Dienstag, August 30, 2011

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Der American Football Bund Österreich (AFBÖ), ein junger, erfolgreicher und aufstrebender Verband, möchte in Zukunft seine Medienarbeit ausbauen.

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Der American Football Bund Österreich (AFBÖ), ein junger, erfolgreicher und 
aufstrebender Verband, möchte in Zukunft seine Medienarbeit ausbauen. Aus diesem Grund suchen wir ab sofort eine engagierte und zuverlässige Persönlichkeit für den Ausbau der Presse und Medienarbeit. Wir bieten Ihnen ein interessantes und abwechslungsreiches Tätigkeitsfeld in einem dynamischen Team.

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Dienstag, August 23, 2011

ESPN’s 2011 Monday Night Football Schedule

The 42nd season of Monday Night Football will kick off on ESPN with a doubleheader Monday, September 12 – New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (1 a.m. CET) and Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos (4:15 a.m. CET) – and will continue with a total of 17 prime-time games. Following a successful season that delivered the 16 biggest cable household audiences of the year, ESPN’s MNF schedule will feature all 12 playoff teams from 2010, including both the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

In the first game of the nationally televised ESPN week 1 doubleheader, wide receiver Brandon Marshall and the Dolphins will host divisional foe Tom Brady and the defending AFC East champion Patriots. The second game will pit Tim Tebow and the Broncos against the Raiders in Denver as the longtime AFC West rivals face one another for an NFL record 15th time under the Monday Night lights.

Play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico and analysts Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski will call the Patriots-Dolphins opener, and the MNF games each week at 8:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language domestic sports network, will continue to offer a Spanish-language production of MNF games during the 2011 NFL season. Additional MNF “game around the game” content will be available throughout the day across ESPN’s multimedia platforms.

ESPN’s MNF Schedule Highlights:

  • Appearances by both Super Bowl teams – Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings (11/14); and Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers (12/19);
  • Nine of 17 MNF games involve divisional matchups, including Redskins at Cowboys (9/26), Vikings at Packers (11/14), Falcons at Saints (12/26);
  • Nine NFL teams with multiple MNF appearances

Redskins-Cowboys renew their rivalry in September:
  • Sept. 12: Season-opening doubleheader – Patriots at Dolphins and Raiders at Broncos. Denver continues NFL’s longest current streak of 20 consecutive seasons playing on MNF (1992-present);
  • Sept. 19: Second-year quarterback Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams face Eli Manning and the New York Giants;
  • Sept. 26: A classic NFC East matchup featuring Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Washington Redskins, the teams’ 14th meeting all-time on MNF.

MNF returns to Motown and Halloween night in Kansas City:

  • Oct. 3: Peyton Manning and the AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts travel to Tampa to face Josh Freeman and the Buccaneers. ESPN’s Gruden will call his first MNF game at the stadium he once called home as the Bucs’ coach;
  • Oct. 10: Jay Cutler and the defending NFC North champion Chicago Bears play Matthew Stafford and the upstart Lions as Detroit returns to MNF for first time in a decade (since Oct. 8, 2001).
  • Oct. 17: The Dolphins travel North for a divisional matchup to face Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets, who advanced to the AFC Championship game last season;
  • Oct. 24: Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens go head-to-head against Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • Oct. 31: Matt Cassel and the AFC West champion Chiefs host Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers on Halloween night in Kansas City;

Quarterback spotlight in November with Cutler, Vick, Rodgers, Brady and Brees on MNF:

  • Nov. 7: In a big city NFC brawl on Broad Street, Jay Cutler and the Bears play Michael Vick and the defending NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles;
  • Nov. 14: Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers and the champion Green Bay Packers host Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in a key NFC North clash;
  • Nov. 21: AFC contenders meet when Cassel, the former Patriots back-up, returns with the Chiefs to New England to play Brady and the Pats;
  • Nov. 28: It’s a homecoming for Eli Manning when the Giants go marching into New Orleans to face Drew Brees and the Saints.

