NBA TV To Salute San Antonio Spurs With Special ‘Champions Day’ Programming Monday, Oct. 27

NBA-TV-Logo“Champions Day” to Feature an NBA TV Originals Candid Conversation with Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker Reflecting on More Than a Decade of Excellence

NBA TV’s Special Programming to Include Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs,

Open Court: NBA Champions Edition, 2014 San Antonio Spurs: Go Spurs Go & NBA Finals Re-Airs

NBA TV will feature special daylong programming on Monday, Oct. 27, to celebrate the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. The network will premiere three original programs – Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs, Open Court: NBA Champions Edition and 2014San Antonio Spurs: Go Spurs Go – along with re-airs of past NBA Finals performances and season reviews from the Spurs’ five title-winning seasons.

Anchoring the programming block, Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs, an NBA TV Originals production, will feature a candid conversation between the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, at 9 p.m. ET.  The four principal figures sat down following last year’s NBA Finals win to reflect on the building of a dynasty, how their relationships have developed over the years and the satisfaction of this past year’s championship season.

The three-hour primetime block of original programming will tip off with 2014 San Antonio Spurs: Go Spurs Go, a look back at last year’s Spurs championship season, at 8 p.m. The hour-long program relives the Spurs’ fifth title run with exclusive interviews, highlights and behind-the-scenes footage.

The night will conclude with a champions-themed edition of Open Court at 10 p.m., with the critically acclaimed roundtable show featuring a cast of NBA Champions – Hall of Famers Shaquille O’Neal and Isiah Thomas, along with Rick Fox, Kenny Smith, Steve Smith and Chauncey Billups – with Sports Emmy Award-winning host Ernie Johnson. The panel of NBA greats reflects on championship experiences and discusses the perseverance it takes to win a title.

Earlier in the day, NBA TV will re-air season in review shows from the Spurs’ previous four championship seasons starting at 9 a.m., followed by encore airings of Games 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals, beginning at 2 p.m.

Excerpts from Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs:

Popovich on the beginning of the Duncan Era in San Antonio: “[Tim Duncan] came to training camp and David Robinson watched him play and about the second practice the whole offense changed. David was now in the dunker spot and Timmy was on the block catching the ball and David never even said a word…You know this new kid comes in and all of a sudden David’s not getting all of his touches…I never said, ‘David this is the way it’s going to be.’ We just did what we did and he knew it right off the bat and he loved it. Timmy just grew and grew from there, unbelievable.”

Parker on the quality of people in building the Spurs: “I like what TD said…we talked and he said we are good people at heart. I think that is the best thing when you choose the players, they are like good people, and all they care [about] is the team. It’s easy for everybody to follow.”

Duncan on Ginobili’s maturation through tough practices against Bruce Bowen: “I remember the first year you were here when we practiced; you’d have to play against Bruce [Bowen] a lot. And Bruce used to beat the absolute crap out of you. That’s where I started believing and started seeing that he was as good as advertised because Bruce would go at him and beat him up and try to slow him down and he’d play through all of it.”

Manu on witnessing firsthand the Spurs’ chemistry and execution last season: “I start on the bench so I get to see what’s going on more and there were some plays, especially this year, where it was like boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, wow, or those passes from Tony to a wing to Boris [Diaw] to you or an extra pass to the corner, it was fun… I said, ‘This is nice. We are playing at a really high level and if we could understand that this is the way to go on a daily basis it can be so special.’”

About NBA TV

NBA TV is a part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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NBA Countdown Returns on ABC and ESPN

NBA-on-ESPN-logoNBA Countdown Returns on ABC and ESPN

  • Sage Steele Hosts Fridays and Sundays with Analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins
  • Doris Burke, Avery Johnson and Rose Return for Wednesday Shows
  • Countdown Hits Miami on Christmas Day

NBA Countdown – ABC’s and ESPN’s NBA pregame studio show – returns for the 2014-15 NBA season, beginning this preseason and will extend through the NBA Finals in June. Sage Steele, in her second season as host, will be joined by returning analysts Jalen Rose and Doug Collins for Friday shows on ESPN and Sunday shows, generally on ABC.

Steele, Rose and Collins will make their debut this preseason on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. ET, preceding ESPN’s NBA preseason doubleheader. The trio will then make its regular-season debut on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. for a one-hour show leading into ESPN’s opening night games. The Oct. 29 edition of NBA Countdown will include a live performance by International recording artist Aloe Blacc. Steele, Rose and Collins will resume their regular Friday schedule on Oct. 31 and regular Sunday schedule after Christmas Day.

NBA Countdown on Wednesdays

Regular Wednesday editions of NBA Countdown on ESPN will begin on Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The trio of ESPN NBA Insider Doris Burke and analysts Jalen Rose and Avery Johnson will return for its second season together.

NBA Countdown in Miami on Christmas Day

For the first time, NBA Countdown will travel for on-site pregame and halftime shows during ABC’s and ESPN’s NBA Christmas Day schedule. Steele, Rose and Collins will appear on set at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla. for Countdown at 2 p.m. ABC will exclusively broadcast LeBron James’ return to Miami as the Heat host the Cleveland Cavaliers at 5 p.m.

@ESPNNBA preseason doubleheader

ESPN will televise an NBA preseason doubleheader on Wednesday, Oct. 22, beginning at 8 p.m. when the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James visit the Memphis Grizzlies and Zach Randolph. In the nightcap, the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe visit the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul.

