Yesterday when ESPN celebrated its 35th birthday, the Sunday NFL Countdown crew gave a nod toward the network’s early years and NFL seasons of old – including a look at commentators Chris Berman and Tom Jackson through their 27 years working together – and then fast-forwarded to the present, welcoming fans to their new home in Studio W.
Complete with two floors, three main sets and six mini-set possibilities, the 9,000-square-foot space in ESPN’s Digital Center 2 will serve as the new location for all of ESPN’s NFL studio shows, including tonight’s edition of Monday Night Countdown (5 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Leading into the 45th season of Monday Night Football and the season-opening doubleheader – New York Giants at Detroit Lions (7 p.m.) and San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (10:15 p.m.) – the two-hour pregame show includes analyst Jon Gruden’s interview with Lions running back Reggie Bush and sideline reporter Lisa Salters’ conversation with New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.
1.GameDay is returning to Fargo, and Fargo is ready
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2. Eugene, Ore. welcomed GameDay this past Saturday
Fowler enjoys a glass of Oregon pinot as chaos erupts around him. Another classic @CollegeGameDay close.
— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) September 6, 2014
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— Frank Burlison (@FrankieBur) September 6, 2014
Mack Brown has been fantastic in his first two weeks at ESPN this year
— Ollie Connolly (@OllieUKEZ) September 6, 2014
— McNeese Athletics (@McNeeseSports) September 6, 2014
The 2014 NASCAR Chase to the Sprint Cup is officially set. pic.twitter.com/sijeA90vbk
— ESPN (@espn) September 8, 2014
6. More perspective on ATH’s Tony Reali
Nice Guys Finish First: An unorthodox TV arc for ESPN's Tony Reali http://t.co/YKk21wyWmA
— Good Morning America (@GMAReports) September 8, 2014
7. Highly Questionable has a new Miami studio
— Andy Hall (@AndyHallESPN) September 5, 2014
8. Sunday, ESPN marked 35 years on the air
35 yrs ago the naysayers of the day said id would never work. Thanks to fans everywhere for proving them wrong. ESPN is 35 today-Happy B'day
— Bill Rasmussen (@Bill_ESPN) September 7, 2014
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 7, 2014
— Paul Doyle (@PaulDoyle1) September 7, 2014