Falcons-Saints finale to again decide NFC South?:

  • Dec. 5: The Chargers travel to Jacksonville to play Jones-Drew and the Jaguars;
  • Dec. 12: In a rematch of the week 17 game in 2010 that decided the NFC West, the Rams face the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field;
  • Dec. 19: Ben Roethlisberger and the defending AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers face the San Francisco 49ers in a matchup of tradition-rich NFL franchises;
  • Dec. 26: With hopes of recapturing the division from their NFC South rivals, Brees and the Saints host Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in the MNF season finale.

ESPN's 2011 Monday Night Football Schedule

Date Time (CET)Teams
Aug. 11 2 a.m.Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers
Aug. 152 a.m.New York Jets at Houston Texans 
Aug. 222 a.m.Chicago Bears at New York Giants
Aug. 252 a.m.Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens
Regular Season
Sept. 12 1 a.m.New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
4:15 a.m.Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
Sept. 19 2:30 a.m.St. Louis Rams at New York Giants
Sept. 262:30 a.m.Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Oct. 32:30 a.m.Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oct. 102:30 a.m..Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Oct. 172:30 a.m.Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
Oct. 242:30 a.m.Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars
Oct. 312:30 a.m.San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
Nov. 72:30 a.m.Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles
Nov. 142:30 a.m..Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Nov. 212:30 a.m.Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
Nov. 282:30 a.m.New York Giants at New Orleans Saints
Dec. 52:30 a.m..San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Dec. 122:30 a.m.St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks
Dec. 192:30 a.m.Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers
Dec. 262:30 a.m.Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints

Sonntag, August 21, 2011

ESPN Teams Up with foursquare to Provide Sports News and Information at the Game

Sporting events check-ins on foursquare's new Events platform to include game time, teams, venue, location information and more powered by ESPN

ESPN today announced an agreement to supply sports venue data on foursquare’s newly launched Events platform, enhancing the check-in experience at sporting events with game time, teams, venue, location information and more. With the new feature, fans will not only be able to share their check-ins at the venue, but also access all the news and information from ESPN about the game.

“Having ESPN integrated into foursquare’s check-in functionality is a great way to serve highly engaged fans at the game,” said John Kosner, Senior Vice President, Digital and Print Media at ESPN. “Teaming up with the talented team at foursquare is in line with our goal to deliver our content wherever fans are, and foursquare's growing audience of 10 million users is an important place for us to be.”

"Through our new Events platform, users can easily tell their friends not just where they are, but also what they're doing, while unlocking valuable information about the events they're attending," said Jonathan Crowley, Director of Business Development for foursquare. "We're thrilled to work with ESPN to provide our more than 10 million users with the most up-to-date information on the sporting events they're checking in to."

ESPN will provide facts, stats, and other up-to-the-minute news on ESPN-branded venue detail pages for major sporting events including NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college football and basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, racing and more. In addition, ESPN has launched a foursquare brand page at https://foursquare.com/espn that features Tips left at sports venues around the world along with links to relevant ESPN apps and pages. Some examples of Tips at the ballpark include:

  • Miller Park (Milwaukee): Brett Wurst. Stosh. Guido. Frankie Furter. Cinco. Sausage Race. Bottom of the 6th. Be there.
  • Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia): Be sure to find the McNally's stand out in left field, home of Mike Schmidt’s namesake (in sandwich form): The Schmitter. This beast features sliced steak topped with tomatoes, fried onions, 3 layers of cheese, special sauce... and grilled salami.
  • Safeco Field (Seattle): Sushi at the ballpark? Why not! Go to Rice-N-Roll in Section 137, and grab yourself an Ichi-Roll. And if you want the full experience, eat 51 of ‘em.
  • Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay): Peer out to right field. In a sea of teal, you’ll see a lone yellow seat in section 144. That’s where Wade Boggs’ 3,000th hit (a home run) landed back on August 7, 1999.
  • Ballpark in Arlington (Texas): True story: distance-wise, Arlington’s upper deck is the farthest away from the diamond in MLB history. Talk about nosebleeds…

At the conclusion of a game, users will see an ESPN link in their foursquare check-in history, pointing them to a mobile site where they will be able to view more information about the event. Users who follow ESPN on foursquare and check in at sporting events and venues where ESPN has left Tips will unlock a branded “ESPN Foam Finger” badge as well.

