Turner Sports Releases Statement On NBA All-Star Game Move

Courtesy:  Turner Sports/Time Warner

Courtesy: Turner Sports/Time Warner

The news that the NBA is officially moving the 2017 NBA All-Star game from Charlotte to a new location has made huge waves ever since its announcement this week.  The game is aired annual on TNT, a division of Turner Broadcasting.  So officials with Turner Sports have released a statement on behalf of the network expressing the company’s view on the move.  The statement below comes directly from those officials.

“At Turner, and our parent company Time Warner, diversity in all its forms is core to our value system and to the success of our company. Laws to the contrary go against our fundamental belief of equality and inclusion for all individuals. We fully support the NBA’s decision to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game and all of the weekend’s events originally scheduled to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The annual All-Star Game and accompanying weekend competitions are viewed by millions of fans every year on TNT and we look forward to working with the league to once again produce a memorable and entertaining event.”

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NBA TV To Air Nine Men’s And Women’s USA Basketball Exhibition Games

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Courtesy: Turner Sports

There is some more good news for basketball fans who want to catch their favorite stars this summer ahead of the 2016 Olympics.  That is thanks to NBA TV.

Officials with NBA TV announced Tuesday that the network will carry coverage of nine Men’s and Women’s USA Basketball Exhibition Games in the days leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Broadcast of the games, presented by Nike, begins Friday, July 22nd at 9pm ET when the USA Men’s National Team takes on Argentina.  In total NBA TV’s USA Basketball exhibition schedule includes five USA Men’s National Team games and four USA Women’s National Team games.  Legendary NBA broadcaster Marv Albert will team with Matt Winer for play-by-play action in the USA Men’ National Team games.  They will be joined by Gold medalists Grant Hill, Reggie Miller, and Steve Smith for analysis.  Reporter Jared Greenberg will also be on hand for additional news and interviews during each game.

Vince Cellini will have the call for the USA Women’s National Team games.  He will be joined by Gold Medalist Lisa Leslie for analysis and additional commentary.  Reporter Kristen Ledlow will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

The full schedule for NBA TV’s USA Basketball Exhibition games is noted below.  Each game will be followed by a live half-hour edition of NBA TV’s NBA GameTime.  It will be broadcast live from Turner Studios in Atlanta.

 

NBA TV’s USA Basketball Exhibition Game Telecast Schedule presented by Nike

 

Fri., July 22, at 9 p.m. ET       USA Men’s National Team vs. Argentina*

Matt Winer, Steve Smith, Jared Greenberg

 

Sun., July 24, at 8 p.m.           USA Men’s National Team vs. China*

Marv Albert, Reggie Miller, Greenberg

 

Mon., July 25, at 10 p.m.        USA Women’s National Team vs. USA Basketball Select Team

Vince Cellini, Lisa Leslie, Kristen Ledlow

 

Tue., July 26, at 10 p.m.         USA Men’s National Team vs. China*

Winer, Smith, Greenberg

 

Wed., July 27, at 7:30 p.m.     USA Women’s National Team vs. France

Cellini, Leslie, Ledlow

 

Fri., July 29, at 7 p.m.            USA Women’s National Team vs. Canada

Cellini, Leslie, Ledlow

 

Fri., July 29, at 9 p.m.            USA Men’s National Team vs. Venezuela*

Winer, Grant Hill, Greenberg

 

Sun., July 31, at 4 p.m.           USA Women’s National Team vs. Australia

Cellini, Leslie, Ledlow

 

Mon., August 1, at 8 p.m.       USA Men’s National Team vs. Nigeria*

Winer, Hill, Greenberg

 

As an additional bonus for basketball fans, NBA TV will air the NBA special NBA Real Training Camp: USA Basketball Presented by Jeep on Tuesday, July 19th at 3pm ET.  The two-and-a-half-hour program will air live from Las Vegas.  It takes viewers behind the scenes at one of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team practices in preparation for its exhibition games.  It will be hosted by Matt Winer.  He will be joined by analysts Grant Hill and Steve Smith for additional commentary.  Reporter Jared Greenberg will also be on hand for additional insight an interviews with the likes of USA National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo and USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski.  The Men’s USA National Team includes a number of today’s biggest NBA stars including but not limited to: Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, Harrison Barnes, Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, DeAndre Jordan and Kyle Lowry.

