NBA Eastern Conference Finals Tips Off Tuesday On ESPN

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Miami and Boston will vie for the NBA’s Eastern Conference Championship this year.

The Heat and Celtics will tip-off their championship series at 8:30 p.m. ET Tuesday on ESPN.  Mike Breen will anchor Tuesday night’s broadcast.  Analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson will provide additional commentary.  The trio will also have the call for the NBA Finals presented by YouTube on ABC.

NBA Countdown presented by Mountain Dew will precede Game One’s broadcast.  Maria Taylor will anchor the broadcast, which will come live from ESPN’s new rooftop, riverfront stadium in New York City.  Analysts Jalen Rose, Stephen A. Smith and Jay Williams will provide additional commentary.  Williams’ appearance will be remote.

ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski will also provide commentary for the pre-game show.  His appearance will come live from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, FL, the home of the NBA playoffs.

Start time for Game One’s broadcast is subject to change depending on coverage of Game Seven in the Western Conference semi-final matchup between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers.  The game is also scheduled to take place Tuesday.  The Nuggets forced the Game Seven showdown after defeating the Clippers 111-98 Sunday.

Game One of the NBA Eastern Conference Championship series will simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and online through the ESPN App.

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

 

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NBA Postseason Coverage Continues This Weekend On ESPN’s Networks

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The NBA postseason continues this weekend on the ESPN family of networks.

ESPN leads the way tonight with coverage of Game 1 between the The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET.

Mark Jones will anchor tonight’s broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst Mark Jackson for additional commentary.  Reporter Cassidy Hubbarth will provide the latest in-game news.

Houston comes into this latest round of the postseason after winning its previous series four games to three over the Oklahoma City Thunder.The Rockets finished off that series Wednesday after defeating the Thunder 104-102.

The Lakers meanwhile have had a little more downtime after taking their first-round series against the Portland Trailblazers Saturday in game five.  The Lakers won that game 131-122.

While the added rest can potentially benefit the Lakers coming into tonight’s second-round opener against Houston, the Rockets’ momentum is potentially just as beneficial for Houston.

The ESPN networks’ coverage of the semifinals continues Sunday with two games on ABC.  The Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat at up first at 3:30 p.m. as they continue their best-of-seven series.  Miami leads the Eastern Conference matchup two games to none.  The series’ third game will take place tonight on TNT.

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mark Jackson will call Sunday afternoon’s game.  Reporter Malika Andrews will have all of that game’s latest headlines.

The Lakers and Rockets continue their series in the second game on the day on ABC’s schedule.  Coverage of the game is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. ET.  Breen, Van Gundy, and Jackson will anchor the broadcast. Hubbarth will have all of the game’s latest news.

NBA Countdown presented by Draft Kings will precede each of ABC’s games, with the afternoon broadcast scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET and even coverage at 8 p.m. ET.  Maria Taylor will anchor the pre-game (and halftime) broadcasts.  Analysts Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose, Stephen A. Smith, and Jay Williams will join her for additional commentary.

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

 

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Duke-UNC Round 2 Finishes Off ESPN’s 2016 Season Of College GameDay

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ESPN wraps up its 2016 season of College GameDay Covered by State Farm this weekend. And the season finale will come from the site of one of the week’s most anticipated college basketball matchups.

ESPN ends another season of College GameDay Covered by State Farm this weekend. This weekend’s season-ending edition of its flagship college basketball program will come live from Cameron Indoor Stadium on the campus of Duke University. The broadcast, scheduled for an 11am ET air time, will preview the season’s second “Battle of the Blues.” That is the season’s second showdown between Duke and UNC. In the teams’ first meeting this season Duke came from behind late in the game to beat UNC by a single point 74 – 73. Rece Davis will anchor Saturday’s broadcast of College GameDay Covered by State Farm. He will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg, and Jay Williams. This weekend’s edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm will be the sixth time that GameDay will have ended its season at Duke. And for the 11th time overall UNC will be the road team. It will make the third time this season overall that UNC will make a visitor appearance from the site of a GameDay broadcast. The team’s previous two appearances were February 6th at Notre Dame and February 20th at Virginia. It is also the eighth time overall that GameDay has come from the site of a Duke-UNC rivalry game.

This week’s edition of Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV is scheduled for a 6:30pm start time on ESPN. Dan Shulman will have the call for Saturday’s showdown. He will be joined by Jay Bilas for additional commentary. Reporter Shannon Spake will be courtside for all of the game’s latest headlines, interviews and news.

More information on this weekend’s second “Battle of the Blues” is available online now along with all of the latest college basketball headlines at:

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball

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

 

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ESPN Networks To Offer Extensive Coverage Of The 2015 NBA Draft Presented By State Farm

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The 2014 – 2015 NBA season is officially in the books. But the road to the 2015 – 2016 season has already begun.

