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Fan Central Mailbag: Programming updates; E:60 Qatar investigation; ESPN Music


Before we get to your questions, here’s an update on ESPN and ESPN2 programming tonight since both the Heat-Nets and Spurs-Trail Blazers NBA Playoffs series ended in five games (the Game 6’s would have aired tonight):

• Louisville vs. LSU college softball will be on ESPN/WatchESPN at 8 p.m. ET
Baseball Tonight will be on ESPN at 10 p.m.
Olbermann will be on ESPN2 at 11 p.m.
Baseball Tonight will also be on ESPN2 at 12 a.m.

Speaking of the NBA Playoffs, don’t forget the Miami Heat visit the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals (Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC; NBA Countdown starts at 3 p.m.).

Now on to your questions. . .

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Are you going to show the E:60 episode you guys did this week on Qatar and the World Cup again? – Cody
DVR Alert! Tuesday night’s E:60 episode, which included a rare interview with Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, a profile of soccer legend Pelé, a look at U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey, and reporter Jeremy Schaap’s investigative piece looking into preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, will be on ESPN2 at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning. It will also be shown on ESPN2 on May 24 at 6 a.m., June 1 at 11 a.m., and June 12 at 11 p.m.

Are there going to be commercials in the middle of live World Cup matches? – Hapa
As soccer fans know by now, ESPN will be showing all 64 matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup live and in high definition on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC from June 12-July 13 (see schedule). With that, commercials will not be shown during live matches. In fact, ESPN hasn’t shown commercials during live World Cup matches since 1994. Commercials will be shown only during halftime.

What was the name of the song in the commercial for the NFL Draft on your networks for the last few weeks? – Patrick
The song used our NFL Draft commercials was “Try” by John Newman. ESPN’s draft telecast and other promos used the Aloe Blacc song, “The Man.” Don’t forget, the ESPN Music section on keeps you updated on all the music used on ESPN programs.

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