ESPN Opens Its 2015 NBA Regular Season Coverage Wednesday Night

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Courtesy: ESPN

The day is officially here. The 2015 – 2016 NBA regular season gets under way tonight. And beginning Wednesday, October 28th, ESPN joins in with full coverage that will take audiences straight through this weekend.

ESPN begins its coverage of the 2015 – 2016 NBA regular season Wednesday night with a Western Conference double-header. First up for the night is a matchup between the Thunder and Spurs live from Oklahoma City beginning at 8pm ET. Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers follow at 10pm ET as they host Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Coverage of that game begins at 10pm ET. Mike Tirico will have the call for that game. He will be joined in the booth by analyst Mark Jackson and reporter J.A. Adande. the T-Wolves will be playing with heavy hearts but a real purpose Wednesday night following the death of coach Flip Saunders Sunday at the age of 60. Over the course of seventeen seasons in the NBA, Saunders accrued a record of 654 – 592. This includes his time coaching in Detroit and Washington.

Ahead of Wednesday night’s double-header, ESPN will air a special one-hour edition of NBA Countdown beginning at 7pm ET. Sage Steele will anchor the broadcast and will be joined at the desk by analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins. As an added bonus, ESPN will broadcast rapper Missy Elliot’s new single ‘WTF (Where They From)’ during its broadcast of NBA Countdown. The song features famed performer/producer Pharrell Williams.

ESPN’s NBA coverage won’t be limited to just ESPN as it joins in all the basketball celebrations. Over on ESPN2 NBA Coast to Coast–ESPN’s NBA whiparound show–will have coverage of all of the action around the league from 8pm – 11pm ET. Cassidy Hubarth will anchor and will be joined by Ryen Rusillo, analysts Tim Legler and P.J. Carlesimo, and ESPN NBA Insider Chris Broussard. On Thursday morning, Cassidy Hubarth and P.J. Carlesimo will have even more coverage on NBA Tonight at 1:30am. That broadcast will be on ESPN2 as well.

After things wind down Thursday morning, ESPN will continue its NBA coverage Friday night with yet another double-header. First up Friday is an Eastern Conference matchup that sees LeBron James and the Cavs hosting James’ former teammate Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat at 7pm ET. Mike Breen will have the call for that game. He will be joined in the booth by Doris Burke for additional commentary. Stephen A. Smith will also be on hand for a special edition of SportsCenter on the Road beginning at 6pm ET. In the night’s second game, James Harden and the Houston Rockets renew their rivalry with the Golden State Warriors when the defending NBA Champions come to town. Tipoff for that game is set for 9:30pm ET. Ryan Ruocco will have the call for the game. He will be joined in the booth by Jeff Van Gundy and Chris Broussard for additional commentary. Both games will be live on ESPN. NBA Tonight will follow live at 2am ET with Cassidy Hubarth and Antonio Davis for a full wrap up of the night’s games and highlights on ESPN2. For those that prefer it, the full schedule for this week’s NBA coverage is included below.

More information on ESPN’s coverage of the NBA 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

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ESPN Radio Releases Early Broadcast Schedule For 2015 – 2016 NFL Regular Season

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There’s more good news for all of the football fans and fanatics out there. The worldwide leader in sports has released the first group of Sunday afternoon NFL games to be covered by ESPN Radio this season.

ESPN Radio will kick off its thirteenth season of NFL coverage fittingly on Sunday, September 13th with a doubleheader broadcast. It kicks off with an AFC matchup between the Colts and Bills in Buffalo at 1pm ET. New Bills coach Rex Ryan looks to open his first season at the helm in Buffalo with a win over the Colts, who finished the 2014 – 2015 season atop the AFC South at 11 – 5. The Bills on the other hand finished the 2014 – 2015 season second in the AFC North at 9 – 7. At 4pm ET, the Ravens face off against the Broncos in the “Mile High City” in another AFC matchup. Denver finished the 2014 – 2015 season atop the AFC West standings with a 12 – 4 record while Baltimore closed out its 2014 – 2015 season third in the AFC North with a 10 – 6 record. Julio Jones leads the Atlanta Falcons into New York to take on Odell Beckham, Jr. and the New York Giants on Sunday, September 20th. And in Week Three, ESPN Radio will carry coverage of the Eagles at Jets. These are just some of the games that ESPN Radio will carry during the 2014 – 2015 NFL regular season. The current slate of games scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN Radio are listed below. The remainder of the season’s games that ESPN Radio will carry will be announed at later dates. Each week’s broadcast will be preceded by a one-hour pre-game show throughout the season.

ESPN Radio’s current broadcast schedule for the 2015 – 2016 NFL Regular season is listed below.

Date              Time (ET)     Game
Sun, Sep 13  1 p.m.           Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills
4 p.m.          Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos

Sun, Sep 20   1 p.m.          Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants

Sun, Sep 27   1 p.m.          Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets

Sun, Oct 4      1 p.m.         Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts

Sun, Oct 11    1 p.m.         Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals

 

Mark Kestecher, Bill Rosinski, and Ryan Ruocco will share play-by-play duties throughout the season. They will be joined by analysts Herm Edwards, Shaun O’Hara, and Bill Polian throughout the season. More information on ESPN’s NFL coverage is available online now at:

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

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

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