TNT, Kia Partner To Broadcast 2019 NBA Awards

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Turner Network Television will broadcast the 2019 NBA Awards Monday night.

The broadcast, sponsored by Kia, is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.  It will broadcast live from Barker Hangar in Los Angeles, CA.  The event honors the top performers from the past NBA season with awards, such as the Kia NBA MVP, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Kia Rookie of the Year.

NBA great Shaquille O’Neal will host the broadcast.  Larry Bird and Magic Johnson will become co-recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts will receive the Sager Strong Award.  The Sager Strong Award is presented annually to one person considered to be a trailblazer in his or her industry while also exhibiting courage, faith, compassion and grace.

The full list of candidates and awards for this year’s broadcast is noted below.

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Finalists

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Paul George
James Harden

Additional Award Finalists and Categories

Kia NBA Rookie of the Year: Deandre Ayton (PHX), Luka Doncic (DAL), & Trae Young (ATL)
Kia NBA Sixth Man Award: Montrezl Harrell (LAC), Domantas Sabonis (IND), & Lou Williams (LAC)
Kia Defensive Player of the Year: Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL), Paul George (OKC), & Rudy Gobert (UTA)
Kia Most Improved Player: De’Aaron Fox (SAC),  D’Angelo Russell (BKN), & Pascal Siakam (TOR)
NBA Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer (MIL), Mike Malone (DEN) & Doc Rivers (LAC)
NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente

Monday night’s broadcast will be preceded by a broadcast of NBA AwardsRed Carpet will stream across multiple platforms live at 8 p.m. ET.  Among the platforms where audiences can watch the proceedings are NBA On TNT’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.  It will also stream live via Bleacher Report’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

Comedian Tony Rock will co-host the broadcast with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks and Turner Sports’ Allie LaForce.  Ro Parrish will serve as the DJ for the event.”Kicks Awards” will also be handed out during the event for the celebrities with the most creative footwear.

More information on TNT’s broadcast of the annual NBA Awards is available online now at:

 

Website: http://tntdrama.com/nba-on-tnt

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBAonTNT

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ESPN Networks To Air NBA Free Agency Specials

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ESPN continues its off-season coverage of the National Basketball Association next week.

The network will cover the start of the league’s free agency period on The JumpFree Agency Special.  The broadcast is scheduled to air from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.  Rachel Nichols will anchor the broadcast.

The NBA’s free agency period opens at 6 p.m. June 30. Prior to its open, ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN Senior NBA Writer Zach Lowe will team up for Woj & Lowe Free Agency Special from 7 – 7:30 p.m. on June 25.

More episodes of the JumpFree Agency Special are scheduled to air 8 to 9 p.m. on July 1 on ESPN2, from 7 to 8 p.m. on July 2 on ESPN and from 7 to 8 p.m. on July 3 on ESPN2.  The upcoming broadcasts are in addition to regular broadcasts of The Jump, which are scheduled to air from 3 to 4 p.m. on ESPN2.  All broadcasts are also available online via the ESPN App.

Among this year’s most prominent free agents are players, such as Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving.

As an addition to its free agency coverage, ESPN’s networks will also offer coverage of the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas this summer.  The games will broadcast via the ESPN App.

More information the NBA’s off-season free agency moves is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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ESPN Announces Broadcast Schedule For Upcoming MLB Games

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The Cubs and Brewers will go under the lights Sunday night live on ESPN.

The National League Central foes, who are one, two in the division, will close out their three-game weekend series at Wrigley Field.  Milwaukee blanked Chicago 7-0 in the series’ opener Friday.  The teams face off in the series’ second game Saturday afternoon at 2:20 p.m.

Jon Lester (3-2) is scheduled to start for Chicago in Sunday’s game.  His last time on the mound was May 7 against Miami.  Lester allowed two runs on eight hits over the course of six innings in that game, and struck out six batters.

Jhoulys Chacin (3-3) is scheduled to get the start for Milwaukee in Sunday’s game.  His last time on the mound was May 6 against Washington.  He allowed two runs, two walks, two earned runs and three hits over five innings in the game,despite the Brewers’ 5-3 win over the Nats.  Chacin also allowed one home run during his time on the mound.

Milwaukee has proven better at home than on the road so far this year, going 16-8 at home and 8-8 on the road.  However, the Brewers are in the midst of a seven-game win streak.  The Cubs meanwhile, 13-6 at home and 9-8 on the road so far this season and comes into Saturday’s game on the heels of their Friday loss to the Brewers.  The loss comes after the Cubs took three of four against Miami this week.

Sunday’s ESPN Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell broadcast launches at 7 p.m. Matt Vasgersian will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and Alex Rodriguez for additional commentary.  Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call on ESPN Radio.

Sunday night’s game will also be available in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and online via the ESPN app.  It will be preceded at 6 p.m. by ESPN’s MLB pre-game broadcast of Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Mark Teixera and Tim Kurkjian for additional commentary.

Milwaukee will have no time to rest following Sunday’s match.  The Brewers will be back in action at home on ESPN Monday night on the network’s weekly Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA.  Monday’s game is the opener in a four-game series against the National League East-leading Philadelphia Phillies.  The starting pitchers for Monday’s game have not been announced.

Karl Ravech will anchor Monday night’s broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts David Ross Tim Kurkjian for additional commentary.

ESPN’s MLB coverage coverage continues Wednesday with Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire as the Braves and Cardinals face off in the second game of a three-game cross-conference.  At this time, Michael Wacha (3-0) is the only pitcher formally announced for the game. 

