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.
A media conference call was held today to discuss ABC’slive telecast of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25, beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Participants on the call were ESPN vice president, motorsports, production, Rich Feinberg, along with the three members of ESPN’s booth for the telecast: lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick and analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever. This is the 50th consecutive year that the Indianapolis 500 will air on ABC. A transcript of the call follows:
RICH FEINBERG: 50 years on ABC. For me, that starts with a ‘Wow.’ What a run. My personal memories of the Indy 500 and ABC’s coverage of it date back to when I was a kid. Memorial Day weekends with my family, appointment viewing. Those days it was on a tape delay at night. To see it come around now to the 50-year anniversary is just amazing.
Our team looks at it like it’s a privilege to produce the Indy 500. It always has been. It always will be. It’s a cherished assignment that everybody embraces. Our goal is quite simple, and that’s to uphold the tradition of excellence in coverage that’s been established by our ABC colleagues over the past 49 years.
That may sound a bit cliché, but it’s a fact. We do that by focusing our coverage on the drivers and their stories, their team’s race strategy. Perhaps the most intriguing thing for the casual fan, that’s the speed. When you’re talking about cars doing over 230 miles an hour, that’s an off-the-charts number.
Through our coverage, we want to make sure our viewers feel like they’re not only enjoying the race but thirsting to be there. I look forward to being a part of it as I do every year.
ALLEN BESTWICK: The history for me, when I was a young kid, my dad had racecars at a racetrack in Seekonk, Massachusetts. Didn’t get much racing on television then, except for the Indianapolis 500. That was appointment television for us. As a young boy, watching this race every year sparked my fascination with the broadcasting business, in particular as I continued to follow, watching Jim McKay, the role he played, the variety of sports he did, the excellence with which he did them, and how much you felt like even though you never met him, he was a friend through the television.
So for me all these years later to get a chance to sit in that seat on this occasion, it’s not just bucket list, it’s beyond bucket list. It’s a little overwhelming to think about how fortunate I am and how honored I am to be part of this.
I can’t wait for Sunday. It’s been a wonderful month so far and I really look forward to a great race.
SCOTT GOODYEAR: I can certainly remember the very first time I went to Indianapolis in 1973 with my father. It was a bit of a surprise visit because I was racing a go-kart and he surprised me on the Saturday night and said, We’re not racing tomorrow, we’re going to drive all night and go to the Indianapolis 500. It has been a part of my life for a long time.
Then having a chance to go there as a rookie in 1990 as a driver was pretty cool. Having some reasonable success there, and now having an opportunity as I have done for many years to be in the booth with ABC is truly a privilege. When we get together for meetings, there’s a lot of passion and pride to being involved in this race.
For me, I view this race now from the television booth almost like a driver. There are the super teams that you anticipate will do well, there are teams in the middle of the road that have a good shot at it, then there are teams there participating, if they’re in the top 10 at the end of the day they feel pretty lucky.
The split between group one and group two seems like it’s been shrinking for the past couple years. This year, smaller teams winning some events, Long Beach and the Indy GP, that might be true this weekend.
Ed Carpenter, surprising everybody. Neat to do qualifying, see the frustration on the big teams’ faces because they are missing some answers.
Indianapolis is all about the weather literally, the sense of what it can do to your racecar; emotions, what it can do to you as a driver. That’s just qualifying. The race is no different.
What I watched in practice yesterday from the group racing, last year practice shows it’s going to have the same thing for this coming Indy 500. Excited about it.
Somebody asked me the other day, Pick a winner. I don’t think I can. I think there’s an honest 10, 12 people that can win this event. Eddie and I were talking about it. If you were betting in Vegas, it would be hard to put your money on somebody. Looking forward to it.
EDDIE CHEEVER: I dreamed about it as a child when I was living in Italy, I heard it on the radio. I kept racing. I was lucky to come here and race. I was lucky enough to win it. Now I’m going to be sitting in the booth with two friends calling the 50th anniversary of ABC calling the Indy 500. I don’t know how it could be any better than that.
It’s going to be a very exciting race. There’s too many stories to sit down and go through them one by one, so many different possibilities, that I really think it’s going to go down as one of the most exciting races we’ve ever had at Indy. And when you consider how we ended last lap, the result would have probably changed if the race would have gone another 400 yards, and I expect we’ll see the same thing on Sunday.
Q. Eddie and Scott, there’s two names that have returned this year that link back to some important moments in IndyCar recent history, with Villeneuve coming back, and Montoya being back. What do you think about having both of those names back in the field? Have you heard from fans? Do you feel there’s a different vibe having them back?
EDDIE CHEEVER: They’re two totally different types of drivers. They have been extremely successful in Formula One. Villeneuve is a Formula One world champion, which in my books is as high as it gets in open-wheel racing.
I knew Villeneuve’s father very well when we were racing together in Formula One. I remember driving back around in a car where I was doing the steering and — he was doing the steering and I was doing the throttle. I was never pushing on the throttle strong enough.
I have a great interest in seeing him do very well. I think he’ll approach the race differently. He’s with a smaller team. He already looks like he’s starting to think about how he will prepare himself for those last laps.
A lot of people have gravitated to him during the race. As the race goes on, people will remember the great win he had not too long ago.
Montoya is racing for Penske. He’s committed to the series for the whole season, whereas Villeneuve is committed for one race for the moment.
He’s had an exciting beginning, but not quite up to pace where everybody expected him to do well. He all of a sudden laid down a very good lap on the day of qualifying.
I think you’ll really see a lot of aggressive moves from Montoya early on. He’s going for a perfect record, having competed only twice. I really think he has a good chance of winning.
There’s a lot of excitement whenever you mention the word ‘Montoya’ in the pits, even amongst the drivers. Whereas Villeneuve, he’s going to have to build that back up, but there’s a lot of respect for what he has done.
SCOTT GOODYEAR: I think everything Eddie said is spot on. The interesting thing for me is I had an opportunity to spend half an hour with Jacques in the garage area a week ago. Through all the questions I was asking him, catching up with him, I asked him, Why come back to something that you’ve won, have great memories with? Why come back after a 19-year absence?
He said, Racing is my oxygen. I need to race something. I loved it. It didn’t really interest me for quite a few years. But I’ve been watching it for the last year, year and a half, and he said it’s something he would like to go back to.
He said he would like to come back to the series next year and run full-time, if it’s possible. If this is an audition to get his feet wet and make sure that he can go out and let people know his interest, it may be. I’m not sure that if everybody is running strong at the end of the day that he has enough experience in these new cars, which he says are different to drive, to be a contender. I think finishing in the top 10 would be a success for him and the team.
With Montoya, I’ll add to what Eddie said, every driver you speak to in the paddock says that when he has enough time underneath his belt in these cars, from being in the tin tops for the last little while, they’re going to worry that he’s going to be dominating like he was before, from the factor that he’ll be one of those guys you’ll be battling with in the top 3-5. As.
