ESPN2 To Air 2014 WNBA Draft Live April 14th

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ESPN2 will present the 2014WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm Live next Monday, April 14th, 2014.

Monday’s WNBA Draft will be held at the Mohegan Sun Arena , home of the Connecticut Sun. Round will be broadcast live at 8pm ET on ESPN2. The second and third rounds of the WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm will be broadcast online via ESPN3 from 9 – 10:30pm ET. Kevin Negandhi will anchor ESPN2’s coverage of the draft. Analysts Rebecca Lobo and Carolyn Peck will join him to add their own insight on the draft, as will reporter Holly Rowe.

Additional content will be offered across the ESPN platforms including SportsCenter and espnW.com.

The Connecticut Sun will have the top pick in the draft for the second consecutive year. The Sun will have a big crop of players from which to choose this year as top picks Chelsea Gray (Duke), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Shoni Schimmel (Louisville), Meighan Simmons (Tennessee) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor) have all been named as top picks in this year’s draft. Also named among the most talked about names in this year’s draft are forwards Natalie Achonwa (Notre Dame), Natasha Howard (Florida State), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Alyssa Thomas (Maryland), and centers Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut) and Markeisha Gatling (NC State). The draft order in the WNBA Draft is chosen through the WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm.

Tulsa holds the second pick in this year’s WNBA Draft, followed by the San Antonio Stars, New York Liberty, and Indiana Fever.

More information on this year’s WNBA Draft presented by State Farm is available online at http://espnW.com, http://www.facebook.com/espnW, http://www.facebook.com/wnba, and http://www.wnba.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Lamar Odom Takes To The Hardwood Again This Afternoon

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Former NBA star Lamar Odom will hit the hardwood again.

Odom will attempt to reboot his basketball career as he takes to the basketball court once again today.  The former NBA standout won’t be playing in the NBA in his return to the game though.  He will make his debut with the Euroleague’s Spanish club Laboral Kutxa this afternoon when the team takes on Unicaja Malaga.  Tipoff is scheduled for 2:45pm ET.  Fans can catch the game live online via ESPN3, which is accessible via WatchESPN on all mobile internet platforms.

Odom host recently played for the Los Angeles Clippers.  He is a two-time NBA champion and former Sixth Man of the Year.

More information on this afternoon’s coverage and all basketball coverage across the ESPN family of networks is available online at http://espn.go.com and http://www.facebook.com/ESPN.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN3 To Broadcast 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Draw

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The Super Bowl is over.  The confetti has dropped.  The pizza and beer are gone.  So what’s a person to do now?  Simple.  Check out ESPN3 Monday, February 3rd for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Draw.

ESPN3 will carry live coverage of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Draw Monday, February 3rd.  Coverage begins at 1pm ET.  The draw sets up the picture for this year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup.  The annual draw is set up with twenty-four teams being split into four groups of six teams each.  Among the teams involved in this year’s tournament are the defending world champion United States, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Iran, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea and Ukraine.  Four wild card teams have already been announced for the tour.  Those teams are: Finland, Brazil, Greece, and Turkey.

The2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup tournament begins Saturday, August 30th.  It runs through Sunday, September 14th and will be held in Spain this year.  Audiences will be able to catch every game of this year’s tournament across the ESPN family of networks.  ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPN Deportes will combine to carry full coverage of this year’s tournament.  The preliminary rounds of this year’s tournament will be played in Bilbao, Granada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and Seville.  The tournament’s final rounds will be held in Barcelona and Madrid.

Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Marc and Pau Gasol are thought to be potential names involved in this year’s tournament.  More information on the tournament is available online at http://fiba.com/spain2014.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Announces Upcoming Coverage Schedule Changes

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ESPN has announced that it has made some slight changes to its NBA coverage for games in January and February.  The scheduling changes add games for the Pacers, Blazers, and Suns on the ESPN family of networks.  The first set of changes affect ESPN’s NBA coverage on Wednesday, January 22nd.  ESPN has added a matchup of the Indiana Pacers, who currently sit atop the Eastern Conference, and the Phoenix Suns.  That matchup is scheduled for a 10:30pm ET tip-off.  This addition means that the originally scheduled game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs has been pushed to an 8pm ET start time.  It also results in the previously scheduled game between the Bulls and Cavaliers has been knocked off the night’s schedule.

