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ESPN Exclusively Televises the NBA Western Conference Finals; Game Two Tonight
NBA Countdown and The Jump on the Road
Tonight: NBA Draft Lottery on ESPN
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com; gianina.thompson@espn.com
ESPN will exclusively televise the 2017 NBA Western Conference Finals – the Golden State Warriors, led by Stephen Curry vs. the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard (Warriors currently lead 1-0). Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke will call the series. Game 2 takes place tonight, May 16 at 9 p.m. ET.

NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew, ESPN’s NBA pregame show – will travel to the site of the Western Conference Finals throughout the series. It will mark the first Conference Finals and the first on-site series for the first-year NBA Countdown team of host Michelle Beadle and analysts Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups. NBA Countdown will generally begin one-hour prior to the tip.

ESPN3 will continue to offer a digital, second-screen experience throughout pre-game coverage of the Western Conference Finals. Viewers will be able to watch the pre-game warmups, including the layup lines, during the NBA Countdown pre-game show, throughout the series.

ESPN’s daily NBA studio show, The Jump, hosted by Rachel Nichols, has expanded to one hour and airs at 3 p.m. on ESPN throughout the remainder of the postseason. The Jump will be live on-site today in San Francisco for Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

SportsCenter on the Road will have a strong presence at the Western Conference Finals including pre and post-game coverage from game locations. Tonight, when the Golden State Warriors host the San Antonio Spurs for Game 2, reporters Ramona Shelburne, Marc Spears, Chris Haynes and Stefano Fusaro will be in Oakland and will join anchor Zubin Mehenti during SportsCenter between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. prior to the game. Steve Levy will anchor post-game coverage. For Saturday night’s Game 3, as well as Game 4 on Monday night, Sage Steele will anchor a one-hour program from San Antonio at 7 p.m., joined by analyst Michael Wilbon and the reporter team. Levy will anchor post-game coverage.

Tonight, May 16, ESPN will also televise the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm at 8:30 p.m., after NBA Countdown (special 7:30 p.m. start time) and prior to Game 2. Mark Jones will host ESPN’s coverage with analysis provided by Draft expert Jay Bilas and reports by Cassidy Hubbarth. ESPN front office insider Tom Penn will also provide analysis. Hubbarth will conduct interviews with several Lottery team representatives. Additionally, ESPNLA 710AM will be broadcasting live from Tom’s Urban at LA Live from 6- 10 p.m. Marcellus Wiley and Kelvin Washington will co-host from the Ping Pong Party and they’ll be joined by several special guests. The broadcast will focus on the Los Angeles Lakers’ Draft Lottery placement and whether they’ll be among the top three.

For further details, visit ESPN Media Zone.

Date Time (ET) Telecast Network(s)
Tue, May 16 3 p.m. The Jump presented by La Quinta (Live in San Francisco)
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Stephen Jackson, Amin Elhassan
ESPN
7:30 p.m. NBA Countdown Charged by Mountain Dew
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups
ESPN
8:30 p.m. 2017 NBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm
Mark Jones, Jay Bilas, Cassidy Hubbarth, Tom Penn
ESPN
9 p.m. Western Conference Finals Game 2: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Hubie Brown
Deportes: Alvaro Martin, Carlos Morales
ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes
Wed, May 17 3 p.m. The Jump presented by La Quinta
Rachel Nichols, Stephen Jackson, Mike Conley, Zach Lowe
ESPN
Thu, May 18 3 p.m. The Jump presented by La Quinta
Rachel Nichols, Mike Conley, Byron Scott, Zach Lowe
ESPN
Fri, May 19 3 p.m. The Jump presented by La Quinta
Rachel Nichols, Byron Scott, Zach Lowe
ESPN
Sat, May 20 8 p.m. NBA Countdown Charged by Mountain Dew
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups
ESPN
9 p.m. Western Conference Finals Game 3: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Hubie Brown
Deportes: Alvaro Martin, Carlos Morales
ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes
Mon, May 22 8 p.m. NBA Countdown Charged by Mountain Dew
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups
ESPN
9 p.m. Western Conference Finals Game 4: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Doris Burke
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Hubie Brown
Deportes: Alvaro Martin, Carlos Morales
ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes

 


ESPN’s Sunday from the Seats Makes 2017 Debut from Comerica Park for Rangers-Tigers on Sunday Night Baseball
contact: michael.skarka@espn.com
ESPN Sunday from the Seats series – a production initiative in which ESPN’s MLB commentator teams call games from a unique location inside the ballpark – returns for the 2017 season on the exclusive, full-national Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell on May 21 at 8 p.m. ET., from Comerica Park for the Detroit Tigers and Miguel Cabrera hosting the Texas Rangers and Jonathan Lucroy. The commentator team of Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone will be located in the left field stands to call the matchup (weather permitting) with Buster Olney reporting from the field. Karl Ravech, Mark Teixeira and Tim Kurkjian will lead into the matchup from the field at 7 p.m. on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.

