ESPN begins its coverage of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship on Friday, featuring coverage from seven Regional sites, all eight Super Regionals and the Women’s College World Series from Oklahoma City.
Regional round coverage (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3) features up to 49 games from seven campus sites Friday through Sunday. The Norman Regional will be covered on ESPN3. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will televise every game from the eight Super Regionals (May 22–25) and the WCWS (May 29–June 4).
ESPN’s Regional coverage will feature six of the top 11 seeds in the tournament, including No. 2 Alabama (Tuscaloosa Regional) and No. 3 UCLA (Los Angeles Regional). The Southeastern Conference received the most bids (11), followed by the Big Ten (5), Pac 12 (5), Atlantic Coast (4), Big 12 (4) and American Athletic (3).
Former OSU and Olympic standout Michele Smith is among the analysts, which also include former softball stars Kayla Braud, Amanda Freed, Jessica Mendoza, Leah O’Brien-Amico, Amanda Scarborough, Garland Cooper and Cheri Kempf.
•The WNBA schedule on ESPN networks opens at 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2 as coach Bill Laimbeer and 2012 league MVP Tina Charles and the New York Liberty host the Chicago Sky and last year’s Rookie of the Year Elena Delle Donne. The ESPN/ESPN2 20-game WNBA schedule includes six doubleheaders, with five airing on Tuesday nights in July.
•NBA TV will tip off its WNBA coverage at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a doubleheader featuring the San Antonio Silver Stars at the Atlanta Dream, followed by the Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle Storm at 9 p.m.
•ABC will look at the 20th anniversary of the X Games as it heads into the inaugural event in Austin, Texas, with a preview at noon Saturday. Viewers will also be introduced to the newest sport at X Games Austin, Stadium SUPER Trucks.
•“Pardon the Interruption” co-hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon have signed new multiyear extensions to remain with ESPN and continue the show.
•HBO has begun production on a documentary on Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which is scheduled to debut in early 2015.