The second change to ESPN’s NBA coverage schedule is the addition of a matchup between the Trailblazers and Pacers.  That newly added matchup is scheduled for Friday, February 7th.  It is scheduled for a 7pm ET tip-off.  It takes the place of the network’s originally scheduled broadcast of the Cavaliers at Wizards.

While games have been replaced on the air, fans of all teams involved can always catch their team online via WatchESPN.  More information on ESPN’s NBA coverage is available online at http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN and http://espn.com/nba.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Announces Details For 2014 Armed Forces Classic

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ESPN has announced the schedule for the annual NCAA Armed Forces Classic Men’s Basketball Games.  The schedule, set for the next three years, will shift to the Coast Guard in 2014.  Next year’s annual Men’s Division I matchup is scheduled for November 14, 2014.  It will originate from the United States Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico.  The game will feature defending National Champion Louisville taking on Minnesota.  Next Fall’s matchup will be made even bigger as it will be a father son coaching duel.  Rick Pitino, a 2013 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee will bring the Cardinals in to face the Gophers, coached by his son Richard Pitino.  Richard Pitino is in his first season as head coach of the Gophers.

Details for the 2015 game are yet to be fully determined. However, it is known that the game will be handed off to the Marines for 2015.  It is currently scheduled to be played November 13, 2015.  2016 will see the game shift to the Navy.  The game, scheduled to be played November 11th, 2016, will actually feature a double-header at the naval base in Pearl Harbor, HI.  It will be played just a month away from the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Teams for both the 2015 and 2016 matchup have not yet been announced.  They will be announced at a later date.

The Armed Forces Classic Men’s Basketball Game will be broadcast on ESPN each year.  It is part of the network’s America’s Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans initiative.  America’s Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans America’s men and women in uniform past, present, and future, both at home and abroad.

The Armed Forces Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN.  More information on the annual ESPN Armed Forced Classic is available online at http://espnevents.com/armed-forces-classic, http://www.facebook.com/ESPNEvents, and http://twitter.com/ESPNEvents.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN The Magazine Presenting NBA Preview Show Monday Night

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NBA fans will want to tune in to ESPN2 Monday night, October 21st.  That’s because Monday night, ESPN2 will present the ESPN The Magazine: NBA Preview Show.  ESPN analysts George Karl and Avery Johnson will join a panel of NBA head coaches and host Jonathan “The Coach” Coachman to look at the upcoming 2013-2014 season.  The season’s major storylines will be discussed along with early predictions for the season.

One of the highlights of Monday night’s broadcast will be the coaches’ roundtable.  During this segment, the show’s staff of coaches will discuss reigning NBA MVP LeBron James.  ESPN NBA Insider will offer insights shared by “King James” during his one-on-on interview with James for ESPN The MagazineESPN The Magazine’s NBA Preview edition is available on newsstands everywhere now.

LeBron James isn’t the only star that will be profiled on Monday night’s ESPN The Magazine: NBA Preview Show.  Dwight Howard, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett will each be discussed.  That’s because all three will have new teammates this season.  The panelists will discuss what this may mean for each star.  Along with this, the panelists will also discuss what can be expected from the Brooklyn Nets new coach and former NBA player, Jason Kidd.

ESPN’s 2013-2014 NBA season tips off Friday, November 1st with a matchup of the Nets with their first time coach and the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.  The game is slated for an 8pm ET tipoff.  That game will be followed up with a match between the defending NBA Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers.  That game is expected for a 10:30pm ET start time. Both games are currently scheduled to air on ESPN.  ESPN will also air a pre-season doubleheader next Wednesday, October 23rd.  The first of those games will feature the Boston Celtics hosting the Nets at 7pm.  The second will see the Chicago Bulls on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder.  That game is scheduled for a 9:30pm ET start time.

