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NBA/MLB/NFL

2017 NBA Finals Exclusively on ABC Continues in Cleveland for Games 3 and 4;
NBA Countdown & The Jump Live in Cleveland;
NBA Players Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, Mike Miller on The Jump Throughout the Week
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com; gianina.thompson@espn.com
The 2017 NBA Finals – the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James vs. the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant – continues exclusively on ABC with Game 3 on Wednesday, June 7, at 9 p.m. ET in Cleveland. Game 4 is on Friday, June 9. Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Doris Burke will call the game action throughout the series. The series is currently 2-0 in favor of the Warriors (as of 6/5).

NBA Countdown and The Jump are on the road throughout the series. NBA Countdown host Michelle Beadle, working her first NBA Finals, joined by veteran analyst Jalen Rose and two former NBA Finals MVPs – Chauncey Billups and guest analyst Paul Pierce – for pregame and halftime shows. NBA Countdown starts one hour before most games, with the first 30 minutes airing on ESPN and then 30 minutes airing on ABC leading into tipoff.

The Jump will emanate from Hofbräuhaus in Cleveland. Host Rachel Nichols will be joined by a superstar cast of commentators, including recently-named Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, Pierce, Scottie Pippen, Brian Windhorst, Amin Elhassan, and more. Guests include NBA players Vince Carter (Memphis Grizzlies), Dwight Howard (Atlanta Hawks) and Mike Miller (Denver Nuggets).

More coverage details can be found on ESPN Media Zone.

Date Time (ET) Telecast Network(s)
Tue, Jun 6 3 p.m. The Jump presented by La Quinta (in Cleveland)
Rachel Nichols, Scottie Pippen, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Dwight Howard
ESPN
Wed, Jun 7 3 p.m. The Jump presented by La Quinta  (in Cleveland)
Rachel Nichols, Scottie Pippen, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter Dwight Howard, Amin Elhassan, Chauncey Billups
ESPN
  8 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless (in Cleveland)
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ESPN
  8:30 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless (in Cleveland)
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ABC
  9 p.m. 2017 NBA Finals Game 3: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Hubie Brown, Marc Stein
ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes
Thu, Jun 8 3 p.m. The Jump presented by La Quinta (in Cleveland)
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Scottie Pippen, Amin Elhassan, Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, Paul Pierce
ESPN
Fri, Jun 9 3 p.m. The Jump presented by La Quinta (in Cleveland)
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Scottie Pippen, Amin Elhassan, Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, Mike Miller
ESPN
  8 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless (in Cleveland)
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ESPN
  8:30 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless (in Cleveland)
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce
ABC
  9 p.m. 2017 NBA Finals Game 4: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Hubie Brown, Marc Stein
ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes

 


Boston Red Sox host Detroit Tigers on Sunday Night Baseball, Visit American League East-Leading New York Yankees on Thursday
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn.com; michael.skarka@espn.com
This weekend on ESPN’s exclusive, full-national Sunday Night Baseball telecast presented by Taco Bell, the Boston Red Sox and Mookie Betts will host the Detroit Tigers and Miguel Cabrera on June 11 from Fenway Park at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Karl Ravech will call the matchup with analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone and reporter Buster Olney. Adnan Virk, Mark Teixeira and Tim Kurkjian will lead into the telecast from the field on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call of Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN Radio. The duo will also be in the booth when the two teams meet on Saturday, June 10, with coverage starting on ESPN Radio at 6 p.m.

Thursday, June 8, the current two top teams in the American League East meet on ESPN when the Red Sox visit the New York Yankees and Aaron Judge. ESPN’s telecast presented by Hankook Tire starts at 7 p.m. Sciambi will have the call of the full-national telecast with Rick Sutcliffe and former Red Sox catcher David Ross, who was also part of the 2013 World Series Championship team.

On Saturday, June 10, ESPN.com and ESPNDeportes.com will post an interview with ESPN’s Marly Rivera and Yankees emerging star pitcher Luis Severino in English and Spanish, as part of the season-long, cross-platform, Béisbol Experience initiative.

MLB Intentional Talk will air Tuesday and Thursday this week on ESPN2 from 4-5 p.m. with Chris Rose and 2004 World Series Champion Kevin Millar.

