ESPN Films’ Latest Release Debuts April 17th

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ESPN Films debuts the latest release in its 30 for 30 series next month.

Bad Boys, the latest film from ESPN Films’ hit series, premieres Thursday, April 17th at 8pm ET on ESPN.  The film was produced by NBA Entertainment and helmed by Zak Levitt.  The film’s story centers on the Detroit Pistons’ heyday of the late 80s and early 90s.  The Pistons of the 80s and 90s was one of those teams that fans either loved or hated.  There was no in between for this squad.  Those that loved the team called it a group of men that wasn’t afraid to work hard and really get in the paint.  It was a team, to those fans, that was afraid of no one.  That same win at all costs mentality is also what led many to despise the team.

The film highlights the highs and lows of the team’s heyday through interviews with the likes of Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, Adrian Dantley, and Mark Aguirre among others.  The interviews give viewers a more personal look at what made the team one of the league’s most talked about. Also included are personal insights from some of the biggest names to face Detroit during the late 80s and early 90s. Those names include: Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Kevin McHale, Dominique Wilkins, and James Worthy.  Former NBA Commissioner David Stern also shares his thoughts on what made the team such a lightning rod in the league at that time.

The premiere of Bad Boys will be followed immediately by Grantland’s Bad Boys Remix, a special one-hour presentation featuring Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose.  The pair will be joined by Isiah Thomas and Doug Collins to discuss the film.  The pair will also share more thoughts on the highs and lows of the Pistons.  Along with their appearance on Grantland’s Bad Boys Remix, Thomas and Collins will be part of Grantland’s “Detroit Week” package, kicking off April 14th.  Grantland’s “Detroit Week” will include written features about the city of Detroit and its history as well as Detroit-themed podcasts on the Grantland Network.

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Collins Signs New Multi-Year Deal With ESPN

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Another big name has inked a deal with ESPN.  Veteran NBA head coach Doug Collins has signed a deal with the “Worldwide Leader in Sports.”  Collins’ multi-year deal will have him serving as an analyst on ESPN and ABC’s NBA Countdown.  He will be in comfortable company when he starts his duties this season.  He will be working alongside fellow NBA legends Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jalen Rose, and Bill Simmons.  The terms of Collins’ deal also will see him serve as an in-game analyst for select ESPN broadcasts.  It also includes appearances on SportsCenter ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, and other ESPN programming.

Collins was enthusiastic about signing with ESPN in a statement released this week.  “ESPN’s NBA coverage plays a leadership role in the way fans experience the sport, so I’m eager to share my basketball insights with our viewers,” he said.  “Working with Magic, Jalen, Bill and the rest of my new ESPN colleagues will be a lot of fun.”

John Wildhack, ESPN Executive VP of Production was just as pleased with the new deal.  He shared his thoughts in a prepared statement.  “Doug Collins is a one of the most respected NBA voices and we’re thrilled to have him join NBA Countdown. Collins brings a contemporary coaching perspective, which will enhance the diverse discussion on Countdown. Additionally, Michael Wilbon will remain a leading authority for the NBA on ESPN while maintaining the flexibility to increase his in-studio appearances on our important Pardon The Interruption franchise.”

Collins has quite the resume on the court.  He served eleven years as a head coach in the NBA, most recently with the Philadelphia 76ers.  He reached the NBA playoffs seven times.  As a player, he played a combined eight seasons in the ABA and NBA and is a four-time All-Star.  His new deal with ESPN isn’t his first stint in front of the camera.  He was a contributor to NBC’s NBA game coverage and Olympics coverage and has also served as a game analyst for Turner Sports.  He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.  He received the prestigious Curt Gowdy Media Award in his induction.

NBA Countdown debuts Friday, November 1st at 7pm ET during a one-hour pre-game broadcast before ESPN’s season-opening doubleheader.  The doubleheader kicks off at 8pm with a matchup of last season’s NBA Champion Miami Heat and the Brooklyn Nets.  The second game features the San Antonio Spurs, last season’s runners-up taking on the Los Angeles Lakers.  That game is currently scheduled for a 10pm ET broadcast.

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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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ABC, ESPN Networks Carrying Seven Playoff Games This Weekend

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NBA fans have plenty of reason to be happy this weekend.  ABC and ESPN have seven games on tap this weekend.  Three of those games will air on ESPN Friday night beginning with a matchup between the Knicks and Celtics.  The Knicks will look to extend their two-game lead over Boston as the teams face off in game three of that series Friday night at 8pm.  It will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio affiliates across the country.  Fans can also catch the game online and via mobile access through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.  Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Heather Cox will have the call on ESPN.  Marc Kestecher and Dr. Jack Ramsey will call the game for ESPN Radio.  The game is scheduled to start at 8pm EST.      