This Thursday, June 25th, ESPN will carry exclusive coverage of the 2015 NBA Draft presented by State Farm live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Coverage for this year’s draft is expected to begin at 7pm ET. This year’s broadcast marks the 13th consecutive year that ESPN has carried the draft. NBA fans that won’t be near a TV during the draft won’t have to worry about missing a minute of its coverage as they can hear all the coverage on ESPN radio and online via WatchESPN. Rece Davis will anchor this year’s broadcast. He will be joined at the desk by ESPN college basketball analyst and NBA Draft expert Jay Bilas, college basketball analyst Jay Williams, and NBA analyst Jalen Rose. Mark Kestecher will anchor ESPN Radio’s broadcast. He will be joined by Ryen Rusillo and analyst P.J. Carlesimo for additional insight and commentary.

ESPN’s coverage and insight of this year’s NBA Draft presented by State Farm doesn’t stop at the desk. ESPN NBA analyst Tom Penn will add to the network’s coverage with front office perspective while ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla have a look at international players poised to be drafted into the NBA. Heather Cox will be in the green room and Shannon Spake, new to the draft this year, will have interviews with draftees once selections are made. ESPN college basketball insiders Andy Katz and Jeff Goodman will each offer additional draft and NBA news throughout the broadcast. Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne, and Chris Broussard will each be embedded with one of three teams throughout the Draft for even more coverage–Windhorst with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Shelburne with the Lakers and Broussard with the Knicks.

Leading up to the big night, ESPN2 will air a special one-hour NBA Draft preview show Wednesday night at 7pm ET. Following the Draft, ESPNU will provide Post-Draft coverage beginning at midnight. Anish Shroff, Tim Welsh, and Seth Greenberg will be on hand for commentary.

NBA fans can get more information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2015 NBA Draft presented by State Farm onine at:

Website: http://www.espn.com

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ESPN’s College GameDay Hits The Hardwood In Arizona February 21st

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ESPN’s live coverage of the 2014 – 2015 college basketball season continues next Saturday, February 21st live from Tucson, Arizona.

The Worldwide Leader in Sports’ live college basketball pre-game and post-game show, College GameDay Covered by State Farm will come live from Tucson, Arizona and the campus of Arizona University next Saturday, February 21st. The broadcast comes ahead of the matchup of the Wildcats and Bruins on ESPN’s Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV. Tipoff is scheduled for 9pm ET. ESPN’s GameDay coverage kicks off at 10am ET on ESPNU. It continues live at 11am ET on ESPN. An evening edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm will air at 6pm ET on ESPN. That broadcast comes ahead of a matchup of the #1 Kentucky Wildcats and the Auburn Tigers. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for 7pm ET.

Fans with access to ESPN3 will be able to watch the Arizona-UCLA game with ESPN3 Surround. It features in-arena natural sound and camera views that include above-the-rim shots at each end of the court.

Next Saturday’s broadcast of College GameDay Covered by State Farm will be the show’s second appearance in Tucson. Its first appearance was in 2012. It will also be the fifth time that UCLA will have appeared as part of the Saturday Primetime game at GameDay.

Rece Davis will helm Saturday’s edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm. Davis will be joined by analyst Jay Bilas on-site. They will be joined by first-year analysts on College GameDay Covered by State Farm Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams. Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas will have the call for the Arizona-UCLA game. Reporter Shannon Spake will have all of the latest on the game from the sidelines as well as all of the latest college basketball news.

More information on Saturday’s broadcast of College GameDay Covered by State Farm and all of the latest college basketball news is available online at:

Website: https://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball

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

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ESPN’s College GameDay Covered By State Farm Opens 2015 Season In Iowa

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Officials with ESPN have announced the site of the network’s first broadcast in its 2015 college basketball broadcast season.

ESPN will open the 2015 season of College GameDay covered by State Farm on Saturday, January 17th in Ames, Iowa. The first in the network’s eight-week season, the broadcast will come ahead of the Saturday Primetime presented by DirecTV matchup between #17 Iowa State and #12 Kansas. Tipoff for the Big 12 contest is scheduled for 9pm ET. College GameDay covered by State Farm will cover not only the matchup between Iowa State and Kansas but all of the day’s games. It all starts at 10am ET on ESPNU. ESPN picks up coverage at 11am ET and then offers another edition at 8pm ET.

Audiences will see some new faces throughout this season of ESPN’s College GameDay covered by State Farm. Analysts Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams join the returning team of host Rece Davis and analyst Jay Bilas. Dan Shulman will also be back along with reporter Shannon Spake. They will be joined by Jay Bilas for full coverage of the matchup between the Hawkeyes and Jayhawks.