Foursquare is one of the first collaborators to leverage elements of ESPN’s new and developing API program. ESPN is planning to release a set of APIs more broadly later this year.

Montag, August 15, 2011

Special ESPN Roundtable College Football: Blueprint for Change

Weeklong Discussion to Air across SportsCenter,Outside the LinesCollege Football Live, ESPNU and ESPN.com
ESPN assembled a panel of college sports experts – including ESPN analysts, current head football coaches, a former conference commissioner and a current athletic director – to examine a variety of topics surrounding college football and propose a potential blueprint for change. Segments from the College Football: Blueprint for Change roundtable will air across ESPN’s SportsCenterCollege Football Liveand Outside the Lines, as a one-hour special on ESPNU and on ESPN.com from Sunday, Aug. 14 to Sunday, Aug. 21.
Rece Davis will serve as host with ESPN college football analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Urban Meyer, Mark May, Mike Bellotti, Robert Smith and Rod Gilmore; ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas; current college football coaches Nick Saban (Alabama) and Bob Stoops (Oklahoma); former BIG EAST commissioner Mike Tranghese; and current Tennessee athletic director Joan Cronan.
SportsCenter and College Football LiveSportsCenter’s College Football: Blueprint for Change five-part series will focus on the subjects that have been discussed and debated by fans, industry representatives, media and more. A different segment examining each topic will debut in the morning editions of the program and re-air throughout that day:
  • Outside Compensation (August 14): A debate on whether it should be legal for college athletes to market their image and likeness for profit.
  • Outside Influences (August 15): An examination at the impact agents, third parties and 7-on-7 coaches have on a prospective student-athlete and what needs to be changed.
  • Recruiting and Enforcement (August 16): A look at recruiting rules, what needs to be changed and how it should be enforced.
  • Pay for Play (August 17): A discussion on what an athlete is entitled to as the true value of a college athletic scholarship beyond room and board, and books.
  • Postseason (August 18): A look at how college football could establish its national champion and what changes could be made.
In addition to SportsCenterCollege Football Live – aired weekdays at 3:30 p.m. ET – will televise each segment: Pay for Play (August 15 on ESPN), Outside Influences (August 16 on ESPN), Recruiting and Enforcement (August 17 on ESPN), Compensation (August 18 on ESPNU) and Postseason (August 19 on ESPNU).
Outside the LinesESPN will dedicate the entire Outside the Lines episode Sunday, Aug. 21, at 9 a.m. to Blueprint for Change, providing a compilation of the five SportsCentersegments and concluding with a potential blueprint consensus for change.
ESPNUESPNU will televise an original one-hour College Football: Blueprint for Change show Sunday, Aug. 21, at 3 p.m. with an encore presentation at 8 p.m. The program will combine new content from the roundtable discussion with segments from the five-part SportsCenter series. It will be re-aired Monday, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m.
ESPN.comESPN.com will post each SportsCenter segment and offer fans an opportunity to weigh-in via a daily poll question.
A behind-the-scenes story including interviews with roundtable panelists is available at www.espnfrontrow.com.
Excerpts from each segment:
Outside Compensation:Bilas: “My thing is – what would it hurt if we had an Olympic model where an athlete could cut a reasonable contract using his or her name and likeness? It wouldn’t cost the university anything – and we’re using the players as billboards now.”
Stoops: “It’s going to all be about recruiting. You come here, I’m going to line you up with the BMW dealer, Nike, he’s right next door to us, you're going to have this that and the other, we’re going to have you on billboards, this is what we’re going to pay you. Who can pay him the most? And you just know – you talk about getting out of control.”
Outside Influences:Herbstreit: “We have all-star coaches that are basically street agents, that are trying to go and talk to all of these schools. And hey – what are you going to do for me, kind of a thing. I think really enforcing third parties and outside influences is priority number one currently for college football.”
