ESPN will exclusively televise the MLB Little League Classic on Sunday Night Baseball from Williamsport, Pa. – site of the Little League World Series – on Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. ET. The MLB Little League Classic will feature the St. Louis Cardinals against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a special regular-season game, which will celebrate youth baseball and support MLB’s PLAY BALL initiative.
ESPN has added the Cleveland Cavaliers-Atlanta Hawks game to its Friday, March 3 telecast schedule. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET with Mark Jones, analyst Doris Burke and reporter Cassidy Hubbarth on commentary. The telecast will not be available in the Cleveland market due to local blackout restrictions. This game will replace the previously scheduled Miami Heat at Orlando Magic telecast.
SportsCenter on the Road powered by Ford will begin its Spring Training bus tour, providing on-site updates from around the league and interviews with key players, this Saturday, Feb. 18, from the Chicago Cubs camp in Mesa, AZ. SportsCenter anchor Jay Crawford will be hosting the coverage throughout the day Saturday with Sunday Night Baseball analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza and reporters Tim Kurkjian and Pedro Gomez. Coverage from the Cubs’ camp continues Sunday, anchored by Matt Barrie. Sunday coverage will include Barrie speaking with the Cubs’ owner Tom Ricketts, Mendoza with manager Joe Maddon and Crawford with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.
Golden State-Oklahoma City on ABC Delivers Most-Watched & Highest-Rated NBA Regular-Season Game on Any Network in Four Years (Non-Christmas)
The Golden State Warriors’ victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on the Feb. 11 edition of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC averaged 6,036,000 viewers (p2+) and a 3.4 U.S. household rating, making it the most-watched and highest-rated, non-Christmas NBA regular-season game on any network in four years (since Feb. 10, 2013, Lakers-Heat on ABC). According to Nielsen, the broadcast peaked with 7,038,000 viewers from 11-11:15 p.m. ET, despite 16 point margin of victory.
Golden State-Oklahoma City on ABC Delivers Highest-Rated Non-Christmas NBA Regular-Season Game Since 2013
The Golden State Warriors’ decisive 130-114 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder last night on ABC delivered a 4.1 metered market rating, making it the highest-rated, non-Christmas NBA regular-season game on any network since 2013, according to Nielsen. It also marked a series-best for NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC, which is currently in its second season, and it was up 58 percent from last season’s comparable ABC game, (Warriors-Clippers, 2/20/16, 2.6).
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NBA Countdown’s Michelle Beadle to Join Mark Jones & Cassidy Hubbarth to Provide Commentary
Mark Teixeira, a World Series Champion and three-time All-Star first baseman, has joined ESPN as a Major League Baseball analyst. In the multi-year agreement, Teixeira will regularly contribute to ESPN’s MLB studio coverage, SportsCenter and additional ESPN platforms, including ESPN Radio. The 14-year MLB veteran is expected to being during ESPN’s 2017 Spring Training coverage.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & James Worthy to Join Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose & Chauncey Billups for Special Edition of NBA Countdown This Friday
ESPN will air a special edition of NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew, featuring Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy, this Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. ET. Abdul-Jabbar and Worthy, both legendary members of the famed 1987 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship team, will join NBA Countdown host Michelle Beadle and analysts Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups, in studio, halfway through the one-hour show.
The season debut of the NBA Sunday Showcase presented by Verizon Go90 series on ABC (Jan. 29) delivered double-digit audience increases, according to Nielsen. This past Sunday’s matchup – a 107-91 Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder – generated a total live average audience (television + streaming) of 3,230,000 million viewers, up 11 percent from 2,905,000 viewers last season for Chicago Bulls at LA Clippers.
ESPN today announced that two-time World Series Champion David Ross is joining the company as a Major League Baseball analyst. In this multi-year deal, the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox Champion catcher will provide analysis for a variety of ESPN platforms, including its MLB studio coverage, SportsCenter and for select games.
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