With the nation on edge in the immediate aftermath of horrific events in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, Disney Media Networks will host a landmark town hall discussion with President Barack Obama and Americans who have been directly affected by recent events. “World News Tonight” Anchor David Muir will moderate a frank and intimate conversation about race relations, justice, policing and equality, produced by ABC News. It will include many of the people whose lives have been changed forever in the last week as the nation sees these issues play out through their eyes. “The President and The People: A National Conversation,” airs Thursday, July 14 (8:00 – 9:00 pm ET/PT), simulcast commercial-free on ABC, ESPN, FREEFORM, ABC News Digital, FREEFORM Digital, WATCH ABC, WatchESPN, Yahoo, ABC News’ Facebook page and YouTube channel and ABC Radio.
ESPN2 will televise live World of X Games: KRob Flips Providence, the Guinness World Record attempt for the longest ramp-to-ramp, no-handed backflip on a BMX bike on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 11:30 p.m. ET. The backflip – from Kennedy Plaza in Providence, R.I. – will also be part of the World of X Games series on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. PT on ABC.
30 for 30, College Football, E:60 and SportsCenter Lead the Way
ESPN, Inc. led the industry with 57 Sports Emmy Award nominations for 2015, matching its record set a year ago. Leading the way was:
- ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series with 10 nods (including four for 30 for 30 Shorts)
- College football totaled 10 nominations – four for College GameDay including two-time winner Kirk Herbstreit, plus in Live Series, Trans-Media Sports Coverage (National Championship presentation across ESPN, ESPN3, ESPNU and ESPN GoalLine), Technical Team Studio, Live Graphic Design and Technical Achievement (for Pylon Cam)
- SportsCenter with nine (including for hosts Hannah Storm and Scott Van Pelt, four for SC Featured pieces and one for the This is SportsCenter promo campaign)
- E:60 with eight, spread across the News Anthology, Journalism, Long Feature, Camerawork and Writing categories
- In addition to Storm, Van Pelt and Herbstreit, other individuals earning a nomination are Jay Bilas (studio analyst), Jon Gruden and Jeff Van Gundy (event analyst) and Tom Rinaldi (reporter).
Of note, ESPN’s “Storytelling Unit” – a group within production – contributed 14 of the nominations. They aired on E:60, SportsCenter, College GameDay and Outside the Lines.
The winners will be announced Tuesday, May 10, in New York. ESPN has won 171 Sports Emmy Awards in 28 years of eligibility. ABC Sports won 160 from 1980 – 2008.
ESPN’s nominations by category (all are ESPN, except as noted):
|Live Series||College Football (ESPN, ABC)|
|Short Sports Documentary||30 for 30 Shorts – Brave in the Attempt|
|30 for 30 Shorts – First Pitch|
|30 for 30 Shorts – Unhittable – Sidd Finch and the Tibetan Fastball|
|SC Featured – No Excuses|
|Long Sports Documentary||30 for 30 – Four Falls of Buffalo|
|30 for 30 – I Hate Christian Laettner|
|30 for 30 – Of Miracles and Men|
|Studio Show/weekly||College GameDay (football)|
|News Anthology||E:60 (ESPN2)|
|Outside the Lines (ESPN, ESPN2)|
|Sports Journalism||E:60 – Sepp Blatter’s FIFA|
|E:60 – The Turf War|
|Short Feature||College GameDay – Adam Griffith: Family Ties|
|E:60 – Made in Dietrich|
|Long Feature||E:60 – Ernie Johnson|
|E:60 – Silent Night Lights|
|SC Featured – Miraculous: The Austin Hatch Story|
|Open/Tease||Jimmy V Classic open|
|Trans-Media Sports Coverage||2016 College Football Playoff National Championship
(ESPN, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN GoalLine)
|Digital Innovation||ESPN on Snapchat Discover|
|Social TV Experience||30 for 30 – I Hate Christian Laettner|