@ESPNNBA opening night coverage

ESPN’s regular-season NBA game coverage tips off on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. when the Chicago Bulls and the returning Derrick Rose visit the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony. At 10:30 p.m., the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook visit the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard. Full schedule details are available on ESPN Media Zone.

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NBA TV’s 2014-15 Regular Season Coverage to Feature 97 Live Games, Comprehensive Studio Coverage & Season-Long Original Programming

NBA-TV-LogoOriginal Programming Lineup Highlighted by Return of NBA Inside Stuff,

The Starters, The Beat & All-New Open Court Episodes

Day-Long “Champions Day” Coverage on Monday, Oct. 27, to Feature Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs, Followed by Open Court: NBA Champions Edition

NBA TV is the destination for fans seeking the most comprehensive season-long coverage of the league with 97 live regular season games, the most expansive highlights, news and analysis from a deep roster of marquee analysts, and compelling season-long original programming.

The network’s live regular season game schedule will tip off Saturday, Nov. 2, with a doubleheader when the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose visit the Minnesota Timberwolves and No. 1 NBA Draft pick Andrew Wiggins at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant visiting the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry at 10:30 p.m.  NBA TV’s regular season schedule will include up to nine appearances by the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan, the Cleveland Cavaliers and four-time league MVP LeBron James, and the Chicago Bulls with 2011 MVP Derrick Rose.

“For the NBA fan, there is no offseason and that’s the way we approach NBA TV,” said Albert “Scooter” Vertino, general manager of NBA Digital and SVP of programming, Turner Sports. “With nearly 100 live regular season games, our NBA GameTime studio show and its deep roster of premier commentators, along with a broad spectrum of original programming, NBA TV is the year-round destination for those seeking the most definitive coverage of the league.”

All season long, NBA GameTime – the network’s signature studio show – will draw from its collection of former NBA icons to provide in-depth analysis and perspectives surrounding all of the storylines around the league. The nightly studio show will feature a deep rotation of top basketball analysts including Greg Anthony, Charles Barkley, Brent Barry, Rick Fox, Mike Fratello, Grant Hill, Stu Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, Dennis Scott, Kenny Smith, Steve Smith, Isiah Thomas and Chris Webber. Hosts include Vince Cellini, Jared Greenberg, Rick Kamla, Kristen Ledlow and Matt Winer.

Highlights from NBA TV’s upcoming programming schedule and top returning franchises include:

NBA Rising

An NBA TV special program, NBA Rising will take a look at three up-and-coming stars who are coming off gold medal-winning performances at the FIBA World Cup this summer – Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson and New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis – on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. The program will feature interviews with the players and a look at their progression as the next wave of NBA stars.

Champions Day

On the eve of the NBA’s Opening Night, NBA TV will feature special programming to celebrate the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs.  The network will televise 2014 San Antonio Spurs: Go Spurs Go, a look back at the Spurs’ quest for the championship, at 8 p.m.  Anchoring the programming block, NBA TV will present Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs, a candid conversation featuring the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, at 9 p.m.  The night will conclude a champions-themed edition of Open Court at 10 p.m. Earlier in the day, NBA TV will re-air Games 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals, beginning at 2 p.m.

NBA TV Fan Night

The popular NBA TV Fan Night presented by Sprint will return for its sixth consecutive season with its first of 17 games on Tuesday, Nov. 4.  Fans will once again have the opportunity to vote for the matchup they most want to see each week via NBA.com, NBA.com mobile web, NBA Game Time App, as well as Facebook and Twitter voting.

Host Ernie Johnson and analysts Webber and Anthony will offer analysis during the AutoTrader.com Pregame Show, throughout the game telecast and halftime, and for NBA GameTime presented by Kia post-game coverage.

Last season, the NBA TV Fan Night presented by Sprint telecast featuring the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, Dec. 10, netted the network’s most-viewed regular season game of all time with an average of 920,000 total viewers.

NBA Inside Stuff

Co-hosted by NBA legend Grant Hill and Kristen Ledlow, the groundbreaking sports and entertainment all-access show will return for its second season Saturday, Nov. 1, at noon.  The weekly 30-minute show will continue to feature in-depth interviews highlighting some of the NBA’s biggest stars, along with two of the franchise’s most celebrated segments – “Jam Session” and “Rewind.” Last season, “Jam Session” featured leading recording artists Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Iggy Azalea, Linkin Park, OneRepublic, Coldplay and Kendrick Lamar.

The Starters

The Starters, a collection of fan-focused voices with an unconventional take on the game, will return with a weekday show regularly airing at 6:30 p.m. ET.  In addition, The Starters will provide a weekly Friday podcastThe Starters: The Drop – and fantasy basketball segments airing within the show and NBA GameTime, and also available on NBA.com.  The Starters – co-hosted by J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas, along with contributors Trey Kerby and Leigh Ellis – produce original content across all NBA Digital platforms with a consistent social presence engaging with some of the NBA’s most avid fans.

Open Court

Open Court, the critically acclaimed NBA roundtable show featuring a combination of TNT and NBA TV analysts and special guests, is back for its fourth season. New episodes debut throughout the month of October, including a season preview show Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. and one focused on past NBA champions Monday, Oct. 27, at 10 p.m.

