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October 14, 2003

ESPN LIVE, Primetime HQ and ESPN LIVE College GameDay Giving Fans Total Interaction

Every weekend this season, ESPN.com's football pages are transformed into a whole new interactive experience to follow all the gridiron action. Two new weekly live online events - ESPN.com ESPN LIVE (including "Primetime HQ") and ESPN LIVE College GameDay - bring all the best aspects of ESPN.com's football coverage to a single page. They allow fans a chance to interact with football experts to break down the big plays, the best players, and the week's match-ups. Fans can also follow all the continually updated scores at once, personalize their page, read columns, get stats and news, and more.

Randy Mueller used to spend his weekends at the Superdome as General Manager for the New Orleans Saints. Now he spends them as ESPN.com's NFL Insider and the anchor of the "Primetime HQ" - the interactive centerpiece for ESPN.com's ESPN LIVE Sunday football Web events.

For six hours every Sunday (1 - 7 p.m. ET) Mueller - headquartered in a viewing room just off ESPN's Bristol, Conn. studios - chats with fans and breaks down all the action, biggest plays and storylines from around the NFL. During "Primetime HQ" Mueller also pulls in members from the ESPN NFL team - including Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, Michael Irvin, Chris Mortensen, Steve Young and more - to give their insights and reactions to the week's action as they prepare for ESPN's NFL Primetime each Sunday night. The "Primetime HQ" chat also features "Big Play Tracker" (to keep fans up to date on the biggest plays in all the games), a popular attraction for fantasy football players.

ESPN Live includes live updating scoreboards with game previews before the games begin and links to box scores and Gamecast once they are underway. In addition it offers fantasy statistics and the week's leaders in key stat categories. ESPN Live Online begins with a pre-game chat hosted by ESPN football analyst - and former NFL player - Eric Allen from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

ESPN LIVE College GameDay is ESPN.com's version of watching each Saturday's games with the experts. Jim Donnan - former coach of the Georgia Bulldogs - leads an ESPN.com panel of experts, including ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel and ESPN The Magazine's Gene Wojciechowski and Bruce Feldman. Donnan and crew take questions about college football, share insights, break down the X's and O's and more. Fans can personalize their page to deliver results and news for a favorite team while they chat with Donnan and the crew. ESPN LIVE College GameDay features live updating scoreboards and full tune-in information as it complements all the Saturday college football action on ABC Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Plus and ESPN GamePlan.

From time to time, ESPN LIVE College GameDay hits the road, visiting a key game on the week's schedule. When on the road, the event goes even more in-depth. With Donnan and the ESPN experts on site, they share knowledge gathered from watching practices, sitting in meetings and talking to players and coaches during the week. Reporters on the sidelines bring fans constant updates during the game. Fans are also able to chat with Kirk Herbstreit, Dr. Jerry Punch and other ESPN college football TV personalities.

Check out ESPN.com's live football pages each weekend:
ESPN Live: Sunday's at http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/index
ESPN Live College GameDay: Saturday's at http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/index