ESPN’s Coverage of the 2010 U.S. Open Championship Returns to Prime Time

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June 14th, 2010

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ESPN’s Coverage of the 2010 U.S. Open Championship Returns to Prime Time

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First and Second Rounds Live on TV, Over 65 Unique Hours Across Multimedia Platforms

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In its 29th consecutive year, ESPN will present comprehensive multiplatform coverage of the 2010 U.S. Open Championship from Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif., including live telecasts of the first two rounds on ESPN on Thursday and Friday, June 17-18. Additionally, there will be coverage of the National Championship across 14 platforms: ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN2, ESPN2 HD, ESPNEWS, ESPNEWS HD, ESPN Classic, ESPN International, ESPN.com, ESPN3.com, ESPN Audio, ESPN On Demand, Interactive Television and ESPN Mobile TV.

ESPN will deliver 14 hours of live first- and second-round action (1 – 3 p.m. ET and 5 – 10 p.m. ET both days). In addition, ESPN and ESPN2 will air SportsCenter presented by IBM at the U.S. Open preview and highlight shows, plus The Best of the U.S. Open presented by Titleist Friday and Saturday in the overnight hours and re-airs of the third and final rounds over the weekend. All telecasts will be in high definition.

Chris Berman, who has covered the U.S. Open on ESPN since 1986, and Scott Van Pelt will host ESPN’s live telecasts Thursday and Friday. ESPN’s golf team also includes two-time U.S. Open Champions Curtis Strange (analyst) and Andy North (on-course reporter) as well as Roger Maltbie, Terry Gannon, Gary Koch and Sean McDonough (hole announcers) and on-course reporters Bill Kratzert and Judy Rankin. Van Pelt and John Anderson will anchor SportsCenter reports from Pebble Beach. Tom Rinaldi will contribute interviews and reports and ESPN The Magazine columnist Rick Reilly will provide essays and commentary.

Among the features planned for ESPN’s television coverage:
• Was Tiger Woods’ performance at Pebble Beach in 2000 the most dominant ever?
• Pebble Beach’s 7th hole, one of the shortest and toughest holes in golf
• 50 years ago, Arnold Palmer’s big moment at the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills
• A look at what players are really thinking about in their backswing
• What does a “Swing Doctor” really do?
• An essay on Tiger Woods by Rick Reilly

2010 U.S. Open & ESPN

Date Time (ET) Telecast Network
Tues, June 15 2-3 p.m. SportsCenter presented by IBM at the U.S. Open ESPN2
Wed, June 16 2-3 p.m. SportsCenter presented by IBM at the U.S. Open ESPN2
Thurs, June 17 1-3 p.m. First Round ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Mobile TV
1-7 p.m. First Round ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com
5-10 p.m. First Round ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Mobile TV
Fri, June 18 12-1 a.m, SportsCenter presented by IBM at the U.S. Open ESPN2
1-4:30 a.m, Best of the U.S. Open presented by Titleist (First Round) ESPN2
1-3 p.m. Second Round ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Mobile TV
1-7 p.m. Second Round ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com
5- 10 p.m. Second Round ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Mobile TV
Sat, June 19 12-1 a.m. SportsCenter presented by IBM at the U.S. Open ESPN2
3-6 a.m. Best of the U.S. Open presented by Titleist (Second Round) ESPN
1-2 p.m. SportsCenter presented by IBM at the U.S. Open ESPN, ESPN Mobile TV
5-11 p.m. Third Round ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com
Sun, June 20 12-1 a.m. SportsCenter presented by IBM at the U.S. Open ESPN2
3-6 a.m. Best of the U.S. Open (Third Round) ESPN
1-2 p.m. SportsCenter presented by IBM at the U.S. Open ESPN, ESPN Mobile TV
3-9 p.m. Final Round ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com
Mon, June 21 12-1 a.m. SportsCenter presented by IBM at the U.S. Open ESPN2
1:30-5 a.m. Best of the U.S. Open (Final Round) ESPN2

