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Remote patrol: Draft dominates ESPN's weekend

By JOHN C. COTEY
Published April 22, 2005


The No.5 pick will give Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans a reason to tune in early to the NFL draft on ESPN and ESPN2, which offers 17 live hours of coverage over two days.

The coverage kicks off at noon Saturday on ESPN, switching to ESPN2 at 5:30.

Sunday, the entire day (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) will be carried by ESPN.

Chris Berman will host Saturday's coverage at the Javits Center in New York with Mel Kiper, Chris Mortensen and St. Louis Rams receiver Torry Holt, the first active NFL player to provide analysis on ESPN's main set. Suzy Kolber hosts Sunday.

ESPN coverage will include videoconferencing from all 32 team sites and the usual on-screen goodies (the "Pick Clock," Kiper's list of remaining players, etc.).

Andrea Kremer will be joined by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, New England Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel and safety Rodney Harrison, and Washington Redskins tackle Jon Jensen for a roundtable discussion. And reporters filing reports from team headquarters include Sal Paloantonio in San Francisco, Ed Werder in Dallas, George Smithin San Diego and Hank Goldberg in Miami.

Around the dial

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-language sports network, will combine to present live coverage of Major League Soccer's first intra-city rivalry at 10p.m. Saturday featuring the Mexican-owned Chivas USA vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy. ... Sun Sports will show Florida's Orange and Blue spring football game, which featured the debut of new coach Urban Meyer and a record crowd of 58,000-plus fans, at 10a.m. Sunday. ... FSN's Best Damn Sports Show Period added Rodney Peete to Chris Rose, John Salley and the other recent addition, Rob Dibble. ... Sportscaster Camps of America is sponsoring the inaugural Crystal Mic awards, given to the country's top sportscasters in 10 categories. Fans can vote at www.sportscastercamp.com ... XM Satellite Radio announced a multiyear marketing partnership with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, making XM the team's official satellite radio partner. Last fall, XM and Major League Baseball signed an 11-year deal to broadcast games played by every MLB team, including the Devil Rays, but the additional agreement includes various cross promotion, signs and on-premise promotions at Tropicana Field.