Craig Sager To Make Special Appearance At ABC’s NBA Finals Game 6 Broadcast

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ABC’s broadcast team is going to have a special guest Thursday night when it broadcasts Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager will join the team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Doris Burke in Thursday night’s broadcast.  The special one-night-only appearance will see Sager join Burke courtside throughout the game’s broadcast on ABC.  This is a very special one-night-only appearance for Sager alongside Burke and company, who are normally competition to Turner Sports.

Sager has released a statement noting his honor at being invited to join Breem and company for Thursday night’s broadcast and his intent to add to the broadcast, not distract from it.  “I’d like to thank Turner and ESPN for approaching me with this tremendous opportunity to be part of The Finals broadcast team,” he said.  “I’ve been watching the series very closely and, while I do not want to distract in any way from the event itself, I look forward to being in the building for what will be an incredibly exciting Game 6.  The NBA community is a very special one and this is a great honor.”

John Wildhack is ESPN Executive Vice President of Production and programming.  He espoused Sager’s reputation as an NBA broadcaster in bringing him in for the broadcast in his own statement.  “Craig is an iconic member of the NBA family who indelibly makes his mark on each and every broadcast. I know our entire team is delighted to work with Craig for Game 6. We all agree his professional reputation is second-to-none, though it’s his personal reputation – that of class, selflessness and respect – which makes this even more special for our team. We hope that this will be a special night for Craig and for NBA fans.”  Wildhack was also certain to note Sager’s interest in the opportunity for bringing him on board for the broadcast as well as his [Wildhack’s] respect for those at Turner Sports in arranging Sager’s appearance.  “We are grateful for his interest and for the continued collaboration with our friends at Turner.”

Sager has worked with Turner Sports for 34 years.  He joined the company in 1982.  This summer he will be honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at The 2016 ESPYS presented by Capital One on ABC.  ESPN’s annual awards broadcast, it is scheduled to air Wednesday, July 13th on ABC.  Sager was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014.

Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals will be available on television on ABC and ESPN Deportes, on radio via ESPN Radio, and online via WatchESPN.  Coverage begins at 8:30pm ET with NBA Countdown on ABC.  More information on this new announcement is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Offer Extensive Coverage Of NBA Finals Game 6

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The 2016 NBA Finals has been one of the most exciting NBA Championship series in recent memories.  The series, between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers has kept fans on both sides of the ball on the edge of their collective seats right from Game 1 right up to Game 5.  And now thanks to the Cavs’ continued efforts, they have forced the series into Game 6.

Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals will air live this Thursday, June 16th on ABC.  Coverage is currently expected to begin at 9pm ET.  Mike Breen will have the call for Thursday night’s pivotal matchup.  He will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson for additional commentary.  Reporter Doris Burke will be courtside for additional news and interviews throughout the game.  Thursday’s game will be preceded by NBA Countdown on ABC.  Sage Steel will anchor the broadcast.  She will be joined by analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins for additional commentary.  Paul Pierce will also be on hand for select games.

ESPN will air a special edition of SportsCenter On The Road at 6pm on Thursday to preview the evening’s game.  Lindsay Czarniak will anchor the broadcast live from Quicken Loans Arena.  Reporters will also be embedded with each team Thursday morning for all of the latest updates.

Anyone that won’t be near a TV for Thursday night’s game can still catch all of the action on the radio and online.  That is because the game will be simulcast on the radio on ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio, and online via WatchESPN.  More information on Thursday night’s game is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Carry Comprehensive Coverage Of The 2016 NBA Finals

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The matchup for the 2016 NBA Finals is now official.  The Golden State Warriors will continue their record-setting season and defend their title against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.  And the ESPN networks will have full coverage of the season’s final series.

The 2016 NBA Finals tip off this Thursday, June 1st on ABC.  It marks the 14th time that ABC has covered the NBA Finals.  Coverage of Game One is set to begin at pm ET.  The same applies to each weeknight Finals broadcast.  Coverage for Sunday games begins at 8pm ET.  Each game will be preceded by a half-hour, on-site edition of NBA Countdown on ABC.  Sage Steel will anchor each broadcast.  She will be joined on site by analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose.  It will be the third year that the trio will handle pre-game duties together at the NBA Finals.  As an added bonus for fans Paul Pierce, 10-time NBA All-Star and 2008 NBA Finals MVP, will join Steel and company as a special guest analyst for select games.    Each game will be simulcast on television on ABC and ESPN Deportes, on the radio via ESPN Radio, and online via WatchESPN.