Over on ESPN, #14 West Virginia will be on the road against #10 Texas the same day. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for 6:15pm ET. Dave Flemming and Fran Fraschilla will have the call for the game.  The site for each week’s broadcast of College GameDay covered by State Farm will be announced a week ahead of those games within the show’s broadcast. More information on the ESPN family of networks’ college basketball coverage is available online at:

Website: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball

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

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ESPN To Broadcast NBA Draft For 12th Consecutive Year This Thursday

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The NBA season is over. But that doesn’t mean that the NBA is completely done for the season. Officials with ESPN have announced that the Worldwide Leader in Sports will have exclusive coverage of the league’s annual draft this year.

The 2014 NBA Draft presented by State Farm will be broadcast live this Thursday, June 26th on ESPN. It marks the twelfth consecutive year that ESPN has broadcasted the annual draft event. It also marks the second consecutive year that the draft has come live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast from ESPN’s main set. Davis will be joined by ESPN college basketball inside Jay Bilas and ESPN NBA analysts Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons.

Thursday’s live broadcast from the Barclays center will be preceded by ESPN’s NBA Draft Preview Show Wednesday, June 25th at 7pm on ESPN2. ESPNU will also broadcast the ESPNU Draft Special each day this week from 4 – 5 and the ESPNU Draft Recap at midnight Thursday after the draft.

Throughout Thursday’s broadcast of the 2014 NBA Draft presented by State Farm, audiences will get extra in-depth analysis from ESPN basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla and ESPN NBA analyst Tom Penn. Fran Fraschilla will offer insights on international prospects. Jeff Goodman, Heather Cox, Chris Broussard, Andy Katz and Jay Williams will each have reports and interviews. Marc Kestecher will anchor ESPN Radio’s simulcast of the 2014 NBA Draft presented by State Farm. Analysts P.J. Carlesimo and Ryen Rusillo will offer extra commentary for the broadcast.

More information on Thursday’s coverage of the 2014 NBA Draft presented by State Farm is available online at http://espn.go.com/nba and http://www.facebook.com/NBAonESPN. 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.

ESPN2, ESPNU Covering 2014 NBA Draft Combine

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ESPN and ESPNU will bring viewers ten hours of live 2014 NBA Draft Combine coverage May 15th and 16th.

The networks’ extensive coverage, which will come live from Quest Multi-Sport Complex in Chicago, Illinois, begins this morning at 10am ET on ESPNU. The network will carry three hours of coverage from 10am ET to 1pm ET both today and tomorrow, May 16th. ESPN2 will carry two hours of coverage both days from 1pm ET to 3pm ET. Fans will also be able to see coverage of the Draft Combine online via WatchESPN.

Ryen Rusillo, co-host of ESPN Radio’s SVP & Rusillo, will host the NBA Draft Combine. He will be joined by ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams, ESPN NBA analyst Tom Penn, ESPN college basketball analyst and International basketball expert Fran Fraschilla, ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford and ESPN college basketball reporter Andy Katz. ESPN.com’s Chris Forsberg and David Thorpe will both be on-site for live reports.

Coverage will include live interviews with players, coaches, scouts and even team heads. Viewers will also get to see how potential draft picks do throughout their various physical tests. Those tests include: the Vertical Leap, Lane Agility Drill, and ¾ Court Sprint. They will also face shooting and shuttle drills. ESPN2 and ESPNU will also both offer a number of ways to keep up with the players’ personal numbers throughout the Draft Combine. There will be a scroll at the bottom of the screen keeping track of their numbers. Both networks will also offer various graphics, on-court demonstrations, and vignettes profiling the players’ college performances. SportsCenter will also show highlights of the combine throughout various segments of the show.

More information on ESPN2 and ESPNU’s coverage of the NBA Draft Combine 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 https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Hoyas, Ducks Face Off At Annual Armed Forces Classic

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Georgetown University and the University of Oregon will face off in this year’s annual Armed Forces Classic presented by ESPN.  The game, in its second year, will be broadcast from the United States Army Garrison Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.  It will air this Friday, November 8th at 8pm ET/10am local time on ESPN.  It all kicks off with SportsCenter Special: Armed Forces Classic pregame show at 7:30pm ET.  The Hoyas and Ducks will face each other inside the base’s three-story, 110,000 square foot Humphreys Community Fitness Center.

The now annual basketball game is at the heart of ESPN’s fifth annual America’s Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans.  The celebration is a five-day effort that honors those that serve, have served, and those preparing to serve.  The network’s special programming runs from Wednesday, November 6th – Sunday, November 10th.  Dan Shulman will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst Jay Bilas and courtside reporter Andy Katz.  Kevin Connors will anchor the game’s pre-game broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst Jay Williams.  The pair will also have halftime and post-game coverage.  The pair will welcome Georgetown’s own John Thompson III as a special guest on the pre-game broadcast.

The Hoyas are currently second in the Big East pre-season.  Number 19 Oregon has been picked to finish number four in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.

More information on the annual Armed Forces Classic is available online at http://espnevents.com/armed-forces-classic.  More information on ESPN’s college basketball coverage is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPNCollegeBasketball and http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball.  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.