Magic informed us of his decision to accept this opportunity with the Lakers and thus end his current role on NBA Countdown in order to focus on his newfound responsibilities.
ESPN announced the re-signing of veteran play-by-play commentator Mark Jones in a multi-year agreement. Jones, a 27-year veteran of ESPN, became the voice of the popular NBA Sunday Showcase series on ABC this season.
The Golden State Warriors’ victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on the Feb. 11 edition of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC averaged 6,036,000 viewers (p2+) and a 3.4 U.S. household rating, making it the most-watched and highest-rated, non-Christmas NBA regular-season game on any network in four years (since Feb. 10, 2013, Lakers-Heat on ABC). According to Nielsen, the broadcast peaked with 7,038,000 viewers from 11-11:15 p.m. ET, despite 16 point margin of victory.
ESPN The Magazine’s Entertainment Issue is back, with two stars who lit up the pop culture landscape this weekend, each paired with an NBA phenom, on the eve of the league’s All Star Weekend. Leslie Jones slayed on Saturday Night Live to record ratings with her Trump sketch—and Knicks star big man Kristaps Porzingis learned what it’s like to post up against her, in The Mag’s hilarious cover Q&A with the pair. In our second cover story, Chicago’s own Jimmy Butler and Chance the Rapper—who brought home 3 Grammys Sunday night, including best new artist—took the conversation in a much more serious direction, tapping into the deep connection each star feels to his hometown community. And with Oscar season fast upon us, don’t miss the Warriors season reimagined as a Hollywood script in three acts, by award-winning screenwriters David Kohan, Adam McKay and Cheo Hodari Coker.
The PlayStation Vue Crossover – basketball doubleheaders on ESPN and ESPN2 on Wednesday, Feb. 15 – will feature a mix of NBA and college basketball analysts on the call of each game.
The Golden State Warriors’ decisive 130-114 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder last night on ABC delivered a 4.1 metered market rating, making it the highest-rated, non-Christmas NBA regular-season game on any network since 2013, according to Nielsen. It also marked a series-best for NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC, which is currently in its second season, and it was up 58 percent from last season’s comparable ABC game, (Warriors-Clippers, 2/20/16, 2.6).
SC6’s Michael Smith & Jemele Hill as Guest Coaches NBA Countdown’s Michelle Beadle to Join Mark Jones & Cassidy Hubbarth to Provide Commentary ESPN will televise NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2017 on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. The annual game features stars from film, television, … Read More
ESPN will celebrate the achievements of African-Americans within sports and in society with Black History Month offerings on ESPN platforms during the month of February.
ESPN will air a special edition of NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew, featuring Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy, this Friday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. ET. Abdul-Jabbar and Worthy, both legendary members of the famed 1987 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship team, will join NBA Countdown host Michelle Beadle and analysts Jalen Rose and Chauncey Billups, in studio, halfway through the one-hour show.
Viewership for the season debut of the NBA Sunday Showcase series on ABC (Jan. 29) was up 33 percent compared to last year’s season debut, according to Nielsen. This past Sunday’s matchup – a 107-91 Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder – generated a total live average audience (television + streaming) of 3,230,000 million viewers, up from 2,423,000 viewers last season for Chicago Bulls at LA Clippers.