Mike Breen will anchor each game’s broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, and reporter Doris Burke.  Former NBA official Steve Javie will be live from the NBA replay center in Seacaucus, NJ for additional commentary.  This year’s broadcast is a record for Van Gundy.  It will be the 11th Finals for Breen.  Jeff Van Gundy will make his 10th appearance covering the NBA Finals.  The full schedule for this year’s broadcast of the NBA Finals is noted below.

 

2016 NBA Finals on ABC schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Telecast

Thu, June 2

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 1

Sun, June 5

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

7:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

8 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 2

Wed, June 8

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 3

Fri, June 10

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 4

Mon, June 13

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 5*

Thu, June 16

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

8:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

9 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 6*

Sun, June 19

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

7:30 p.m.

NBA Countdown

8 p.m.

NBA Finals Game 7*

*if necessary

 

On the radio side, NBA Hall of Famer Hubie Brown will have the call for each game.  It will be his 15th year covering the NBA Finals.   This includes coverage on both radio and television.  That is the most for any NBA commentator.  Play-by-Play vet Kevin Calabro will join Brown on ESPN Radio for coverage of the NBA Finals along with reporters Marc Stein and Shelley Smith.  Marc Kestecher and Jon Barry will handle pre-game and halftime duties live from the ESPN Radio studios.  Each weeknight broadcast of the NBA Finals on ESPN Radio begins at 8pm and Sunday games at 7pm ET.

Alvaro Martin and Carlos Morales will have coverage of the NBA Finals for ESPN Deportes.  They will be joined by reporters Claudia Trejos, Sebastian Martinez-Christensen for additional commentary.  Additional news about the ESPN networks’ coverage of the NBA Finals is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

 

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ESPN Networks Focus On Conference Rivalries In This Week’s NBA Coverage

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The ESPN networks have another busy week of basketball for this week. And it all begins this afternoon on ESPN.

ESPN and its family of networks have another week of extensive NBA coverage for fans this week. It all begins this afternoon on ESPN with another new episode of The Jump. Host Rachel Nichols will have all of the latest NBA headlines. She will be joined by Tracy McGrady and Zach Lowe for insight and commentary into each headline. That is at 3pm ET on ESPN. Doris Burke, Jalen Rose, and Chauncey Billups pick things up at 7:30pm ET on ESPN’s NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew. The half-hour pre-game show will come ahead of tonight’s Eastern Conference match between the Wizards and Bulls. Chicago is in last place in the Eastern Conference’s playoff race while Washington is currently out of the hunt for a spot in the post season. So both teams will be playing hard albeit for different reasons. The Spurs and Kings round out the days’ coverage in the late game. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 10:30pm ET on ESPN. Mark Jones and Mark Jackson will have the call for the game. Sacramento is well out of the playoff race. San Antonio on the other hand currently sits second in the Western Conference behind Golden State, which currently leads the conference at 50 – 5 so far on the season.

The ESPN networks’ NBA Coverage continues Thursday night on ESPN Radio as the Thunder host the Warriors in another Western Conference matchup with major playoff implications. Oklahoma City currently sits third in the Western Conference at 40 – 16, which is well back from the conference and league–leading Warriors (50 – 5). Rachel Nichols will have a preview of Thursday night’s game on Thursday afternoon’s edition of The Jump. Raja Bell and Zach Lowe will join Nichols for the 3:30pm ET broadcast on ESPN.

ESPN’s NBA coverage returns to television Friday evening in a double header schedule. First up on the schedule is an Eastern Conference matchup between the Bulls and Hawks. Both teams will be playing for their playoff lives in Friday night’s game. Atlanta currently sits sixth overall in the Eastern Conference, two games back from the conference-leading Cavaliers. Chicago meanwhile sits last in the conference’s playoff race eleven games back from Cleveland. Mark Jones will have the call for the game. He will be joined by Doris Burke for additional commentary. Later Friday night the Grizzlies and Lakers face off in the night’s Western Conference showdown. The Lakers (11 – 47) are at the bottom of the Western conference and completely out of the playoff picture. Memphis is still in the playoff picture, sitting fifth in the conference fourteen and a half games back from Golden State. Tipoff for that game is scheduled for 10:30pm ET on ESPN. Dave Pash will have the call for the game. He will be joined by Jon Barry for additional commentary. Sage Steele, Jalen Rose, and Doug Collins will lead off the evening on ESPN’s NBA Countdown at 7:30pm ET. Earlier in the afternoon Rachel Nichols, Raja Bell, and Zach Lowe will preview both of the evening’s games on The Jump. That will be at 3:30pm ET on ESPN.

