ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime On ABC Presented By La Quinta Launches This Weekend

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ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta makes its debut broadcast this Saturday night.

This weekend’s broadcast of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta marks the first time ever that any of the major broadcast networks will have ever broadcast an NBA game on a primetime NBA weekend series. Mike Breen will have the call for Saturday’s premiere edition of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta. The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Chicago Bulls on this weekend’s season premiere of ESPN’s new NBA program. He will be joined at the desk by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary.

NBA Countdown will precede Saturday night’s broadcast beginning at 7:30pm ET. Sage Steele will anchor the broadcast, which will also air on ABC. Steele will be joined at the desk by Jalen Rose and Doug Collins. The trio will preview Saturday night’s game and discuss all of the week’s biggest NBA headlines during the broadcast. More information on this weekend’s season premiere edition of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta and NBA Countdown is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

Website: http://espn.go.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN

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ESPN Announces Broadcast Team For New NBA Program

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This Saturday, ESPN will launch its new NBA program NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta.  This was just recently announced by the worldwide leader in sports.  Now along with that announcement, the program’s broadcast team has been officially announced.

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson will be courtside for the network’s new broadcast.  Lisa Salters will join the trio for most of the games, which will all be broadcast on ABC.  It all begins Saturday, January 23rd on ABC as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers host Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls.  The program will run for eight weeks over the course of the season.  That run includes appearances by the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, and Oklahoma City thunder.  The complete schedule for ESPN’s NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta is noted below.

 

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game
Sat, Jan. 23 8:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers*
Sat, Jan. 30 8:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sat, Feb. 20 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers*
Sat, Feb. 27 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Sat, March 5 8:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls*
Sat, March 12 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs*
Sat, March 19 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs
Sat, April 9 8:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls

 

Coverage tips off each week beginning at 8pm ET with a half-hour pre-game show.  Sage Steele will anchor those broadcasts.  Analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose will also be on hand for additional commentary.  For those that won’t be near a television during each broadcast, each game will also be available online via WatchESPN.  ESPN Deportes will also simulcast a number of the games on the NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta schedule.  More information on NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by La Quinta is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/nba

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN

 

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ESPN Announces Broadcast Site For CGD Season Premiere

Ames, IA - January 17, 2015 - Iowa State University: Rece Davis, Jay Willimas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Bilas on the set of College GameDay Covered by State Farm (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Ames, IA – January 17, 2015 – Iowa State University: Rece Davis, Jay Willimas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Bilas on the set of College GameDay Covered by State Farm
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm makes its annual return this month.

The worldwide leader in sports’ flagship college basketball program returns Saturday, January 23rd.  Opening weekend will feature a matchup of two Big Ten opponents, #5 Michigan State and #3 Maryland.  The morning broadcast tips off at 11am ET on ESPN.  Later in the evening, Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV will air ahead of the night’s game.  Rece Davis will anchor Saturday morning’s broadcast of College GameDay Covered by State Farm.  He will be joined at the desk by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg, and Jay Williams.  Dan Shulman will have the call for the evening’s game between the Spartans and Terps.  He will be joined in the booth by Jay Bilas.  Reporter Shannon Spake will also be on hand for additional commentary and news throughout the game.

ESPN’s January 23rd edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm marks the fourth time that the program has aired live from East Lansing.  For the Spartans, the upcoming edition of CGD marks the eighth time that the team has made an appearance on the annual college basketball broadcast.  And for the Terrapins, the game marks the second time that the team has appeared at the site of a CGD broadcast.

Tipoff time for the Spartans/Terrapins matchup will be announced soon. CGD’s broadcast site will be announced one week in advance of its broadcast throughout the course of the program’s annual seven-week run. More information on ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm is available online now along with all of the latest college basketball headlines at:

 

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/ncb

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPNCBB

 

 

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ESPN Kicks Off Its 2015 NBA Pre-Season Broadcast Schedule Next Week

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The NBA is a little more than a week away from the start of its 2015 – 2016 season. And as fans and teams alike count down to the start of the new season, they are getting warmed up with the league’s annual slate of preseason games, which kicked off earlier this month. Now as the clock ticks ever closer to the start of the new season ESPN has announced the schedule for its preseason coverage.