Tranghese: “If college football doesn’t get their hands around the 7-on-7, it pains me to say this – and Jay [Bilas] knows it. That's what we have in college basketball right now. The scholastic influence in college basketball has been minimized so much, it’s frightening. You are not getting a top college basketball player to go to your institution unless you deal with – quote, what we refer to as the street agent. College basketball’s problem is immense. If football doesn’t get their hands around it, it’s going to be just like it.”
Recruiting and Enforcement:Saban: “We should penalize the perpetrators. I'm with you a hundred percent on that. But I'm saying, we spend all of our time on technical aspects. Same thing with all of the technology that we have, and how we communicate with people. We shouldn’t have a hundred rules on phone calls, text messages, emails, this and that. I mean, we should just say – okay, this is the way you communicate now. Here is when you can communicate, and everybody can talk to everybody. And I think that we would eliminate a lot of these secondary things that the NCAA spends a whole lot of time on, to be able to spend more time on the major violations.”
Meyer: “There was a great template used in the 80’s. The biggest issue in college football was steroid abuse. And I'm proud to say, as part of college football, we fixed that. They got all of the press together, had a special convention, and they said we’re going to clarify the rule – which I think is what Nick is saying – clarify these rules. But also have a penalty in place that is non-negotiable, oh, my uncle did it, I didn’t know the rule, no, no, no. I sat down with two of my ex-players before I came on this show – the guys that I trust. I said, tell me are steroids in football? College football? And they said no. And I said, well why not? And they said because the risk far outweighs the reward. I said, now let me ask you another question. How many great football players take things from agents, how many great football players get induced? I asked these two kids. They said, coach – its everywhere. I said, why? He said, because you're probably not going to get caught.”          
Pay for Play:Cronan: “And I am very much for cost of attendance. But I think we have to tweak it a little bit because we’re all looking for a level playing field. If a cost of attendance of Tennessee is $4000, and cost of attendance at X University is $6000, putting $6000 dollars in a kid’s hand versus $4000 means a lot when you're 18 to 22. So, I think we have to look at tweaking a little bit, but I think that’s a great place to start.”
Saban: “But I really think that the Pell Grant, this should be over and above a guy’s capability or qualifying for Pell Grant. Because those players actually come from a socio-economic background that they should be compensated because they don't have the kind of support at home that they may need financially, so this should be over and above that – we shouldn’t wipe out, you know, the federal grants that these guys can get because of their financial situation.”
Postseason:Tranghese: “But I’ll tell you this – sit and talk about an 18-team football playoff and try and tell me how it’s going to work. We have the SEC and now we have the Pac-12 and the Big Ten and the SEC championship game is on about December 10. Now we have exams. We can't play football period during exams. Now it’s Christmas….Now, we’re going to jump into January – we can't play on the weekends because of the NFL. Now we’re going to play during the week. People have jobs, people aren't traveling to the bowl games as much as they used to because we’re now playing on Mondays and Tuesdays. There are such huge issues with a playoff. I understand why people want a playoff. We are a society that wants an easy conclusion.”
Meyer: “When I was at Utah, we went undefeated in ’04, and I knew on any given day, that team, if we’re healthy, we could beat any team in America….and so I was a big proponent and kind of a vocal proponent of giving us a shot, just give us that one shot, like at Butler in basketball. Then I go to Florida and it’s completely different. By the time you get to that end of the season, through that schedule, the SEC championship game and go play in a bowl game and then, by the way, if you win that, you get one more – you're unfortunately on fumes. Your team is – you're barely holding that thing together. But as far as the BCS, I’d keep it as it is.”
Gilmore: “The model we have right now I think can work tweaked a little bit. I don't like using the BCS to determine the formula to determine the two teams, I think it ought to be a tool, you know, have a committee, have your six, eight, 10, or whatever number of folks you want, use that as a tool, use the polls as a tool, and figure out which two teams ought to play.”