Date Time (ET) Telecast Network(s)
Tue, June 6 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar
ESPN2
Thu, June 8 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees telecast presented by Hankook Tire
Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, David Ross
ESPN, ESPN Deportes+
Sat, Jun 10 6 p.m. Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton
ESPN Radio
Sun, Jun 11 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet
Adnan Virk, Mark Teixeira, Tim Kurkjian
ESPN
  8 p.m. Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox telecast presented by Taco Bell
Karl Ravech, Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone, Buster Olney
ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes+, ESPN Deportes Radio

 


ESPN’s Continuing Coverage of NFL Organized Team Activities and Mandatory Minicamps
contact: allison.r.stoneberg@espn.com
ESPN’s coverage of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) continues this week, with NFL Nation reporters dispatched to team sites. Reporters Josh Weinfuss and Mike Reiss will also cover Mandatory Minicamps for the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots, respectively. Anticipated pieces:

  • For Today:
    • Dallas Cowboys reporter Todd Archer pens a story about life without Tony Romo;
    • Kansas City Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher makes a case for why Kareem Hunt will be the team’s rushing leader.
  • For Wednesday:
    • Indianapolis Colts reporter Mike Wells explores Anthony Castonzo’s experience learning to code as an Apple intern;
    • San Francisco 49ers reporter Nick Wagoner examines the impact of a more rested DeForest Buckner;
    • Pittsburgh Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler offers a glimpse at the Watt family album;
    • Archer explains why and how Jason Witten is playing a 15th NFL season.
  • For Thursday:
    • Denver Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold writes about how Vance Joseph wants Demaryius Thomas to have a bigger presence – both on and off the field.
  • For Friday:
    • Weinfuss shares how Bruce Arians has confronted his own mortality after losing two close friends.

COLLEGE SPORTS

Women’s College World Series: After a 17-inning Marathon, Oklahoma and Florida Continue Best-of-Three Series
contact: Derek.Volner@ESPN.com
After the longest game in Women’s College World Series Finals history, the second game of the best-of-three Women’s College World Series Finals between No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 1 Florida is tonight on ESPN (8 p.m.) . The first game of the series was a 17-inning marathon, with the Sooners winning 7-5. If Florida wins tonight, a decisive Game 3 will air on Wednesday on ESPN (8 p.m.).  Complete production details can be found here.


ESPN to Provide Coverage of NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships
contact: anna.m.negron@espn.com
ESPN will once again be the home of the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships from Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, June 7- 10. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 will provide exclusive coverage of 42 individual championship events featuring the top NCAA track and field athletes, resulting in the crowning of two team champions. Television coverage will begin with the men’s semifinals on Wednesday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU before moving to ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. ESPN2 will televise the women’s semifinals on Thursday, June 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The remainder of the Championship, which includes the men’s and women’s finals, will air on ESPN on Friday, June 9, at 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m., respectively.

ESPN3 will also carry four separate live feeds exclusively over the four days, totaling over 40 hours of championship coverage.

A complete schedule and additional information is available here.

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Wed, Jun 7 7:30 p.m. Men’s Semifinals ESPNU
8:30 p.m. Men’s Semifinals ESPN2
Thu, Jun 8 7:30 p.m. Women’s Semifinals ESPN2
Fri, Jun 9 8:30 p.m. Men’s Finals ESPN
Sat, Jun 10 6:30 p.m. Women’s Finals ESPN

 


OTHER SPORTS

Soccer: June 2017 FIFA International Match Week; U.S. Women’s National Team and more
contacts: mac.nwulu@espn.com; santa.brito@espn.com
ESPN networks will combine to carry 21 international matches during the June 2017 FIFA International Match Week, highlighted by marquee friendly matches and FIFA World Cup qualifying contests in Europe and Asia. All matches will be streamed live on ESPN App. Highlights:

