ESPN Networks To Air NBA Free Agency Specials

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ESPN continues its off-season coverage of the National Basketball Association next week.

The network will cover the start of the league’s free agency period on The JumpFree Agency Special.  The broadcast is scheduled to air from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.  Rachel Nichols will anchor the broadcast.

The NBA’s free agency period opens at 6 p.m. June 30. Prior to its open, ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN Senior NBA Writer Zach Lowe will team up for Woj & Lowe Free Agency Special from 7 – 7:30 p.m. on June 25.

More episodes of the JumpFree Agency Special are scheduled to air 8 to 9 p.m. on July 1 on ESPN2, from 7 to 8 p.m. on July 2 on ESPN and from 7 to 8 p.m. on July 3 on ESPN2.  The upcoming broadcasts are in addition to regular broadcasts of The Jump, which are scheduled to air from 3 to 4 p.m. on ESPN2.  All broadcasts are also available online via the ESPN App.

Among this year’s most prominent free agents are players, such as Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving.

As an addition to its free agency coverage, ESPN’s networks will also offer coverage of the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas this summer.  The games will broadcast via the ESPN App.

More information the NBA’s off-season free agency moves is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espnnba

 

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ESPN Announces 2018 NBA Pre-Season Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN has announced its early broadcast schedule for its coverage of the NBA’s 2018 pre-season.

The ESPN networks will broadcast five NBA pre-season games, beginning with a Western Conference matchup between the Denver Nuggets (Northwest Division) and the Los Angeles Lakers (Pacific Division) on September 30.  Coverage for that game is currently scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The second game on the schedule — another Western Conference matchup — is scheduled to be broadcast October 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET, also on ESPN.  This time, the Sacramento Kings (Pacific Division) are scheduled to visit fellow Pacific Division foes and defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in that game.

NBA fans get a double treat on October 10 as ESPN will carry a double header schedule that day.  First up at 8 p.m. ET, the Chicago Bulls will host the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Central Division.  At 10:30 p.m. ET the Lakers play host to the Warriors in the Western Conference Pacific Division.

The Lakers and Warriors play one more time October 12, this time on ESPN2.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The full broadcast schedule for ESPN’s NBA pre-season is outlined below.  All five games on the schedule will also be simulcast online via the ESPN app.

Full schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Location

Platform

Sun, Sept. 30

9:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers

Valley View Casino Center,

San Diego, Calif.

ESPN, ESPN App

Fri, Oct. 5

10:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors

KeyArena, Seattle, Wash.

ESPN, ESPN App

Wed, Oct. 10

8 p.m.

Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls

United Center,

Chicago, Ill.

ESPN, ESPN App

10:30 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers

T-Mobile Arena,

Las Vegas, Nev.

ESPN, ESPN App

Fri, Oct. 12

10:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors

SAP Center,

San Jose, Calif.

ESPN2, ESPN App

More information on ESPN’s NBA coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNBA

 

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WNBA’s 2018 Post Season Coverage Tips Off Tonight On ESPN2

2018 WNBA Playoffs

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The road to the WNBA championship for the 2018 season starts tonight, and the ESPN networks will have extended coverage of the first round.

Coverage of the league’s entire post season tips off at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 as the Phoenix Mercury plays host to the Dallas Wings.  At 10:30 p.m. ET, another Western Conference matchup will take place as the Los Angeles Sparks will play host to the defending WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx,. That game is also scheduled to air on ESPN2.

Pam Ward will have the call for the early match.  She will be joined by analyst Kara Lawson and reporter LaChina Robinson for additional commentary, news and interviews.  Ryan Ruocco will have the call for the late game.  He will be joined by analyst Rebecca Lobo and reporter Holly Rowe for additional commentary, news and interviews.

Unlike so many other sports’ playoff formats, the WNBA’s playoffs are not set up via conference, so the winners of tonight’s matchups will face the Washington Mystics and the Connecticut Sun respectively on Thursday.  Those games will also air on ESPN2.  An explanation of the WNBA playoff tournament is available here.

ESPN2’s coverage of the Semi-finals tips off August 26 with the Atlanta Dream and Seattle Storm currently awaiting their opponents.  Coverage of the early game is expected to start at 3 p.m. and the late game at 5 p.m.

The remainder of the WNBA post season’s coverage on the ESPN networks will be announced as each game is completed.  More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the WNBA 2018 post season is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.espnW.com

Facebook; http://www.facebook.com/espnW

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espnW

 

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Turner Sports Announces Broadcast Schedule For NBA 2018-’19 Season Opening Weekend

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It’s only August, but Turner Sports and TNT are already getting sports fans hyped up for the upcoming NBA season with a big broadcast schedule announcement.

TNT will kick off the 2018-’19 NBA season on Tuesday, October 16 with a double header schedule.  The 76ers and Celtics open the schedule at 8 p.m. ET with the NBA Champion Warriors taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder following at 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s matchup between the Warriors and Thunder will be preceded by a ring ceremony in which the Warriors’ players will receive their championship ring. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader pre-game show opens the night’s NBA coverage at 7 p.m.

On October 18, LeBron James will make his debut with the Lakers as Los Angeles takes on the Portland Trailblazers in the second game of that night’s double header.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. ET.  The 76ers and Bulls open the schedule at 8 p.m. ET with Inside The NBA presented by Kia opening and closing the night.