More information on NBA TV’s upcoming Men’s and Women’s USA Basketball Exhibition games is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:   \

 

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBATV

 

 

 

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NBA TV To Offer Extensive Coverage Of NBA Summer League Play

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Courtesy: Turner Sports

The 2015 – 2016 NBA season is officially over.  But that doesn’t mean that the basketball action is over.  NBA TV is going to have plenty of NBA action this summer beginning with coverage of the NBA Summer League.

NBA TV announced this week that it will offer basketball fans extensive coverage of all three of the NBA’s summer leagues this summer.  In all, it will present a total of 60 games in 14 days from all three leagues.  It all kicks off this Saturday, July 2nd with 24 games in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League.  Those games will be played at Amway Center, practice facility of the Orlando Magic.  They will be played between July 2nd and July 8th.  Six other games will be broadcast from The Utah Jazz Summer League presented by America First Credit Union and Siegfried and Jensen in association with the Utah Sports Commission.  Along with all of that coverage, NBA TV will also present 30 games from the Samsung Summer League 2016 from Las Vegas.  Those games will be presented from July 8th – 15th.  The top 10 selections in the 2016 NBA Draft are expected to take part in the games at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion.

The Orlando Summer League opens its play July 2nd with 10 team in action on the hard court.  Up first will be the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks at 9am ET.  The Thunder picked up 1st Round draft pick Domantas Sabonis from the Orlando Magic in this year’s draft.  Speaking of the Magic, Orlando has a pair of split squad games on the same day at 11am ET (against the Charlotte Hornets) and 1pm ET (against the Indiana Pacers).  Up next on the day’s schedule are the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons at 3pm ET.  The Pistons drafted Henry Ellenson 18th overall in this year’s draft.  The Heat and Clippers follow at 5pm ET.  That is just part of the day’s schedule.  More information on the day’s schedule is available online via NBA TV’s official website.

Day 2 for the Orlando Summer League will feature a key matchup between the Clippers and Thunder at 5pm ET.  The Clippers picked up Brice Johnson in the first round of this year’s draft.  Before that, the Pacers and Hornets tip off at 1pm ET.  The Knicks and Heat follow at 3pm ET.

Moving on to the Utah Jazz Summer League, NBA TV launches coverage of that league July 4th with a showdown between the 76ers and Celtics.  It will be the teams’ first meeting in the summer league schedule.  Coverage of that game begins July 4th at 7pm ET.  It is the first of a double-header schedule for the league’s opening day.  The Jazz and Spurs follow in a 9pm ET matchup.  The Spurs drafted Dejounte Murray 29th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.  Philadelphia and Boston were just as busy in the draft.  Philadelphia picked up Ben Simmons with the #1 pick.  They also drafted Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (24th overall) and Furkam Korkmaz (26th overall).  Boston meanwhile drafted Jaylen Brown 3rd overall), Guerschon Yabusele (16th overall), and Ante Zizic (23rd overall).

Over in the Samsung Summer League, the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers open play there when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks July 8th at 6pm ET.  The Bucks drafted Thon Maker in the #10 spot in this year’s draft.  The Hawks and Rockets tip off at 8pm ET with the Raptors and Kings rounding out the day’s coverage at 10:30pm ET.  The Hawks were busy in their own right in this year’s draft, picking up Taurean Prince 12th overall via trade and DeAndre Bembry 21st overall.  The Raptors picked up Jakob Peltl 9th overall.  The Kings were quite busy in this year’s draft.  Sacramento acquired Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labassiere in a trade with the Suns.  The team also picked up Malachi Richardson in a trade with the Hornets.

The Suns open their summer play July 9th at 4pm ET against the Portland Trailblazers.  Phoenix picked up two players in last week’s draft action.  The team took Dragan Bender 4th overall and Marquese Chriss 8th overall via a trade with Sacramento.  The Bulls and Celtics follow in their first summer league showdown at 6pm.  Chicago drafted Denzel Valentine 14th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.

