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.