  • Ian Darke, ESPN’s lead soccer voice, and analyst Alejandro Moreno will handle English language commentary on ESPN2 for the international friendly match Spain vs. Colombia on Wednesday, June 7, at 3:15 p.m. ET Richard Méndez (play-by-play) and analyst Alex Pareja will call the match in Spanish on ESPN Deportes,
  • Darke and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and author Julie Foudy will provide commentary for the women’s international friendly match Sweden vs. USA, live on ESPN2, Thursday at 1:30 p.m. from Gamla Ullevi Stadium in Gothenbrug, Sweden;
  • On Friday, June 9, Mendez and Barak Fever will work ESPN Deportes’ live telecast of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Latvia and UEFA EURO 2016 champion Portugal at 2:30 p.m. – one of eight live matches on Deportes during the international match week;
  • Tuesday, June 13, at 2:45 p.m. Marc Donaldson and Craig Burley will call France vs. England on ESPN2, while Mendez and Tato Noriega will provide Spanish-language commentary on ESPN Deportes.
Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)
Wed, Jun 7 3:15 p.m. Spain vs. Colombia (International Friendly) ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
  7:30 p.m. New York Cosmos vs. FC Edmonton (NASL) ESPN3
Thu, Jun 8 5:55 a.m. Australia vs. Saudi Arabia (Asia WCQ) ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Sweden vs. USA (International Women’s Friendly) ESPN2
Fri, Jun 9 11:50 a.m. Russia vs. Chile (International Friendly) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes
  2:30 p.m. Latvia vs. Portugal (European WCQ) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes
  2:35 p.m. Andorra vs. Hungary (European WCQ) ESPN3
  2:35 p.m. Estonia vs. Belgium (European WCQ) ESPN3
  2:35 p.m. Faroe Island vs. Switzerland (European WCQ) ESPN3
  2:35 p.m. Gibraltar vs. Cyprus (European WCQ) ESPN3
Sat, Jun 10 11:45 a.m. Kazakhstan vs. Denmark (European WCQ) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes
  11:50 a.m. Azerbaijan vs. Northern Island (European WCQ) ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Norway vs. Czech Republic (European WCQ) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes
  2:35 p.m. Montenegro vs. Armenia (European WCQ) ESPN3
  4 p.m. New York Cosmos vs. North Carolina FC   (NASL) ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Indy Eleven vs. Jacksonville Armada  (NASL) ESPN3
  9 p.m. FC Edmonton vs. Miami FC  (NASL) ESPN3
Sun, Jun 11 11:45 a.m. Republic of Ireland vs. Austria (European WCQ) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes
  2:30 p.m. Macedonia vs. Spain (European WCQ) ESPN3, ESPN Deportes
  2:35 p.m. Italy vs. Liechtenstein (European WCQ) ESPN3
  2:35 p.m. Kosovo vs. Turkey (European WCQ) ESPN3
Mon, Jun 12 12:40 p.m. Iran vs. Uzbekistan (Asia WCQ) ESPN3
Tue, Jun 13 8:20 a.m. Syria vs. China (Asia WCQ) ESPN3
  9:40 a.m. Iraq vs. Japan (Asia WCQ) ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. France vs. England (International Friendly) ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

 


WNBA on ESPN Continues Tonight: Mystics at Wings
contact: tara.c.chozet@espn.com
The 2017 WNBA season continues on ESPN, as Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics visit Skylar Diggins and the Dallas Wings tonight, June 6, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Ryan Ruocco and Rebecca Lobo will call the game with reporter Holly Rowe. In addition, Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm will visit 2017 No. 1-pick Kelsey Plum and the San Antonio Stars, on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app at 8 p.m. Full TV Schedule | Full ESPN3 Schedule


Canadian Football League Preseason Games Begin Thursday on ESPN3
contact: allison.r.stoneberg@espn.com
ESPN kicks off its coverage of the 2017 Canadian Football League (CFL) season with four preseason games – the first of which pits the 2016 Grey Cup Champion Ottawa REDBLACKS against the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. ET. All of ESPN’s CFL preseason games will be available on ESPN3 and streamed live on the ESPN app.

Date Time (ET) Game Network(s)
Thu, Jun 8 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ottawa REDBLACKS ESPN3
Sun, Jun 11 7 p.m. Calgary Stampeders at Edmonton Eskimos ESPN3
Thu, Jun 15 7:30 p.m. Ottawa REDBLACKS at Montreal Alouettes ESPN3
Fri, Jun 16 10 p.m. Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Lions ESPN3

 


WSL Surfing Stop #4 Oi Rio Pro
contact: olivia.wilson@espn.com
On Saturday, June 10, World of X Games on ABC will air WSL Surfing Stop #4 Oi Rio Pro at 4 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT. The WSL Championship Tour season is heating up and this episode takes a journey to the fourth contest of the 2017 season, the Oi Rio Pro in Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Adriano De Souza and Tyler Wright stormed the podium, taking first in the men’s and women’s divisions. Both are now well positioned to make a charge at the title going into the second half of the season.


OTHER NEWS & SHOWS

First Take Live from the NBA Finals
contacts: tara.c.chozet@espn.com; diane.lamb@espn.com; claire.l.duckworth@espn.com
First Take, ESPN’s weekday morning studio debate show featuring commentators Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman with host Molly Qerim will air live from Hofbrauhaus in Cleveland, beginning today (Tuesday, June 6) for the NBA Finals. The prime-time First Take Special shows will continue tonight at 7 p.m. ET. More info on the specials here. Frequent First Take guest Will Cain will join as featured commentator on select shows. First Take will return to Lake Chalet in Oakland, Calif., for Game 5, if needed.