The Lakers and Warriors round out this year’s NBA TV summer league coverage on Monday, July 16th at 10:30pm ET.  The Lakers drafted Brandon Ingram 2nd overall in this year’s draft. The Warriors meanwhile drafted Damien Jones 30th overall.

Those that won’t be near a television throughout NBA TV’s extensive coverage of the league’s summer play can always catch the action online.  That is thanks to the league’s NBA app. It will offer live scoring, video, top stories, game alerts and more.  NBA.com will have its own coverage with the Summer League Hub presented by Samsung.  It will have daily updates, game trackers, video recaps, schedules, stats, bracket pages, and NBA style content.  More information on NBA TV’s coverage of the NBA’s summer league play is available online now at:

 

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBATV

 

 

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

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Courtesy: ESPN

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:

 

 

Website: http://espn.go.om

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espnnba

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Offer Extensive Coverage Of NBA Finals Game 6

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Courtesy: ESPN

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:

 

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espnnba

 

 

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ESPN Networks To Carry Comprehensive Coverage Of The 2016 NBA Finals

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Courtesy: ESPN

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:

 

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espnnba

 

 

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Cavs, Warriors Take The Spotlight In ESPN Networks’ NBA Coverage This Week

 

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN and the ESPN networks have another busy week of basketball ahead of them this week.

Officials with ESPN announced today the networks’ NBA broadcast schedule.  This week’s schedule kicks off tonight with a cross conference showdown between the Rockets and the Cavaliers.  LeBron James and the Cavaliers play host tonight to James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the Quicken Loans Arena.  The game will air live on ESPN Radio with Marc Kestecher on the call.  He will be joined by Jon Barry for additional commentary.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm ET.  Cleveland has already clinched the Central Division in the East, and also sits atop the conference, three games ahead of second place Toronto.  A win tonight for Cleveland will hold that lead while a loss will allow the Raptors to close that gap just a little bit more.  Tonight’s game means just as much for Houston.  That is because the Rockets currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference’s playoff ladder.  A win could potentially keep them in the hunt for the seventh spot on the ladder.  That spot is currently held by the Jazz.

After taking a couple of days off, the action picks back up Friday with a double-header.  Up first Friday night is yet another matchup with huge playoff implications as the Cavs are on the road against the Hawks.  Atlanta currently sits third in the East eight games back from Cleveland.  It is sure to be an even matchup for both teams.  Atlanta is 24 – 13 at home so far this season while Cleveland is 22 – 15 on the road.  Mark Jones will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by Hall of Famer and analyst Hubie Brown for additional commentary.  Reporter Chris Broussard will be courtside for all of the game’s latest headlines interviews, and more.  The game will air live at 8pm ET on ESPN.

Friday’s second game will see Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors host Isiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics as the Warriors’ quest for history continues.  Boston currently sits fifth in the East while Golden State leads the West.  The Warriors have also already clinched the Pacific division in the West.  Mike Tirico will have the call for the game, which is scheduled for a 10:30pm ET tipoff on ESPN.  He will be joined by Jon Barry for additional commentary.  Reporter J.A. Adande will be courtside throughout the game for all of the game’s latest headlines and interviews.

Before the first ball goes in the air Friday night Sage Steel, Jalen Rose, and Chauncey Billups will have a preview of the night’s games on NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew at 7:30pm ET on ESPN.

Oklahoma City and Houston round out the week’s NBA coverage across the ESPN networks.  The Thunder and Rockets will face off live Sunday afternoon on NBA Sunday Showcase presented by BBVA.  The game will air live on ABC and ESPN Radio beginning at 3:30pm ET.  Mike Breen will have the call for Sunday afternoon’s game.  He will be joined by Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be courtside for al of the latest in-game news and interviews.  Kevin Calabro and Jon Barry will cover the game for ESPN Radio.  Sage Steel, Jalen Rose, and Chauncey Billups will preview Sunday’s game on NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the NBA is available online 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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