Super Bowl LIII: ESPN Set To Offer 40+ Hours of Live Programming From Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta
A wide range of ESPN properties are being produced onsite
ESPN’s coverage of Super Bowl LIII — the New England Patriots vs. the Los Angeles Rams — kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 30 and includes more than 40 hours of live programming from Atlanta. SportsCenter, NFL Live, and more will originate from ESPN’s Super Bowl headquarters at Centennial Olympic Park, where viewing is free and open to the public. ESPN’s Super Bowl programming also features daily editions of Golic and Wingo and First Take from the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart and, on Sunday, pre/postgame shows from Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In addition to the mothership, other ESPN platforms are onsite: ESPN Radio, ESPN Digital, ESPN Deportes, ESPN International, and The Undefeated.
ESPN TV Shows Originating From Atlanta:
- SportsCenter on the Road (beginning Wed at 7 a.m.): Sage Steele will host noon segments and the full 6 p.m. SportsCenter Wednesday through Friday. Steve Levy will host late-night segments Wednesday through Sunday, and Michael Eaves will join Levy for postgame coverage live from the field. NFL analysts Tedy Bruschi, Ryan Clark, Matt Hasselbeck, Booger McFarland, Jeff Saturday, Charles Woodson, and Darren Woodson and Insiders Louis Riddick, Chris Mortensen, and Adam Schefter will contribute to SportsCenter throughout the week.
- First Take (Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.): ESPN’s popular morning debate show featuring Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and host Molly Qerim Rose will be live from the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart. The show, which is open to the public, will welcome a large lineup of sports and entertainment guests.
- NFL Live (Wed.-Fri., 1:30 p.m.): Hosts Wendi Nix (Wed., Thu.) and Suzy Kolber (Fri.) will be joined by Super Bowl champions Tedy Bruschi, Ryan Clark, Booger McFarland, and Darren Woodson and NFL Insiders Louis Riddick, Chris Mortensen, and Adam Schefter.
- NFL Matchup (Sun., 3 a.m.): Trey Wingo will break down Patriots-Rams with NFL writer and analyst Matt Bowen and NFL Films’ Greg Cosell.
- Postseason NFL Countdown (Sun., 10 a.m.): Suzy Kolber, former Super Bowl MVP Steve Young, and Insiders Louis Riddick, Chris Mortensen, and Adam Schefter will kick off ESPN’s four-hour Super Bowl pregame show from Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Countdown will also feature host Sam Ponder, Super Bowl XL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Hall of Famer Randy Moss, and Super Bowl champions Rex Ryan and Charles Woodson, all based at ESPN’s main set in Centennial Olympic Park.
- NFL PrimeTime (Sun. 10:30 p.m.): Chris Berman, Randy Moss, and Steve Young will deliver highlights and conduct interviews from the field following the game.
- Throughout the week, Sal Paolantonio (covering the Patriots) and Josina Anderson (Rams) will report on the Super Bowl teams, and Dianna Russini (ESPN Social) and Dan Graziano (ESPN.com) will provide additional updates from Atlanta.
ESPN Radio Shows Originating From Atlanta:
The following shows will be live from AmericasMart Wednesday-Friday and feature a lineup of special guests. ESPN Radio will also have a full slate of coverage on Super Bowl Sunday beginning at 6 a.m. and leading up to and following the game.
- First & Last (4-6 a.m.): Host Mike Golic Jr. on ESPN Radio
- Golic and Wingo (6-10 a.m.): Hosts Mike Golic, Trey Wingo, and Mike Golic Jr. on ESPN Radio, ESPN2 (6-8 a.m.), and ESPNEWS (6-10 a.m.)
- The Stephen A. Smith Show (1-3 p.m.): Host Stephen A. Smith on ESPN Radio and ESPNEWS
ESPN’s digital coverage of Super Bowl LIII will feature analysis, commentary, breaking news, video, and more across ESPN.com and the ESPN App leading up to, during, and after the game. ESPN.com’s roster of onsite journalists comprises NFL Senior Writers Dan Graziano, Mike Sando, Mina Kimes, Ian O’Connor, Kevin Van Valkenburg, and Seth Wickersham; NFL Nation reporters Mike Reiss (covering the Patriots), Lindsey Thiry (Rams), and Kevin Seifert (with the biggest, best, and controversial calls, and a full review); analyst Bill Barnwell (with a postgame breakdown of how the game was won); and more.
The Undefeated — ESPN’s multiplatform-content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race, and culture — will feature extensive coverage of Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. Highlights:
- RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality) will partner with the NFL and The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change to host its fourth-annual Super Bowl Town Hall, “Champions of Change: Tackling Social Justice Together,” on Jan. 31. The town hall will be live-streamed by The Undefeated, and Senior NFL Writer Jason Reid will serve as moderator.
- As part of The Undefeated’s examination of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, Reid profiles Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, expected by many to be the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins. If he gets the Dolphins job, Flores will be the only person of color named a head coach during this hiring cycle.
- In the final installment of a season-long series on The State of the Black NFL Fan, The Undefeated commissioned a fan survey.
ESPN Deportes will be the Spanish-language home of Super Bowl LIII, offering exclusive Spanish-language coverage on ESPN Deportes TV and ESPN Deportes Radio and streaming via the ESPN App. This is the second Super Bowl telecast for ESPN Deportes, via an agreement with the National Football League and CBS, home of Super Bowl LIII. ESPN Deportes also televised Super Bowl 50. Super Bowl LIII coverage on ESPN Deportes will be called by the veteran Spanish-language NFL broadcasting crew: Álvaro Martín (play-by-play), former NFL kicker and Super Bowl champion Raúl Allegre (analyst), and sideline reporter John Sutcliffe. This will be the 15th Super Bowl that Martín and Allegre cover together from onsite. They have been the main commentator team for ESPN coverage in Latin America since Super Bowl XXXIV.
ESPN International and its affiliated networks will distribute Super Bowl LIII live to more than 68 million households in 75 countries and territories throughout Spanish-speaking South America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Canada, the Philippines, and sub-Saharan Africa. Commentary and analysis will be provided in four languages: English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.