ESPN and ABC, in its 16th consecutive season of NBA coverage, will combine to deliver its biggest NBA regular-season schedule ever, featuring 104 nationally televised games during the 2017-18 season.
A Christmas tradition: for the 16th consecutive year, ESPN and ABC will be home to blockbuster NBA action on Christmas, Monday, December 25. The networks will combine for day-long NBA coverage, highlighted by a rematch of the most-watched NBA Finals in ABC history as the Golden State Warriors – led by Stephen Curry and NBA Finals M.V.P. Kevin Durant – host their rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James and Kyrie Irving at 3 p.m. on ABC and the ESPN App.
ESPN2 will televise NBA Africa Game 2017 live on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 11 a.m. ET.
The average audience for ESPN’s five MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2017 telecasts was up 112 percent from last year, according to Nielsen. ESPN’s five games averaged 783,000 viewers (P2+), up from 369,000 viewers for ESPN’s three games in 2016.
ESPN will carry all 67 Samsung NBA Summer League games from Las Vegas across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and the ESPN App, starting Friday, July 7, and culminating with the Summer League Championship Game on Monday, July 17 at 10 p.m. on ESPN. Mark Jones and analyst Jeff Van Gundy will call the Championship game. A record 24 NBA teams will participate in the Samsung NBA Summer League from Las Vegas.
In the last month, ESPN posted strong ratings for many key, live events in prime time, as it has throughout 2017.
The immersive digital experience for ESPN The Magazine’s ninth annual BODY Issue launched today at www.espn.com/bodyissue. Created in celebration of the athletic form, the issue features 23 world-class athletes from the Olympics, NFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL, tennis, and rugby among other sports around the world from Denmark to New Zealand. Photos, videos, and interviews of the athletes are showcased in the unique new digital gallery experience and the issue hits newsstands Friday, July 7.
Prolific and highly respected NBA journalist Adrian Wojnarowski is joining ESPN as an NBA Insider. Wojnarowski will break news, report stories and features and provide insights from across the NBA and around the basketball world for ESPN’s multiple media, including digital, television, audio and print. He will begin at ESPN on July 1, making his debut on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt at Midnight and will then also join the NBA Free Agency Special hosted by Rachel Nichols (ESPN2, Midnight – 2 a.m. ET).
ESPN’s coverage of the 2017 NBA Draft presented by State Farm averaged a 2.7 metered market rating, up 13 percent from a 2.4 in 2016, according to Nielsen. It matches the third-highest rated NBA Draft on ESPN. The telecast peaked with a 4.0 rating from 8:15-8:30 p.m. ET.
ESPN’s exclusive presentation of the 2017 NBA Draft presented by State Farm, begins Thursday, June 22, at 7 p.m. ET from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.