The drivers say, they have enough drivers they have to contend with. A lot of respect for Montoya in the garage area.
Q. Is it good generally for the series to have both of those drivers back?
EDDIE CHEEVER: I think it’s phenomenal, exceptional. Montoya brings a lot of Formula One sense. Montoya brings a lot of people back to watching open-wheel racing.
Villeneuve, I can’t repeat it enough, was a Formula One champion. His father was, I would say, one of the top three drivers that ever drove for Ferrari. The history, the whole amount of energy they bring is tremendous to anything they participate in.
Q. This is the first time we have a youngster from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, not named Andretti. I wanted Scott and Eddie’s take on the young Sage Karam, in high school still. Your thoughts of his challenges, how he might add to the storyline on Sunday.
SCOTT GOODYEAR: When I met him earlier this month and spent some time with him, speaking with him in the garage, nice young man. At 19 years of age, times have changed, because at 19, I was just finishing karting and about ready to take my first day of Formula Ford school.
We were talking about this on our conference call this morning. They almost have harnessed him back a little bit because the team says he is very eager to get going and is trying to get so much accomplished in a short amount of time.
As a rookie here, you can be very fast. But 500 miles is such a long, long time on the racetrack. I always broke it up into five 100-mile races. You have to get yourself through it and not rush.
This will be interesting for Villeneuve and Montoya. It’s been a while since they’ve come here and run this race. Everybody is anxious. Seems like it happens between 250 and 300 miles. Everybody seems like they want to get going. I always did.
For him as a rookie, he’s going to have to be throttled back, have somebody good with him on the radio talking to him, his spotter is going to have to do well. He has enthusiasm, good looks, an American, so he has a bright future ahead of him.
EDDIE CHEEVER: Just to add to what Scott said, talent and youth and energy are wonderful things to have. Don’t really fit in that well in how you approach the Indy 500. Here you have to have an enormous amount of patience. You have to be willing to listen to the pits. You have to be able to pick yourself up from a bad stint with the tires not working or you have some sort of problem.
It will be a great testament to his ability if he can finish the 500.
We saw another youngster last year from Colombia called Munoz, Scott and I were betting which lap he was going to crash because he was almost in the grass, but he made it.
Those things that carry you forward in open-wheel racing on a street course don’t really come much into play around the Speedway.
Q. Marco Andretti, your take on Marco? Seems like he can’t get over the hump. Very close, very much in contention for a good portion of the race last year. It just didn’t happen for him. Same thing happened a couple weeks later at Pocono where he had the dominant car all weekend. Seems like he’s there every week.
EDDIE CHEEVER: He is always a threat to win. It’s his family’s team. He has been very quick. His rookie year at Indy was unbelievable. He lost by the smallest of margins. He is unfortunate in that he has some incredibly talented teammates.
He’s really going to be judged not so much by the fact that he wins or doesn’t win, but how he compares with his teammates. That’s a tall order.
SCOTT GOODYEAR: I would be delighted to see Marco win from the standpoint that I understand what it’s like to come to win this event, but not, obviously in ’92 and ’97 being second, obviously ’95 across the line first and being disqualified.
Regardless, it’s a scenario that weighs on you every racetrack you go to. It weighs on you when you come back here to the Indianapolis 500. For him, I’m sure he thinks about it. I talked to him about it. He said, No, it’s behind me, I don’t think about it too much.
But you do. I always looked at it like you’ll get another chance. I’m sure he feels the same way.
When you get close to the end of your career, then when you retire, and you haven’t accomplished that goal, which is the reason your living, breathing and racing, and your last name is Andretti, and the pressure that’s on a third-generation driver, I would love to see him win. It would be great for him, his family, and our sport to have Andretti win again.
Q. Allen, from everything I understand, Kurt Busch is resonating well with the fans and other drivers at Indy. Have you noticed anything different in his demeanor or mannerisms or attitude when he’s out there in an IndyCar than you’ve noticed when he’s maybe in the NASCAR garage.
ALLEN BESTWICK: I think anytime you go someplace and try something new and different for the first time, have a little bit of success at it, you’re going to have a little pep in your step.
Think about how much Kurt has hung himself out there by doing this. I’ll borrow Eddie’s thought about this. Here is a guy who is a NASCAR champion. All the race wins he’s accumulated. He was willing to put that reputation out there on the line for the world to step out and try and drive a type of racecar he’d never driven before.
I’ve seen nothing but good things from Kurt. I see a guy who is determined to master it, has fit in very well with his teammates, has dug into the engineering, the aerodynamics, driving techniques, soaked it up like a sponge, acquitted himself very, very well in an IndyCar. I’m not surprised by that. We know Kurt is a heck of a racecar driver.
I’m not surprised he’s acquitted himself well. He’s having fun. He understands the challenge ahead of him. He got a taste of the difficulty of that challenge yesterday. You can say he’s gotten the full Indy experience now.
But I’ve seen nothing but smiles from Kurt. Why not, right? He had the guts to put himself out there and try this. He’s doing well. He has the opportunity to have a good, solid race experience on Sunday and do something he probably never thought he’d get the chance to do in his life. I can relate to that. It makes you smile.
Q. Eddie, I’ve seen some of your comments in recent weeks. What are your impressions of Kurt in an IndyCar?
EDDIE CHEEVER: I am totally impressed by everything he has done in the car. Going out and turning into turn one when you’re up at speed, and engineers have told you, Don’t take your foot off the throttle, you’re talking to yourself telling yourself it’s going to be okay. That’s a difficult moment even in a racecar driver that’s done it his whole life, to be committed to doing that.
He’s been incredibly fast. Every hurdle he got to, other than yesterday, when he got very lucky and hit the wall at the right angle. Other than that, I am just impressed. When he had to go out and do his qualifying run, that’s 230, that is really moving the mail. That’s fast. Turning into turn one at 236 miles an hour, and everybody said that the cars were sliding at the end of their run because they were so much on the limit trying to trim them out. He went and did it as if he’s been doing it his whole life.
He is talented and incredibly brave. If he digests this last hit he had, it took me a long time to digest, if he can go through that, he’s in that leading group at the end of the race, I would consider him a possible top-three finisher, if he gets through all the problems during the race. But he’s been incredible. I’m very impressed.
Q. Rich, 92 cameras planned. Why the increase this year? Are any of those specialty cameras?
RICH FEINBERG: The 92 is actually in concert pretty close to what we did last year. 36 of those cameras are on racecars. We will have this year a complement of 12 different teams, including Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Carpenter, all carrying on-camera systems. All 36 are on track, if you would.
The remaining cameras include some specialty things. We will have a helicopter cam for the entire race. We have several ultraslow motion cameras that we have strategically placed around the track. We have wall cams. We have grass cams. We have hand-held cams. We have robotic cams. I think we got the place pretty well wired up.
