ESPN Ramps Up Its Fantasy Football Programming

As the passion and interest for fantasy football continues to surge, ESPN is making adjustments to provide even more coverage to football fans this season. Part of the network’s plans include the return of the 28-hour ESPN Fantasy Football Marathon and the launch of a new weekday fantasy sports show hosted by ESPN fantasy analyst Matthew Berry.

The ESPN Fantasy Football Marathon is slated to begin on Monday August 14th at 7pm ET and continue thru 11pm ET on Tuesday August 15th. The marathon will include appearances by Berry and Adam Schefter, a new round of fun and creative features, plus specials will air during segments of SportsCenter, First TakeMike & Mike, OTL, NFL Live and SportsNation. Trey Wingo will host primetime shows on both nights.

“We’re working on a schedule of fantasy content for this season that will be informative, fun and the most comprehensive fantasy coverage we’ve ever had,” Norby Williamson, ESPN Executive Vice President, Production told ESPN Media Zone. “It’s just part of our overall commitment to utilize all of our resources across platforms to provide fans with the fantasy content they want, no matter where they are or what device they’r

Before the Fantasy Football Marathon occurs, ESPN’s new weekday program The Fantasy Show will debut on Tuesday, August 1st. The show will be hosted by Berry and air exclusively on WatchESPN and the ESPN App. It will be added to the ESPN2 programming schedule starting on Wednesday, August 16th at 5pm ET.

But that’s not all.

Fantasy Football Now is yet another program on the network’s menu of fantasy football offerings for the 2017 NFL season. The show features the returning cast of Berry, Tim Hasselbeck, Field Yates and Stephania Bell, and will premiere at 7:30pm ET on opening night of the NFL season, Thursday, September 7th. The show will then shift to Sunday’s for the remainder of the NFL season.

Shifting to the audio side, ESPN Radio will also increase its commitment to fantasy football programming. Content time will be dedicated during Mike & Mike, as well as ESPN Radio’s weekend shows Operation Football and Weekend Observations with Stu & Spain.

The radio network is also bringing back longtime ESPN Fantasy analyst Eric Karabell. Karabell returns to host the popular weekend radio program ESPN Fantasy Football Focus. The show will once again feature regular weekly guests including injury expert Bell.

From the terrestrial space to the digital space, the ESPN Fantasy Focus Football Podcast will also provide insight, analysis and special guests The podcast will become available starting Monday July 31st. Berry and Yates will host it along with contributions from ESPN injury expert Bell.

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