Seen on Screen: ESPN’s The Paul Finebaum Show Returns on March 30; Weekend Programming Includes Boxing, Olympics, Wrestling, Dog Shows

Seen on Screen provides a roundup of the current sports programming landscape as networks deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In this week’s edition, major networks like NBC Sports, Fox Sports, and ESPN are combating the silence of no live sports with previously-released, taped, or archival content. Many networks have also continued producing live studio content – often with on-air talent located remotely.

After a two-week hiatus, The Paul Finebaum Show will return to its regular weekday programming window on SEC Network with an audio-only format, beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Monday, March 30. The show continued to air on ESPN Radio over the past two weeks, providing a platform for scheduled guests and Finebaum faithful to discuss how the sports landscape has shifted with the absence of live sports.

SEC Network’s televised format of the show will feature a slate sharing dial-in information for callers, showcasing the live audio from the ESPN Radio broadcast of the show…

…SHOWTIME Sports will delve into its rich archive of historic boxing events to re-air the epic Israel Vázquez vs. Rafael Márquez trilogy this Saturday, March 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. The telecasts will also be available via the SHOWTIME streaming service and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.

The fierce Mexican rivals squared off in three consecutive award-winning fights which aired live on SHOWTIME in 2007 and 2008 before meeting for a fourth and final time in 2010. The first three bouts were all contested with the WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship on the line.

During Saturday night’s re-airing of the trilogy, combat sports analysts Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell will host a live episode of the duo’s popular digital talk show, Morning Kombat With Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell on the Morning Kombat YouTube Channel. Thomas and Campbell will watch and react to the fights in real-time and conduct a Q&A session with fans…

…From feature-length films to short-form digital episodes, the Olympic Channel library of original content features something for everyone with more than 70 series and 500 episodes developed with best-in-class production companies from more than 25 countries.

For 24/7 streaming options, fan can log on to the new “Classic Finals Channel” showing non-stop action from Olympic event finals as they happened from past Games. In addition, the “Olympic Ceremonies Channel” features Opening and Closing Ceremonies from the Summer and Winter Games held during the past 30 years.

The Olympic Channel is available worldwide at olympicchannel.com and its apps for mobile, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and the Roku platform. No TV or cable subscription is required to watch Olympic Channel original programming.

Click HERE for a full schedule…

ESPN will continue its encore presentations of WrestleMania this Sunday, March 29, when it airs WrestleMania 32 at 7 p.m. ET. The telecast will culminate an 11-hour marathon of WWE and college wrestling-related content on ESPN that will begin at noon. This is the second installment in ESPN’s WrestleMania encore series that started on March 22 and will culminate on Sunday, April 5…

…FS1 presents six straight hours of Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show highlights starting on Saturday morning at 7:30 AM ET. Click HERE for a full schedule…

…To commemorate Women’s History Month, ESPN will dedicate a full day of programming to historic moments in women’s sports on Sunday, March 29, on ESPN2 beginning at 4 a.m. ET. The line-up features women from across multiple sports at a variety of levels, highlighting some of the best in the game.

Women, teams and moments set to be spotlighted include:

  • Nine for IX: Venus vs.: The 2005 film, produced by Ava DuVernay, chronicles Venus Williams’ fight for equal pay for women, at Wimbledon, one of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournaments.
  • Candace Parker: On March 30, 2004 Candace Parker became the first girl to win the McDonald’s All-American High School Dunk Contest.
  • 2019 Women’s College Cup: On December 8, 2019 the Women’s College Cup title game remained scoreless after 2 OTs for the first time in history. Stanford would then go on to defeat UNC in penalty kicks.
  • UFC: Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche: In November 2012, Ronda Rousey became the first female fighter to sign with the UFC becoming the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Rousey defended her title against Liz Caramouche on February, 23, 2013 at UFC 157.
  • Pat Summitt: On March 24, 2012, Pat Summit reached a record 1,098th career victory in Tennessee’s NCAA Sweet 16 appearance against Kansas, becoming the winningest coach in the history of NCAA Basketball.
  • UConn Women’s Basketball: On March 27, 2017 the UConn Huskies won their 111th straight game, the longest winning streak in NCAA basketball history, beating Oregon 90-52 to advance to their 10th straight Women’s Final Four.
  • Mo’ne Davis: On August 15, 2014, Mo’ne Davis became the first girl in Little League World Series History to earn a win and pitch a shutout.
  • Women’s College World Series 17-Inning Game: On June 5, 2017 Oklahoma and Florida met in Game 1 of the WCWS best-of-three championship series. The game went on to last 17 innings, making it the longest softball game to ever air on ESPN or ESPN2.
  • Serena Williams: On January 28, 2017, Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus to win the Australian Open, notching her 23rd career major single title, surpassing Steffi Graff for the most women’s singles titles in the Open Era and leaving her just one shy of Margaret Court for the most ever.
  • Sabrina Ionescu: On February 24, 2020, Sabrina Ionescu became the first Division I NCAA player, male or female, to reach 2000 points, 1000 assists and 1000 rebounds. (2K, 1K, 1K)

Also in celebration of Women’s History Month, ESPN+ has curated a VOD collection of its most acclaimed series and specials covering women in sports. This includes ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentaries, ESPN E:60 features, ESPN The Magazine’s BODY Issue Behind the Scenes videos, several ESPN+ Original series, and the ESPN Films and espnW series Nine for IX, featuring nine documentary films about women in sports directed by Oscar-nominated, Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning female filmmakers.

Click HERE for a full schedule…

…NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer streaming service – today announced free access to nine sports passes.

The access features commercial-free and on-demand content, including full-event replays, classic games, tournaments, races, original programming, and more.

Find NBC Sports Gold in the NBC Sports app available in the U.S. on Apple iOS & tvOS, Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast and NBCSportsGold.com, and also on Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex.

Click here for NBC Sports Gold’s Free Access Hub for more information and to view each pass.

The nine passes include:

  • PGA TOUR LIVE
  • Premier League
  • Pro Motocross
  • INDYCAR
  • TrackPass
  • Snow
  • Cycling
  • Track and Field

…For families looking for some viewing options they can watch together, ESPN will air Disney sports films as part of its Friday night programming, beginning with “The Rookie” on Friday, March 27th, timed to MLB’s planned Opening Week. The film tells the story of high school baseball coach Jim Morris, who became the oldest rookie in the major league. Continuing the following Friday, April 3rd, timed to the traditional NCAA Final Four weekend, will be “Glory Road,” the true story of future Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins who started history’s first all-African American lineup in college basketball. Additional films to be scheduled will include “Miracle,” “Invincible,” “Secretariat” and “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” ESPN continues to bring sports content to its viewers and fans.

The first two films are set to air on March 27 and April 3. Additional air dates to be announced. The full lineup of Disney sports films to air on ESPN is as follows:

  • “The Rookie”
    • Friday, March 27 at 8:00p.m. ET
  • “Glory Road”
    • Friday, April 3 at 8:30p.m. ET
  • “Miracle”
    • TBD
  • “Invincible”
    • TBD
  • “Secretariat”
    • TBD
  • “The Greatest Game Ever Played”
    • TBD