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ESPN Releases 2014 SEC Men’s Basketball Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN has released its broadcast schedule for the 2014 SEC College basketball regular season.  The Worldwide Leader in Sports” will kick off the up SEC’s upcoming College Basketball Season Tuesday, January 7th with a matchup between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Bengal Tigers of LSU on ESPN.  It is the first of 120 SEC conference games that will be broadcast across the ESPN family of networks.  Every Tuesday, ESPN and ESPNU will two SEC games during conference play.  This schedule includes the return of the highly popular Super Tuesday series.  That series features an SEC-Big Ten doubleheader each year.  Meanwhile, ESPN or ESPN2 will feature and SEC battle on the hardwood every Thursday.  Saturday’s SEC showcase will feature at least one game on ESPNU and ESPN or ESPN2.

The 2014 SEC schedule includes a Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV broadcast.  College GameDay Covered by State Farm will also broadcast live from Kentucky as the Wildcats host the Hurricanes.  That matchup will take place February 15th at 9pm ET on ESPN.  Rece Davis hosts College GameDay and is joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, and Jalen Rose.   ESPNU carries a two-hour edition of College GameDay every Saturday morning at 10am ET that continues at 11am on ESPN.  ESPN airs a one-hour edition of College GameDay every Saturday night at 8pm ET.

True diehard SEC and college basketball fans will be able to catch eight exclusive SEC matchups and a simulcast of every SEC Network and regional syndication partner broadcast.  Fans can even get ESPN Full Court, ESPN’s out-of-market-pay-per-view package to get even more games.

The SEC Network, ESPN Regional Television’s over-the-air syndication package, will have forty more games in addition to all of the games presented across the ESPN family of networks.  And the SEC Network will also present the SEC Studio Show every Saturday afternoon from the regular season through the SEC Tournament.

All SEC games can be viewed not only on television, but also online.  All content available across the ESPN family of networks will also be available online via WatchESPN, WatchESPN.com and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE for Gold members.  Audiences with Apple TV will also be able to get their games through that outlet if they have a video subscription from an affiliated provider.

The full ESPN family of networks SEC College basketball schedule is available below.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and SEC Network 2013 SEC Men’s Basketball Schedule

Dates, times and television listings subject to change

 