The Beat

Hosted by Cellini, The Beat is a weekly 30-minute show covering news and storylines across the league with David Aldridge and Sekou Smith, among others. The show premieres Monday, Oct. 27, and airs each Monday at 6 p.m.

About NBA TV

NBA TV is coming off a record-setting 2014 NBA Playoffs which delivered unprecedented audience growth for the network including its most-watched game coverage of all time and its two most-viewed telecasts ever. NBA TV’s seven originally produced live game telecasts averaged 720,000 total viewers to register the network’s most-viewed NBA Playoffs coverage ever and a 137% increase over the comparable playoff coverage last year. The network’s presentation of Game 6 between the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, April 29, produced NBA TV’s most-viewed telecast ever with an average of 1,071,000 total viewers.

NBA TV is a part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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Derrick Rose Featured on ESPN The Magazine’s NBA Preview Cover

espn-logoOn Newsstands Friday: ESPN The Magazine’s NBA Preview

The theme of this year’s ESPN The Magazine NBA Preview is POWER. Stemming from an offseason in which the narrative was all about the struggle for power, The Mag sought to capture that through three unique lenses: “The Third Coming of Derrick Rose,” and how his return has the potential to shift it in the Eastern Conference, if not the NBA; through the “Ultimate Power Player” Kobe Bryant, and how his lone-wolf approach to superstardom has served to undermine his Lakers team; and senior writers Pablo S. Torre and Tom Haberstroh reveal the “Power Grab that the NBA’s owners are attempting to make by utilizing a host of advanced and increasingly invasive tests on their players. Even within the team previews, The Mag has identified that it is not offense that creates wins, it’s defense—and using new, metrically based graphics has brought team defense alive on the court in a way that could never be done before.

On The Cover

Former MVP Derrick Rose has played a combined 49 games over the past three seasons. He’s undergone surgery for an ACL tear in one knee and a torn meniscus in the other. He’s watched his Chicago Bulls lose in the playoffs three times, twice in the first round. But now, with the Miami Big Three era over and two healthy knees, the power vacuum in the NBA is his for the taking. In “The Third Coming of Derrick Rose,”  The Mag’s Wright Thompson explores if – and how – one player can shift the league’s balance of power (even with a new Big Three in Cleveland).

NBA Preview Show

To coincide with its release, The Mag will televise an hour-long NBA Preview Show on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Host Cassidy Hubbarth will join analysts Tim Legler, Bruce Bowen and ESPN NBA Insider Chris Broussard to provide predictions and analyze key NBA storylines in advance of the new season. Additionally, the show will feature roundtable discussions centered on the aforementioned “power” themes of the issue, including key off-season moves and developments, the new balance of power in the East with a focus on Derrick Rose, an examination of Kobe Bryant’s role with the Lakers and a deeper look at how teams gather and evaluate personal health data from players. Special panelists for various segments will include ESPN The Magazine’s NBA deputy editor Ty Wenger and senior writers Ramona Shelburne and Pablo S. Torre. There will also be a segment devoted to this season’s predictions where Austin Clemens, a basketball analytics wizard, compiled data to graphically represent, in heat map form, each team’s defense. Within each heat map, The Mag had NBA Insider Ethan Sherwood Strauss annotate two spots — where the team projects to be strongest on defense, and where it projects to be weakest.

NBA Preview Issue Features

Kobe

The Mag takes an inside look at the league’s most dysfunctional marriage: between the NBA’s ultimate power player, Kobe Bryant, and its most storied franchise—and how the team can’t wait for its star’s retirement. By Henry Abbott

New biometric tests invade the NBA

The next battle between players and owners will be waged inside players’ bodies. The Mag reveals new, advanced biological testing occurring in NBA locker rooms and explore what that means for player privacy. By Pablo S. Torre and Tom Haberstroh

Team previews

For the first time, we are graphically projecting team defenses along with overall team analysis from various NBA insiders including Austin Clemens, Jordan Brenner, Bradford Doolittle, Amin Elhassan, Tom Haberstroh, and Kevin Pelton.

David Blatt is coming to America

After 20-plus years coaching in Israel and Europe, the Cavs hired David Blatt last summer as the first head coach to make the jump straight from overseas to the NBA. Now that Cleveland is loaded with LeBron and Kevin Love, though, there’s unparalleled pressure on the NBA newbie to deliver immediately. As we find out, though, he might just be perfectly equipped to handle it. By Jordan Brenner

Other Stories

Jim Harbaugh comfortable in chaos

Jim Harbaugh is an extraordinary coach: he’s taken his team to three NFC championship games in his four years. But his talent at turning losers into winners is matched only by his propensity to rub people the wrong way in the process. The only way to get close to this former quarterback — who seems to abhor even the idea of getting close – is to play a game of catch, of course.  By Seth Wickersham

The return of Philip Rivers

Through four weeks, NFL quarterbacks are more proficient than ever when it comes to Total QBR and completion percentage. Philip Rivers is among the best examples of this trend, seen through an examination of his efficiency. By Kevin Seifert

Additional NBA Preview Issue Highlights:

  • MLB: In her latest column, Mina Kimes writes how everyone is talking about the NFL’s women problem … but what about baseball? This column addresses the lack of gender equity in MLB and the other leagues—and why the problem is getting worse, not better.
  • CFB: At the midseason mark, insider Phil Steele makes his picks for the nation’s best position players, handicapping his favorites to win college football’s end-of-year awards.
  • ESPNFC: As Real Madrid and Barcelona prepare to face off in the first El Clàsico, The Mag’s Michael Cox examines the two squad’s new offenses.