Officials with ESPN announced this week that the worldwide leader in sports will tip off its 2015 NBA preseason coverage next Tuesday, October 20th. The network will open its preseason coverage with a match-up between the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and in-state rival Los Angeles Clippers. Mike Breen will have the call for the game, which is scheduled for a 10:30pm ET tip-off. Breen will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson for additional commentary and insight.

Tuesday evening’s broadcast will be followed Wednesday, October 21st with a showdown between the Wizards and Heat live from American Airlines Arena. That game is scheduled for an 8pm ET tip-off. Veteran play-by-play man Mark Jones will have the call for that game. He will be joined in the booth by ESPN NBA analyst Hubie Brown. Ahead of the game, ESPN will present its pregame NBA Countdown pregame broadcast. More information on ESPN’s NBA coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

Website: http://espn.go.com/nba

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN

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ESPN’s 2015 College Football Playoff: Top 25 Premieres October 20th

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The 2015 – 2016 NCAA college football season is less than a month away. As anticipation builds for the new season so do the discussions on who will take the title this year. Knowing that said discussions have already begun, ESPN announced this week the return of its College Football Playoff: Top 25 broadcast.

ESPN’s 2015 College Football: Top 25 will debut on Tuesday, October 20th. It is one of two broadcasts leading up to the NCAA’s first official ranking announcement on Tuesday, November 3rd. Rece Davis will host the half-hour debate program. He will be joined by analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Danny Kanell, and David Pollack. The program will run each week through Sunday December 6th, rounding out the last full week of the regular season. Army and Navy face off Saturday, December 12th, but are the only two teams that play that day, making Week 14 the last full official week of the regular season.

On Tuesday, November 17th, ESPN will air live a special edition of 2015 College Football Playoff: Top 25. It will come live from the State Farm Champions Classic basketball event at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The weekly announcement will be made at 9:30pm ET between the evening’s two games–Kansas vs. Michigan State, Kentucky vs. Duke.

The December 6th edition of College Football Playoff: Top 25 will be a four-hour edition. During this broadcast, Davis and company will announce the Semifinal pairings for this year’s NCAA Division I college football playoffs. They will also announce the six bowl games scheduled for New Year’s Day, and the Top 25 rankings. It all kicks off at noon eastern time on ESPN. The complete broadcast schedule for ESPN’s 2015 College Football Playoff: Top 25 is listed below.

Date Time (all times ET) Network
Tue, Oct. 20 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Tue, Oct. 27 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Tue, Nov. 3 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Tue, Nov. 10 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Tue, Nov. 17 9:30 p.m. ESPN
Tue, Nov. 24 7 p.m. ESPN
Tue, Dec. 1 7 p.m. ESPN
Sun, Dec. 6 Noon ESPN

More information on ESPN’s college football coverage is available online now at:

Website: http://espn.go.com/ncf/index

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CFBonESPN

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ABC Gets New NBA Broadcast In 2016

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The 2014 – 2015 NBA season is officially wrapped. The NBA Draft presented by State Farm is done. But that doesn’t mean that things have cooled down in the NBA.