All shows will be open to public and free of charge with doors opening for seating 90 minutes before the start time of the show. The First Take team will be joined by special guests, including ESPN NBA analyst and former NBA star Jalen Rose.

Date Time (ET) Program/Location/Guests Network
Tue, Jun 6 10 a.m. – noon First Take
Hofbrauhaus, Cleveland
Cleveland Cavalier Girls and Mascot
Jalen Rose – ESPN NBA analyst
Brian Windhorst – ESPN NBA Insider
Mike Miller – Denver Nuggets
Byron Scott – former Cleveland Cavaliers coach
ESPN
  7-7:30 p.m. First Take Special at the NBA Finals
Hofbrauhaus, Cleveland
Cleveland Cavalier Girls
Jalen Rose – ESPN NBA analyst
ESPN
Wed, Jun 7 10 a.m. – noon First Take
Hofbrauhaus, Cleveland
Cleveland State Cheerleaders
Jalen Rose – ESPN NBA analyst
ESPN
  7-8 p.m. First Take Special at the NBA Finals
Hofbrauhaus, Cleveland
Cleveland State Cheerleaders
Joe Haden – Cleveland Browns cornerback
ESPN2
Thu, Jun 8 10 a.m. – noon First Take
Hofbrauhaus, Cleveland
Chauncey Billups – ESPN NBA analyst
ESPN
Fri, Jun 9 10 a.m. – noon First Take
Hofbrauhaus, Cleveland
ESPN
Mon, Jun 12 10 a.m. – noon First Take
Lake Chalet, Oakland, Calif.
ESPN

 


Mike & Mike Nominated for National Radio Hall of Fame; Public Voting Now Open
contact: tara.c.chozet@espn.com
ESPN Radio’s long-running, morning drive, sports talk show Mike & Mike has been nominated for the National Radio Hall of Fame. The program, hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, is nominated in the Spoken Word On-Air Personality category, alongside Southern California radio host Bill Handel, SiriusXM voice Joe Madison and NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

Fans can vote for Mike & Mike through Monday, June 19, by visiting www.radiovote.com (one vote per email address) or via text, by dialing 49400 with the message, “70” to indicate their vote for Greeny and Golic. Winners will be revealed Monday, June 26. Full Release


SVP Reunites with Russillo, Chris Long joins The Ryen Russillo Show on Wednesday
contact: tara.c.chozet@espn.com
The Ryen Russillo Show will welcome guest co-hosts Scott Van Pelt and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long on Wednesday, June 7, on ESPN Radio and ESPNEWS (1 – 4 p.m. ET). The occasion will mark a return for Van Pelt to radio and a reunion with his 2012-2015 co-host Russillo. The Ryen Russillo Show can also be heard on ESPN Radio via the ESPN app, ESPNRadio.com, SiriusXM Channel 80, Apple Music, Slacker Radio and TuneIn


ESPN Films Presents Special Two-Night 30 for 30 Documentary Event “Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies”
contact: carrie.b.kreiswirth@espn.com
Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies, a five-hour 30 for 30 film event, chronicles the storied franchises’ epic clashes and relives the Boston-LA battle from both sides, with sensational footage and fresh, insightful interviews. The three-part documentary will premiere with Parts One and Two back-to-back Tuesday, June 13, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and Part Three on Wednesday, June 14, at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Highlights include two narrators – Ice Cube for the Lakers and Donnie Wahlberg for the Celtics – plus interviews with key figures in the rivalry. Trailer: http://es.pn/2qBlXeQ.

Directed by Jim Podhoretz (The Gospel According to Mac) and executive produced by Jonathan Hock (Of Miracles and Men, The Best That Never Was), the film not only gets to the heart of the greatest tug-of-war in NBA history, but also shows how their three riveting NBA Finals match-ups over a four-year period in the mid-1980s fueled the popularity of the league, changed popular culture and set the stage for the tremendous growth and profile of the NBA since.

For more on “Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies:” http://es.pn/2rVr35N


E:60 to Feature Story on Brazilian Soccer Team Plane Crash
contact: Molly.Mita@espn.com
This Sunday, E:60 will share the emotional story of the Brazilian Soccer Team, Chapecoense, whose plane crashed last year while the team was on its way to the biggest match in the club’s history. Players, coaches, and staff members were all killed. E:60 reporter Sam Borden traveled to Brazil, Bolivia and Columbia to tell this story, airing Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.

 

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