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Fan Central Mailbag: Where in the world is Neil?; Silva in Brazil; Voice-over & music trivia

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Above, enjoy another in Front Row’s series of campus tours with a virtual visit to Building 13.

Before we get to your questions, here’s how you can get ready for an amazing weekend of sports on ESPN/ABC networks, which will include, among others, continuing coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2014 NBA Finals, the 114th U.S. Open and the 2014 College World Series.

Now onto your questions. . .

Pretty simple question: where is Neil Everett!?!? – Leyla

Ha! Thanks for noticing Leyla. Neil is on vacation and will be returning to SportsCenter on Monday, June 23. And when he does return, he’ll be finding new decor at the Los Angeles SportsCenter studio. That space, along with the brand new set on ESPN’s main campus in Bristol, Conn. will debut later this month.

Will Gilberto Silva be reporting on the World Cup from Brazil or from Bristol? – Stephen
The 2002 FIFA World Cup champion from Brazil is serving as a studio analyst in Brazil during ESPN’s month-long presentation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup (June 12-July 13). Silva will appear on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, SportsCenter, ESPN FC and FIFA World Cup-themed news and information programs throughout the tournament.

Besides watching him all month long, you can follow Gilberto on Twitter: @GilbertoSilva15.

Why wasn’t there commentary during some matches [of] your French Open coverage on ESPN3? – Nancy
There are many factors behind why some matches have commentary and others do not. The feeds ESPN uses are provided by various sources (ATP, WTA, each Major), and the use of commentary varies by tournament, round of tournament and even the court.

Speaking of a tennis major, don’t forget ESPN will be covering the entire Wimbledon 2014 tournament beginning June 23.

What was the name of the song played during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers? It was played going to commercial and started off with a drum roll. – Jim
The name of the song was “Now” by Matt and Kim. Don’t forget, the Heat and Spurs meet in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC (NBA Countdown starts at 7:30).

Is it possible for you to tell me who narrated ESPN Home Video’s “The Life and Times of Secretariat: An American Racing Legend?” I can’t think of his name for the life of me. – Barbara
You asked Barbara, and we found out for you. The narrator is Chris Lincoln, who hosted ESPN’s horse racing coverage for more than a decade beginning in the 1980s.

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