ESPN HD Connects With Home Run Derby


ESPN3D has added the State Farm Home Run Derby to its lineup of enhanced telecasts.
The home run contest is slated for July 12 at 8 p.m., and will be played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the day before Major League Baseball will stage its All-Star Game in Orange County. 

Fox and DirecTV already announced that they would be producing and televising the All-Star Game itself in 3D.

The Home Run Derby will be the first domestic event ESPN3D televises, with the network will kick off on June 11 with coverage from the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. FIFA is producing the 3D World Cup coverage
 "It's fitting that we launch ESPN 3D's domestic programming from Angel Stadium of Anaheim, which was the site for the launch of ESPN HD back on March 30, 2003," said Bryan Burns, vice president, strategic business development, ESPN in a statement. "Seven years later, ESPN HD is available to virtually every multichannel video household in the United States, and we're hopeful that ESPN 3D will receive strong interest from sports fans and distributors plus consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers."

Other events slated for the 3D channel: college basketball's Old Spice Classic in November, college football's ACC Championship Dec. 4, the Jimmy V. Classic Dec. 7 and college basketball's Big East Tournament in March, 2011.