PROGRAMMING ALERT: Cross-platform coverage of Peyton Manning story

For today anyway, you can call us ESPeytoN, as the Worldwide Leader will go wall-to-wall with coverage of the Peyton Manning story, including live coverage of the Manning/Jim Irsay news conference at Noon ET on ESPN2, ESPNews, WatchESPN and ESPN Radio (ESPN has coverage of the Big East Tournament beginning at Noon).

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Reporters Bob Holtzman and Josina Anderson will be live in Indianapolis.

Coverage was kicked off this morning on Mike and Mike and included this comprehensive interview with ESPN’s newest NFL analyst and former Colts vice president, Bill Polian.


• SportsCenter will present live reports from Holtzman and Anderson in Indianapolis and will also continue phone and in-studio interviews with ESPN insiders, NFL players and cohorts of Manning.

• First Take (10 a.m.-noon, ESPN2) will have host Jay Crawford with panelists Skip Bayless, Rob Parker and Marcellus Wiley debating various Manning-Colts topics including whether Jim Irsay made the right choice; what was the riskier move — trading Brett Favre or releasing Manning?; and where is the best fit for Manning?

Additionally, today’s First Take will feature a dropdown clock counting the time to the news conference immediately following the show.

• Outside the Lines (3:30 p.m., ESPN2) will devote its entire show to Manning, including highlights from the noon press conference, and analysis from ESPN reporters and insiders.

• ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) will feature live cut-ins to the noon presser with a guest list including the man who broke the story last night, Chris Mortensen (10:45 a.m.), Jim Mora Sr. (TBD) and Trent Dilfer (after presser)

NFL Live: On ESPN2 at 4 p.m. Trey Wingo is host with analysts Cris Carter and Wiley

NFL32: On ESPN2 at 6 p.m. Suzy Kolber and Mortensen with Carter and Wiley NFL Live

• has comprehensive coverage at its NFL page.

• Right here at Front Row, we will be providing a live Storify compilation of real-time social media comments from ESPN talent, insiders and beyond.

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