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2015 NBA Finals – Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – Exclusively on ABC

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  • Mike Breen in his Milestone 10th Season as Voice of the NBA Finals, Joined by Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson & Doris Burke on ABC
  • NBA Countdown Pre-game & Halftime Shows on Location; SportsCenter to have Significant On-site Presence, First Take on the Road in Golden State & Cleveland
  • ESPN Radio in its 20th Year as Exclusive National Radio Home of the NBA Finals with Mike Tirico & Hall of Famer Hubie Brown on Commentary
  • Over 50 ESPN Commentators Contributing to On-site NBA Finals Coverage

The 2015 NBA Finals – the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry versus the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James – will air exclusively on ABC, beginning with Game 1 on Thursday, June 4, at 9 p.m. ET. Mike Breen will call his milestone 10th NBA Finals, a period which has included all six NBA Finals appearances by LeBron James, and he will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy, analyst and former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke. Officiating expert Steve Javie will also contribute to coverage throughout the series.

The Finals on ABC schedule:

Date Time Game Network(s)
Thu, June 4 9 p.m. Game 1: Cleveland at Golden State ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3
Sun, June 7 8 p.m. Game 2: Cleveland at Golden State ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3
Tue, June 9 9 p.m. Game 3: Golden State at Cleveland ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3
Thu, June 11 9 p.m. Game 4: Golden State at Cleveland ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3
Sun, June 14 8 p.m. Game 5:* Cleveland at Golden State ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3
Tue, June 16 9 p.m. Game 6:* Golden State at Cleveland ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3
Fri, June 19 9 p.m. Game 7:* Cleveland at Golden State ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3

*if necessary

NBA Countdown, ABC’s NBA pre-game show, will hit the road for on-site telecasts from both Golden State and Cleveland. Sage Steele will host the shows with analysts Doug Collins and Jalen Rose. Countdown airs at 8:30 p.m. leading into Game 1 and will air a half-hour prior to NBA Finals games.

SportsCenter – ESPN’s flagship news and information program – will present comprehensive, on-site coverage throughout the NBA Finals. Analysts and reporters Chauncey Billups, Chris Broussard, P.J. Carlesimo, Tim Legler, Mark Schwarz, Stephen A. Smith, Marc Stein and Michael Wilbon will contribute daily reports, often joining SportsCenter anchors Lindsay Czarniak (6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and John Anderson, John Buccigross, Kevin Connors, Jay Crawford, Neil Everett, Jay Harris and Stan Verrett (post-game) on the sets in Oakland and Cleveland. Additionally, Bruce Bowen, Brad Daugherty and Antonio Davis will contribute to SportsCenter coverage from Bristol.

ESPN Radio will enter its 20th season as the exclusive, national radio home of the NBA Finals. Mike Tirico will describe the action with analyst and Hall of Famer Hubie Brown and reporter Marc Stein. ESPN Radio pre-game and halftime shows will be hosted by Marc Kestecher and feature analysis from Jon Barry.

ESPN.com will deliver a variety of daily content throughout the NBA Finals. Also, the ESPN digital team is sending dozens of reporters to the event, including J.A. Adande, Kevin Arnovitz, Baxter Holmes, Dave McMenamin, Ramona Shelburne, Brian Windhorst and more.

First Take will be on the road at the NBA Finals starting Thursday June, 4. Joining Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and Cari Champion will be specials guest from the world of sports and entertainment. Oakland shows will originate live from Lake Chalet restaurant along Lake Merritt. When the series moves to Cleveland, First Take will be live at The Music Box Supper Club. There will be telecasts weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon with additional evening shows at 3:30 p.m. on weekday game-days.

ESPN Deportes will present exclusive Spanish-language live coverage of the NBA Finals, starting June 4, at 9 p.m. Commentary will be led by Alvaro Martin and the analysis of Coach Carlos Morales. Former Argentine NBA star Fabricio Oberto will join as studio analyst. All games will be preceded by a thirty-minute pre-game show.

 ESPN International will provide extensive NBA Finals coverage in several locations:

  • Latin America (North and South channels) – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
  • Brazil
  • Caribbean – Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St Lucia, St Maarten, St Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, Tortola and Cruise Ships.
  • Oceania – Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tahiti, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Western Samoa and Cruise Ships.

Overall, more than 50 ESPN commentators will contribute to NBA Finals coverage across a variety of platforms. In addition, ESPN will televise its NBA Finals Preview Show on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. ET with host Cassidy Hubbarth and analysts Tim Legler and Brad Daugherty.

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Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected] (@Ben_ESPN);

                            Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or [email protected] (@Gianina_ESPN).