Golden State and Oklahoma round out the week’s NBA coverage on the ESPN networks Saturday on NBA Primetime on ABC. The game will be simulcast on ABC and ESPN Radio with tipoff scheduled for 8:30pm ET on ABC. Mike Breen will have the call for Saturday night’s game on television. On the radio side Kevin Calabro will have the call. Breen will be joined on ABC by Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters. PJ Carlesimo will join Kevin Calabro on ESPN Radio’s broadcast of Saturday night’s game.  Sage Steel, Jalen Rose, and Doug Collins will preview the game on NBA Countdown at 8 pm ET live on ABC.  The complete schedule for this week’s NBA coverage across the ESPN networks is noted below.

Date Time (ET) Telecast/Commentators Network (s)
 Wed, Feb 24 3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State FarmRachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Zach Lowe ESPN
  7:30 p.m. NBA Countdown charged by Mountain DewDoris Burke, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups ESPN
  8 p.m. Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls presented by State FarmMike Breen, Jon Barry ESPN
  10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings presented by State FarmMark Jones, Mark Jackson ESPN
Thu, Feb 25 1 a.m. NBA TonightCassidy Hubbarth, Brad Daugherty ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State FarmRachel Nichols, Raja Bell, Zach Lowe ESPN
  7:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City ThunderRadio: Kevin Calabro & PJ Carlesimo ESPN Radio
Fri, Feb 26 1 a.m. NBA TonightCassidy Hubbarth, Bruce Bowen ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. The Jump presented by State FarmRachel Nichols, Raja Bell, Zach Lowe ESPN
  7:30 p.m. NBA CountdownSage Steele, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins ESPN
  8 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Atlanta Hawks presented by State FarmMark Jones, Doris Burke ESPN
  10:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers presented by State FarmDave Pasch, Jon Barry ESPN
Sat, Feb 27 1 a.m. NBA TonightCassidy Hubbarth, Jorge Sedano ESPN2
  8 p.m. NBA CountdownSage Steele, Jalen Rose, Doug Collins ABC
8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder presented by La QuintaMike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters

Radio: Kevin Calabro, P.J. Carlesimo

 

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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:

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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:

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Hawks, Nets,Warriors, Grizzlies Hit The Hardwood This Weekend On ESPN, ABC

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ESPN has officially announced its broadcast schedule for its coverage of the 2015 NBA Playoffs this weekend.

Officials with the network announced Thursday that ESPN will carry Game Six of the First-Round Eastern Conference matchup between the Hawks and Nets Friday evening. Coverage is scheduled to begin at 8pm ET on ESPN. Mike Breen will have the call for the game. He will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson in the booth for additional commentary. Reporter Doris Burke will be courtside with additional news and insights on the game. Those not near a TV can still catch the game online via WatchESPN.

Following Friday’s Round One matchup between the Hawks and Nets, ABC will take over broadcast duties for the weekend, with a double-header beginning at 1pm ET. Depending on the outcome of Friday’s game between the Hawks and Nets, ABC will carry either Game Seven of the teams’ First-Round Eastern Conference series in Atlanta or Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Hawks and Wizards. This depends on whether or not the Hawks finish off the Nets Friday night in Brooklyn. At 3:30pm ET, ABC will carry the Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies in their Western Conference semifinal series. Along with its broadcast on ABC, the game will be simulcast on the radio via ESPN Radio and online via ESPN3. It all kicks off at 12:30pm ET with ABC’s weekly pre-game NBA broadcast of NBA Countdown. Sage Steel will anchor Sunday’s broadcast and will be joined by analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose at the desk.

All of the latest scores and news from the 2015 NBA Playoffs is available online now along with all of the latest news on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at:

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