This will be the first of three Sunday from the Seats telecasts on Sunday Night Baseball. Additional information on the upcoming locations will be announced at a later date.

Jason Benetti and Chris Singleton will have the call for Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN Radio. The duo will also have the call when the two teams meet on Saturday, May 20 with coverage starting at 6:30 p.m.

On May 17, the St. Louis Cardinals and Dexter Fowler host the Boston Red Sox and Dustin Pedroia on Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire. Two-time World Series Champion David Ross will make his debut as an ESPN analyst alongside Boone and play-by-play commentator Jon Sciambi at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The telecast will be blacked out in the St. Louis market.

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

Date Time (ET) Telecast Network(s)
Tue, May 16 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar
ESPN2
Wed, May 17 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar
ESPN2
  8 p.m. Boston Red Sox at St. Louis Cardinals presented by Hankook Tire
Jon Sciambi, Aaron Boone, David Ross
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Thu, May 18 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar
ESPN2
Sat, May 20 6:30 p.m. Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers
Jason Benetti, Chris Singleton
ESPN Radio
Sun, May 21 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet
Karl Ravech, Mark Teixeira, Tim Kurkjian
ESPN
  8 p.m. Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers presented Taco Bell
Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone, Buster Olney
ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio

NFL Live Expands to 90 Minutes on Monday
contact: Allison.R.Stoneberg@espn.com
As part of ESPN’s new weekday afternoon lineup, NFL Live (1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) will expand to 90 minutes beginning Monday, May 22. Trey Wingo, Suzy Kolber and Wendi Nix will share the host role and work with a core group of NFL analysts, including Tedy Bruschi, Ryan Clark, Herm Edwards and Louis Riddick. Additionally, NFL Live will feature Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter and incorporate elements from NFL Insiders. Matt Hasselbeck and Steve Young will also make appearances.


COLLEGE SPORTS
ESPN Covers Every Game from All 16 NCAA Division I Softball Championship Regionals For the First Time
contact: Derek.Volner@ESPN.com
ESPN will cover every game from all 16 Regionals of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship for the first-time ever, resulting in up to 112 games on ESPN networks between Thursday, May 18, and Sunday, May 21. This season’s expanded Regional round coverage, combined with the continuation of ESPN’s long tradition of televising every Super Regional and Women’s College World Series game, results in ESPN carrying every game of college softball’s month-long postseason tournament for the first time ever.

The NCAA Division I Softball Committee determined the field which was announced during ESPN’s NCAA Softball Championship Selection Special Presented by Capital One on Sunday, May 14.  The top 16 teams are seeded and serve as hosts for the regional round, playing at their own campus sites. ESPN will carry the games across a variety of its networks — ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, SEC Network, and Longhorn Network.  Each regional is a four-team, double-elimination tournament, concluding with one team advancing to the Super Regionals and reducing the field from 64 teams to 16 in the process. A complete schedule is here.

The Florida Gators are the No. 1 seed in the championship for the third consecutive year and will host the Gainesville Regional. The remaining seeds hosting regionals: No. 2 Arizona (Tucson Regional), No. 3 Oregon (Eugene Regional), No. 4 Florida State (Tallahassee Regional), No. 5 UCLA (Los Angeles Regional), No. 6 Washington (Seattle Regional), No. 7 Auburn (Auburn Regional),  No. 8 Tennessee (Knoxville Regional), No. 9 Texas A&M (College Station Regional), No. 10 Oklahoma (Norman Regional), No. 11 Utah (Salt Lake City Regional), No. 12 Ole Miss (Oxford Regional), No. 13 LSU (Baton Rouge Regional), No. 14 Kentucky (Lexington Regional), No 15 Baylor (Waco Regional),  and No. 16 Alabama (Tuscaloosa Regional).


NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championships Continue with Quarterfinals
contact: anna.m.negron@espn.com
Coverage of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Championships Presented by Northwestern Mutual continue with the quarterfinals on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21.

NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship
Saturday’s men’s quarterfinal matchups on ESPNU will see Duke facing No. 3-seed Ohio State (noon ET), followed by No. 5 Denver taking on No. 4 Notre Dame (2:30 p.m.). Games will be played in James Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y., with game action called by Mike Corey and Matt Ward. Sunday’s quarterfinals on ESPN2 feature Towson facing No. 2 Syracuse (noon), and No. 8 Albany taking on top-seeded Maryland (2:30 p.m.). Anish Shroff, Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra will be on the call from Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del.

Chris Cotter and Ryan Boyle will provide studio coverage during the quarterfinals, with Ward joining them during championship weekend.

ESPN will provide complete coverage of championship weekend, with the semifinals on Saturday, May 27 (noon and 2:30 p.m.), and the championship title game Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, at 1 p.m. All games will air on ESPN2.

Championship weekend coverage will also provide fans with an alternative viewing experience for both the men’s and women’s championship with the use of the SkyCam, available on ESPN3 for the semifinals and championship games.

NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship
Women’s quarterfinals coverage will include two matchups Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m., with Navy facing No. 2 North Carolina and USC facing Boston College. Both games will be available on ESPN3.

espnW will provide coverage through each round of the championship with features and recaps leading up to the title game.

Fans can also follow all the action on Twitter at @ESPNU and @NCAA_LAX.

All games that air on ESPN Networks are also streaming live on the ESPN App.

2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Schedule

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Sat, May 20 Noon Quarterfinal #1 (Hempstead, N.Y.)
Duke vs. No. 3 Ohio State
Mike Corey, Matt Ward
ESPNU

http://es.pn/2pt7vjM

  2:30 p.m. Quarterfinal #2 (Hempstead, N.Y.)
No. 5 Denver vs. No. 4 Notre Dame
Mike Corey, Matt Ward
ESPNU
http://es.pn/2qPhc0P
Sun, May 21 Noon Quarterfinal #3 (Newark, Del.)
Towson vs. No. 2 Syracuse
Anish Shroff, Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
http://es.pn/2qXjeIo
  2:30 pm. Quarterfinal #4 (Newark, Del.)
No. 8 Albany vs. No. 1 Maryland
Anish Shroff, Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
http://es.pn/2q3Qb6G
Sat, May 27 Noon Semifinal #1 (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.)
Anish Shroff, Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. Semifinal #2 (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.)
Anish Shroff, Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
Mon, May 29 1 p.m. National Championship (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.)
Anish Shroff, Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2

 

2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Sat, May 20 1 p.m. Quarterfinal (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Navy vs. No. 2 North Carolina
ESPN3
  Quarterfinal (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
USC vs. Boston College
ESPN3
Fri, May 26 5 p.m. Semifinal #1 (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.)
John Brickley, Sheehan Stanwick-Burch, Halley Quillinan
ESPN3
7:30 p.m. Semifinal #2 (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.)
John Brickley, Sheehan Stanwick-Burch, Halley Quillinan
ESPN3
Sun, May 28 11 a.m. National Championship (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.)
John Brickley, Sheehan Stanwick-Burch, Halley Quillinan
ESPNU

 


OTHER NEWS & SHOWS
Cari Champion and SportsCenter Coast-to-Coast in Washington, D.C. Wednesday
contact: molly.mita@espn.com
SportsCenter Coast-to-Coast co-anchor Cari Champion will originate segments of the weekday ESPN flagship program from Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 17, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET. Champion will anchor segments from ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption studio commemorating the one-year anniversary of The Undefeated – ESPN’s content platform focusing on the intersections of sports, race and culture. The segments will include interviews with The Undefeated writers Justin Tinsley, Mike Wise, Kelley Carter and Editor-in-Chief Kevin Merida.


30 for 30 Short Film “The Counterfeiter” to Premiere May 17 on ESPN
contact: jennifer.christie@espn.com
ESPN Films’ new 30 for 30 Short, “The Counterfeiter,” will premiere Wednesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The film will debut during Sports Shorts, an hour-long special that features some of ESPN Films’ documentaries, new and old, from its award-winning 30 for 30 Shorts series.