Turner Sports’ season-opening NBA broadcast schedule switches over to NBA TV Saturday October 20 with coverage of the Raptors and Wizards at 7 p.m. The Rockets and Clippers close out Turner Sports’ opening week coverage Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

Turner Sports’ full 2018-’19 NBA broadcast schedule is expected to be announced this Friday, Aug. 10.  All games will be streamed online at http://www.tntdrama.com/watchtnt and the Watch TNT app as well as participating TV providers’ websites and apps.  More information on Turner Sports’ NBA coverage is available online now at http://www.turner.com/pressroom/united-states/turner-sports.

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ESPN Radio Announces NBA Finals Broadcast Schedule

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The 2017 NBA Finals begin in only a day, and ESPN Radio will carry full coverage for fans that won’t be near a television to enjoy the championship series.

Network officials announced Wednesday the ESPN Radio broadcast team of Marc Kestecher, Hubie Brown and Marc Stein will cover each of the series’ games. A one-hour pre-game broadcast will precede each game beginning at 8 p.m. ET on weeknights and 7 p.m. on Sundays.  Kevin Winter and analyst Jon Barry will handle on-site studio coverage during pre-game and halftime.

As an additional bonus for audiences, ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby will air at 7 p.m. ahead of pre-game coverage on weeknights.  Freddie & Fitz will air following each game until 3 a.m.  It will offer audiences full post game coverage and analysis with live reaction from coaches and players.

As if that extensive coverage is not enough, ESPN Radio will also present a special NBA Finals Special from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on June 4. Ari Temkin will anchor the broadcast. A second broadcast will air from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. June 18 if Game 7 becomes necessary.

Those not near a radio can still hear the game on ESPN Radio online via ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN app and Sirius XM Channel 80.  Apple Music, Slacker Radio and TuneIn will also carry coverage.

ESPN Radio’s full NBA Finals broadcast schedule is noted below.

ESPN Radio broadcast schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Telecast

Thu, Jun 1

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 1
Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Sun, Jun 4

8 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 2
Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Wed, Jun 7

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 3
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Fri, Jun 9

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 4
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Mon, Jun 12

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 5*
Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Thu, Jun 15

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 6*
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Sun, Jun 18

8 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 7*
Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

*if necessary

More information on ESPN’s NBA Finals coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Cavs, Bulls Lead Off ESPN’s Special Friday Double Header NBA Schedule

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Courtesy: ESPN

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls will face off Friday and ESPN will have full coverage of the game including exclusive broadcasts of NBA Countdown, The Jump and SportsCenter.  It all leads up to the 1-2 showdown in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division.

The Jump will air at a special time of 3 p.m. EST on ESPN2 live inside the United Center.  Rachel Nichols will anchor the broadcast.  She will be joined by analayst Tracy McGrady and Brian Windhorst for additional commentary on the one-hour edition of the program.

NBA Countdown begins at 7 p.m. EST and will also broadcast live from the United Center.  Michelle Beadle will anchor the hour-long broadcast as it leads up to the 8 p.m. tip-off for the Cavaliers – Bulls matchup at 8p.m. EST.  Beadle will be joined by analysts Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Tracy McGrady for additional commentary.

Mike Breen will have the call for Friday night’s game between the Eastern Division-leading Cavaliers and the Bulls, who are right behind them.  Breen will be joined by analyst Mark Jackson for additional commentary.  Reporter and Chicago native Cassidy Hubbarth will be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

As an additional bonus for fans, ESPN3 will carry a live stream of the teams’ pre-game, on-court workouts and drills beginning at 7:15 p.m. EST.  SportsCenter will be live on site throughout the day for even more coverage.  That coverage includes live updates and post-game updates.

The Cavs and Bulls are just first game scheduled for the night.  The Nuggets will host the Rockets at 10:30 p.m. EST in an inter-divisional matchup in the Western Conference.  Ryan Ruocco will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst Doug Collins for additional commentary.

Both games and additional coverage is available online via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.  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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espnnba

 

 

 

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Cavs, Clippers Lead Off This Week’s NBA Coverage On TNT

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Courtesy: TNT/Turner Sports/NBA

TNT continues its NBA coverage with another double header schedule Thursday, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers leading off the night.

The Cavs plays host to the Clippers live at 8 p.m. EST Marv Albert, Chris Webber and David Aldridge will have the call for the game.  Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal will carry pre-game, half-time and post-game Inside The NBA studio coverage. Kevin Garnett and special guest Rashed Wallace will have additional commentary throughout the night’s games live from Area 21.

The second game on the night will see the Golden State Warriors hosting the Houston Rockets at 10:30 p.m. EST.  Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller and Lewis Johnson will have the call for the game.

TNT’s NBA coverage continues Dec. 8 with another double header scheduled led off by Minnesota and Toronto at 7 p.m. EST.  Kevin Harlan will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analysts Reggie Miller and Grant Hill for additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ludlow will be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

The Bulls will host the Spurs in the second game of the night.  Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. EST.  Marv Albert and Chris Webber will have the call for the game.  Reporter Allie LaForce will be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.  Kevin Garnett will be joined live in Area 21 by WNBA Champion and two-time league MVP Candace Parker for additional commentary.

More information on TNT’s NBA coverage is available online now at:

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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