The second of the night’s triple header sees the Spurs and Lakers face off in the third game of their series, too.  The Spurs are up two games to none in that best-of-seven series.  Injuries have plagued the Lakers, who are looking to get their footing again Friday night.  The game is scheduled to start at 10:30pm EST.  It will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.  Fans can also watch the game online and on mobile devices through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.  Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, and Chris Broussard will have the call on ESPN.  They will be joined by Alvaro Martin and Carlos Morales for ESPN Deportes.

Also at 10:30, the Warriors will look to break the one-game time with the Nuggets when the teams head back to Oakland.  The Warriors come into Friday’s game with some momentum.  The team as a whole shot nearly sixty-five percent and made 14 of 25 three-point shots.  Four of the team’s players scored twenty points in game two Tuesday night.  The Warriors have also outrebounded the Nuggets 91 to 71 over the course of the series’ first two games.  The Nuggets are looking to regain some footing Friday night when they are hoping to get Kenneth Faried back in the lineup after having lost him in Game 1 to a sprained ankle.  Friday’s matchup will air on ESPN2 and can be viewed online and on mobile devices through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.  Dave Pasch, Jon Barry, and Holly Rowe will have all the action and news throughout the game.

The weekend showcase closes out with a Sunday doubleheader pitting the Knicks and Celtics against each other again for Game Four in the teams’ best-of-seven series first.  The game will air at 1pm on ABC and on ESPN Radio affiliates across the nation.  Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Heather Cox will be back to call the action again for the game, while Marc Kestecher and Dr. Jack Ramsay will have the call for ESPN Radio. 

The day’s second game tips off at 3:30pm EST.  The Bucks are hoping to dig out of a two game hole right now with game three tonight at 7pm.  Game four will be Sunday afternoon on ABC and ESPN Deportes.  Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, and Chris Broussard will be on hand for ESPN.  Alvaro Martin and Carlos Morales will call all the action for ESPN Deportes.  It all starts with the Kia NBA Countdown at 12:30pm EST.  Hosts Magic Johnson, Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose, and Michael Wilbon will discuss the weekend’s previous games and their implications as the NBA post season rolls on, as well as Sunday’s games on tap.  Fans can catch the Countdown on ABC.

A full schedule of the weekend’s games is available below.

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Networks
Fri, Apr 26 8 p.m. New York Knicks at Boston Celtics (Gm. 3)

ESPN: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Heather Cox

ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher, Dr. Jack Ramsay

ESPN, ESPN Radio, WatchESPN
  10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers (Gm. 3)

ESPN: Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, Chris Broussard

ESPN Deportes: Alvaro Martin, Carlos Morales

ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
  10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors (Gm. 3)

ESPN: Dave Pasch, Jon Barry, Holly Rowe

ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat, Apr 27 7 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks (Gm. 3)

ESPN: Mark Jones, Doris Burke, Holly Rowe

ESPN, WatchESPN
  9:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets (Gm. 3)

ESPN: Dave Pasch, Jon Barry, Samantha Ponder

ESPN Radio: Kevin Calabro, Chris Mullin

ESPN Deportes: Alvaro Martin, Carlos Morales

ESPN, ESPN Radio, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun, Apr 28 12:30 p.m. KIA NBA Countdown

Magic Johnson, Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose, Michael Wilbon

ABC
  1 p.m. New York Knicks at Boston Celtics (Gm. 4)

ESPN: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Heather Cox

ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher, Dr. Jack Ramsay

ABC, ESPN Radio
  3:30 p.m. Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks (Gm. 4)

ESPN: Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, Chris Broussard

ESPN Deportes: Alvaro Martin, Carlos Morales

ABC, ESPN Deportes

 

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ESPN Debuting New NBA Countdown Set

ESPN is set to debut a brand new set for its NBA broadcasts.  The new Kia NBA Countdown set will debut Christmas Day at 2:30pm EST.  When it debuts, the Kia NBA Countdown set will be the largest set at ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center.  It will include: six new automated, mobile video monitors, a total of four LED monitors that measure eight feet by five feet each, a larger oval shaped desk and an LED surround curtain that changes color throughout the show.  The set’s new desk was designed with the intent of creating a more free-flowing, conversational style show.

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Courtesy: ESPN

Along with the new physical changes, audiences will also notice the studios massive amount of space.  The increased space will allow the hosts—Magic Johnson, Michael Wilbon, and new additions Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose—more room to move throughout the show.  Fans will also notice more video to complement the discussions raised during the Countdown.  The new set and new co-hosts will debut Christmas Day just before the start of ABC’s mega-double header that starts with a bi-coastal matchup facing the Knicks against the host Lakers.  The second game of the day pits the Thunder against the Heat in a matchup of last season’s NBA Finals.  That game is set to start at 5:30pm EST.

Fans who miss the new set on the Countdown need not worry as they’ll get to see it when Johnson and company re-join audiences during half time of both games and between games to offer their thoughts on the games.  Should audiences be travelling or with family and friends on Christmas, there are no worries there.  The Kia NBA Countdown airs every Wednesday and Friday on ESPN and on ABC every Sunday before the network’s weekly game.

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