ESPN Networks To Carry Exclusive Coverage Of 2020 NBA Finals

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The stage is set for the 2020 NBA Finals, and ESPN’s networks will have full coverage of the run to the championship.

ESPN will carry the championship series for the 18th consecutive season, with game one set to tip off at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday on ESPN.  The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat will vie for the league’s top prize this year.

The NBA Finals are presented this year by YouTube TV.  The games will air across the ESPN networks (ABC, ESPN, ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes) domestically and internationally.  Ernesto Jerez and analyst Coach Carlos Morales will cover the finals for ESPN Deportes.

The teams will play the best-of-seven series live at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL.  Mike Breen will anchor coverage of this year’s finals, making this year his 15th consecutive year anchoring the NBA Finals.  Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, and Rachel Nichols will provide additional commentary and all of the series’ latest headlines.

NBA Countdown presented by Door Dash will precede each game.  The weeknight broadcasts will air at 8:30 p.m. ET and run for half an hour.  The weeknight broadcasts of NBA Countdown presented by Door Dash will air at 7 p.m. ET.

Audiences will also get a digital pre-game broadcast in the form of Hoop Streams half an hour prior to each game.  Th program will stream live through ESPN’s Twitter page, YouTube, and Facebook sites.

The schedule for the 2020 NBA Finals is noted below.

Date Time (ET) Game
Wed, Sept. 30 9 p.m. Game 1
Fri, Oct. 2 9 p.m. Game 2
Sun, Oct. 4 7:30 p.m. Game 3
Tue, Oct. 6 9 p.m. Game 4
Fri, Oct. 9 9 p.m. Game 5* if necessary
Sun, Oct. 11 7:30 p.m. Game 6* if necessary
Tue, Oct. 13 9 p.m. Game 7 * if necessary

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Jon Gruden’s Quarterback Camp Returns This Spring

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Courtesy: ESPN

Jon Gruden’s “Quarterback Camp” will return this Spring.

Gruden’s series of SportsCenter specials will return this spring for its fifth season.  Gruden mentors a handful of college football’s top quarterbacks in the series, as they prepare to take the next step in their careers.  This year’s installment of Gruden’s “Quarterback Camp” will see nine of college football’s top quarterback prospects.  Those names include the likes of 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, two-time BCS National Champion A.J. McCarron of Alabama, and Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville.  The complete list of this year’s “QB Camp” participants is noted below.

2014 Gruden’s QB Camp participants:



Blake Bortles

Central Florida

Tajh Boyd


Teddy Bridgewater


Derek Carr


Jimmy Garoppolo

Eastern Illinois

Jordan Lynch

Northern Illinois

A.J. McCarron


Johnny Manziel

Texas A&M

Aaron Murray



Gruden prepares a specialized lesson plan of sorts for each of the participants in his “QB Camp.”  Through his specialized plan, he points out to each prospect, a balanced look at both their strengths and weaknesses, allowing them to see where they need to improve in order to be successful NFL talent.  Over the past four seasons of his “QB Camp” Gruden has mentored no fewer than twenty-nine quarterbacks from twenty-seven schools.  Fourteen of those QBs went on to be NFL regular season starters.  Among the names that Gruden has mentored through his series are: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton and current NFL Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson, of the Seattle Seahawks.

Gruden’s “QB Camp” moves this year to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena at Walt Disney World Resort outside Orlando.  It replaces Gruden’s Tampa office, where the “QB Camp” was previously held.  The new set will replicate his Tampa office, playfully dubbed the “Fired Football Coaches Association.”  The 220-acre facility also includes athletic fields, which will be used for quarterback workouts.

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