ESPN3.com
ESPN3.com will offer four unique channels of U.S. Open early round coverage Thursday and Friday, including:
• ESPN’s live TV coverage (1-3 p.m. & 5-10 p.m.)
• Holes 7 & 17 (live 1-10 p.m.)
• 18th Hole (live 1-10 p.m.)
• Historical U.S. Open Championships at Pebble Beach (1972 – Jack Nicklaus, 1982 – Tom Watson, 1992 – Tom Kite and 2000 – Tiger Woods)

ESPN Audio
The 2010 U.S. Open marks ESPN Audio’s initial foray into golf play-by-play. ESPN Radio will present live play-by-play coverage of all four rounds of the U.S. Open (1-7 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, 5-11 p.m. on Saturday and 3-9 p.m. Sunday). Additionally, ESPN Radio will produce preview specials on Tuesday and Wednesday (7-8 p.m.), post-championship shows and live updates within SportsCenter reports airing three times per hour. ESPNRadio.com, ESPN Deportes Radio and ESPNDeportes.com will include the U.S. Open leaderboard, Championship updates and player interviews. Sean McDonough and Bob Wischusen will host live broadcasts with other ESPN analysts contributing. Chuck Wilson and Freddie Coleman will host preview shows with Doug Brown, Marc Kestecher and Dan Davis providing post-round coverage. ESPN Radio’s coverage of the U.S. Open will also be available on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio (Sirius channel 120 and XM channel 140).

Interactive Television
ESPN will produce the U.S. Open Mix interactive TV offering, available through DirecTV (channels 701-705), which will include four channels of live TV coverage, Marquee Group, Holes 7 & 17 and the 18th hole. U.S. Open Mix will be available all four days of the Championship.

ESPN.com
Covering the 2010 U.S. Open from all angles, ESPN.com will provide:
• Jason Sobel’s popular daily Cover It Live analysis throughout the Championship;
• Expert opinions from featured writers that include Gene Wojciechowski, Bob Harig and Sobel;
• Interactive leaderboard and live scores;
• A golf-themed fantasy game, Best Ball Majors, U.S. Edition, the second installment of the ESPN Best Ball Challenge;
• Extensive video content, including highlights, analysis, clips from SportsCenter and press conferences;
• Also, photo galleries, podcasts, live chats, SportsNation polling and more.

ESPN Mobile
• Live mobile video simulcasts of ESPN’s first- and second-round telecasts and SportsCenter presented by IBM at the U.S. Open preview shows of the third and final rounds;
• News and highlights on the ESPN mobile Web site with a U.S. Open leaderboard;
• U.S. Open Insider content, news, and columns;
• Scoring alerts for top players;
• Video shot packs of select golfers.

ESPN On Demand
Available to approximately 27 million households nationwide, ESPN On Demand will offer unique U.S. Open programming to fans, including Tiger Woods’ victories in 2000, 2002 and 2008; Jack Nicklaus’ last U.S. Open win in 1980; and a Sport Science piece focused on the spin produced by golf wedges.

ESPN Classic
ESPN Classic will pay tribute to the U.S. Open beginning Tuesday, June 15, with 35 hours of official U.S. Open highlight videos leading up to the first round Thursday, June 17.

ESPN International
ESPN International will televise over 26 hours of live U.S. Open action to more than 218 million homes and 133 countries outside the U.S., including viewers in Asia (ESPN Star Sports), Canada (TSN), the Caribbean, Israel, Latin America, the Middle East and Northern Africa. ESPN’s telecast in Latin America will feature the commentator team of Silvia Bertolaccini and Francisco Aleman, and in Brazil, Marco Rodrigues and Ricardo Melo. Fans in Latin America will also be able to follow ESPN's live simulcast television coverage and a continuous feed of Pebble Beach's signature holes, including the 7th, 17th and 18th via ESPN Play – ESPN’s signature broadband platform in the region--along with full editorial coverage on ESPNDeportes.com.

 
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