ESPN announced the re-signing of veteran play-by-play commentator Mark Jones in a multi-year agreement. Jones, a 27-year veteran of ESPN, became the voice of the popular NBA Sunday Showcase series on ABC this season.
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ESPN The Magazine’s Entertainment Issue is back, with two stars who lit up the pop culture landscape this weekend, each paired with an NBA phenom, on the eve of the league’s All Star Weekend. Leslie Jones slayed on Saturday Night Live to record ratings with her Trump sketch—and Knicks star big man Kristaps Porzingis learned what it’s like to post up against her, in The Mag’s hilarious cover Q&A with the pair. In our second cover story, Chicago’s own Jimmy Butler and Chance the Rapper—who brought home 3 Grammys Sunday night, including best new artist—took the conversation in a much more serious direction, tapping into the deep connection each star feels to his hometown community. And with Oscar season fast upon us, don’t miss the Warriors season reimagined as a Hollywood script in three acts, by award-winning screenwriters David Kohan, Adam McKay and Cheo Hodari Coker.
Golden State-Oklahoma City on ABC Delivers Highest-Rated Non-Christmas NBA Regular-Season Game Since 2013
The Golden State Warriors’ decisive 130-114 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder last night on ABC delivered a 4.1 metered market rating, making it the highest-rated, non-Christmas NBA regular-season game on any network since 2013, according to Nielsen. It also marked a series-best for NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC, which is currently in its second season, and it was up 58 percent from last season’s comparable ABC game, (Warriors-Clippers, 2/20/16, 2.6).
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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.
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.
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