“The Counterfeiter,” directed by Brian Biegel, explores the true story of how the largest counterfeit operation in U.S. history was born and later busted by the FBI. With the help of some Major League Baseball superstars, federal agents infiltrated a counterfeit ring that sprung up during the 1998 home run chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Using hidden cameras, under-cover agents and wire taps, the FBI uncovered the world’s greatest artist of forged signatures, which were used on memorabilia that was sold illegally nationwide. The scam netted more than $100,000,000 – the largest figure in U.S. history.

Brian Biegel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, executive producer and an acclaimed author. His films include Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard ‘Round the World”, and the series Sports Detectives. Biegel also directed, Getting My Child Back: Fighting Autism, an educational documentary about the advances to autism treatment.

“The Counterfeiter,” which made its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in April, will air alongside 30 for 30 short film “The Pittsburgh Drug Trials.”


NBA Commissioner Joins Hannah Storm Live on SportsCenter Face to Face NBA Special Friday
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be a live guest on SportsCenter Face to Face with Hannah Storm on Friday, May 19, at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN2. With the playoffs in full swing, the one-hour program will focus on the NBA, with interviews also including Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale. In addition, the special will revisit the historic seasons compiled by MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden.


E:60 to Air In-Depth Profile of Former NFL Quarterback Ryan Leaf on Sunday
contact: Andy.Hall@espn.com or Molly.Mita@espn.com
This Sunday’s E:60 will feature a one-hour special on former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf. Reporter Tom Rinaldi interviews Leaf’s former teammates and coaches including Washington State Coach Mike Price and San Diego Chargers teammate Rodney Harrison, amongst others. Rinaldi also speaks with Leaf’s cellmate Joshua Pol in an extremely revealing interview about Leaf’s darkest days in prison. LEAF airs this Sunday, on the new weekly E:60 at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.


SC Featured Tells Story of Driver’s Unlikely Path to the Pros
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
Sunday’s SC Featured sement on SportsCenter will feature race car driver Jann Mardenborough, the son of an EPL soccer player, who made it to the pros his own way. As Tom Rinaldi reports, after winning a contest playing the video game Gran Turismo, Mardenborough went from virtual to reality and is now driving in the highest level of Japanese open wheel racing. “Ready, Player One” will debut in the 10 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter on Sunday, May 21, and will re-air in other editions of the program throughout the day.


OTHER SPORTS
Indianapolis 500 Qualifying on ABC, ESPN3
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 is just over a week away and race fans will be able to watch two days of qualifying action for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” live on ABC and ESPN3 on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Verizon IndyCar Series drivers will be deciding the 33-car starting grid for the May 28 running of the race, which also will air live on ABC. Allen Bestwick will call the action with analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever. Pit reporters will be Rick DeBruhl, Dr. Jerry Punch and Jon Beekhuis. The schedule:

Date Time Event Network
Saturday, May 20 11 a.m. Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Round 1 ESPN3
4 p.m. Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Round 1 ABC, ESPN3
Sunday, May 21 2:30 p.m. Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Round 2 ESPN3
4 p.m. Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Round 2 ABC, ESPN3

 


MLS Soccer Sunday: Minnesota United FC vs. LA Galaxy Sunday
contact: mac.nwulu@espn.com; santa.brito@espn.com
MLS Soccer Sunday on ESPN and ESPN Deportes continues Sunday, May 21, with the Minnesota United FC vs. Mexican National Team star Giovani dos Santos and LA Galaxy live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN at 5 p.m. ET from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Adrian Healey (play-by-play), analyst Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Julie Stewart-Binks will handle English-language commentaries for the match. Richard Méndez and Giovanni Savarese will provide Spanish-language commentary on ESPN Deportes.


WSL Big Wave Awards on ABC
contact: olivia.wilson@espn.com
On Saturday, May 20, World of X Games on ABC will air World Surf League’s Big Wave Awards at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT.The best and bravest of the big-wave world swapped their inflation vests for formal wear and gathered at the Paseo Hotel in Huntington Beach to honor the top performances of the year. The tight field, each surfer with his or her share of rides and the footage to back them, reflected the progressive surge in big-wave surfing since the 2015-2016 El Niño season.


World Rally Championship from Portugal on ESPN3 Saturday, Sunday
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
As part of a new agreement, ESPN3 will stream live action and highlights from the FIA World Rally Championship this season, including this weekend’s event in Portugal. Fans will be able to watch Saturday action beginning at 10 a.m. ET while Sunday’s final-day coverage will air in two parts at 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. In addition to the exclusive digital rights for live WRC action, ESPN3 also will show mid- and end-of season review programs as well as event highlights.

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