ESPN Announces 2018 NBA Pre-Season Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN has announced its early broadcast schedule for its coverage of the NBA’s 2018 pre-season.

The ESPN networks will broadcast five NBA pre-season games, beginning with a Western Conference matchup between the Denver Nuggets (Northwest Division) and the Los Angeles Lakers (Pacific Division) on September 30.  Coverage for that game is currently scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The second game on the schedule — another Western Conference matchup — is scheduled to be broadcast October 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET, also on ESPN.  This time, the Sacramento Kings (Pacific Division) are scheduled to visit fellow Pacific Division foes and defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in that game.

NBA fans get a double treat on October 10 as ESPN will carry a double header schedule that day.  First up at 8 p.m. ET, the Chicago Bulls will host the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Central Division.  At 10:30 p.m. ET the Lakers play host to the Warriors in the Western Conference Pacific Division.

The Lakers and Warriors play one more time October 12, this time on ESPN2.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The full broadcast schedule for ESPN’s NBA pre-season is outlined below.  All five games on the schedule will also be simulcast online via the ESPN app.

Full schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Location

Platform

Sun, Sept. 30

9:30 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers

Valley View Casino Center,

San Diego, Calif.

ESPN, ESPN App

Fri, Oct. 5

10:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors

KeyArena, Seattle, Wash.

ESPN, ESPN App

Wed, Oct. 10

8 p.m.

Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls

United Center,

Chicago, Ill.

ESPN, ESPN App

10:30 p.m.

Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers

T-Mobile Arena,

Las Vegas, Nev.

ESPN, ESPN App

Fri, Oct. 12

10:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors

SAP Center,

San Jose, Calif.

ESPN2, ESPN App

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

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Red Sox, Rays Close Out Key Weekend Series Live Sunday On TBS

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The race to Major League Baseball’s 2018 post season is heating up, and this weekend, two American League foes will face off in a three-game series with serious playoff implications for both teams that culminates Sunday on TBS.

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays face off in a three-game series that launches Friday night.  The series is critical for both teams as Boston (currently 89-39 on the season) looks to extend its lead both in the American League and major League Baseball’s overall standings.

The Rays (66-61) meanwhile will be fighting for their playoff lives as they are just above the American League’s cut line right now for the post season.  this is despite being third overall in the American League East.

No starting pitcher has been named yet for the Rays for Sunday’s series closer on TBS at the time of this posting.  That name will likely be announced very soon.  Nathan Eovaldi (5-5) is expected to get the start for Boston.

Eovaldi’s last time on the mound was August 21 against Cleveland.  The Indians won that game 6-3, with Eovaldi taking the loss for Boston.  Eovaldi struggled in the game, allowing four runs on 10 hits, four earned runs, one walk and one home run while striking out only two batters.

Sunday’s series closer (and the weekend’s series in whole) looks to be a big one not just for its playoff implications for both teams but because of the teams’ records.  Tampa Bay, who will play host to the Red Sox for the series, is currently in the midst of a four-game in streak and is 6-4 in its last 10 games.  The team also has proven to be far better at home this season than on the road, having gone 37-24 at home so far this season versus its far more dismal 29-37 road record.

Boston meanwhile is also 6-4 in its last 10 games, and just got back in the “W” column Wednesday after dropping two to Cleveland August 20 and 21.  Last weekend though, the Red Sox took two of three from the Rays in another of the teams’ showdowns, adding even more interest and importance to this weekend’s series.

Coverage of Sunday’s game on TBS currently scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET.  Ernie Johnson will have the call.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Ron Darling for additional commentary.

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WarnerMedia Acquires Worldwide Media Rights For “The Match”

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Two titans of the golf world are set to go toe-to-toe, and WarnerMedia and Turner Sports have secured worldwide media rights to the one-on-one golf greats.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will face off in a champions cup of sorts on November 23 at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The two-man tournament, dubbed “The Match” will be hosted by MGM Resorts International.

“The Match” will be broadcast exclusively via Turner’s B/R Live, Turner Sports’ new premium live sports streaming service, AT&T’s DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse and other on-demand platforms with the newly secured media rights. B/R Live can be accessed by downloading the B/R Live app via iTunes, Google Play, the Roku platform and Amazon Fire TV.

As an additional bonus, Bleacher Report’s House of Highlights will present in-depth highlights and behind-the-scenes content in connection to “The Match.”

Turner International will carry coverage of “The Match” overseas. If all of that is not enough for fans, the media rights deal will allow TNT to carry select content from “The Match” in the weeks following the landmark showdown.

To top everything off, HBO Sports’ 18-time Emmy Award-winning 24/7 will offer its own coverage leading up to “The Match.”