|Studio Host||Hannah Storm|
|Scott Van Pelt|
|Studio Analyst||Jay Bilas|
|Event Analyst||Jon Gruden|
|Kirk Herbstreit (ABC, ESPN)|
|Jeff Van Gundy (ABC)|
|Technical Team Remote||US Open Tennis (ESPN, ESPN2)|
|Monday Night Football|
|Technical Team Studio||College GameDay (football)|
|SportsCenter (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS)|
|Camerawork||E:60 – First in Flight (ABC)|
|Editing – Short Form||Indianapolis 500 tease|
|Jimmy V Classic tease|
|Editing – Long Form||30 for 30 – Sole Man (Grantland.com)|
|30 for 30 Shorts – Every Day|
|Writing||E:60 – The Family Business (ESPN2)|
|The Open Championship|
|Music Interpretation||30 for 30 – Of Miracles and Men|
|Post-Produced Sound||Indianapolis 500 tease (ABC)|
|Live Graphic Design||College Football (ESPN, ABC, ESPN2)|
|Monday Night Football|
|Post-Produced Graphic Design||Heisman Trophy Presentation|
|Baseball Tonight – John Kruk #NotPictured|
|Monday Night Football – Enhanced Content Graphics|
|Studio Design/Art Direction||SportsCenter – SVP Studio X|
|Production Design/Art Direction||Special Olympics World Games – SC Featured: Smile|
|Technical Achievement||College Football Playoff National Championship /
Monday Night Football – ESPN Pylon Cam
|Promotional Announcement||SportsCenter – This is SportsCenter|
|Studio Show in Spanish||Béisbol Esta Noche (ESPN Deportes)|
|Nación ESPN (ESPN Deportes)|
|SportsCenter Deportes (ESPN Deportes)|
|On-Air Personality in Spanish||David Faitelson|
- Highest-Rated Christmas Day Telecast Since 2010; Third-Best Regular Season NBA Overnight Rating since 1999
- Highest-Rated Christmas Day Prime-Time Doubleheader on ESPN
- Five-Game Christmas Day Average Up Compared to 2014
- Record 34 Million Total Minutes Streamed on WatchESPN
On Friday, the Golden State Warriors’ 89-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on ABC, a rematch of the most-watched NBA Finals in ABC history, was up 22 percent from last year by scoring a 6.7 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. (The 6.7 is up from a 5.5 for Cavaliers-Heat on Christmas Day 2014). Yesterday’s Warriors-Cavaliers telecast is the highest-rated NBA Christmas Day game since 2010 (Lakers-Heat, 7.1) and the third-best NBA regular season overnight rating since 1999.
The five-game Christmas Day slate across ABC and ESPN was up nine percent compared to 2014 (ABC, ESPN combined for three games last year).
NBA Christmas Day on ABC
The NBA doubleheader on ABC averaged a 5.5 overnight rating, which is up 15 percent compared to 2014 (4.8). The 5.5 doubleheader average is the highest-rated ABC doubleheader on Christmas Day since 2012.
ABC game-by-game breakdown:
- Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder, 2:30 p.m.
- 0 overnight rating, matches comparable game from 2014 (Thunder-Spurs);
- 1 peak quarter hour rating from 4:45-5 p.m.;
- 1 rating in Oklahoma City market, 8.4 in Chicago market;
- 3 million total minutes streamed on WatchESPN.
- Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors, 5 p.m.
- 7 overnight rating, up 22 percent from 2014 (Cavaliers-Heat, 5.5);
- Highest-rated Christmas Day NBA game since 2010;
- Third-highest-rated NBA regular season game since 1999;
- 9 peak quarter hour rating from 7:30-7:45 p.m.;
- 2 rating in Cleveland market (regular season record), 16.0 in San Francisco market (regular season record);
- 11 million total minutes streamed on WatchESPN.
NBA Christmas Day on ESPN
The NBA on ESPN prime-time doubleheader averaged a 2.3 overnight rating, matching 2013 as the highest-rated Christmas Day prime-time doubleheader ever on ESPN. Additionally, ESPN’s Christmas Day tripleheader, which also averaged a 2.3 overnight rating, matched 2013 as the highest-rated Christmas Day tripleheader ever on ESPN.
ESPN game-by-game breakdown:
- New Orleans Pelicans at Miami Heat, 12 p.m.
