The 2016-17 ABC and ESPN NBA telecast schedule will feature 100 regular-season games, more than ever, as ESPN begins its new, multi-year rights agreement with the NBA. The schedule will include 82 games on ESPN, which generally includes NBA doubleheaders on Wednesday and Friday nights, and 18 games on ABC, highlighted by season two of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC and the ABC NBA Sunday Showcase franchise. From January to April, ABC and ESPN will combine to televise NBA games four days per week.
ESPN announced today its Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell game selection for August 28: the Kansas City Royals and Eric Hosmer will travel to Fenway Park to face the Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz.
ESPN Adds First Place Washington Nationals at Second Place New York Mets to Sunday Night Baseball September 4
ESPN announced today its game selection for the September 4 edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell: the National League East-leading Washington Nationals and Bryce Harper will visit the second place New York Mets and Yoenis Cespedes.
ESPN announced today its game selection for the August 14 edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell: the National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs and Anthony Rizzo will host their rivals and the second place St. Louis Cardinals and Yadier Molina at 8 p.m. ET from historic Wrigley Field.
The Seattle Mariners will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell for the first time since 2004 as they visit the National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 31, at 8 p.m. ET. The Mariners – led by MLB All-Star Robinson Cano – will face a star-studded Cubs team, highlighted by their All-Star infield of Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant. The Mariners last appeared on Sunday Night Baseball, July 6, 2004 vs. the Chicago White Sox.
ESPN announced today its game selection for the July 24 edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell – Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals – at 8 p.m. ET. It will mark the sixth Sunday Night Baseball appearance of the season for the Dodgers and the fourth Sunday Night Baseball appearance of the season for the Cardinals. The two clubs squared off on the May 15 edition of Sunday Night Baseball.
The 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby will air Monday, July 11, at 8 p.m. ET exclusively on ESPN from Petco Park – home of the San Diego Padres. The T-Mobile Home Run Derby will also be available on WatchESPN, ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes. It is part of ESPN’s multi-platform coverage of MLB All-Star.
ESPN is expanding its NBA coverage this July with a 98-game Summer League schedule across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3, emanating from three locations: Las Vegas, Orlando and Salt Lake City. The schedule is highlighted by the 25-game telecast schedule from Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which tips off on ESPN with a prime-time doubleheader at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, July 8. This is ESPN’s most extensive Summer League schedule ever.
Last night’s NBA Finals Game 7 on ABC drew a massive average audience of 30,799,000 viewers (p2+), making it the most-watched NBA game since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, according to Fast Nationals from Nielsen. In addition, it generated a 15.7 U.S. household rating, making it the highest-rated NBA game since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. ABC’s Game 7 viewership peaked with 44,511,000 viewers and a 22.5 U.S. rating from 10:30-10:40 p.m. ET.
Last night’s NBA Finals Game 7 is the highest-rated NBA game ever on ABC, drawing an 18.9 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. The telecast, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in an all-time classic – peaked with a 25.5 overnight rating from 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET.
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