ESPN & NBA Reach Nine-Year Agreement for Significantly Enhanced Multiplatform Rights

NBA-on-ESPN-logoIncreased TV, Digital, Highlights, Data, Audio & International Rights Through 2024-25

·         More Regular-Season Games, Greater Schedule Flexibility and Broader Exclusivity

·         NBA and ESPN Intend to Launch Over-The-Top Offering

 

image001ESPN has reached a forward-looking, nine-year, multiplatform agreement with the National Basketball Association, beginning with the 2016-17 season, which will significantly enhance the company’s NBA rights and content offerings. The agreement, effective through 2024-25, substantially increases ESPN’s television, digital, highlights, data, audio and International NBA rights. It was announced today by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and ESPN President John Skipper.

In addition, the parties have also established a framework for ESPN and the NBA to negotiate the launch of a new over-the-top offering in which the league would receive equity interest. Details for the new offering would be announced at a future date.

ABC will also remain the exclusive home of the NBA Finals.

In addition to the over-the-top service, the new and enhanced rights also include:

§  10 additional regular-season games for ESPN or ABC bringing the regular season total to 100;

§  10 more exclusive regular-season windows;

§  Increased team appearances to showcase the most popular teams and most compelling matchups more times throughout the season;

§  As part of the new agreement, ESPN will substantially increase its NBA-focused programming with 750 new hours of NBA content on linear and digital platforms, establishing a significant year-round presence for the NBA on ESPN;

§  ESPN has reached a multi-year extension for WNBA rights through 2025, which will include increased in-progress highlights on linear and digital platforms;

§  ESPN International – In Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, ESPN will carry significantly more exclusive regular-season and playoff games on ESPN platforms, including expanded weekend windows during the regular season, increased first and second round playoff coverage, and the NBA conference finals and NBA Finals (including exclusivity in Australia and New Zealand). Additionally, ESPN will carry more NBA-themed programming throughout the year;

§  Increased ability to use NBA footage and highlights, plus in-progress highlight rights, on all linear and digital ESPN offerings, including, ABC; ESPN; ESPN2; ESPNEWS; ESPN Deportes; ESPN International; ESPN Audio; ESPN.com; ESPN3, WatchESPN, SEC Network, ESPNU, Longhorn Network, Grantland, 538, ESPN Films;

§  Live, national rights to NBA Summer League and NBA D-League across ESPN entities;

§  While increasing its English-language distribution rights, ESPN Audio will become the exclusive Spanish-language national rights holder through ESPN Deportes Radio on terrestrial radio, satellite and all forms of radio devices including digital and third party platforms;

§  Additional regular-season and playoff games for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+.

The new rights join these extensive continuing elements in the new agreement:

§  ABC will continue to be the exclusive broadcast home of The Finals;

§  The NBA post-season begins and concludes on ESPN networks, as ESPN and ABC combine for up to 44 NBA post-season games, including the Conference Finals;

§  ESPN Audio will continue its 20-plus year tenure as the exclusive, national radio home of the NBA, with coverage of the NBA Finals, NBA Conference Finals, NBA Playoffs, NBA All-Star Game and NBA regular-season games;

§  ESPN and ABC will continue with a significant television presence for NBA Christmas Day, the NBA’s season-opening week and NBA All-Star festivities such as the Celebrity All-Star Game;

§  Season-long prime time games Wednesdays and Fridays on ESPN and Sundays on ESPN and ABC;

§  NBA Finals streamed on ESPN3 or WatchABC and ESPN Deportes;

§  Extensive weekly studio programming on ESPN;

§  ESPN will continue to be the exclusive home to the NBA Draft, NBA Draft Combine and NBA Draft Lottery.

ESPN President John Skipper:

“The NBA has never been more popular and it continues to grow under Adam’s leadership. By acquiring significantly more NBA content for both existing and yet-to-be created platforms, we will establish a vibrant, year-round NBA presence for fans. For ESPN, this agreement continues our fruitful, longstanding relationship with the NBA and bolsters what is already the sports industry’s most impressive and impactful collection of media rights.”

This new agreement will ensure a 23-year continuous relationship between the network and league, which began in 2002. There are two years remaining on the existing rights agreement, which is effective through the 2015-16 season.

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Turner Broadcasting and the National Basketball Association Reach Nine-Year Media Rights Extension

nba-on-tntTNT to Add 12 Live Regular Season Games Each Year;

Network to Televise 64-Game Regular Season Schedule Under New Agreement

Enhanced Package of Digital Media Rights for Bleacher Report

Turner Sports to Continue Managing NBA Digital Portfolio Including NBA TV,

NBA.com, NBA Mobile, NBA LEAGUE PASS, WNBA.com & NBADLeague.com

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., and the National Basketball Association (NBA) have reached a new nine-year media rights agreement that will include the addition of 12 live regular season games airing on TNT each year and expanded digital media rights and sales opportunities, it was announced today by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and David Levy, President of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.  Turner Sports will also continue to manage NBA Digital, the league’s robust multimedia portfolio including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA Mobile, NBA LEAGUE PASS, WNBA.com and NBADLeague.com.