- 3 overnight rating, up 10 percent from 2014 (Knicks-Wizards, 2.1);
- 9 peak quarter hour rating from 2:15-2:30 p.m.;
- 3 rating in New Orleans market, 4.1 rating in Miami market;
- 8 million total minutes streamed on WatchESPN.
- San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets, 8 p.m.
- 5 overnight rating;
- 1 peak quarter hour rating from 10:15-10:30 p.m.;
- 9 rating in San Antonio market, 3.8 in Houston market;
- 8 million total minutes streamed on WatchESPN.
- Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
- 2 overnight rating,
- 9 peak quarter hour rating from 10:30-10:45 p.m.;
- 2 rating in Los Angeles market;
- 2 million total minutes streamed on WatchESPN.
NBA Christmas Day on WatchESPN
- Record 34 million total minutes streamed across five Christmas Day games;
- All five Christmas Day games in 2015 were up year-over-year from 2014;
- Golden State-Cleveland generated 11 million total minutes streamed, the most ever for a Christmas Day game and more than every Christmas game on ABC and ESPN combined in 2014.
NBA Countdown on ABC generated a 1.6 overnight rating.
August 12, 2015
ESPN X Games to Host First-Ever Real Moto Video Competition
- First Video Part Revealed Today on XGames.com
- Winner Announced during World of X Games Real Moto show August 22 on ABC
As part of the World of X Games on ABC, X Games introduces Real Moto – the latest addition to the Real Series, an online video competition. All five Real Moto video parts will debut today on XGames.com/RealMoto where fans will be allowed to vote for their favorite video. X Games medal winners will be chosen by the Real Moto riders and their filmer/editors and announced during the World of X Games show on Saturday, August 22 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT on ABC. This marks the third Real Series competition out of five this year.
Next weekend’s Real Moto show will feature five of the top freestyle motocross professionals in the world and their individual video parts, behind-the-scenes, athlete interviews and conclude in the selection of the winner for the event. Athletes were given the opportunity to team up with an editor and produce a 90-second video part to showcase their unique riding styles in their own vision.
The five Real Moto athletes invited to compete are from left to right: Drake McElroy, Jeremy Stenberg, Mike Mason, Ronnie Renner and Wes Agee. Photo Credit: ESPN Images
Athletes featured in Real Moto are detailed below:
- Drake McElroy (Sparks, Nevada)
- X Games Moto X Freestyle medalist and host of Red Bull Media House web series “Drake’s Passage”
- Jeremy Stenberg (Winchester, California)
- X Games Moto X six-time gold medalist; one of the pioneers of FMX
- Mike Mason (Carson City, Nevada)
- X Games Four-time Moto X Freestyle and Speed & Style gold medalist; Only X Games athlete to win Speed & Style gold more than twice
- Ronnie Renner (Tampa, Florida)
- X Games Moto X Step Up six-time gold medalist; commentator for Red Bull X-Fighters series and host of “Upside Down and Inside Out” on Network A’s YouTube channel
- Wes Agee (Temecula, California)
- X Games Moto X Freestyle bronze medalist; landed a 190-foot backflip in the 2012 Metal Mulisha team video “Black Friday”
The World of X Games is a weekly program on ABC and ESPN platforms, which features a variety of X Games and athlete-focused content. For the most updated schedule and information on World of X Games, go to www.xgames.com. Check local listings for additional details.
April 15, 2015
Grantland Basketball Hour to Air Six Episodes During NBA Postseason
Begins with Playoff Preview Shows April 16 – 17
Grantland Basketball Hour will air six one-hour episodes during the NBA playoffs beginning this Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. In addition, hosts Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose will also present two later shows which will focus on the NBA Draft and free agency period.
On Thursday, the first of two playoff preview shows will feature Grantland’s Zach Lowe and special guest JJ Redick of the Clippers to discuss key playoff storylines. Friday’s playoff preview show on April 17 will countdown “The 25 Most Intriguing People of the NBA Playoffs.”