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Tue, Jan 7 7 p.m. Tennessee at LSU ESPN
9 p.m. Vanderbilt at Alabama ESPNU
Wed, Jan 8 7 p.m. South Carolina at Florida ESPN3 ** &  CSS
8 p.m. Mississippi State at Kentucky ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Georgia at Missouri ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. Arkansas at Texas AM ESPN3 ** & FSN
Thu, Jan 9 7 p.m. Auburn at Ole Miss ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Jan 11 1 p.m. Florida at Arkansas ESPN2
1:30 p.m. LSU at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
2 p.m. Missouri at Auburn ESPN2
4 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPNU
Alabama at Georgia ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
6 p.m. Texas A&M at Tennessee ESPN3 ** & FSN
Tue, Jan 14 7 p.m. Georgia at Florida ESPNU
9 p.m. Kentucky at Arkansas ESPN
Wed, Jan 15 7 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee ESPN3 ** & CSS
8 p.m. Mississippi State at Alabama ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
South Carolina at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. LSU at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & CSS
Thu, Jan 16 7 p.m. Missouri at Vanderbilt ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Jan 18 1:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Arkansas at Georgia ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
2 p.m. Alabama at Missouri ESPN or ESPN2
4 p.m. Florida at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4:30 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & FSN
9 p.m. Vanderbilt at LSU ESPNU
Tue, Jan 21 7 p.m. Missouri at LSU ESPNU
9 p.m. Texas A&M at Kentucky ESPN
Wed, Jan 22 8 p.m. Arkansas at Tennessee ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
South Carolina at Georgia ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. Ole Miss at Vanderbilt ESPN3 ** & CSS
TBD Auburn at Mississippi State ESPN3
Thu, Jan 23 7 p.m. Florida at Alabama ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Jan 25 1 p.m. Vanderbilt at Texas A&M ESPNU
1:30 p.m. Georgia at Kentucky ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4 p.m. Tennessee at Florida ESPN or ESPN2
Mississippi State at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
South Carolina at Missouri ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
6 p.m. Auburn at Arkansas ESPN3 ** & FSN
8 p.m. LSU at Alabama ESPN2
Tue, Jan 28 7 p.m. Missouri at Arkansas ESPNU
9 p.m. Kentucky at LSU ESPN
Wed, Jan 29 7 p.m. Vanderbilt at Georgia ESPN3 ** & CSS
8 p.m. Ole Miss at Tennessee ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Alabama at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
TBD Texas A&M at South Carolina ESPN3
Thu, Jan 30 7 p.m. Florida at Mississippi State ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Feb 1 1:30 p.m. South Carolina at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Georgia at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4 p.m. Texas A&M at Florida ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
5 p.m. Arkansas at LSU ESPNU
Mississippi State at Vanderbilt ESPN3 ** & FSN
8 p.m. Tennessee at Alabama ESPN2
Tue, Feb 4 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Kentucky ESPNU
9 p.m. Missouri at Florida ESPN
Wed, Feb 5 8 p.m. Alabama at Arkansas ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. Mississippi State at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & CSS
TBD Tennessee at Vanderbilt ESPN3
TBD Auburn at South Carolina ESPN3
Thu, Feb 6 7 p.m. LSU at Georgia ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Feb 8 Noon Alabama at Florida ESPN
1:30 p.m. Kentucky at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
3 p.m. South Carolina at Tennessee ESPNU
4 p.m. Arkansas at Vanderbilt ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Auburn at LSU ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
5 p.m. Missouri at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & FSN
TBD Texas A&M at Georiga ESPN3 ** & CSS
Tue, Feb 11 7 p.m. Florida at Tennessee ESPN
9 p.m. Ole Miss at Alabama ESPNU
Wed, Feb 12 8 p.m. Kentucky at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Vanderbilt at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. LSU at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & CSS
9 p.m. Georgia at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & FSN
Thu, Feb 13 7 p.m. Arkansas at Missouri ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Feb 15 1:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Vanderbilt ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Mississippi State at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4 p.m. Tennessee at Missouri ESPN or ESPN2
Alabama at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Ole Miss at Georgia ESPN3 ** & FSN
5 p.m. LSU at Arkansas ESPNU
9 p.m. Florida at Kentucky ESPN
Tue, Feb 18 7 p.m. Kentucky at Ole Miss ESPN
9 p.m. Georgia at Tennessee ESPNU
Wed, Feb 19 7 p.m. Auburn at Florida ESPN3 ** & FSN
8 p.m. Vanderbilt at Missouri ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Mississippi State at LSU ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas ESPN3 ** & CSS
Thu, Feb 20 7 p.m. Alabama at Texas A&M ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Feb 22 1:30 p.m. Georgia at South Carolina ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
3 p.m. Tennessee at Texas A&M ESPNU
4 p.m. LSU at Kentucky ESPN or ESPN2
Arkansas at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
6 p.m. Vanderbilt at Auburn ESPN3 ** & FSN
8 p.m. Missouri at Alabama ESPN2
Tue, Feb. 25 7 p.m. Florida at Vanderbilt ESPN
9 p.m. Missouri at Georgia ESPNU
Wed, Feb 26 8 p.m. Tennessee at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Texas A&M at LSU ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
9 p.m. South Carolina at Auburn ESPN3 ** & FSN
TBD Alabama at Ole Miss ESPN3
Thu, Feb 27 7 p.m. Arkansas at Kentucky ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Mar 1 Noon Vanderbilt at Tennessee ESPN or ESPN2
1:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Missouri ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
3 p.m. Auburn at Alabama ESPNU
4 p.m. Georgia at Arkansas ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
6 p.m. Kentucky at South Carolina ESPN or ESPN2
Ole Miss at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & FSN
Tue, Mar 4 7 p.m. Florida at South Carolina ESPNU
9 p.m. Alabama at Kentucky ESPN
Wed, Mar 5 7 p.m. Mississippi State at Georgia ESPN3 ** & CSS
8 p.m. Tennessee at Auburn ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
TBD Ole Miss at Arkansas ESPN3
TBD Texas A&M at Missouri ESPN3
Thu, Mar 6 7 p.m. LSU at Vanderbilt ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Mar 8 1:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at Ole Miss ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
4 p.m. Missouri at Tennessee ESPN
South Carolina at Mississippi State ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
Auburn at Texas A&M ESPN3 ** & SEC Network
5 p.m. Georgia at LSU ESPN3 ** & FSN
TBD Arkansas at Alabama ESPN3

