The 2016 NBA Finals – the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James – will tip off Thursday, June 2, at 9 p.m. ET exclusively on ABC. Weeknight NBA Finals broadcasts will begin at 9 p.m. ET, while Sunday broadcasts will start at 8 p.m. Every game will be preceded by a 30-minute, on-site edition of the NBA Countdown pre-game show on ABC. The NBA Finals will be available on ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio and via WatchESPN. (The full game and telecast schedule is in the table below). This is the 14th NBA Finals on ABC, dating back to 2003.
ESPN has added three marquee National League matchups to its Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell schedule in the month of June. On June 5, the current NL West-leading San Francisco Giants will visit the St. Louis Cardinals. On June 19, the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs will host the Pittsburgh Pirates, and on June 26, the Pirates will host the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sunday Night Baseball telecasts begin at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
ESPN to Exclusively Televise 2016 NBA Eastern Conference Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers Vs. Miami Heat-Toronto Raptors Winner
ESPN will exclusively televise the 2016 NBA Eastern Conference Finals presented by Verizon: the defending Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, vs. either the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade or the Toronto Raptors and Kyle Lowry (Raptors lead series 3-2 as of 5/12).
ESPN2 will televise the 2016 NBA Draft Combine from 3-7 p.m. ET, on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13. The event emanates from the Quest Multisport Complex in Chicago, Ill. This is the first in a series of ESPN 2016 NBA Draft events, which also includes the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm (May 17) and the 2016 NBA Draft (June 23).
Recording Artists Alexis & Fido Deliver ‘Si No Tiene El Swing’ to ESPN’s MLB Coverage / Cantantes Alexis & Fido graban ‘Si No Tiene El Swing’ para la cobertura de ESPN y ESPN Deportes del Béisbol de las Grandes Ligas
ESPN has teamed up with popular Reggaeton recording artists Alexis & Fido for a special musical collaboration during the 2016 Major League Baseball season. Alexis & Fido’s song ‘Si No Tiene El Swing’ will be incorporated into various ESPN MLB production elements, beginning tonight, Monday, May 9, as part of ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball Global Game telecast: Washington Nationals vs. Detroit Tigers (7 p.m. ET).
Former Major League Baseball All-Star Raúl Ibañez has joined ESPN as a baseball analyst. In this new, multi-year agreement, Ibañez will primarily provide commentary for Baseball Tonight on ESPN. He will also serve as an analyst for select games.
Sundays’ Golden State Warriors-Houston Rockets Game 4 on ABC was the most-watched first round NBA Playoffs game on any network in 14 years (since 2002), according to Nielsen. The broadcast averaged 7,238,000 viewers (p2+) and a 4.5 U.S. household rating. It peaked from 5:30- 6 p.m. ET with 8,346,000 viewers (p2+) and a 5.0 U.S. household rating.
Warriors-Rockets Game 4 on ABC Matches Highest Overnight Rating for First Round NBA Playoffs Game in 12 Years (Any Network)
Sunday’s ABC broadcast of the Golden State Warriors’ victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of their first round NBA Playoffs series delivered a 5.3 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. This matches the highest overnight rating for any first round NBA Playoffs game, on any network in 12 years (since 2004). The ABC broadcast peaked with a 6.1 overnight rating from 5:30-5:45 p.m. ET.
Golden State Warriors Attempt to Set All-Time Wins Record on ESPN Kobe Bryant’s Farewell Game to Air Simultaneously on ESPN2 Comprehensive SportsCenter Coverage of Monumental Night On Air: Breen | Van Gundy | Jackson | Burke | Tirico | Brown | Salters | Steele | Collins | Rose | Billups | Jones | Barry ESPN … Read More
ESPN will be home to one of the most significant regular-season nights in NBA history on Wednesday, April 13, as the Golden State Warriors chase the all-time wins record. They will host the Memphis Grizzlies on ESPN at 10:30 p.m. ET. It will either be a record-tying or record-setting attempt, contingent on the result of … Read More
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