Segments of the show will also be featured on Grantland.com, B.S. Report podcasts and incorporated into various ESPN platforms, including SportsCenter.
|Date||Time (ET)||Show Title||Network|
|Thu, Apr 16||7 p.m.||Grantland Basketball Hour Playoff Preview Show||ESPN|
|Fri, Apr 17||7 p.m.||Grantland Basketball Hour Playoff Preview Show||ESPN|
|Sat, Apr 18||1:30 p.m.||Grantland Basketball Hour Playoff Preview Show (Re-air)||ABC|
|Tue, May 12||7 p.m.||Grantland Basketball Hour Playoff Show||ESPN|
|Tue, Jun 2||7 p.m.||Grantland Basketball Hour Playoff Show||ESPN|
|Mon, Jun 8||7 p.m.||Grantland Basketball Hour Finals Show||ESPN|
|Mon, Jun 15||10 p.m.||Grantland Basketball Hour Finals Show||ESPN|
|Mon, Jun 23||7 p.m.||Grantland Basketball Hour Draft Show||ESPN|
|Thu, Jul 9||7 p.m.||Grantland Basketball Free Agency Show||ESPN|
|Sun, Jul 12||2 p.m.||Grantland Basketball Hour Free Agency Show (Re-air)||ABC|
*Schedule and times are subject to change. Please check your local listings.
Grantland Basketball Hour, produced from ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center as one of the first television extensions of ESPN’s Exit 31 initiative, aired several one-hour, prime-time episodes throughout the NBA regular season on ESPN. In addition, re-airs were seen regularly on ESPN2 and at times on ABC.
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v LeBron James Returns to Miami for Cleveland Cavaliers-Miami Heat Christmas Day Showdown
v Oklahoma City Thunder and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant Lead the Way with 16 Total Appearances
v ABC & ESPN Combine for 90 National Regular-season NBA Telecasts
Star-studded NBA Opening WeekonESPN
The NBA returns to ESPN on Wednesday, October 29, for a doubleheader during NBA opening week. At 8 p.m. ET, the Chicago Bulls welcome Derrick Rose back to action as they visit the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony. At 10:30 p.m., the Oklahoma City Thunder and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant will visit the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard. The NBA’s opening week continues on Halloween – Friday, October 31 – as the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James visit the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose at 8 p.m. In the nightcap, the Los Angeles Lakers and the returning Kobe Bryant host the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul at 10:30 p.m. NBA Countdown will precede both games with special one-hour pre-game shows at 7 p.m.
All ESPN games will be available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox, Fire TV and Apple TV via WatchESPN. ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes will also have coverage throughout the season. In addition, the NBA Countdown pre-game show will generally preview ABC and ESPN games or doubleheaders 30 minutes prior to game time.
NBA Christmas Day Highlighted by LeBron James’ Return to Miami
ABC and ESPN will combine to televise three games on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, beginning at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN when the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony host the Washington Wizards and John Wall. ABC will then broadcast an NBA doubleheader: the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs and Tony Parker host the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant in a rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Finals at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Miami return of LeBron James as the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade at 5 p.m.
Christmas Day schedule
|12 p.m.||Washington Wizards at New York Knicks||ESPN, WatchESPN|
|2 p.m.||NBA Countdown||ABC, WatchABC|
|2:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs||ABC, WatchABC|
|5 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat||ABC, WatchABC|
ABC schedule highlights
v 15 exclusive, national broadcasts and seven doubleheaders, including Christmas Day – Dec. 25, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Mar. 1, Mar. 8, Mar. 15, Apr. 5;
v Christmas Day blockbuster doubleheader: Oklahoma City Thunder at defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs at 2:30 p.m.; LeBron James returns to Miami for Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat at 5 p.m.;
v Multiple appearances by top NBA superstars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and more;
v Six appearances by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant, plus five appearances each by the Cleveland Cavaliers – led by LeBron James – and the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose;
v Four appearances by the Los Angeles Clippers, featuring the “Lob City” tandem of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin;
v Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers – Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James in matchup of last two MVPs – Jan. 25;
v Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers – Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James – on Feb. 8;
v First-ever Golden State Warriors appearance on Mar. 8;
v NBA Countdown pre-game show generally 30 minutes prior to every ABC game or doubleheader.
