ESPN today announced its commentator teams for the Wednesday and Friday editions of NBA Countdown – ESPN’s NBA pre-game show. NBA Countdown host Michelle Beadle will be joined by analysts Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Tracy McGrady on Wednesdays, and Rose and Billups on Fridays. NBA Countdown on ESPN will expand to mostly one-hour shows on Wednesdays and Fridays this season, starting at 7 p.m. ET prior to ESPN NBA doubleheaders.
Tampa Bay Rays’ ace Chris Archer will join ESPN’s Baseball Tonight as a guest analyst for on-site, pre-game and post-game shows during the 2016 MLB World Series. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet at the World Series will generally air at 7 p.m. ET and either midnight or 1 a.m. on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.
ESPN today announced that The Jump, its daily NBA studio show, will return for season two starting Monday, Oct. 24, during the opening week of the NBA season. The Jump, hosted by Rachel Nichols, will air Mondays through Fridays at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, before moving to ESPN after the Super Bowl. ESPN has expanded The Jump to a season-long show, which will air through the NBA’s summer league in July.
Wednesday’s 2016 MLB National League Wild Card Game telecast presented by Hankook Tire is the second-most watched Major League Baseball game on ESPN in 13 years, according Nielsen. Across ESPN and ESPN Deportes, the game generated a total live average audience of 7,711,000 viewers (television + streaming).
Last night’s 2016 MLB National League Wild Card Game telecast presented by Hankook Tire is the highest-rated MLB Wild Card Game ever and ESPN’s most-streamed MLB event ever.
ESPN today announced it has re-signed one of its most prominent and widely-followed NBA commentators, NBA senior writer Marc Stein. In this new, multi-year agreement, Stein will continue to have a prolific presence across ESPN platforms.
ESPN announced an all-star roster of NBA game commentators for the 2016-17 season.
The 2016 MLB National League Wild Card Game telecast presented by Hankook Tire will air exclusively on ESPN, Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. ET. Entering competition on Sept. 28, the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants currently hold the first and second NL Wild Card spots, respectively. The St. Louis Cardinals are currently one game behind the Giants for the second spot. The telecast will also be streamed live on WatchESPN.
The 2017 Major League Baseball season will open on ESPN platforms, Sunday, April 2, with multiple, national Opening Day telecasts. It was announced today that the New York Yankees will visit the Tampa Bay Rays and that the Arizona Diamondbacks will host the San Francisco Giants in a pair of divisional match-ups.
ESPN today announced it has added several full national MLB Postseason Impact Game telecasts presented by Exxon and Mobil, including three division rivalry games, to its September schedule. The games are expected to directly impact the 2016 MLB Postseason race. Current MLB standings via ESPN.com.
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