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:

 

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

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ESPN To Carry Exclusive NBA Draft Lottery Coverage

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As the 2018-19 NBA season winds down, ESPN will carry coverage of the first building block for the 2019-20 season.

The worldwide leader in sports will broadcast the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery May 14 from 8:30 – 9p.m.  The broadcast will originate live from Chicago, ILL and will feature the reveal for the Draft lottery order, analysis from ESPN on-air talent and interviews with the NBA’s top prospects.

The NBA Draft Lottery coverage will precede ESPN’s exclusive coverage of either Game 1 or 2 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals. Coverage of the matchup will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and through the ESPN app.

Prior to the network’s coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery, a special edition of ESPN’s NBA studio show The Jump will air at 8 p.m.  Hosted by Rachel Nichols, the special episode will feature Nichols sitting down for a one-on-one interview with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver before going on to anchor ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Draft Lottery.

The full schedule of the night’s NBA coverage is noted below.

Time (ET)

Telecast

Platform

6 p.m.

SportsCenter

ESPN, ESPN App

7 p.m.

NBA Countdown

ESPN, ESPN App

7 p.m.

Hoop Streams

ESPN NBA Twitter, ESPN App

8 p.m.

The Jump at the NBA Draft Lottery

ESPN, ESPN App

8:30 p.m.

2019 NBA Draft Lottery Telecast

ESPN, ESPN App

9 p.m.

NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1 or Game 2

ESPN, ESPN App, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes

9 p.m.

Hoop Streams

ESPN NBA Twitter, ESPN App

More information on ESPN’s NBA coverage is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espnnba

 

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ESPN Moving ‘NBA Countdown’ Back To L.A.; Announces Programming Changes For ‘SportsCenter,’ Other Shows

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ESPN’s NBA Countdown is headed back to the West Coast.

The network’s flagship NBA studio show is returning to ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center for its upcoming season.  The change is in line with ESPN’s new NBA post-game show NBA After The Buzzer, which will feature the NBA Countdown broadcast team.

The return of NBA Countdown to its Los Angeles studio marks the first time since the 2010-2011 season that it has aired from the West Coast.  It moved to the East Coast in the 2011-’12 season and has been there ever since.

Along with the announcement of the show’s move back to Los Angeles, ESPN also announced that Michelle Beadle will leave her job as host of ESPN’s weekday morning show Get Up! and will expand her role in ESPN’s NBA coverage.  Her last appearance on Get Up! will be August 29.

Connor Schell, ESPN Executive Vice President of Content, said he was optimistic about the changes coming to ESPN’s NBA coverage, including the extension of Beadle’s contract and the expansion of her role in the network’s NBA coverage.

“We are extremely excited to launch ESPN’s first ever NBA post-game show,” Schell said.  “We’re doubling down on our NBA studio content at a time when the NBA is red hot and fan interest continues to surge, and we are doing it with Michelle, as she is so important to our coverage.  As the basketball world looks to L.A. with renewed interest, we’ll be right there to cover it.”

As an added bonus for audiences, the increased interest in the NBA noted by Schell has also led ESPN officials to expand The Jump, ESPN’s daily Los Angeles-based NBA studio show hosted by Rachel Nichols, to a full one-hour format.

Other changes that are being made at ESPN, partly due to the network’s changes in its NBA coverage include the expansion of Get Up! to a two-hour show starting Sept. 3.  Starting on that day, it will air from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET.  Mike Greenberg will still host the show and Jalen  Rose will also stay on as co-host on days when he does not have to appear on NBA Countdown.

Maria Taylor, Laura Rutledge, Diana Russini and Jen Lada — each of whom has served as guest host on Get Up! — will all continue to serve as contributors to the program.

During football season, ESPN’s NFL and college football commentators will appear on Get Up! in its expanded time slot.  That list of talent includes: Ryan Clark, Victor Cruz, Paul Finebaum, Dan Orlovsky, Jesse Palmer, Louis Riddick, Rex Ryan, Adam Schefter, Marcus Spears, Jonathan Vilma and Damien Woody.

One more change coming to the ESPN networks involves ESPN Radio’s Golic & Wingo.  Along with continuing on ESPN Radio, it will be simulcast on ESPN2 and ESPNEWS from 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. before moving solely to ESPNEWS from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.  This move is also set to happen on Sept. 3.

By connection, SportsCenter will continue to air on ESPN2 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

More information on these changes is available online now along with all of ESPN’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.espn.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

 

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ESPN Networks To Offer Extensive NBA Finals Coverage

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ABC will have full coverage of this year’s NBA Finals.

The stage is set for this year’s clash of the champions as LeBron James and the defending NBA Champion Cavaliers facing Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors for this year’s title.  ABC, which is part of the ESPN family of networks, will carry full coverage of this year’s championship series between the teams starting Thursday, June 1 at 9 p.m.

The full schedule for this year’s NBA Finals is noted below.

NBA Finals on ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes & ESPN App:

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Thu, June 1

9 p.m.

Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Sun, June 4

8 p.m.

Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Wed, June 7

9 p.m.

Game 3: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Fri, June 9

9 p.m.

Game 4: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Mon, June 12

9 p.m.

*Game 5: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

Thu, June 15

9 p.m.

*Game 6: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers

Sun, June 18

8 p.m.

*Game 7: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors

*if necessary

Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Doris Burke will call the series for its eighth consecutive year together.  Steve Javie will also be on hand offering analysis on the game’s officiating.

This year’s NBA Finals marks the third straight year that the Cavs and Warriors have vied for the league’s top spot.  It marks the 15th consecutive year that ESPN has produced the NBA Finals on ABC.  The series will be simulcast on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and online via the ESPN app.

Marc Kestecher will anchor ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the series alongside Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Marc Stein.  This year is ESPN Radio’s 22nd consecutive year covering the NBA Finals.  Kevin Winter and analyst Jon Barry will provide pre-game coverage live on-site leading up to each game.

ESPN’s The Jump and NBA Countdown will provide additional NBA Finals coverage throughout the series.  The Jump will air on-site throughout the series from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. while NBA Countdown will air before each game and during halftime.  The pre-game show will be evenly split between ESPN and ABC.

As if that is not enough coverage, ESPN’s First Take will also offer its own special coverage with several special prime-time broadcasts.  ESPN3 will also offer a second-screen digital look at pre-game warm-ups, post-game press conferences and much more.

ESPN International will broadcast each game internationally in Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and Pacific Rim region.

More information on ESPN and ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals is available online now at:

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Tracy McGrady Joins ESPN’s On-Air Team

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ESPN has added another big name to its NBA broadcast team.

NBA great Tracy McGrady has officially joined the ESPN family. McGrady, a two-time scoring champion, seven-time NBA All Star, and two-time All-NBA First Team pick, was announced today as an NBA analyst for the worldwide leader in sports. In his new position with ESPN, McGrady will make regular appearances on Rachel Nichols’ new daily NBA program. The program will air from ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center. It will air daily on ESPN M – F at 3:30 pm ET. Along with his appearances on The Jump, McGrady is also expected to contribute analysis to ESPN’s news an informational programming.

McGrady was the 9th overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. He was drafted by the Toronto Raptors in his rookie season. He played there until 2000 before spending time with the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets. McGrady’s last stint as a player in the NFL was the 2011 – 2012 season in which he played for the Atlanta Hawks.

More information on McGrady’s signing wth ESPN is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

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