This new agreement will extend Turner’s relationship with the NBA to more than 40 years and will increase TNT’s regular season coverage to 64 live games annually.  Additionally, Turner will have enhanced digital rights to NBA content for Bleacher Report, its top-rated Team Stream app, and the brand’s social media handles. Turner acquired Bleacher Report, a leading digital sports destination, in 2012.

“This is a significant deal for our company and we are pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with the NBA, its fans, owners and players,” said Levy.  “The agreement locks in some of the most valuable, original, premium live sports programming that we’ll continue to monetize across TNT and all other platforms within our extensive portfolio and will help further grow our businesses into the next decade.”

Effective with the start of the 2016-17 NBA regular season and extending through the 2024-25 campaign, TNT will have the following rights:

  • The network will be the home of NBA Opening Night;
  • Exclusive Thursday Night regular season doubleheaders;
  • TNT’s additional 12 games will air over the second half of the season on another night of the week than the network’s traditional Thursday Night doubleheaders;
  • Exclusive coverage of NBA All-Star Weekend signature events including NBA All-Star Saturday Night and the NBA All-Star Game;
  • More NBA Playoff games than any other network. TNT’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs will include live first round coverage, exclusive second round game telecasts and one Conference Finals (alternating between the Eastern and Western Conference each year).

Under the terms of the new agreement, Turner Sports will also maintain TV Everywhere rights that allow for all NBA content airing across Turner Broadcasting networks to be streamed live across the company’s multiple digital platforms. Additionally, Turner will have enhanced digital rights to have the NBA deliver content for Bleacher Report.  This includes authenticated streaming rights for NBA on TNT games, the opportunity to develop and distribute new NBA content and programming for Bleacher Report, as well as rights to highlights for incorporation into the brand’s popular team- and topic-centric Team Stream Now video offerings.

The new agreement will provide Turner with expanded activations including the creation of an all-new NBA Awards Show and other ancillary events surrounding key NBA pillars such as Opening Week and the NBA Playoffs.

Since partnering with the NBA to manage the league’s multimedia portfolio in 2008, Turner Sports has delivered a number of innovations that have changed how the NBA is presented; as well as increasing the amount of original content that continues to resonate with fans including the introduction of NBA Fan Night and Open Court, along with the re-launch of NBA Inside Stuff last year.  In addition to TNT talent featured on NBA TV including Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Marv Albert, the network also features additional league voices adding analysis and commentary including Grant Hill, Chris Webber, Greg Anthony and Steve Smith.

“We’re honored to be entrusted by the league to continue to manage the day-to-day operations of its NBA Digital portfolio,” added Lenny Daniels, President of Turner Sports.  “The partnership has delivered tremendous results for both entities and we look forward to continuing to drive innovation across all screens.”

Turner first agreed to a deal with the NBA in 1984 and this marks the eighth agreement between the two organizations over the past 30 years. The critically acclaimed NBA on TNT traditionally delivers the highest-rated and most-viewed NBA regular season and playoff coverage of any cable television network.  Under the current agreement, the NBA on TNT has delivered its six most-viewed regular seasons in the 30-plus year history with the league. Additionally, over the last 10 years, the NBA on TNT has registered nine of the top 10 overall programs airing on the network.

About Turner Sports

Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all multimedia screens. Turner Sports’ television coverage includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and professional golf.  The company also manages some of the most popular sports destinations across broadband and mobile platforms including Bleacher Report and its top-rated Team Stream app, NCAA.com and the critically-acclaimed NCAA March Madness Live suite of products, PGA.com and the Sports Emmy Award-winning PGA Championship LIVE, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile sites and connected device apps.  Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, a robust collection of offerings including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

About Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.  Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN; TBS, TNT, truTV and Turner Classic Movies; Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports.

Visit the Turner Sports online press room for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR

 

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Celtics Basketball on Comcast SportsNet Returns Monday 10/6

CSNNE_LogoBroadcast Duo Mike Gorman & Tommy Heinsohn Return for 34th Season; Brian Scalabrine Joins Broadcast Team asColor Commentator for Road Games; Abby Chin Returns as Sideline Reporter; and Kyle Draper as Studio Host

Network Announces “Deep Green” — New Weekly Feature in Celtics Pre/Post-Game Show Airing Every Friday

CSNNE.com to Provide the Best Digital & Social Media Experience for Celtics Fans

BURLINGTON, MA, October 2, 2014 – Comcast SportsNet will once again televise every single Boston Celtics game during the 2014-15 season. The Celtics pre-season tips off with the first of eight pre-season games on Tuesday, October 6th as the Celtics take on the 76’ers. The Celtics regular season tips off on Wednesday, October 29th as they face the Brooklyn Nets at The TD Garden beginning at 7:00PM.

Comcast SportsNet’s Celtics’ schedule starts out with a robust month of November with 13 games including the Cleveland Cavaliers; the San Antonio Spurs; Oklahoma City Thunder; and two matchups against the Chicago Bulls. The overall schedule features 90 total telecasts – eight preseason games and 82 regularseason games.

As part of every Celtics telecast, second-year Celtics Coach Brad Stevens will talk exclusively with Comcast SportsNet prior to each game, at halftime, and following each game to give his perspective as the night unfolds.

