Press Release

Posted by Ben Cafardo on June 10, 2012

NBA Finals Tip Off Tuesday on ABC & ESPN Radio

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Multiplatform Coverage to Include ESPN3 Simulcasts, New Finals Open

ABC’s coverage of the 2012 NBA Finals – Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – will tip off with Game 1 on Tuesday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET. Mike Breen will be the voice of The Finals with analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke. Every game will also be available on ESPN Radio and ESPN3, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE.

Kia NBA Countdown will be on-site throughout The Finals for pregame, halftime and postgame shows with analysts Magic Johnson, Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon and Chris Broussard. The Countdown pregame show will begin 30 minutes prior to each game broadcast.

NBA Finals Open: The Finals will include the debut of a new broadcast open, which will feature classic images from The Finals presented with cutting-edge technology.

Every NBA Finals broadcast on ABC will also include:

  • in-game interviews with coaches, along with each coach being “wired” for sound;
  • pregame and halftime locker room access;
  • 32 high definition video sources;
  • SkyCam” providing aerial views of the action;
  • utilization of six Super Slo Mo cameras;
  • “ESPN Axis” creating virtual replays, with video from live action processed via computers to create virtual freeze frames from multiple angles;
  • Spanish-language SAP commentary.

ESPN Radio will exclusively broadcast the NBA Finals with the three man booth of Jim Durham and analysts Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay and Hubie Brown. Additionally, Mark Kestecher will host ESPN Radio’s studio coverage with analyst Will Purdue.

ESPN3 & WatchESPN: Fans will have access to special simulcasts of The Finals on ABC live on ESPN3, as well as live coverage of postgame press conferences. The live multi-screen sports network is currently available to 73 million households nationwide through an affiliated Internet or video provider.

Schedule (Best of 7)

Date Time (ET) Game Networks
Tues, June 12 9 p.m. Game 1: Miami at Oklahoma City ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3
Thurs, June 14 9 p.m. Game 2: Miami at Oklahoma City ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3
Sun, June 17 8 p.m. Game 3: Oklahoma City at Miami ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3
Tues, June 19 9 p.m. Game 4: Oklahoma City at Miami ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3
Thurs, June 21 9 p.m. Game 5: * Oklahoma City at Miami ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3
Sun, June 24 8 p.m. Game 6: * Miami at Oklahoma City ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3
Tues, June 26 9 p.m. Game 7: *Miami at Oklahoma City ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3

* if necessary

SportsCenter will provide news and information, analysis, and highlights throughout The Finals, including on-site reports hosted by Stuart Scott and Sage Steele and analysis from Magic Johnson, Jon Barry, Mike Wilbon and Chris Broussard. In addition, analysts Bruce Bowen, Tim Legler, Kurt Rambis, Hall of Famer Chris Mullin and Jalen Rose will provide studio analysis from Bristol.

ESPNEWS will provide live pre- and postgame news conferences, along with daily news and information. 

ESPN.com’s coverage will include Daily Dime; Daily Dime Live; a special series page with previews, predictions, scouting reports; digital video including on-site reports; Hoop Idea; TrueHoop Network blog updates and TrueHoop TV interviews. Reporters on-site will include Marc Stein, J.A. Adande, John Hollinger, Henry Abbott and the Heat Index staff.

ESPN Social Media

  • Facebook – ESPN’s NBA Facebook page will include regular updates throughout the NBA Finals with videos and imagery, shareable NBA content, polls, instant reactions to memorable moments and other highlights – http://www.facebook.com/yourNBAdestination.
  • Twitter – ESPN’s NBA Twitter – @NBAonESPN – will provide breaking news, game updates, links to ESPN.com stories, photos and more.

ESPN International will present The Finals throughout Latin America, Brazil, Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Pacific Rim.

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