The unique thing about this race, racing in general, is the size of the playing field is gigantic, so it takes more. We’re always watching multiple things. A lot of our camera systems allow us to focus on multiple battles on the track to make sure we can document as much of the action as we can for the fans.
It is a very large production, one of the largest that we do every year. Tremendous credit to our technical and engineering staff to put together this system and ultimately I think our fans are the benefactors of it.
Q. Are there any other production enhancements planned?
RICH FEINBERG: Well, we’ve made some changes since we were at the track last. I’d start with probably the most noticeable one for our fans will be welcoming Allen Bestwick to the family. Allen and I have worked together for many, many years. I know not only he’s excited about doing the project, but I’m just as excited to have him along. He’s one of the best in the business, and I think our fans will really enjoy his call.
We have some new graphic elements we’re using. We have some good feature stories we’ll tell before we get going with the race. As I said earlier, our ultimate job is to tell the stories of the drivers, and to the best of our ability, through the pictures and through the sounds, create that thirst for our viewers to want to be there and enjoy this very special sporting event.
Q. Allen, you’ve had a very long career in calling NASCAR races. How does it feel to be in the open-wheel world now?
ALLEN BESTWICK: It feels pretty good. It’s been a great experience so far. It’s funny because for as long as I’ve been around racing, I’ve spent my whole career in the month of May in Charlotte basically and watched the 500 from afar.
I’ve been at the Speedway, around the NASCAR race there since 1994, so when I walked in the gate this month, it wasn’t a new experience for me to be at the Speedway. I knew where the gate was to get in and I knew where the TV compound was, where the booth was. I knew where to find things. It’s not a completely new experience at the Speedway.
Then I’ve had great support from Rich and my bosses to do the research that I needed to do. I spent time in Indianapolis in February just after the Daytona 500. Some of the race teams were more than gracious in welcoming me in. I went through IndyCars from top to bottom at team shops. Had dinners and lunches with drivers and team managers. I’ve had plenty of time to acclimate myself – short way to say it – the same thing done differently.
It’s still an auto race. The object is still to get the distance covered from start to finish in the least amount of time possible. Terminology, styles, strategies are a little different.
I look forward to the race. Obviously it’s the premiere auto race in the United States, maybe the world, every year. To have the opportunity to call it is a fascinating thing. I’m more excited than anything because it’s been a great experience so far. I can’t wait to see what race day is like in person.
Q. For Scott and Eddie, obviously you have a lot of experience on both sides. There’s so many changes in TV in 50 years. Probably what hasn’t changed much is the raw talent that open-wheel drivers share. What special traits do you think open-wheel drivers have to be able to perform so well in what is basically a road rocket before enormous crowds on prime ABC TV?
SCOTT GOODYEAR: I think for me, now that I’ve stepped away from it, I honestly believe that you can be trained to be a very good, proficient driver that can compete at IndyCar level. But I think the ones that are winning and are just a little bit faster have something different. I think it might be something that you’re just born with.
There’s been that question for years and years, especially when we talk about different generations of drivers. When you stand at a road course, you watch a guy like Will Power drive around, even his fellow competitors say that they expect him to be on pole everywhere they go to on a road course.
You go to ovals and see the smoothness of guys like Scott Dixon, and honestly a very impressive Ed Carpenter. Ed obviously trained hard, not through the road courses, because he’s not that great on a road course, but he spent so many years doing the midgets and the dirt cars.
I think it’s training and then I think you have to have a little bit of a gift.
With that I think I am more impressed now than I was when I was doing it. When you’re doing it, you eat, breathe and sleep it. You expect to be good. You expect to be competitive. You don’t feel that you’re doing anything different than anybody else ’cause you’re getting up, going and doing your job every day.
It’s only when you step away from it like I have, and maybe Eddie feels this way, you truly understand how different your occupation was when you’re sitting in a racecar.
Our racecar happened to weigh 1500 pounds and have in our day 900 horsepower, now they’re about 725. And, oh, yeah, as Eddie mentioned earlier, we go into turn one at 230, 240 miles an hour and don’t take our foot off the gas.
The last comment I’ll make on all that is when you’re doing it back then, it seems like it’s in slow motion. It seems like the straightaways are long, and I guess that’s what I guess they call being in the zone in other sports.
When you’re getting ready to retire, you notice that life is going by a little quicker in the racecar than it did before. That’s probably the first indication it’s time to go find something else to do.
I know how difficult it is, I know how brave you are when you’re doing it. That’s the neat thing I think when I watch the cars go around today.
EDDIE CHEEVER: Having raced for a decade in Formula One, Monaco, Spa, everywhere else, then coming to Indy, I don’t say this trying to make a joke of it, I think you have to be a little bit crazy when you’re racing on the limit at the Indianapolis 500.
It is, I would say by far and away, the most dangerous and most intoxicating race that I have ever been a part of. When you have to throw a car into a corner at 235 miles an hour, two feet behind a car that’s doing the same speed, another car that’s trying to pass you, do all this and stay away from that horribly hard wall, you have to be a little bit different.
The more time I had spent with A.J. Foyt, Unser, Andretti, there’s a common thread: they’re all capable of dealing with the danger very well and yet perform at such a high level.
ESPN3 to Offer Second Screen Experience with Onboard Camera Views
Continuing a Memorial Day weekend TV tradition that began in 1965, ABC will air the Indianapolis 500 for the 50th consecutive year on Sunday, May 25. The telecast of the 98th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing begins with a one-hour pre-race show at 11 a.m. ET with the green flag waving at 12:12 p.m.
What began as highlights in black-and-white on ABC’s Wide World of Sports in 1965 has evolved into ESPN’s massive production of the modern telecast for ABC, one of the largest and most complex that ESPN does each year. The production will utilize 92 cameras to televise the premier event of the Verizon IndyCar Series, including three onboard cameras per car in 12 of the 33 cars competing in the race.
The relationship between ABC and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the longest-running between a network and a sporting event. Weekend coverage of the Masters has aired on CBS since 1956, and ABC has aired the Little League World Series since 1963.
“The stewardship of ABC’s storied history at the Indianapolis 500 is something we take very seriously,” said Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer. “The heritage of this event, and the pure excitement and spectacle of it, are what we look forward to bringing to our viewers every year.”
During the past 49 telecasts of the race, some of the most familiar names in sports television history have been part of ABC’s coverage, led by the legendary Jim McKay, who called the race for 18 years and served as telecast host for two others. Chris Schenkel, Bill Flemming, Keith Jackson, Al Michaels, Jim Lampley and Brent Musburger have all served in various roles on the telecast.