In addition to a full game schedule, Comcast SportsNet will return this season with broadcast duo Mike Gorman (@celticsvoice) and Tommy Heinsohn (@CSNTommy) in their 34th season as Comcast SportsNet’s primary telecast team for all home games.  This season, fan-favorite Brian Scalabrine (@Scalabrine) will join Comcast SportsNet as color analyst for 35 road games and will contribute to other aspects of Comcast SportsNet’s Celtics coverage including 13 Pre/Post-Game Live shows, weekly appearances on Celtics Insider, and inclusion on other ancillary programming. Cedric Maxwell will join as color analyst on select road games, while Kyle Draper (@KylerDraperTV) and Abby Chin (@TVAbby) will return to the Comcast SportsNet telecasts this season as studio host and courtside reporter, respectively.

“We have a fantastic Celtics broadcast team starting with Mike & Tommy, the best duo in the business, and the return of Kyle and Abby after great debut seasons last year,” said Bill Bridgen, President and General Manager of Comcast SportsNet New England. “We are also thrilled to welcome Brian Scalabrine to the broadcast team this year.  His knowledge of basketball and remarkable TV presence, combined with the rest of our team, will no doubt entertain viewers and fans throughout the season.”

Draper will host Celtics Pre-game Live presented by Ace Ticket, Halftime Live presented by McDonald’s, and Celtics Post-game Live presented by New England Ford for every Celtics matchup. Joining Draper in-studio will be a rotating roster of experts including Heinsohn, Scalabrine, and Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.

As part of this season’s PGL’s, Comcast SportsNet will debut “Deep Green”, a series of off-the-court features appearing weekly in Friday’s Pre/Post-Game Live shows beginning in December.  The first feature will premiere in the Celtics Preview Show on October 24th at 8PM and will be entitled “The Education of Marcus Smart”. Viewers will get to see what Smart has learned through the adversity he has experienced growing up and throughout his life. For every pitfall, Smart recounts the lessons he has learned to become a better man. Now as a member of the Boston Celtics, he is a talented rookie with wisdom beyond his years from an education gained through the lessons he learned throughout his life.

Social media will be a big part of CSNNE.com’s coverage of the Celtics. The online home to Comcast SportsNet will feature Celtics Pulse, which is the best way to track all the in-game social media chatter on the Celtics, including Tweets from CSNNE.com Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely (@sherrodbcsn), @CSNTommy and all Comcast SportsNet talent. Celtics fans can share their comments on Celtics Pulse by using #CelticsTalk. In addition to Celtics Pulse, CSNNE.com will feature all of Blakely’s reporting plus video news coverage from Chevrolet SportsNet Central and Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight.

About Comcast SportsNet New England

Comcast SportsNet New England reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Comcast SportsNet’s programming includes the Boston Celtics, New England Revolution, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, Arbella Early Edition, Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight, Sports Sunday, Celtics Insider, The Baseball Show, Quick Slants, New England Tailgate, New England Football Night, Football Day in New England including pre and post-game programs surrounding all Patriots games, CAA football, basketball and more. CSNNE.com, the online home of Comcast SportsNet, provides continuous news, video and in-depth, up-to-the-minute coverage of New England sports. Comcast SportsNet New England is part of the NBC Sports Group. Visit www.csnne.com for more information. Check local listings for the specific channel location for your area.

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NBA TV’s Critically Acclaimed Open Court Returns with “NBA 50 Greatest & The Next 10” Episode Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. ET

Editor’s note – video clips from the first episode of NBA TV’s Open Court:

Shaquille O’Neal’s Next 10 List: http://on.nba.com/1rPbMfM

Isiah Thomas on Reggie Miller: http://on.nba.com/1x2Btd0

Charles Barkley on Chris Webber: http://on.nba.com/1rzhCTf

Panel reaction on Steve Nash: http://on.nba.com/1E4mhAP

Panel on the makeup of great players: http://on.nba.com/1E4mjsj

 

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NBA TV’s Critically Acclaimed Open Court Returns with

“NBA 50 Greatest & The Next 10” Episode Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. ET

Hosted by Ernie Johnson, NBA 50 Greatest Players Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Isiah Thomas Join Panel Featuring Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, NBA Champions Kenny Smith & Chauncey Billups & Five-Time NBA All-Star Chris Webber

Hour-Long Roundtable Discussion Focuses on the Original “NBA 50 Greatest Players”

& Those Who Should be Added as All-Time Legends

Thomas – 50 Greatest Honoree & Selection Panelist – to Live Tweet During Tuesday’s Telecast

NBA TV’s critically acclaimed Open Court series will return Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. ET with a compelling roundtable discussion centered on the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players and the 10 players the panel believes should be added as all-time legends. The hour-long show features a cast of NBA icons including “NBA 50 Greatest” honorees Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Isiah Thomas discussing their inclusion in the original list, players who should be added to the original 50, and the criteria used to measure greatness.

Open Courts “NBA 50 Greatest & The Next 10” episode is hosted by Sports Emmy Award winner Ernie Johnson with Barkley, O’Neal and Thomas, along with Hall of Famer Reggie Miller, NBA Champions Kenny Smith and Chauncey Billups and five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber.

The panel – featuring a combination of TNT and NBA TV analysts, along with the recently retired Billups – considers the credentials of current and recent stars including Kevin Durant, Jason Kidd, Tracy McGrady, Steve Nash, Paul Pierce and Dwyane Wade, as well as omissions from the original list such as Bob McAdoo and Dominique Wilkins.  While quick to acknowledge sure-fire additions – Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson and LeBron James – the discussion intensifies when the group weighs the merits of panelists Miller and Webber.