ESPN schedule highlights
v 75 national telecasts and 34 doubleheaders;
v LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony in action during star-studded NBA opening week on ESPN;
v Los Angeles Lakers to visit New York Knicks on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 1; Phoenix Suns to host Chicago Bulls Super Bowl Weekend on Jan. 30;
v 10 appearances each by the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant, the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan, the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose, the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul and the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard;
v Nine appearances each by the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry, the Houston Rockets and Dwight Howard, the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant, the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade, the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony and the Washington Wizards and John Wall;
v Derrick Rose’s return to the Chicago Bulls to air on ESPN’s opening night of NBA coverage, Oct. 29;
v First Christmas Day appearance by the Washington Wizards;
v Special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matchup between the Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 19;
v The Houston Rockets will face the Minnesota Timberwolves in a matchup emanating from Mexico City on Nov. 12;
v Kia NBA Countdown pre-game show generally 30 minutes prior to ESPN games or doubleheaders.
|Thu, Dec. 25||2:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs|
|5 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat|
|Sun, Jan. 25||1 p.m.||Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls|
|3:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Sun, Feb. 8||1 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|3:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Sun, Feb. 22||1 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks|
|Sun, Mar. 1||1 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at Chicago Bulls|
|3:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Sun, Mar. 8||1 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs|
|3:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors|
|Sun, Mar. 15||1 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|3:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers|
|Sun, Apr. 5||1 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|3:30 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Wed, Oct. 29||8 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks|
|10:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers|
|Fri, Oct. 31||8 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls|
|10:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Wed, Nov. 5||8 p.m.||Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards|
|10:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors|
|Fri, Nov. 7||8 p.m.||Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|10:30 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Denver Nuggets|
|Wed, Nov. 12||7:30 p.m.||Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat|
|10 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves
(From Mexico City)
|Fri, Nov. 14||10 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Wed, Nov. 19||7 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|9:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets|
|Fri, Nov. 21||8 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards|
|10:30 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Portland Trail Blazers|
|Wed, Nov. 26||7:30 p.m.||New York Knicks at Dallas Mavericks|
|Wed, Dec. 10||8 p.m.||New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs|
|10:30 p.m.||Miami Heat at Denver Nuggets|
|Fri, Dec. 12||7 p.m.||Portland Trail Blazers at Chicago Bulls|
|9:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs|
|Tue, Dec. 16||8 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at New York Knicks|
|10:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Sacramento Kings|
|Wed, Dec. 17||8 p.m.||Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors|
|10:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Denver Nuggets|
|Fri, Dec. 19||8 p.m.||Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs|
|10:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Thu, Dec. 25||12 p.m.||Washington Wizards at New York Knicks|
|Wed, Jan. 7||7 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|9:30 p.m.||Phoenix Suns at Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Fri, Jan. 9||8 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards|
|10:30 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors|
|Wed, Jan. 14||8 p.m.||Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics|
|10:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers|
|Fri, Jan. 16||8 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|10:30 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles Clippers|
|Mon, Jan. 19||2:30 p.m.||Detroit Pistons at Atlanta Hawks|
|Wed, Jan. 21||8 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Washington Wizards|
|10:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors|
|Fri, Jan. 23||8 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Dallas Mavericks|
|Wed, Jan. 28||8 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks|
|10:30 p.m.||Washington Wizards at Phoenix Suns|
|Fri, Jan. 30||8 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at Miami Heat|
|10:30 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Phoenix Suns|
|Sat, Jan. 31||9 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at San Antonio Spurs|
|Sun, Feb. 1||2 p.m.||Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks|
|Wed, Feb. 4||8 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets|
|10:30 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors|
|Fri, Feb. 6||7 p.m.||New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets|
|9:30 p.m.||Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs|
|Wed, Feb. 11||8 p.m.||Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|10:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers|
|Fri, Feb. 20||8 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards|
|10:30 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors|
|Wed, Feb. 25||8 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets|
|10:30 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers|
|Fri, Feb. 27||8 p.m.||Miami Heat at New Orleans Pelicans|
|10:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers|
|Wed, Mar. 4||8 p.m.||Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat|
|10:30 p.m.||Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers|
|Fri, Mar. 6||8 p.m.||Miami Heat at Washington Wizards|
|10:30 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors|
|Wed, Mar. 11||8 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|10:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers|
|Mon, Mar. 16||8 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat|
|10:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors|
|Wed, Mar. 18||8 p.m.||Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls|
|10:30 p.m.||Washington Wizards at Utah Jaz|
|Wed, Mar. 25||7 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at New York Knicks|
|9:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs|
|Fri, Apr. 3||8 p.m.||Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls|
|10:30 p.m.||Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Wed, Apr. 8||7 p.m.||Toronto Raptors at Charlotte Hornets|
|9:30 p.m.||Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks|
|Wed, Apr. 15||8 p.m.||Charlotte Hornets at Toronto Raptors|
|10:30 p.m.||Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors|
The Finals on ABC will begin Thursday, June 5, at 9 p.m. ET with Game One between the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs in a rematch from the 2013 NBA Finals. Mike Breen – the voice of the NBA Finals – will provide play-by-play with analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, reporter Doris Burke and officiating expert Steve Javie. The Finals on ABC is also available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3 and WatchABC.
