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ESPN RISE is Renamed ESPN High School

ESPN RISE, a multiplatform brand launched in 2008 to produce and air content relevant to high school sports fans, has been renamed ESPN High School.

“ESPN is committed to providing the best high school sports content for fans while creating specific high-quality content and tools for the athlete themselves,” said Glenn Rosenbloom, vice president and general manager, ESPN High School. “By renaming this business, it clearly defines our mission and brings this property into better alignment with the rest of the ESPN networks and content platforms.”

The new brand will roll-out across ESPN platforms throughout August.

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Ditka to Appear on Entourage Series Finale

Football great and ESPN commentator Mike Ditka will make a cameo during the series finale of Entourage later this summer.

Ditka said he and Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez had roles in the episode.

“This just came up spur of the moment, and actually you know, it was a good experience,” Ditka said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I didn’t realize how big a deal it was, I’ll be honest with you. I’m kinda naïve about those things, and I understand it is a pretty big deal, and yes, I think it is very nice and Coach Alvarez is on it with me so both of us are there.”

The link above contains spoiler elements that Ditka probably wasn’t supposed to reveal, so click at your own risk.

(Photo: Jeremy Piven’s Twitter)

ESPN Films Gets A Permanent Home On ESPN Classic

Following the success of 30 for 30, ESPN Films is creating a destination for sports documentaries on ESPN Classic.

ESPN Films on Classic will showcase films for 50 hours each weekend starting at 10 p.m. ET every Friday through midnight every Sunday.

“One of the things that makes sports storytelling so captivating is that when a pivotal moment happens, it is almost instantly considered ‘classic’, said Keith Clinkscales, SVP, content development and enterprises. “With 30 for 30, we were able to prove that classic sports stories resonate with a large and diverse audience so our intent with “ESPN Films on Classic” is to create a permanent destination for this genre. We feel this is a natural brand extension for ESPN Classic, which already features documentary and historical programming.” Read more

ESPN 3D to Televise Tennis for First Time with Wimbledon

ESPN 3D will televise tennis matches for the first time during the upcoming Wimbledon tournament, with the semifinals of the men’s draw and and the finals of both the men’s and women’s draws airing on the network that premiered in 2010. The four matches will be played July 1 to 4.

“ESPN 3D continues to provide fans the best in sports and adding coverage from Wimbledon is another example of a marquee event on our network,” said Bryan Burns, vice president, strategic business planning. “ESPN 3D has shown several championships over the course of its’ first year and we are pleased to enter our second year of programming with this outstanding tennis event.”

Liberty Bowl Moving From ESPN To ABC

The 53rd annual Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 will be televised on ABC instead of ESPN.

The bowl game match up between a representative from the Southeastern Conference and the Conference USA champion was once a staple on ABC between 1966-1980.

Thanks to solid ratings and a an attractive time slot, ABC decided to once again air the bowl game, which will gain 16 million households as a result.

“We’ve enjoyed being on ESPN the last two decades,”AutoZone Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart said. “But the chance to have our game on ABC, which is Disney-owned like ABC, raises us to another level. With ABC, we’ll have an additional 16 million households available to us so we can spread the message of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”