ESPN President John Skipper announced alongside Disney/ABC TV President Ben Sherwood today that the ESPN networks will expand their NBA coverage in the New Year. The pair announced that beginning Saturday, January 23rd, ESPN on ABC will present a new Saturday night NBA broadcast. Dubbed Saturday Night NBA on ABC, the broadcast will run for a total of eight games on ABC. Tipoff for each game on the schedule is expected for 8:30pm. NBA Countdown will precede each week’s telecast at 8pm ET. Sherwood was ecstatic in announcing ABC’s partnership with ESPN for the broadcasts saying, “Through our great partnership with ESPN, we’re thrilled to be able to bring the best in basketball to our prime-time viewers on Saturdays beginning this January while building on our great Sunday afternoon NBA lineup.” Skipper noted the importance of the new program in regards to its impact on the relationship between ESPN and the NBA noting that “The creation of Saturday Night NBA on ABC is an important moment in the long, successful relationship between ESPN and the NBA. The NBA’s massive popularity continues to open doors for new, collaborative opportunities, and this new series demonstrates ESPN’s commitment to showcase the NBA as often – and across as many platforms – as possible.” He expanded on that thought explaining the expectations of having some of the biggest rivalries on ABC as well as some of the most talked about story lines in the NBA among much more. “Saturday night games will be highlighted by the NBA’s biggest stars, top rivalries and most compelling storylines,” he said. “We expect to establish this series as a big-game destination for NBA fans, along the lines of what we’ve accomplished in college football with Saturday Night Football on ABC.”

The complete Saturday Night NBA broadcast schedule is listed below along with ESPN’s weekly prime-time games and ABC’s NBA Sunday Showcase games.

NBA on ABC schedule – 2015-16 regular-season

Date                 Time (ET)                    Broadcast
Fri., Dec. 25       2:30 p.m.            NBA on Christmas Day

Fri., Dec. 25       5 p.m.                 NBA on Christmas Day

Sat., Jan. 23       8:30 p.m.           Saturday Night NBA

Sat., Jan. 30       8:30 p.m.           Saturday Night NBA

Sun., Jan. 31      3:30 p.m.           NBA Sunday Showcase

Sun., Feb. 7        2 p.m.                NBA Sunday Showcase

Sat., Feb. 20       8:30 p.m.          Saturday Night NBA

Sun., Feb. 21      3:30 p.m.           NBA Sunday Showcase

Sat., Feb. 27       8:30 p.m.           Saturday Night NBA

Sat., Mar. 5         8:30 p.m.           Saturday Night NBA

Sun., Mar. 6        3:30 p.m.           NBA Sunday Showcase

Sat., Mar. 12       8:30 p.m.          Saturday Night NBA

Sun., Mar. 13      3:30 p.m.          NBA Sunday Showcase

Sat., Mar. 19       8:30 p.m.          Saturday Night NBA

Sun., Apr. 3         3:30 p.m.          NBA Sunday Showcase

Sat., Apr. 9          8:30 p.m.          Saturday Night NBA

As an additional note for fans, ABC’s NBA Sunday Showcase will be preceded in each of its broadcasts by NBA Countdown at 3pm ET. 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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

2015 NBA Draft Pulls In Record Numbers

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The 2015 NBA Draft presented by State Farm is officially in the books. And even with the draft being said and done, there are still lots of story lines for basketball fans to talk about in regards to who was and wasn’t taken. Now ESPN has added another item to discuss as it has announced the ratings numbers for this year’s draft.

ESPN has announced that this year’s NBA Draft presented by State Farm is the most-watched in the event’s history. This is according to Nielsen ratings. According to Nielsen’s numbers, the 2015 NBA Draft presented by State Farm averaged 3,738,000 (P2+). That is up eight percent from ESPN’s coverage of the 2014 NBA Draft. At its highest point, this year’s broadcast had 5,131,000 viewers. That was in the fifteen minute block from 8pm – 8:15pm ET. Not only were this year’s numbers the highest in the draft’s history but they were the highest ever on ESPN, averaging a 2.4 U.S. household rating. That is up four percent from the 2014 NBA Draft. It peaked in the 8pm – 8:15pm ET block with a 3.3 rating.

Even more impressive of ESPN’s broadcast of the 2015 NBA Draft presented by State Farm is that it pushed the worldwide leader in sports to win the night across both the broadcast and cable spectrum in a number of key demos. Those demos include: P 18 – 34, M 18 – 34, P 18 -49, M 18 – 49, and M 25 – 54.

ESPN has carried the NBA Draft ever since 2003 while the draft itself has TV records dating back to 1994. More information on the ESPN networks’ NBA coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA news at:

Website: http://www.espn.com.nba

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN

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