Fan Central Mailbag: NFL Wild Card, CFP National Championship and more


Happy New Year and welcome to our first 2016 edition of the Fan Central mailbag. Before we get to your questions, here are a few quick programming reminders:

  • The NBA on ESPN continues tonight with a doubleheader starting with the Cleveland Cavaliers visiting the Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m.ET, ESPN). The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Oklahoma City Thunder in the nightcap (10:30 p.m., ESPN).
  • The NFL Playoffs are finally here. ESPN will open the 2016 NFL Wild Card Weekend tomorrow with the Kansas City Chiefs visiting the Houston Texans (4:20 p.m., ESPN, ABC, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN).
  • Finally, don’t forget to watch the College Football Playoff National Championship featuring Alabama versus Clemson on Monday (8:30 p.m., ESPN). In addition to the traditional telecast on ESPN, ESPN’s Megacast returns with 14 alternate productions across ESPN’s networks.

Now on to your questions…

Is ESPN Buzzer Beater available yet? — John
ESPN Buzzer Beater is currently available. The super-highlight channel airs each Wednesday night and Saturday of the college basketball season and includes commentary from ESPN analysts and experts. It is also available on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices via WatchESPN (now accessible on the ESPN app) through an affiliated video provider. Reminder: Don’t miss great college basketball action this weekend on the ESPN networks. Here’s the full men’s hoops schedule and full women’s hoops schedule.

Are Mike and Mike tickets available to the public? Is there a list of dates to choose from? — Jodi
Mike and Mike (M-F 6-10 a.m., ESPN2) shows do not have a studio audience and are not open to the public, however throughout the year, some Mike and Mike shows do have an audience when the show is on the road. Mike and Mike and First Take will be in Phoenix, for the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 11 and 12. The shows will air from The Duce in downtown Phoenix. They will be free and open to the public. Attendance is limited, so be sure to show up early. Doors open at 3:30 a.m. local time.

Daniela Moreno contributed to this post.

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