David Levy, President of Turner, discussed the new media rights deal in a recent interview, saying that “The Match” was a positive way to exhibit WarnerMedia’s broadcast capabilities.

“The iconic Tiger Woods and five-time Major Champion Phil Mickelson are generational talents who have transcended the game of golf and their rivalry continues to be one of the most compelling in sports,” Levy said.  “This one-of-a-kind, winner-take-all matchup provides a great opportunity to show fans the benefits of AT&T and WarnerMedia coming together.  For the first time since AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner (now WarnerMedia), Turner, DIRECTV and HBO will present a multi-faceted presentation of the live event and accompanying content across a vast array of platforms.”

Turner Sports will produce all of the event’s live coverage while also serving as its exclusive sales and sponsorship partner.  Turner Sports and its Turner Ignite Sports will work together with their marketing partners to highlight their brands.

More information on Turner Sports’ and WarnerMedia’s coverage of “The Match” is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.turner.com, http://www.warnermediagroup.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/turnerbroadcasting, http://www.facebook.com/WarnerMediaGroup

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WNBA’s 2018 Post Season Coverage Tips Off Tonight On ESPN2

2018 WNBA Playoffs

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The road to the WNBA championship for the 2018 season starts tonight, and the ESPN networks will have extended coverage of the first round.

Coverage of the league’s entire post season tips off at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 as the Phoenix Mercury plays host to the Dallas Wings.  At 10:30 p.m. ET, another Western Conference matchup will take place as the Los Angeles Sparks will play host to the defending WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx,. That game is also scheduled to air on ESPN2.

Pam Ward will have the call for the early match.  She will be joined by analyst Kara Lawson and reporter LaChina Robinson for additional commentary, news and interviews.  Ryan Ruocco will have the call for the late game.  He will be joined by analyst Rebecca Lobo and reporter Holly Rowe for additional commentary, news and interviews.

Unlike so many other sports’ playoff formats, the WNBA’s playoffs are not set up via conference, so the winners of tonight’s matchups will face the Washington Mystics and the Connecticut Sun respectively on Thursday.  Those games will also air on ESPN2.  An explanation of the WNBA playoff tournament is available here.

ESPN2’s coverage of the Semi-finals tips off August 26 with the Atlanta Dream and Seattle Storm currently awaiting their opponents.  Coverage of the early game is expected to start at 3 p.m. and the late game at 5 p.m.

The remainder of the WNBA post season’s coverage on the ESPN networks will be announced as each game is completed.  More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of the WNBA 2018 post season is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.espnW.com

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Victor Cruz Announces NFL Retirement, Addition To ESPN Talent Roster

ESPN has added another former NFL star to its roster as the start of the 2018-’19 season nears.

Victor Cruz has joined the network’s talent lineup.  A former wide receiver with the New York Giants, Cruz also has a Super Bowl title to his name and a spot in the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl.

The announcement of Cruz’s addition to ESPN’s talent roster came today as he announced that after seven years in the league, he had decided to retire from the game.  That announcement of his retirement came on Uninterrupted.  Cruz said in a prepared statement that he was looking forward to joining ESPN’s ranks.

“As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN,” Cruz said.  “I’m excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL.”

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Seth Markman, ESPN’s Senior Coordinating Producer of NFL studio programming, said he was looking forward to Cruz joining the network, too.

“Victor is passionate about the NFL, and we’ve long been impressed with his ability to connect and engage with fans,” Markman said.  “He has a deep knowledge of the game and experience playing at the highest levels, so we expect him to be an impactful voice.”

Cruz joined the Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent from UMass.  In only his second season (2011-’12 season), Cruz recorded his first 1,000 yard season and even recorded one touchdown in the Giants’ 21-17 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI (46).  From there to the end of his time with the Giants (2016), Cruz totaled 303 catches for 4,549 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns, including an NFL record-tying 99-yard reception in December 2011.

Cruz has appeared on ESPN before, so he is no stranger to the network.  He has presented at the ESPYS, attended ESPN’s Winter X Games and was even part of an ESPN This Is SportsCenter spot in 2014.  Most recently, he served as a guest analyst on ESPN’s NFL Live this past January.

Cruz already co-hosts The Victor Cruz Show with Paul Rivera on Uninterrupted.  The program is a “barbershop talk” style program that focuses on discussions on sports, music and fashion.  He is also one of the first athletes to develop his own content for an all-digital sports programming network founded by NBA star LeBron James and businessman/media personality Maverick Carter.

More information Victor Cruz’s addition to ESPN’s talent roster is available online now along with all of the network’s latest news and more at:

 

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Mets, Phillies To Close Out Five-Game Series Sunday Night On ESPN’s ‘SNB’

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ESPN has a National League East divisional matchup on tap in this week’s edition of its weekly Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell broadcast.

