ESPN has made an update to its upcoming NBA telecast schedule: the Houston Rockets and early M.V.P. candidate James Harden will visit the Philadelphia 76ers and rookie sensation Joel Embiid on Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The game will replace the previously scheduled Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls telecast.
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ESPN2 will air The Harlem Globetrotters Southern California Special on Monday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. ET. The telecast will feature Harlem Globetrotter stars Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson and Hi-Lite Bruton on the court, and will examine the team’s impact in the community as well.
ESPN today announced an update to its NBA schedule in January. On Wednesday, Jan. 11, the Memphis Grizzlies and Marc Gasol will visit the Oklahoma City Thunder and early-season M.V.P. candidate Russell Westbrook at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. This telecast will replace the previously selected Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics matchup.
NBA Finals Rematch on ABC Delivers Most-Watched Christmas Game in 12 Years in the Early Window: 10.1 Million Viewers
The Christmas Day NBA Finals rematch on ABC, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in a 109-108 thriller, delivered a total live audience of 10,163,000 average viewers (ABC + streaming), making it ABC’s most-watched Christmas NBA broadcast in 12 years in the early window (2:30 p.m. ET). The broadcast peaked with 11,800,000 average viewers (p2+) from 5-5:15 p.m., according to Nielsen.
The Christmas Day NBA Finals rematch on ABC, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 109-108 after a thrilling fourth quarter comeback, delivered a strong 5.9 overnight rating, matching the highest-rated Christmas NBA game in 12 years on ABC in the early window (2:30 p.m. ET). The New York Knicks-Los Angeles Lakers matchup in 2012 also generated a 5.9 overnight rating.
ESPN today announced it is teaming up with sports icon Kobe Bryant to present Canvas – a special new content initiative, which will debut on Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 25, during the 2 p.m. ET edition of NBA Countdown on ABC, which precedes the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals rematch at 2:30 p.m. Bryant, the five-time NBA Champion and legendary Los Angeles Laker, will serve as the creator, director and writer for six short video presentations, each focused on an NBA on-court topic, through the eyes of Bryant. The first Canvas piece, “Guarding The Greats,” will focus on how to approach guarding elite NBA players.
Cleveland Cavaliers-Golden State Warriors NBA Finals Rematch Highlights ABC’s & ESPN’s Five-Game NBA Christmas Slate
Seventh Christmas Day for Team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy & Mark Jackson
Two Episodes of NBA Countdown Including the Return of Earvin “Magic” Johnson to ABC
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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 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 NFL Chemistry Issue explores the various personalities and elements that either bring teams together – or tear them apart. Highlights include a cover story on Oakland Raiders’ Derek Carr as well as features on Seattle Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor, Buffalo Bills’ Richie Incognito and more.
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