The “Dean of Motorsports Journalists,” Chris Economaki, originated the role of pit reporter and was part of many Indianapolis 500 telecasts on ABC, while former Indy 500 winner Rodger Ward originated the driver-analyst position that was later filled by Jackie Stewart, Sam Posey, Bobby Unser, Rusty Wallace, Tom Sneva, Arie Luyendyk and others. Paul Page anchored the telecast 14 times and before his late night career, David Letterman was a pit reporter on the 1971 telecast.
Allen Bestwick will become the 10th person to call the race on ABC when he makes his debut this year.
“One of the things that sparked my fascination with broadcasting was that appointment viewing of the broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 with Jim McKay behind the microphone,” said Bestwick. “It’s one of those things that attracted me and inspired me to get into the business and to think that I’m going to have the opportunity to sit in that chair – THAT chair – is mind-blowing.”
Joining Bestwick in the broadcast booth will be analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever, both former Indy 500 competitors. ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak will host the telecast from the Speedway’s iconic Pagoda while pit reporters will be Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
ABC’s Indianapolis 500 telecast will be produced under the oversight of ESPN vice president, motorsports, production Rich Feinberg. Shawn Murphywill produce the race telecast and Bruce Watson will direct, while Terry Lingner will produce the pre-race show with Chip Dean directing.
Viewers of the ABC telecast will have the option of a second screen experience through a choice of live streaming video from the onboard cameras on ESPN3, ESPN’s multi-screen live sports network. ESPN3 will carry the feeds exclusively through WatchESPN and on Indycar.com. ESPN3 is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku. The network is currently available to more than 92 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.
Among the features that will air during the pre-race show or in ESPN SportsCenter’s Indianapolis 500 coverage:
- ESPN’s Chris Connelly tells the story of Tony Kanaan’s lucky charm, a medallion given to him by his mother, shared by him to a girl facing life-saving brain surgery, and returned to him, days before he won the most important race of his life.
- ESPN The Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee interviewed some 30 current and former ABC announcers and behind-the-scenes production personnel in search of unique and interesting memories of some of the greatest and memorable Indy 500 telecast moments over the past 50 years.
- Helio Castroneves was the first driver to climb the fence to celebrate his wins, a tradition so loved by fans that he is forever begged by fans to climb in their seat section. And so enjoyed by the racing community that even Tony Stewart couldn’t resist copying ‘Spiderman’. Now he’d like a 4th climb at the Indy 500.
- A Memorial Day feature: the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier honors those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. And so the sentinels stand guard. Their uniforms meticulous, their movements precise and their commitment unflagging, Every hour, every day, year after year.
- Former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch, competing in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte in the same day, will be interviewed prior to the race.
In addition to television in the United States on ABC and Watch ABC, ESPN also distributes Verizon IndyCar Series race telecasts through a combination of ESPN networks and syndication to more than 198 countries and 101 million homes. Also, U.S. troops serving overseas and on Navy vessels around the world can watch live via a broadcast agreement between ESPN and the American Forces Network.
Timeline – 50 Years of Indy 500 on ABC
- Charlie Brockman, an Indianapolis media personality who had called the closed-circuit broadcasts of the Indy 500 in previous years, is play-by-play announcer for the first telecast in 1965 on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.
- ABC veteran Chris Schenkel calls the 1966 race telecast.
- In 1967, the race appears in color for the first time and Jim McKay calls the first of his 18 Indy 500 telecasts.
- Former race winner Rodger Ward joins McKay in the 1967 telecast in the new role of driver-analyst.
- In 1971, for the first time, ABC’s coverage of the Indianapolis 500 airs as a same-day, stand-alone, tape-delayed telecast in prime time rather than as part of the Wide World of Sports program.
- In 1975, Keith Jackson handles anchor duties for ABC as Jim McKay misses the race for the only time between 1967 and his final race in 1987.
- In 1983, Al Unserand Rick Mearscarry onboard cameras, the first used in Indy 500 coverage.
- In 1986, after many years of tape-delayed telecasts, the race is televised live for the first time.
- In 1987, Jim McKay, who serves as host, works his 20th and final Indianapolis 500 for ABC (18 years in play-by-play role, two years as host).
- In 2004, several rain delays take the telecast to 8 l/2 hours, making for one of the longest single-event telecasts ever.
- Also in 2004, Jamie Little makes her debut as a pit reporter, the first woman ever in that role at the Indy 500.
- In 2006, ABC introduces the “side-by-side” format, allowing viewers to continue watching the action during national commercial breaks.
- In 2007, the race is televised in High Definition for the first time. Also, for the first time, two women work as pit reporters in coverage as Brienne Pedigo joins Jamie Little in the pits.
- In 2011, ESPN and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announce a new six-year agreement to begin in 2013 to keep the Indianapolis 500 on ABC through 2018, including the 100th running in 2016, and make ABC the exclusive broadcast network partner of the IndyCar Series.
- The 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 airs on ABC in 2011, the 47th consecutive year the network has televised the event.
- In 2012, ESPN introduces a second-screen experience to the Indianapolis 500 telecast with streaming onboard cameras available for viewing on ESPN3 during the race telecast.
- In 2013, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak becomes the first woman to host ABC’s Indianapolis 500 telecast.
Indianapolis 500 lap-by-lap announcers on ABC
1965 – Charlie Brockman
1966 – Chris Schenkel
1967-1974 – Jim McKay
1975 – Keith Jackson
1976-1985 – Jim McKay
1986-1987 – Jim Lampley
1988-1998 – Paul Page
1999-2001 – Bob Jenkins
2002-2004 – Paul Page
2005 – Todd Harris
2006 – 2013 – Marty Reid
2014 – Allen Bestwick
Jim McKay – 18 years (two additional years as host)
Paul Page – 14 years
Marty Reid – 8 years
Bob Jenkins – 3 years
Jim Lampley – 2 years
Charlie Brockman, Todd Harris, Keith Jackson, Chris Schenkel – 1 year
2014 NBA Draft Lottery on ESPN Prior to Game Two of Eastern Conference Finals
ESPN Radio to Nationally Broadcast Both Conference Finals Series
ABC and ESPN will combine to present the 2014 NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the two-time reigning NBA Champion Miami Heat with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and the top-seeded Indiana Pacers with Paul George and Roy Hibbert. The series starts Sunday, May 18, on ABC with Game One at 3:30 p.m. ET from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Mike Breen, analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke (@HeyDB)will provide commentary throughout the series.
NBA Countdown – ABC’s and ESPN’s NBA pre-game show – will hit the road for on-site pre-game and halftime shows throughout the Eastern Conference Finals. Countdown will precede every Eastern Conference Finals telecast on ABC and ESPN, starting Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC. Additional Countdown telecasts will generally begin at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. NBA Countdown is hosted by Sage Steele (@SageSteele) with analysts Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons), Jalen Rose (@JalenRose) and Doug Collins.
