ESPN today announced that Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the two-time Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and sports icon, will return to the company and re-join NBA Countdown as a studio analyst this season, first appearing as part of ABC’s Christmas NBA coverage. From there, Johnson will join NBA Countdown pre-game coverage for the NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC series – the NBA’s marquee game of the week, starting Jan. 21, 2017.
ESPN’s Baseball Tonight will hit the road for two daily shows on site at the 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings, Monday, Dec. 5 through Wednesday, Dec. 7. The 30-minute telecasts will air at 6:30 p.m. ET and midnight, generally on ESPN2. The core Baseball Tonight team will include host Karl Ravech with analyst Aaron Boone and ESPN MLB insiders Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian.
ESPN Takes NBA Countdown, The Jump & SportsCenter to the Windy City for Chicago Bulls-Cleveland Cavaliers Showdown
ESPN will take its NBA studio shows – NBA Countdown and The Jump – as well as SportsCenter to the ‘Windy City’ on Friday, Dec. 2, for on-site coverage leading up to – and through – the Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wade vs. Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James showdown at 8 p.m. ET, which airs on ESPN.
The 2017 Major League Baseball season will begin with seven season-opening games in two days across ESPN and ESPN2 between Sunday, April 2 and Monday, April 3. The season-opening slate will be highlighted by an Opening Night prime-time exclusive: the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs will visit Busch Stadium and their rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Coverage will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET and will also be available on ESPN Radio (including streaming via ESPNRadio.com), ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio.
Special Episode of ESPN’s The Jump at the White House for Cleveland Cavaliers’ Championship Ceremony
Today, Friday, at 5 p.m. ET, ESPN2 will air a special episode of The Jump, ESPN’s daily NBA show, dedicated to the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers’ White House visit this week. The Jump’s host Rachel Nichols traveled to Washington D.C. for the Cavaliers’ historic visit and will provide behind-the-scenes footage and unique perspective about t
Overnight ratings for ESPN’s prime-time NBA doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 4, were up 42 percent from last season’s comparable windows, according to Nielsen. Friday’s doubleheader averaged a 1.7 overnight rating, up from a 1.2 last year. Additionally, ESPN’s streaming audience was up 134 percent with 10,460,000 total average minutes streamed, up 96 percent with 238,000 average unique viewers and up 126 percent with an average audience of 68,000 viewers.
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.
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