Thomas, a member of the original “50 Greatest” selection panel in 1996, will live tweet during Tuesday’s episode via the @NBATV twitter handle.

The Open Court series will continue weekly throughout October with three additional new episodes – “The Game is Changing” on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 9:30 p.m.; “2014-15 Season Preview” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.; and “NBA Champions Edition” on Monday, Oct. 27, at 10 p.m.

Excerpts from the season premiere of Open Court:

O’Neal on being named one the original NBA 50 Greatest Players: “When they named me to the top 50, I felt my name was added a little too quickly. It was my third or fourth year [in the league]…I took a lot of flak for being on the list. I felt like names like Bob McAdoo should have been on that list before me.  Alex English, Dominique Wilkins could’ve easily been on that list before me.”

Barkley on what it meant to be at the ceremony: “When we were all in the room, it was amazing…basketball more than any other sport, especially with the All-Star Weekend…We do such a good job of celebrating our past. I was kind of in shock. You sit around and say, ‘Wow, that’s Wilt Chamberlain. Wow, that’s Bill Russell. That’s Jerry West.  That’s Elgin Baylor.”

Thomas on why Bob McAdoo should be added to the list: “Bob McAdoo was the MVP of this league. When you talk about changing the game, he’s a 6-11 dude shooting threes. He was the first ‘stretch four.’ The original. The real one. He totally changed the game.”

Miller on whether two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash should be added to the list: “If we were all GMs, and you had Jason Kidd, Gary Payton and Steve Nash all lined up, he [Nash] would be the third point guard taken. That’s why I can’t put him on there.”

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SiriusXM to Launch Inaugural NBA Training Camp Tour

SIRIUS XM RADIO LOGOSiriusXM to Launch Inaugural NBA Training Camp Tour

SiriusXM NBA Radio channel to visit a dozen NBA pre-season camps leading up to 2014-15 season

Tour will feature NBA Champion Spurs, Celtics, Nets, Hornets, Cavaliers, Warriors, Rockets, Clippers, Thunder, Suns, Trail Blazers and Raptors

NEW YORK – September 30, 2014 – SiriusXM will launch its inaugural SiriusXM NBA Radio Training Camp Tour tomorrow, October 1, and will visit a dozen NBA team pre-season training camps leading up to the 2014-15 season, giving fans the most in-depth NBA preview available on radio.

Starting with the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, SiriusXM NBA Radio hosts will visit training camp sites to interview players, coaches and franchise executives, and get an inside look at the team as they prepare for the coming season.  In the days following the visit, the hosts will dedicate a regularly scheduled SiriusXM NBA Radio show to previewing a specific team, and will present an expert breakdown on everything they learned from that team’s camp.  Listeners will hear one-on-one interviews as well as the hosts’ evaluations, and will also be invited to call in to the program and participate in the discussion about their favorite teams and players.

Each team preview show will air nationwide on SiriusXM NBA Radio (XM channel 86, Sirius channel 207), which is available on satellite radios, on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and at SiriusXM.com.  A schedule with airtimes and hosts appears below and at www.SiriusXM.com/NBA.

In addition to the Spurs, featured teams on the tour will include the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors.

SiriusXM NBA Radio hosts on the tour will include former players and coaches including Antonio Davis, Mike Dunleavy Sr., Eddie Johnson, Malik Rose, Jerry Stackhouse and Mateen Cleaves, as well as Frank Isola and Justin Termine.

“The SiriusXM NBA Radio Training Camp Tour will showcase the extraordinary depth of NBA coverage that SiriusXM offers our subscribers,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming.  “We have a remarkable roster of expert hosts who will take our listeners inside these training camps and deliver the kind of well-informed perspective on the league and its teams that you won’t find anywhere else on radio.”

2014 SiriusXM NBA Radio Training Tour – Show Schedule: (All times ET)

Oct. 1:  San Antonio Spurs

Airs 7-10 am, Hosts: Frank Isola and Malik Rose

Oct. 3:  Boston Celtics

3-6 pm, Hosts: Justin Termine and Mateen Cleaves

Oct. 6:  Brooklyn Nets

            7-10 am, Hosts: Frank Isola and Jerry Stackhouse

Oct. 8: Houston Rockets

            3-6 pm, Hosts: Justin Termine and Mateen Cleaves

            Oct. 10: Toronto Raptors

                        7-10 am, Hosts: Frank Isola and Antonio Davis

            Oct. 13: Portland Trail Blazers

                        3-6 pm, Hosts: Justin Termine and Mike Dunleavy, Sr.                             

Oct. 15: Golden State Warriors

                        3-6 pm, Hosts: Justin Termine and Eddie Johnson

            Oct. 20: Los Angeles Clippers

                        3-6 pm, Hosts: Justin Termine and Mike Dunleavy, Sr.