The 2014 NBA Draft Lottery will air live on ESPN prior to Eastern Conference Finals Game Two at 8 p.m. Mark Jones (@MarkJonesESPN) will host Draft Lottery coverage with Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) and Heather Cox (@HeatherESPN). The telecast will include interviews with draftees and team representatives.
ESPN Radio – the exclusive, national radio home of the NBA Playoffs in its 19th season of NBA postseason coverage – will nationally broadcast both the Eastern Conference Finals and the Western Conference Finals (San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder). Marc Kestecher (@MarcKestecher) and analyst Jon Barry will describe the action for the Eastern Conference Finals, while Kevin Calabro (@RealKCalabro) and Hubie Brown will handle commentary for the Western Conference Finals.
ESPN Deportes will also televise the Eastern Conference Finals with Alvaro Martin and Carlos Morales calling the action. In addition, Claudia Trejos and Sebastian Martinez Christensen will serve as the pre-game and halftime team.
ESPN International will have coverage of both Conference Finals series. The Eastern Conference Finals will be available throughout South America, Central America, Mexico, Caribbean and Oceania, while the Western Conference Finals will be available in Oceania.
2014 Eastern Conference Finals and NBA Countdown schedule:
|Sun, May 18||3 p.m.||NBA Countdown||ABC, WatchABC|
|3:30 p.m.||Game One: Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers||ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, WatchABC, ESPN3|
|Tues, May 20||7 p.m.||Kia NBA Countdown||ESPN, WatchESPN|
|8 p.m.||2014 NBA Draft Lottery||ESPN, WatchESPN|
|8:30 p.m.||Game Two: Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers||ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN|
|Sat, May 24||7:30 p.m.||Kia NBA Countdown||ESPN, WatchESPN|
|8:30 p.m.||Game Three: Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat||ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN|
|Mon, May 26||7:30 p.m.||Kia NBA Countdown||ESPN, WatchESPN|
|8:30 p.m.||Game Four: Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat||ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN|
|Wed, May 28||7:30 p.m.||Kia NBA Countdown||ESPN, WatchESPN|
|8:30 p.m.||Game Five: Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers *if necessary||ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN|
|Fri, May 30||7:30 p.m.||Kia NBA Countdown||ESPN, WatchESPN|
|8:30 p.m.||Game Six: Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat *if necessary||ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN|
|Sun, June 1||7:30 p.m.||Kia NBA Countdown||ESPN, WatchESPN|
|8:30 p.m.||Game Seven: Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers *if necessary||ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN|
ABC News will work closely with ESPN to cover the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil beginning Thursday, June 12. Throughout the tournament ABC News will broadcast from ESPN’s studios at the Clube dos Marimbas on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro to provide extensive coverage across all programs and platforms.
ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff will report for ESPN across all platforms and will contribute to ABC News reports along with ESPN Correspondents Jeremy Schaap and Julie Foudy. ABC News Correspondent Paula Faris will report from Brazil on the tournament, athletes, breaking news and other highlights. In addition, ESPN’s World Cup features and interviews will air across ABC News programs, including “Good Morning America,” “World News” and “Nightline.”
ABC News Digital will provide updates of the tournament daily as well as offer users sharable content that will drive the conversation and appeal to fans and novices alike, including an interactive bracket challenge, quizzes and explainers that focus on the intersection of the tournament and pop culture. Users will also be able to tailor their own experiences based on their individual interests. In addition, ABC News Digital will serve up original digital videos from correspondents out in the field as they explore the culture in and around Brazil.
ABC News Radio will also deliver extensive coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. ABC News correspondents will provide reports on newscasts and sportscasts to ABC News Radio affiliates and digital partners from Brazil throughout the tournament. ABC NewsOne, the network’s affiliate news service, will provide reports for more than 200 ABC affiliates and clients.
ESPN and the 2014 FIFA World Cup
The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will be ESPN’s eighth World Cup and most comprehensive presentation to date. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to air all 64 matches live and in high definition (June 12 – July 13). All ESPN and ESPN2 games will be available on WatchESPN, while ABC matches will be available on WATCH ABC. ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network available in more than 85 million homes, will present matches live in multiple languages (other than English and Spanish). ESPN’s presentation will also include comprehensive news and information coverage of the month-long soccer showcase with renowned journalists reporting on the tournament and the host country of Brazil. ESPN garnered more than 40 industry awards, including three Sports Emmys, for its presentation of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa – more accolades than any single event in the company’s history.
Basketball Hall of Famer and former ESPN NBA analyst Earvin “Magic” Johnson made a special appearance today on ABC’s NBA Countdown to address the issue surrounding Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling. Johnson joined host Sage Steele and analysts Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose and Doug Collins on the set.
On his initial reaction:
I was really upset. You can’t understand how hurt I was and also I was hurt for all African-Americans and all minorities. Donald Sterling has had issues in the past, so this isn’t the first time. I’ve known Donald, he was one of the first men I met when I came to L.A. Dr. Buss took me to his annual Malibu beach party. Then I met with Donald two or three times and he wanted to discuss the issues with his Clipper teams. So, I had a friendship with him. So for him to then make these comments, or alleged comments, about myself and other African-Americans and minorities – there is no place in our society for it and there’s no place in our league because we all get along. We’re all different types of races of people when you play in sports. And then, he’s put his own team in a tough situation.
I believe once Commissioner Silver does his due diligence and he gets all of the information, he’s got to come down hard. He shouldn’t own a team anymore. And, he should stand up and say ‘I don’t want to own a team anymore,’ especially when you have African-Americans renting his apartments, coming to his games, playing for him and coaching for him. This is bad for everybody. This is bad for America. I’m really upset about it.
On not attending Clippers games anymore:
No problem. I have no problem with that. I won’t be going. And then he said other African-Americans – so they’re not welcome either – this is not good. Not just for the league but for America, this is not good. Then I think about how we’ve made him money, but we’re not welcome at the game. You can’t get over that and that’s why everybody is upset – Black, White, Latino – everybody is upset at Donald Sterling right now.
On whether he would have had issues playing for Donald Sterling:
No question about it. And even today, now finding out everything, I wouldn’t want to play for him today. Now, what we have to understand is, all of these young men need their jobs though. They need to take care of themselves and their families. So we can’t blame Doc Rivers or the players. They have to do their jobs to take care of their families and play the game that they love. I’m really upset that we’re here talking about Donald Sterling and this tape when the spotlight should be on the playoffs. These playoffs have been tremendous. Since I’ve been in basketball – the best first round I have ever seen in 35 years of being associated with this league.
On how Chris Paul and Doc Rivers can lead the Clippers going forward:
I talked to Doc Rivers yesterday and I wanted him to understand this: this isn’t his fight or the Clippers fight. We’ll fight the battle for them. Their focus should be on the game. They’ve got a tough series with Golden State and focusing in on how to win Game 4.