The Philadelphia Phillies (68-54) will host the New York Mets (52-69) in the closer of the teams’ five-game series.  The series started Thursday with a one and one double-header between the NL East foes.  The Mets routed the Phillies in the first game 24-6 while the Phillies won game two 9-6.

Philadelphia took control of the series on Friday, defeating the Mets 4-2.  The Mets came back Saturday and evened things back up at two games each with a 3-1 win over the Phillies.  That means Sunday night’s game will be the rubber match between the teams.

Nick Pivetta (7-9) is expected to get the start on the mound for the Phillies Sunday night. He was last on the mound August 14 against the Boston Red Sox.  The Bosox won that game 2-1 with Philadelphia’ Tommy Hunter taking the loss.

Pivetta was strong in that game, pitching six innings, allowing only one run on three hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out six and allowing only one home run in that time.  So he will be looking to get the Phils back in the “W” column in this series’ finale against the Mets, whose playoff hopes at this point are nil.

Jason Vargas (2-8) is expected to get the start for the Mets Sunday night.  The 35-year-old has had a rough season so far, pitching a total of 53.1 innings in 13 games with an ERA of 8.10.  His last time on the mound was August 14 against Baltimore.

The Orioles took the win over the Mets in that game, 6-3.  Vargas’ struggles continued in that game as he allowed two runs on five hits, two earned runs while walking three batters and striking out only one over six innings.  He also allowed one home run in that time.

Just by the pitchers’ numbers, one would think Sunday night’s game is in the Phillies’ favor, but New York has been a surprise this weekend against Philadelphia.  That could be because the Mets know they have nothing to lose and don’t want to finish in the bottom of the league, causing them to play harder.

With the two losses to the Phillies this weekend, the Mets ended their two-game losing ski and back back into the “W” column, though win or lose it won’t be enough to help the team’s playoff hopes.  Philadelphia is 41-20 at home and 27-34 on the road so far this season. Saturday’s loss to the Mets drops the Phillies to 68-55 on the season, still keeping the team in the post season hunt.  The Mets will still be playing with a ire in their bellies because they have at least something to prove since they won’t be in the playoffs, so Sunday night’s game could go either way.

Matt Vasgersian will have the call for Sunday’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will have all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will cover the game on ESPN Radio.  The NL East matchup will also be simulcast on ESPN Deportes and on the ESPN app.

Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will be preceded by Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7 p.m. ET.with Karl Ravech at the helm.  Ravech will be joined by analysts Mark Teixeira, David Ross and Tim Kurkjian for additional commentary.

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Yanks Look To Sweep Jays Sunday In Weekend Series Finale Live On TBS

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The New York Yankees continue their post season hunt Sunday afternoon on TBS as they close out a three-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The “Bronx Bombers” just wrapped the second win of the series earlier today, taking Game Two 11-6 against Toronto.  Luis Severino (15-6) was credited with the win for New York while Sean Reid-Foley (0-2) took the loss for the Jays.

J.A. Happ (13-6) is expected to get the start Sunday afternoon for the Yankees. His last time on the mound was August 14 against Tampa Bay.  Happ was credited with the win in the Yanks’ 4-1 victory over the Rays in that game, allowing only 1 hit and 4 walks over 7 innings while striking out 4 batters.

Ryan Borucki (2-2) is expected to get the start for Toronto.  His last time on the mound was also August 14 when Toronto took on the Royals.  Jake Petricka (2-1) was credited with the win for Toronto while Borucki struggled slightly over the course of just four innings.  Borucki only struck out one batter while allowing four runs on six hits, four earned runs and four walks, so he’ll be looking to improve Sunday afternoon when the Blue Jays close out this weekend’s series against the Yankees in the teams’ American League East matchup.

While the Yankees (76-46) — currently second in the American League —  have taken two of three already this weekend from the Blue Jays, it won’t make too much difference in the race against long-time rivals the Boston Red Sox.  However, one more win is still critical for the “Pinstripers” because New York is just ahead of Houston (74-48) and Oakland (73-49) in the American League standings, so Sunday’s game will still have its own importance for New York as it tries to maintain its place in the race to the post season.

The Blue Jays also have nothing to lose as they sit below the cutoff line in the American League standings for the post season at 55-67 with little chance at a playoff spot. This weekend’s losses have Toronto in the midst of a two-game losing streak and have dropped the team to 4-6 in its last 10 games.  The losses drop Toronto’s road record now to 26-35 so far on the season versus a 29-32 home record, so by the numbers, the odds are in New York’s favor to sweep this weekend’s series against Toronto.

Brian Anderson will anchor Sunday’s broadcast live from New York.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Ron Darling for additional commentary.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. live on TBS.  More information on Sunday’s game and all of the network’s Major League Baseball coverage is available online now at:

 

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