 

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Nine For IX Series Continues With Film On Vols Coach Pat Summit

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The next film in ESPN Films’ and espnW’s Nine for IX series airs next Tuesday, July 9thPat XO focuses on the University of Tennessee women’s legendary basketball coach, Pat Summit.  Summit’s story is told through the words of those who know the beloved coach most, including her own family.  Her son Tyler, who serves as Assistant Coach of Marquette’s women’s basketball team, serves as lead storyteller in this moving film.  Others to share their stories and thoughts on coach Summit in this film include the likes of: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, fellow coach Geno Auriemma, country music artist Kenny Chesney, and even players Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings, and Michelle Marciniak.

Pat XO was co-directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters.  The pair’s first collaboration, Emmanuel’s Gift, was an award winning documentary.  The documentary followed the story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah in his fight for the rights of two million disabled citizens of in Ghana, West Africa.  They have also worked on a trio of prime-time specials for PBS, a documentary with Harpo Studios on Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls, and the film, UnmatchedUnmatched is a film included in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.  It follows the rivalry and friendship between tennis stars Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, and is told through the pair’s own experiences and words.  Robin Roberts, host of ABC’s Good Morning America, produced the new film.  It will air next Tuesday night at 8pm EST on ESPN.

All films in the Nine for IX series will be available for purchase via iTunes and Amazon the day after each is aired.  They will all be culled for a special gift set from ESPN on October 15th, 2013.

The complete schedule for the Nine for IX series is listed below.

July 9: Pat XO

 

July 16: Let Them Wear Towels

 

July 23: No Limits

 

July 30: Swoopes

 

August 6: The Diplomat

 

August 13: Runner

 

August 20: The ‘99ers

 

August 27: Branded

 

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2013 NBA Draft Ties For Highest Rated Broadcast Since 2003 Draft Coverage

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The 2013 NBA Draft created quite a stir among teams, talking heads, and fans alike.  This year marked the first time that a Canadian player was drafted number one.  Just as surprising, was that other players were not drafted.  Not surprisingly though is that all of the surprises from this year’s draft led it to tie with the 2007 NBA draft for the highest rated broadcast of the NBA draft ever.  That was the highest rated draft since the big show’s 2003 broadcast.  It delivered a 2.6 overnight rating according to Nielsen.  That is up thirteen percent from the 2012 NBA draft.

Listed below is the ratings rundown of the top 10 markets for this year’s draft broadcast.  The Raleigh-Durham, NC market had the sixth highest overnight rating at a 4.2

2013 NBA Draft on ESPN

Top markets Rating
1.Louisville 6.9
2.Memphis 5.6
3.Cleveland 5.0
4.Indianapolis 4.7
5.Oklahoma City 4.3
6.Raleigh-Durham 4.2
7.Detroit 3.9
8.Charlotte 3.7
9.Washington, D.C. 3.6
10.Kansas City 3.5

 

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ABC Pulls Big Number For NBA Finals Game 5

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Game 5 of the NBA Finals left some strong numbers for ABC Sunday night.  The matchup of the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat generated a strong 11.4 overnight rating according to Nielsen.  It is expected to mark the thirty-fifth consecutive time that an NBA Finals telecast has won the night across the board and the twenty-third consecutive time that it has delivered double digit overnight ratings. 

The peak period for the game was between 10:30pm and 10:45pm EST.  This fifteen minute period saw the game peak at a 13.9.  Local market numbers are just as good for the NBA Finals.  Game 5 pulled in a 37.6 metered market rating in San Antonio and a 28.8 in Miami. 

The series’ crucial Game 6 airs Tuesday night June 18th, live at 9pm EST from Miami.  It will be broadcast live on ABC.  It will also be simulcast on ESPN Radio affiliates across the country and on ESPN Deportes for Spanish speaking audiences.  For those wanting to catch the game online, it will be available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.  The game will be preceded by the Kia NBA Countdown at 8:30pm on ABC and ESPN3.

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