Then what’s really crazy is that I’ve been in a similar situation. Spencer Haywood, our sixth man, got suspended in Game 1 and we kicked him off the team. We understood that our sanctuary is that basketball court. The Clippers understand. Chris [Paul] – get your guys ready to play in Game 4. When you hit that court, you don’t worry about what’s going on at home or what people have said about Donald Sterling, all you want to do is focus in on that game. As a matter of fact, it’s going to be good for the Clippers players to hit the floor today.
On how he plans to handle this situation going forward:
It’s really not me. It’s now Adam Silver and the owners of the league. I’m going to say what I’ve been saying all along – he’s got to give up the team. If he doesn’t like African-Americans – he’s in a league that’s over 70 percent African-American. When you have the President of The United States saying that this is bad and you have all the fans all around the country of different races saying its bad, it’s time for him to exit. I don’t know if he will. He’s been used to fighting every battle. The Clipper fans will have a big say-so if he does come back.
On how fans or Clippers family members can support the team:
The fans will have to make a decision because he has a big African-American following and he has a big Latino following and they will speak, trust me. And then when you think about the players – nobody’s going to want to play for the Clippers ever again. They would probably want to play for Doc Rivers and with Chris Paul but it’s going to be hard for them to play for the organization.
Michael Wilbon on Good Morning America, comments re: Donald Sterling
Sunday’s Good Morning America on ABC included an interview by anchor Bianna Golodryga with ESPN’s Michael Wilbon.
Here are Wilbon’s comments from that interview:
On how damaging this scandal is if the tape recordings are authenticated:
Donald Sterling has no idea what he’s wrought here. We’ve heard from President Obama (who is) out of the country. . . it’s going to be a difficult time for the NBA first of all with Adam Silver, the commissioner, and its investigation which has to wrap up pretty quickly.
If it is Donald Sterling’s voice on the tape there’s going to be so much pressure for Donald Sterling to step down.
There are some complications – the NBA isn’t Major League Baseball, which has anti-trust exemption and the commissioner has wider ranging powers to affect the game than the NBA commissioner does. . . But still, it can be economic, sort of unofficial sanctions, if you will.
People are up in arms. There is legitimate outrage, the kind of which you rarely see in American sports for any owner of a franchise so prominent.
On how NBA Commisioner Adam Silver performed yesterday:
I thought Adam Silver was in an impossible situation following [former commissioner] David Stern who certainly had a command in his 30-plus years as NBA commissioner.
I thought he was a little lawyerly and I thought there could have been more outrage expressed and I understand what Adam Silver was attempting to do.
Moving forward, if that tape is authenticated, we’re going to have to see not just a different Adam Silver, but a different NBA and there are going to have to be sanctions if Donald Sterling does not step down that are severe. A suspension so severe that he will then think about stepping down.
The NBA has nowhere to go but to do that. They’re going to have to demonstrate zero tolerance and as much outrage as some of the players and fans are expressing now.
Star-Studded Slate to Tip Off with Nov. 1 Doubleheader on ESPN: Defending Champion Miami Heat at New-Look Brooklyn Nets, San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers; Blockbuster Christmas Day to Include Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks, Heat at Lakers on ABC
ESPN’s multiplatform coverage of the 2013-14 NBA season will include 90 games, highlighted by 15 exclusive ABC broadcasts and 75 national ESPN telecasts. The schedule will begin with a star-studded doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. ET when the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat – led by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade – visit the new-look Brooklyn Nets with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and first-time coach Jason Kidd. In the nightcap, the Los Angeles Lakers with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol host the defending Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan at 10:30 p.m.
The ABC and ESPN schedule, which collectively includes 16 appearances by both the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks and more than a dozen appearances each by the Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls, also features flexible scheduling, allowing fans to see the most compelling matchups throughout the season. All ESPN games will be available on computers, smartphones and tablets 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.
ABC & ESPN Combine for Five Christmas Day Games
ABC and ESPN will combine to serve as the exclusive national homes of the NBA on Christmas Day. The five-game schedule will be headlined by an ABC doubleheader: the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant at 2:30 p.m.; the Miami Heat and LeBron James visiting the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant at 5 p.m.
Christmas Day will tip off on ESPN when the Brooklyn Nets host the Chicago Bulls – led by Derrick Rose – at 12 p.m. Additionally, ESPN will televise a prime-time doubleheader, starting with the San Antonio Spurs hosting the Houston Rockets and the newly acquired Dwight Howard at 8 p.m., followed by the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry hosting the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul at 10:30 p.m.
Christmas Day Schedule
|12 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets||ESPN|
|2:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks||ABC|
|5 p.m.||Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers||ABC|
|8 p.m.||Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs||ESPN|
|10:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors||ESPN|
ABC schedule highlights
· 15 exclusive broadcasts, including six doubleheaders – Dec. 25, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, Mar. 9, Apr. 6;
· Christmas Day blockbuster doubleheader: Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks at 2:30 p.m.; Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers at 5 p.m.;
· Multiple appearances by the NBA’s biggest superstars, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony;
· Six appearances by the defending champion Miami Heat and the New York Knicks; five appearances each by the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls;
· 2013 NBA Finals rematch on Jan. 26 – San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat at 1 p.m.;
· Battle for LA on Apr. 6 – Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers at 3:30 p.m.;
· NBA Countdown pre-game show 30 minutes prior to every ABC game or doubleheader.
ESPN schedule highlights
· 75 national telecasts and 33 doubleheaders, including a Christmas tripleheader;
· Three Christmas Day games, including Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets at 12 p.m. plus a primetime doubleheader – Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs at 8 p.m. and Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m.;
· ESPN’s opening night Nov. 1: Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets at 8 p.m. and San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers at 10:30 p.m.;
· Multiple appearances by the NBA’s biggest superstars, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Carmelo Anthony and more;
· Appearances by several of the NBA’s emerging stars, such as 2013 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, Ricky Rubio, Kyrie Irving, Ty Lawson, DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Jennings, Andre Drummond, John Wall and more;
· Six teams with 10 appearances (the maximum allowed): Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder;
· Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose returns to ESPN on Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. against the Indiana Pacers;
· New-look Brooklyn Nets to appear nine times, including Garnett and Pierce’s return to Boston against the Celtics on Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m.; first-time coach Jason Kidd who spent the 2012-13 season with the New York Knicks faces his old teammates twice on Jan. 20, Apr. 2;
· New Clippers coach Doc Rivers appears nine times beginning on Nov. 13 at 10:30 p.m. against the Oklahoma City Thunder with several additional matchups including the Los Angeles Lakers (Jan. 10), New York Knicks (Jan. 17) and Miami Heat (Feb. 5);
· Newly acquired Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard faces his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, twice (Jan. 8, Feb. 19);
· Multiple appearances by the Golden State Warriors (9), Los Angeles Clippers (9), San Antonio Spurs (9) and Indiana Pacers (8);
· Martin Luther King, Jr. Day game – Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks – Jan. 20, at 2:30 p.m.;
· The weekend of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey, ESPN will televise two big NBA games in the city: Oklahoma City Thunder at Brooklyn Nets on Fri., Jan. 31, at 8 p.m.; Miami Heat at New York Knicks on Sat., Feb. 1, at 8:30 p.m.
· Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers renew their classic rivalry on Feb. 21, at 10:30 p.m.;
· Western Conference Finals rematch – San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies – Nov. 22, at 8 p.m.;
· Two Eastern Conference Finals rematches between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers – Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. and Mar. 26, at 8 p.m.;
· LeBron James returns to Cleveland – Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers – Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m.;
· Kia NBA Countdown pre-game show 30 minutes prior to most ESPN games or doubleheaders.
2013-14 ABC NBA Schedule
|Wed, Dec. 25||2:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks|
|5 p.m.||Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Sun, Jan. 26||1 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat|
|3:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks|
|Sun, Feb. 9||1 p.m.||New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|3:30 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Sun, Feb. 23||1 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|3:30 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat|
|Sun, Mar. 2||1 p.m.||New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls|
|Sun, Mar. 9||1 p.m.||Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls|
|3:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Sun, Mar. 16||3:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Miami Heat|
|Sun, Apr. 6||1 p.m.||New York Knicks at Miami Heat|
|3:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers|
|Sun, Apr. 13||1 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks|
2013-14 ESPN NBA Schedule
|Fri, Nov. 1||8 p.m.||Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets|
|10:30 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Wed, Nov. 6||7 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers|
|9:30 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Wed, Nov. 13||8 p.m.||New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks|
|10:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers|
|Fri, Nov. 15||8 p.m.||Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets|
|10:30 p.m.||Detroit Pistons at Sacramento Kings|
|Wed, Nov. 20||7 p.m.||Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks|
|9:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks|
|Fri, Nov. 22||8 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies|
|10:30 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Wed, Nov. 27||7:30 p.m.||Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Fri, Dec. 6||7:30 p.m.||Denver Nuggets at Boston Celtics|
|Wed, Dec. 11||8 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks|
|10:30 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors|
|Fri, Dec. 13||8 p.m.||Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|10:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors|
|Wed, Dec. 18||7 p.m.||Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat|
|9:30 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets|
|Fri, Dec. 20||8 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Indiana Pacers|
|10:30 p.m.||Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Wed, Dec. 25||12 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets|
|8 p.m.||Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs|
|10:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors|
|Wed, Jan. 8||7 p.m.||Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs|
|9:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets|
|Fri, Jan. 10||8 p.m.||Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets|
|10:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers|
|Wed, Jan. 15||8 p.m.||Utah Jazz at San Antonio Spurs|
|10:30 p.m.||Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors|
|Fri, Jan. 17||7 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at New York Knicks|
|9:30 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Mon, Jan. 20||2:30 p.m.||Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks|
|Wed, Jan. 22||7 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|9:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs|
|Fri, Jan. 24||8 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at Chicago Bulls|
|Sun, Jan. 26||6:30 p.m.||Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics|
|Wed, Jan. 29||7 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat|
|9:30 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs|
|Fri, Jan. 31||8 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Brooklyn Nets|
|10:30 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz|
|Sat, Feb. 1||8:30 p.m.||Miami Heat at New York Knicks|
|Wed, Feb. 5||8 p.m.||Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic|
|10:30 p.m.||Miami Heat at Los Angeles Clippers|
|Fri, Feb. 7||7 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards|
|9:30 p.m.||Minnesota Timberwolves at New Orleans Pelicans|
|Wed, Feb. 19||8 p.m.||Indiana Pacers at Minnesota Timberwolves|
|10:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Fri, Feb. 21||8 p.m.||Denver Nuggets at Chicago Bulls|
|10:30 p.m.||Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Sun, Feb. 23||9 p.m.||Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Wed, Feb. 26||8 p.m.||New Orleans Pelicans at Dallas Mavericks|
|10:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers|
|Fri, Feb. 28||8 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at New York Knicks|
|10:30 p.m.||New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns|
|Wed, Mar. 5||8 p.m.||New York Knicks at Minnesota Timberwolves|
|10:30 p.m.||Atlanta Hawks at Portland Trail Blazers|
|Fri, Mar. 7||7 p.m.||Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls|
|9:30 p.m.||Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets|
|Wed, Mar. 12||7 p.m.||Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat|
|9:30 p.m.||Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs|
|Mon, Mar. 17||8 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Chicago Bulls|
|10:30 p.m.||Los Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets|
|Wed, Mar. 19||8 p.m.||Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks|
|10:30 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers|
|Wed, Mar. 26||8 p.m.||Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers|
|10:30 p.m.||Memphis Grizzlies at Utah Jazz|
|Wed, Apr. 2||7 p.m.||Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks|
|Fri, Apr. 4||7 p.m.||Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies|
|9:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets|
|Wed, Apr. 9||8 p.m.||Miami Heat at Memphis Grizzlies|
|10:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers|
|Wed, Apr. 16||8 p.m.||Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks|
|10:30 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at Denver Nuggets|
NBA on ESPN Radio
The NBA on ESPN Radio’s 27-game regular-season schedule is highlighted by an opening night Eastern Conference Semifinal rematch with Chicago at Miami at 8 p.m. and a Christmas Day doubleheader – Oklahoma City at New York at 2:30 p.m., followed by Miami at the Los Angeles Lakers at 5 p.m. The NBA on ESPN Radio will also broadcast the 2014 NBA All-Star Game and additional NBA All-Star events.
NBA on ESPN Deportes
ESPN Deportes will also provide Spanish-language coverage of the 2013-2014 NBA. The network will carry 24 games featuring teams such as Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunders, and San Antonio Spurs.
The Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game 2013 will showcase the league’s top players with several live-access elements throughout the ABC broadcast on Saturday, July 27, at 3:30 p.m. Ryan Ruocco will have the call of the game with analyst Rebecca Lobo and reporter Holly Rowe.
The 2013 event marks the third All-Star Game hosted by the Connecticut Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., which also served as the home for the event in 2005 and 2009, as well as the “Stars at the Sun” matchup between league all-stars and Team USA in 2010.
ESPN3 – and via the ESPN3 player on espnW.com – will stream team practices on Friday, July 26, from 3-5 p.m. Coverage will include audio from microphones worn by the two All-Star head coaches. SportsCenter will provide live look-ins from the practices.
WNBA All-Star Game Highlights
ABC will have extensive access to the All-Star Game participants.
