the show on Friday.
Conan, Dickie V, Hank Aaron and Sir Charles backstage (Will Becton/Team Coco)
As the face of ESPN’s college basketball for 34 years, legendary analyst Dick Vitale has had a front row seat to more than 2,000 college basketball telecasts, including many of the best and most memorable matchups.
The one event missing from his Hall of Fame resume is calling an NCAA Men’s Final Four game. That will all change this year. ESPN announced today that Vitale will work two Final Four games for ESPN International in 2013 — a semifinal and the National Championship.
ESPN hoops analyst Jay Bilas will work the other semifinal (not called by Vitale) while Brad Nessler will call play-by-play on all three telecasts. Front Row put together a video retrospective of highlights from Vitale’s career at ESPN.