For some reason, I absolutely love ESPN “The Weekend”. There’s such an awesome mix of random celebrities, players and ESPN personalities, that it almost leaves you in awe. Here is a list of what’s planned and when you can expect them to happen. Via ESPN PR….

Who’s Coming?:

Athletes- Mugsey Bogues, Jason Campbell, Joba Chamberlain, Vernon Davis, Tony Dorsett, Dennis Eckersley, Donnie Edwards, Brett Favre, Joe Fernandez, John Franco, Matt Garza, Tony Gonzalez, Rickey Henderson, Ryan Howard, Steven Jackson, Brandon Jacobs, Shawn Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jim Kelly, Bill Laimbeer, Ivan Lendl, Rick Mahorn, Misty May-Treanor, Warren Moon, Jim Palmer, Scottie Pippen, Aaron Rodgers, CC Sabathia, Curt Schilling, Charles Tillman, Kurt Warner, Brian Westbrook, Roy E. Williams, Lamarr Woodley

ESPN Personalities- John Anderson, Skip Bayless, Freddie Coleman, Colin Cowherd, Jay Crawford, Peter Gammons, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Dana Jacobson, Al Jaffe, Erik Kuselias, John Kruk, Chris McKendry, Sal Paolantonio, Steve Phillips, Karl Ravech, Mark Schelerth, Howie Schwab, Stuart Scott, Chris Singleton, Trey Wingo

What’s Planned?:

ESPN will present live daily telecasts — including First Take (10 a.m., ESPN2) and NFL Live (4 p.m., ESPN, Feb. 26-27 — from a set in front of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios Sorcerer’s Hat on Hollywood Blvd. Park guests will have a chance to appear on-air via crowd shots while watching the programming on in-park video screens. Popular ESPN Radio shows Mike & Mike in the Morning and The Herd with Colin Cowherd will be broadcast live from the ESPN Club at Disney’s Boardwalk on Feb. 26-27.

As Major League Baseball Spring Training games get underway in Florida, ESPN’s on-site program line-up will feature the Atlanta Braves’ home game against the Houston Astros at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex (Feb. 26, 1 p.m.). Also, Karl Ravech will host a special two-hour Baseball Tonight with analysts Peter Gammons, John Kruk, Steve Phillips and Chris Singleton from the theme park March 1 at 4 p.m. as ESPN’s popular baseball news, information and highlights show kicks off its 20th season.

Live stage shows will bring fans and guests behind-the-scenes of some of the network’s most popular programs, including SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, First Take, NFL Live and Stump the Schwab. The shows will provide an inside look at favorite athletes, teams and ESPN programs. Fans can get into the action themselves by asking questions directly to ESPN personalities and athletes.

Guests who think they have what it takes to be on SportsCenter can experience what it’s like to audition for ESPN. Select contestants will go through a series of “on-air” tasks and the audience will select the best “sportscaster” during each show. ESPN personalities and sports celebrities will help mentor contestants as part of the experience.

The ESPN Sports Zone will give guests of all ages the opportunity to test their skills at a wide variety of sports, including biking on an X Games dirt course. MLB, NBA and NFL-themed interactive areas within the Zone will have fans swinging for the fences, shooting baskets and throwing passes, as well as Dick’s Sporting Goods’ Sports Caravan, a multi-sport interactive area. The ESPN Sports Zone will also include an ESPN Play Your Way playground. A fitness initiative launched in May 2004 to address youth obesity, Play Your Way was designed by Team ESPN, the corporate outreach program for ESPN, Inc., to inspire kids 7-12 years old to use their imagination and create their own physically active games.

Wait! Dream Job is coming back!? Hell yes….Best. Show. Ever! It’s like the American Idol of Sports Broadcasting, and just like the opening rounds of Idol, the unintentional comedy is off the charts. I can’t wait!

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