The Finals on ABC production highlights:
- updated broadcast open celebrating the greatest players and moments from the NBA Finals;
- I-MOVIX cameras presenting dramatic slow motion replays from unparalleled vantage points;
- 36 high-definition video cameras;
- use of eight Super Slo Mo cameras;
- SkyCam providing aerial views of the action;
- former NBA referee Steve Javie to contribute insight and analysis of officiating and calls;
- in-game interviews with coaches and both coaches will be “wired” for the games;
- pre-game and halftime locker room access.
ESPN Radio – the exclusive national radio home of the NBA Finals in its 19th year of NBA postseason coverage – will nationally broadcast the NBA Finals with Kevin Calabro and analyst Hubie Brown. Additionally, Marc Kestecher and Jon Barry will serve as on-site studio host and analyst, respectively.
ESPN Deportes, for the second straight year, will present exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the NBA Finals. The telecasts will feature the commentary of Alvaro Martin and the analysis of Coach Carlos Morales.The games will be followed by SportsCenter presenting comprehensive on-site coverage and reporting from Sebastian Martinez Christensen and Alejandro Montecchia, who will also serve as sideline reporters during the games.
NBA Finals schedule with 2-2-1-1-1 format
|Thurs, June 5||9 p.m.||Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 1)|
|Sun, June 8||8 p.m.||Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 2)|
|Tues, June 10||9 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat (Gm. 3)|
|Thurs, June 12||9 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat (Gm. 4)|
|Sun, June 15||8 p.m.||Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 5) *if necessary|
|Tues, June 17||9 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat (Gm. 6) *if necessary|
|Fri, June 20||9 p.m.||Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 7) *if necessary|
NBA Countdown – ABC’s NBA pre-game and halftime show – will be on site for 30-minute pre-game shows throughout the NBA Finals. Countdown will air at 8:30 p.m. preceding weeknight broadcasts and at 7:30 p.m. on Sundays. Sage Steele hosts NBA Countdown with analysts Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons and Doug Collins.
SportsCenter on ESPN will provide comprehensive, on-site coverage throughout the NBA Finals, beginning on Monday, June 2. Reporters Chris Broussard and Mark Schwarz will provide daily coverage of the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, respectively. Additionally, Jay Harris will host daytime SportsCenter segments, beginning Wednesday, June 4, while Stuart Scott will host the evening SportsCenter segments. In addition, ESPN NBA analysts will be on site to provide commentary, including Tim Legler, Bruce Bowen, George Karl, P.J. Carlesimo and Avery Johnson.
First Take – with host Cari Champion and commentators Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless – will be on site during The Finals with shows airing from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The First Take set will be located outside of the Hard Rock Café at the San Antonio Riverwalk. In Miami, the set will be located poolside at The Clevelander Hotel on South Beach.
ESPN International will provide live NBA Finals coverage throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Oceania. In addition, ESPN International will air Spanish-language pre-game shows throughout Latin America (except Brazil) during the NBA Finals.