Wacha is scheduled to start for St. Louis in that game.  His last time on the mound was Thursday against the Cardinals NL foes, the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Cardinals routed the Pirates 17-4 in that game, with Wacha taking the win. 

Wacha allowed four runs, one walk, one home run and four earned runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings in the game. He also struck out two batters.

The starting pitcher for the Braves was not noted at the time of this release.

Coverage of Wednesday’s game is scheduled to start at 7:20 p.m. Jon Sciambi and David Ross will have the call for the game.

More information on ESPN’s upcoming MLB broadcasts is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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ESPN Adds Roddy Jones To ACC Network On-Air Team

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The ACC Network has added another name to its on-air talent roster.

Former Georgia Tech running back and team captain Roddy Jones was announced this week as the newest member of the network’s talent roster.  Jones currently works as a sideline analyst for ESPN during college football season. According to information provided by ESPN, which owns and operates the ACC Network, Jones’ first day on the job at the ACC Network is Aug. 22, the day the ACC Network officially launches.

Jones was upbeat as he recently talked about moving to the ACC Network.

“To be associated with a conference that is so rich in tradition, history and success, and to work alongside some of the best broadcast and production teams in the nation is truly an honor,” Jones said.  “The ACC has been a huge part of my life.  I grew up in the footprint, played in the conference and now cover it as a broadcaster.  I know firsthand how special it is, and how beneficial ACCN will be to the league.”

Jones was a four-year starter at Georgia Tech from 2008-11.  He was the team’s captain in his senior year at the university.  he broke many school records on the way to defeating Clemson in 2009 in the ACC Championship Game.  Among the team records that he broke were those for career starts (52), yards-per-carry (7.6) and rushing yards (212) in 2008 against Georgia.

Off the field, Jones was a three-time All-ACC Academic Football Team honoree.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2010 and earned his MBA in 2013.  This fall marks Jones’ third season with ESPN and its networks.

More information on the ACC Network is available online now at http://www.getaccn.com.

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ESPN To Broadcast 2019 Japan Opening Series Next Week

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ESPN is headed to the far east for an upcoming Major League Baseball broadcast.

The network will carry coverage of the 2019 Japan Opening Series on March 20 and 21. The series is a pair of pre-season MLB games, which will be played live at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.  The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics will face off in the matchups.

Dave Fleming and Eduardo Perez will provide commentary for the games, both of which will air at 5:30 a.m. on the ESPN app.

More information on the 2019 Japan Opening Series is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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ESPN To Air 2019 Women’s College Basketball Tournament Selection Show Monday

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Women’s college basketball fans will find out next week, if their favorite teams will be part of the NCAA Women’s College Basketball tournament.

ESPN will air the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special presented by Capital One at 7 p.m. on Monday.  The two-hour special starts on ESPN, and will move to ESPNU as each team and its seeding is announced.

Monday’s broadcast is part of the Tournament Challenge Marathon, which will feature 25 consecutive hours of college basketball coverage and analysis as fans prep their brackets.

Prior to Monday night’s special, fans will get an early look at he selection committee’s discussions on the 5 p.m. edition of SportsCenter on Sunday.  Following Monday night’s broadcast, the SEC Network will have its own special broadcast in the form of SEC NowWomen’s Basketball Selection Special at 9 p.m.

espnW will also air its own share of programming prior to and after Selection Sunday.  Programming highlights are noted below.

  • Charlie Creme will assess the bracket, its biggest surprises and snubs.
  • Mechelle Voepel will examine the wide-open feel of the NCAA tournament and each top seed’s path to the Final Four.
  • Around the Rim: LaChina Robinson and Charlie Creme will interview selection chair Rhonda Lundin Bennett on Monday
  • espnW also will feature expert picks breaking down every region of the bracket and predictions for the Final Four, and look at the winners and losers in the NCAA tournament bracket.
  • Women’s Tournament Challenge: espnW and the WNBA have created a group for fans. Users can join, create their bracket and then compare it to brackets of players such as Breanna Stewart, A’ja Wilson and more.

Coverage of the Women’s NCAA College Basketball Championship starts March 22 on ESPN, ESPN2 and the ESPN app.  Coverage of the Women’s NCAA College Basketball Final Four runs from April 5-7.  The complete schedule for the tournament will be announced soon.

More information on ESPN’s coverage of the 2019 Women’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament is available online now along with all of the latest women’s college basketball headlines at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

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ESPNEWS Adding New Sports Betting, Information Program To Its Lineup

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ESPN is launching a new sports betting program.

The network made the announcement in a news release sent Friday.  the release announced the program, Daily Wager is meant to educate sports fans about teams and sports, and about sports wagering.

Daily Wager is scheduled to debut at 6 p.m., March 11 on ESPNEWS.  The one-hour program is scheduled to air Monday-Friday in that time slot.

ESPN Vice President and Executive Editor of Studio Production Norby Williamson talked about the decision to launch the show in a recent interview.

“ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans,” Williamson said.  “the sports betting environment has changed, and interest is increasing at unprecedented levels.  ESPN is going to have a strong and vibrant presence across our platforms, and the launch of Daily Wager is the next step in what has already been underway for some time.”

Contributors such as “Stanford” Steve Coughlin, Chris “The Bear” Fallica” and Anita Marks will contribute to the program, along with figures, such as David Purdum, Preston Johnson and Joe Fortenbaugh.

Daily Wager is just the latest sports betting program that the ESPN networks airs.  It already airs Behind the Bet with Doug Kezirian as a podcast and the Stanford Steve and the Bear podcast during football season.

Bad Beats runs during SportsCenter while other sports betting content runs online at espn.com.

More information on the programming schedule of the ESPN networks is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

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