Biggest Sporting Events for 2018
Jan 08 2018
Here's the list!
Jan. 8: College Football Playoff National Championship, 8 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta; ESPN network. Will the Crimson Tide win again?
Jan. 15-28: Australian Open, Melbourne; ESPN, ESPN2. All eyes on Serena Williams, Federer and Nadal
Jan. 28: NHL All-Star Game, 3 p.m., Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla.; NBC. This is what Gary Bettman chose to do instead of the Olympics. Short-term profits, but is it really worth it?
Feb. 4: Super Bowl, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis; NBC. Halftime show is Justin Timberlake, in case you were wondering.
Feb. 9-25: Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang, South Korea; NBC. Russia isn’t in it, but sort of is in it. How will the medals tables handle the messy situation?
Feb. 10: U.S. Soccer presidential election; announcement carried on various sports networks. Not the easiest job, but a lot of people seem to want it.
Feb. 16: NBA All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, 9 p.m.; TNT. Not East vs. West anymore. Captains pick sides. Nobody wants to be picked last.
Feb. 18: Daytona 500, 2:30 p.m., Daytona Beach, Fla.; Fox. Danica Patrick makes what will likely be her last appearance in the race.
Mar. 29: Opening Day, Major League Baseball. All 30 teams will be playing on this date, and it will be the earliest start to a regular season in history.
Mar. 30-Apr. 1: NCAA Final Four (women), Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio; ESPN. UConn vs. the world, no doubt, and you know who’s going to win.
Mar. 31-Apr. 2: NCAA Final Four (men), Alamodome, San Antonio; TBS. Don’t dare look at the graduation rates of the participating teams. It’ll spoil everything.
Apr. 5-8: Masters, Augusta, Ga.; CBS and ESPN. If Tiger Woods plays, the ratings double.
Apr. 26-28: NFL draft, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Tex.; ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network. After the second round, there is nothing more dreadfully dull – unless you’re a draft nerd.
May 5: Kentucky Derby, 6:46 p.m. post time, Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.; NBC. Five hours of coverage leading to two minutes of action. That’s a worse ratio than an NFL Sunday.
May 15: NBA draft lottery, tentative time 8:30 p.m., Chicago; ESPN. The tankers get their just rewards.
May 19: Preakness, post time 6:48 p.m., Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Md.; NBC. The least attractive of the Triple Crown races.
May 27-June 10: French Open, Roland Garros, Paris; NBC and Tennis Channel. Rafa Nadal’s playground. He goes for an 11th title.
May 27: Indy 500, 12:20 p.m., Indianapolis Speedway; ABC. Last year on a multiyear contract with ABC. Patrick says she’ll race here, too, before her full retirement.
End of May: Stanley Cup Finals begin; April 11: first day of NHL playoffs; NBC. Forget those indecipherable regular-season standings. Hockey begins now.
End of May until as late as June 17: NBA Finals; ABC. Golden State was the prohibitive favorite going into the season. Now the Warriors are just one of six teams with a good shot.
June 9: Belmont Stakes, post time shortly after 6:30 p.m., Elmont, N.Y.; NBC. If a Triple Crown is at stake, this is tremendously fun. If not, fuhgeddaboudit.
June 13: FIFA chooses host for 2026 World Cup, FIFA Congress in Moscow. The U.S. – along with Mexico and Canada – expects its United bid to win. If Morocco is chosen, all hell breaks loose.
June 14-17: U.S. Open (golf), Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.; Fox and Foxsports1. This is where Phil Mickelson blew the Open in 2004. Welcome back!
June 14-July 15: Soccer World Cup, various venues in Russia; Fox and Telemundo own broadcast rights in the U.S. The second-day match of Spain vs. Portugal should make everyone forget the Americans aren’t playing.
June 21: NBA draft, 7 p.m., Barclays Center; ESPN. A pair of big men, DeAndre Ayton and Marvin Bagley, may go first.
July 2-15: Wimbledon, All-England Club; ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and DirecTV. The ageless Roger Federer, the defending champ, goes for a ninth Wimbledon title.
July 7-29: Tour de France, throughout France, ending in Paris; NBCSN. There hasn’t been a major cycling scandal in a while. Knock wood.
July 17: MLB All-Star Game, first pitch sometime after 7:30 p.m., Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.; Fox. The Home Run Derby, the day before, may come down to teammates Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge.
July 19-22: British Open, Carnoustic Championship Course, Angus, Scotland; NBC/Golf Channel. Jordan Spieth may make an approach shot from Wales this time.
Aug. 9-12: PGA Championship, Bellerive Country Club, Town and Country, Missouri (a St. Louis suburb); TNT/CBS. Been 26 years since this course hosted its last major. Nick Price won the PGA title in 1992.
Aug. 27-Sept. 9: U.S. Open (tennis), National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, NY; ESPN/Tennis Channel/DirecTV. Last tennis major on the calendar. Serena’s baby will turn 1 during the tournament.
Sept. 6: Opening Thursday night game of NFL season, in home of NFL Super Bowl champion; NFL network. Sorry, Donald Trump. They’re back.
Late September: WNBA Finals; ESPN. Would help if it weren’t Minneapolis-Los Angeles for a third time in a row.
Mid-October: NWSL final; Lifetime network. Wobbliest of pro leagues puts on its showcase event. Wish it well.
End of October: World Series; Fox. Astros? Dodgers? Cubs? Red Sox? Indians? Yankees are the pick here.
Early December: MLS Cup final; Fox. Toronto is a very cold place in December, but get used to it.
Dec. 31: College football semifinals, Cotton Bowl (Dallas) and Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens); ESPN. Would be much more fun at Lambeau Field.
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