· Live interviews with WNBA players and coaches before and after the game, as well as coming in and out of halftime
· Rowe will have in-game access to both the Eastern and Western Conference benches, conducting interviews with players
· Studio show anchor Randy Scott will have live access to players in the locker rooms during halftime
· On-court camera access during the action, specifically free throws and dead ball situations
The Ref Cam will appear during the WNBA All-Star Game, after a successful debut during the June 8 ABC broadcast of the Phoenix Mercury at Indiana Fever. Grabbing a unique perspective, the eye-level camera allows viewers to virtually be on the court as the referee’s first-person perspective is incorporated into the live broadcast in real time.
· It is a wireless high definition, mini point of view camera paired with an HD mini transmitter
· The fully remote system includes a vest, which will be worn underneath the official’s shirt, and contains the transmitter and batteries that provide the power and video
· A total of four players – one per half from each team
· Head coaches of each team will also wear a live microphone
espnW will have in-depth coverage from the WNBA All-Star Game. Highlights:
· Mechelle Voepel and Michelle Smith will provide midseason reports, which include team-by-team grades and picks for the WNBA midseason awards, including MVP
· Lobo’s five things she’s looking forward to in Saturday’s All-Star Game
· Live chat with espnW writers throughout the game
Chicago Sky guard/forward Elena Delle Donne led all players with 35,646 votes following final returns of the 2013 WNBA All-Star Balloting presented by Boost Mobile. Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker topped the Western Conference and ranked second overall with 33,810 votes. Delle Donne, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, is the first WNBA rookie ever to earn the top spot.
Eastern Conference Starters:
Cappie Pondexter, Guard (New York Liberty) Diana Taurasi, Guard (Phoenix Mercury)
Epiphanny Prince, Guard (Chicago Sky)
Elena Delle Donne, Frontcourt (Chicago Sky) Candace Parker, Frontcourt (Los Angeles Sparks)
Tamika Catchings, Frontcourt (Indiana Fever) Maya Moore, Frontcourt (Minnesota Lynx)
Angel McCoughtry, Frontcourt (Atlanta Dream) Brittney Griner, Frontcourt (Phoenix Mercury)
Eastern Conference Reserves:
Tina Charles, Frontcourt (Connecticut Sun) Rebekkah Brunson, Frontcourt (Minnesota Lynx)
Sylvia Fowles, Frontcourt (Chicago Sky Glory Johnson, Frontcourt (Tulsa Shock)
Alison Hightower, Guard (Connecticut Sun) Nneka Ogwumike, Frontcourt (Los Angeles Sparks)
Crystal Langhorne, Frontcourt (Washington Mystics) Danielle Robinson, Guard (San Antonio Silver Stars)
Ivory Latta, Guard (Washington Mystics) Kristi Toliver, Guard (Los Angeles Sparks)
Shavonte Zellous, Guard (Indiana Fever) Lindsay Whalen, Guard (Minnesota Lynx)
By virtue of winning their respective conference titles last season, Indiana head coach Lin Dunn will coach the Eastern Conference, and the Western Conference will be led by Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve.
The NBA Finals – the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat and LeBron James vs. the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan – will tip off exclusively on ABC this Thursday, June 6, at 9 p.m. ET. For the seventh consecutive year, Mike Breen – the voice of The Finals – will provide commentary with analyst Jeff Van Gundy. Doris Burke will provide sideline reports and former referee and ESPN NBA analyst Steve Javie will be courtside throughout the series to offer insights. The Finals will also be available on ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN and in Spanish on ABC via SAP. In addition, ESPN Deportes will be the exclusive Spanish-language home of The Finals with live coverage of all games.
The Finals on ABC production highlights:
ü new broadcast open celebrating the greatest players and moments from The Finals;
ü in-game interviews with coaches, along with each coach being “wired” for sound;
ü pre-game and halftime locker room access;
ü I-MOVIX cameras presenting dramatic slow motion replays from unparalleled vantage points;
ü 36 high-definition video cameras;
ü SkyCam” providing aerial views of the action;
ü utilization of eight Super Slo Mo cameras.
ESPN Radio – the exclusive national radio home of The Finals in its 18th year of NBA postseason coverage – will nationally broadcast The Finals with Mike Tirico and Basketball Hall of Famer and analyst Hubie Brown describing the action. ESPN NBA Insider Marc Stein will serve as the sideline reporter.
ESPN Deportes – For the first time, ESPN Deportes will present exclusive Spanish-language coverage of The Finals with the commentary of Alvaro Martin, and the analysis of Coach Carlos Morales and special guest, former Argentina National Team Point Guard Alejandro Montecchia. Sebastian Christensen will serve as sideline reporter for all games while Claudia Trejos will anchor the coverage from the ESPN Deportes Miami studios. ESPN Deportes.com and ESPN Deportes’ news and information programming will present special reports from site including segments on SportsCenter and Los Capitanes.
ESPN3 & WatchESPN: Fans will have access to special simulcasts of The Finals on ABC live on ESPN3 – as well as live coverage of NBA Countdown and post-game press conferences – online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. The live multi-screen sports network is currently available to more than 85 million households nationwide through an affiliated Internet or video provider.
The Finals schedule
|Date||Time (ET)||Game / Show||Networks|
|Tues. Jun 4||9 p.m.||NBA Finals Preview||ESPN, WatchESPN|
|Thurs. Jun 6||9 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat
|ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Sun. Jun 9||8 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat
|ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Tues. Jun 11||9 p.m.||Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 3)||ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Thurs. Jun 13||9 p.m.||Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 4)||ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Sun. Jun 16||8 p.m.||Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 5) *||ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Tues. Jun 18||9 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat
(Gm. 6) *
|ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Thurs. Jun 20||9 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat
(Gm. 7) *
|ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes|
KIA NBA Countdown – ABC and ESPN’s NBA pre-game show – will be on site throughout The Finals previewing every game with half hour shows on ABC (8:30 p.m. for weeknight games, 7:30 p.m. for Sunday games). The Countdown quartet – Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons and Michael Wilbon – will also appear during halftime and post-game and contribute to SportsCenter segments prior to the games.
ESPN’s 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.
SportsCenter on ESPN will provide comprehensive coverage throughout The Finals, beginning during the 6 p.m. show on Wednesday, June 5. On-site SportsCenter coverage will be hosted by Sage Steele and will include appearances from several ESPN NBA analysts: Jon Barry, P.J. Carlesimo, Bruce Bowen, Chris Broussard and more.
ESPN International will present The Finals throughout Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Australia and New Zealand. The Spanish- and Portuguese language coverage, including analysts Alvaro Martin and Carlos Morales, along with Alejandro Montecchia, former Argentina National Team Point Guard in Latin America, and Everaldo Marques, Everaldo Agra and Jose Renato Ambrosio in Brazil, will reach more than 38 million households. Claudia Trejos will also anchor a special Spanish-language 30 minute pre-game show for all seven games.
ESPN.com’s NBA Finals coverage – June 5