            Oct. 21: Phoenix Suns

                        3-6 pm, Hosts: Justin Termine and Eddie Johnson

            Oct. 23: Charlotte Hornets

                        7-10 am, Hosts: Frank Isola and Malik Rose

            Oct. 27: Cleveland Cavaliers

                        7-10 am, Hosts: Frank Isola and Jerry Stackhouse

 Oklahoma City Thunder

                        3-6 pm, Hosts: Justin Termine and Mateen Cleaves

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NBA TV’s Comprehensive Preseason Coverage to Feature 30 Live Game Telecasts, NBA Real Training Camp and Media Day Reports From Around the League

NBA-TV-Logo Live Preseason Game Coverage Opens with Anticipated Return of LeBron James to Cleveland; Includes Multiple Appearances by Spurs, Cavaliers, Bulls, Lakers, Clippers and Rockets

NBA Real Training Camp Tips Off With Timberwolves’ “Dunks After Dark” Special Event Sept. 29, Followed by Trail Blazers, Lakers, Suns and Wizards

NBA TV to Feature Live Coverage of NBA Media Days Beginning Friday, Sept. 26

NBA TV is the home to nearly 100 hours of live NBA preseason coverage as fans gear up for the 2014-15 regular season – starting Friday, Sept. 26, with NBA Media Days and followed by the return of NBA Real Training Camp, along with 30 live game telecasts. The network’s live game action will feature multiple appearances by the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, and offers an early look at players and coaches with their new teams.

Live game coverage will tip off Sunday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. ET, with the anticipated debut of four-time NBA MVP LeBron James in his return to Cleveland when the Cavaliers host Maccabi Tel Aviv.  Along with James’ return, the telecast will also mark the debut of All-Star forward Kevin Love with the Cavaliers and first-year Cavs head coach David Blatt against his former Euroleague club. NBA TV will present pre, post and halftime coverage of the preseason opener with host Rick Kamla and analyst Dennis Scott in studio.

Preseason coverage will also include four games taking place outside the United States as part of NBA Global Games 2014.  The international exhibition will begin Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m., when the Spurs and 14-time All-Star Tim Duncan visit eight-time German champions Alba Berlin. Later that week, the Spurs will visit Turkey to face Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul on Saturday, Oct. 11 at noon.  The Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings will close out the NBA’s global preseason tour with games in Shanghai and Beijing, on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1 a.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 a.m. The complete NBA TV preseason schedule is listed below.

NBA Real Training Camp

NBA TV’s NBA Real Training Camp will go all-access with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards as they prepare for the upcoming season.  The preseason series will provide exclusive access to practice sessions, players, coaches and front office executives, along with interviews and analysis live from training sites around the NBA.

The series will tip off with the Timberwolves on Monday, Sept. 29, at 12:30 a.m., with the network covering the team’s special late night event – “Dunks After Dark” – live from the campus of Minnesota State University. NBA TV analysts Greg Anthony and Isiah Thomas will be on site as the new-look Timberwolves and first overall NBA Draft pick Andrew Wiggins take the floor for a scrimmage and team dunk contest.

Coverage will continue with NBA TV’s Steve Smith and Vince Cellini visiting the Trail Blazers training camp on Friday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. The next day, analysts Reggie Miller and Rick Fox will visit the Lakers on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m., as 16-time NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant returns from injury. Start times are subject to change.

The following week, Grant Hill and host Kevin Ray will visit with the Suns on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m., before the five-team series concludes with Scott and David Aldridge reporting from the Wizards’ special workout at the Fort Belvoir Army Base, in northern Virginia on Monday, Oct. 13.

NBA Media Days

NBA TV and NBA.com will feature live coverage of NBA Media Days starting Friday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m. with on-site reports from the Nets, Cavaliers, Spurs and Miami Heat.  Live coverage including interviews and press conferences with players and coaches will continue Monday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. with the Bulls, Rockets, Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Matt Winer will host Friday’s coverage with analysts Hill and Thomas, with Rick Kamla hosting alongside analysts Scott and Stu Jackson on Monday.  NBA TV will also televise a one-hour NBA Media Day recap show Friday and Monday at 7 p.m.

Following is NBA TV’s preseason schedule (from host cities unless noted):

NBA TV Preseason Schedule

Date Time (ET) Matchup
Sunday, Oct. 5 6 p.m. Maccabi Tel Aviv at Cleveland Cavaliers
Monday, Oct. 6 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics
10 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers (from San Diego)
Tuesday, Oct. 7 7:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers
Wednesday, Oct. 8 2 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Alba Berlin from Berlin
7:30 p.m. New York Knicks at Boston Celtics (from Hartford)
Thursday, Oct. 9 8 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Houston Rockets
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers
Friday, Oct. 10 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks
Saturday, Oct. 11 12 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
8:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks
Sunday, Oct. 12 1 a.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings (from Shanghai)
1 p.m. Detroit Pistons at Washington Wizards
9:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers (from Ontario, Calif.)
Monday, Oct. 13 8 p.m. Phoenix Suns at Houston Rockets
Tuesday, Oct. 14 7 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers
Wednesday, Oct. 15 7:30 a.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings from Beijing
7 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers (from Cincinnati)
Thursday, Oct. 16 7 p.m. Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers
10 p.m. Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers (from Anaheim)
Friday, Oct. 17 7:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Cleveland Cavaliers
10:30 p.m. Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers
Saturday, Oct. 18 7 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Indiana Pacers
10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers (from Las Vegas)
Sunday, Oct. 19 3 p.m. Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets
8 p.m. Charlotte Hornets at Chicago Bulls
Monday, Oct. 20 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers (from Columbus, Ohio)
Friday, Oct. 24 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets
10:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers

About NBA TV

NBA TV is a part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

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