Fan Central Mailbag: Super Bowl coverage, Australian Open, SportsNation and more


Happy Super Bowl weekend! Before we get to your questions, just a few quick programming reminders:

ESPN has you covered today and throughout the weekend from Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona. Check out ESPN’s extensive Super Bowl XLIX coverage plans and comprehensive programming schedule. Highlights on game day:
Outside the Lines examines the fallout from “Deflategate” and the relationship between Roger Goodell and Robert Kraft (8 a.m. ET, ESPN2)
• A special, four-hour edition of Postseason NFL Countdown (10 a.m., ESPN)

While one championship is taking place in Arizona this weekend, two are taking place down under. ESPN’s coverage of the Australian Open continues live late tonight with a star-studded women’s championship match between five-time champion Serena Williams and 2008 winner Maria Sharapova (3 a.m., ESPN; encore presentation Saturday, 9 a.m., ESPN2). Coverage continues with the men’s championship live late Saturday night (3 a.m. ESPN; encore presentation Sunday, 9 a.m., ESPN2) featuring Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Now on to your questions. . .

(L-R) Host Michelle Beadle with commentators Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on the set of SportsNation. (Eddie Perlas/ESPN Images)
(L-R) Host Michelle Beadle with commentators Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on the set of SportsNation. (Eddie Perlas/ESPN Images)

My favorite ESPN program, SportsNation, has not been on for over a week. Why not and when will it return? — Jeff
SportsNation has been preempted due to ESPN’s coverage of the Australian Open. The show will return to its normal timeslot this Monday (3 p.m., ESPN2). In the meantime, you can get great SportsNation content on

I read that Keith Olbermann would anchor SportsCenter periodically for special events. Do you know if he’ll be anchoring one in the near future? — Sandy
There are still plans to have Keith on SportsCenter, but nothing is imminent at this time. Don’t forget, you can watch Keith on Olbermann (weekdays, 5 p.m., ESPN2).

Why is the Orlando City SC not an option for me to choose as my favorite Major League Soccer team on the SportsCenter app? — James
The Orlando City SC will be an option after an app update which will happen before the start of the new MLS season. ESPN will kick off its coverage of MLS’ 20th season on Sunday, March 8, when it presents Orlando City SC’s first league match against New York City FC (5 p.m., ESPN2). Don’t forget, you can also get the latest soccer news, information, highlights and analysis on

Is there a time frame when you will be rolling out WatchESPN on DirecTV? — Joseph
WatchESPN will be available to DirecTV customers early this year. An announcement will be made when it launches.

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