ESPN will tip off its 2016-17 NBA game schedule with five pre-season telecasts, starting with a doubleheader on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
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ESPN Radio’s 22nd Consecutive NBA Season Tips off 28-Game Regular Season Schedule with Defending Champion Cleveland Cavaliers
ESPN Radio’s 22nd consecutive NBA season will tip off its 28-game regular season schedule with a matchup showcasing LeBron James and the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers hosting Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks on Opening Night, Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. ET.
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.
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.
ESPN Insider and NBA Draft Expert Chad Ford answered media questions during today’s ESPN 2016 NBA Draft media call.
Last night’s NBA Finals Game 5 – the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors by 15 points (112-97) – matched last year’s Game 5 with a 14.2 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. This is the highest-rated Game 5 since 2004 (Detroit Pistons-L.A. Lakers clincher, 15.5).
Breaks Previous Record Set Last Year Most-Watched NBA Game Ever on WatchESPN NBA Finals Expected to Win the Night for 49th Consecutive Time Last night’s Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals delivered a 13.1 overnight rating, ABC’s highest-rated Game 1 ever according to Nielsen. The telecast, which featured the Golden State Warriors defeating the Cleveland … Read More
ESPN Analysts & Insiders’ Predictions ahead of 2016 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, Cavaliers vs. Raptors
Ahead of the 2016 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, ESPN analysts and insiders make strong predictions ahead of the series’ tip-off (Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors).
ESPN College Hoops and International Draft expert Fran Fraschilla discussed the 2016 NBA Draft Combine prospects and next month’s NBA Draft on a media conference call.
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