Longtime, versatile ESPN Radio voice Marc Kestecher will serve as the lead play-by-play commentator for the NBA on ESPN Radio beginning with the 2016-17 NBA season.
ESPN is expanding its NBA coverage this July with a 98-game Summer League schedule across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3, emanating from three locations: Las Vegas, Orlando and Salt Lake City. The schedule is highlighted by the 25-game telecast schedule from Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which tips off on ESPN with a prime-time doubleheader at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, July 8. This is ESPN’s most extensive Summer League schedule ever.
Earlier today, ESPN’s College Basketball and NBA Draft analyst Jay Bilas answered media questions to preview the 2016 NBA Draft.
ESPN Presents the 2016 NBA Draft
Last night’s NBA Finals Game 7 on ABC drew a massive average audience of 30,799,000 viewers (p2+), making it the most-watched NBA game since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, according to Fast Nationals from Nielsen. In addition, it generated a 15.7 U.S. household rating, making it the highest-rated NBA game since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. ABC’s Game 7 viewership peaked with 44,511,000 viewers and a 22.5 U.S. rating from 10:30-10:40 p.m. ET.
Last night’s NBA Finals Game 7 is the highest-rated NBA game ever on ABC, drawing an 18.9 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. The telecast, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in an all-time classic – peaked with a 25.5 overnight rating from 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET.
The 2016 NBA Finals is the second-most watched ever on ABC through six games, averaging 18,515,000 viewers (p2+), according to Nielsen.
ESPN Insider and NBA Draft Expert Chad Ford answered media questions during today’s ESPN 2016 NBA Draft media call.
NBA Finals on ABC Wins Night for 54th Consecutive Time; Game 6 Peaked with a 16.7 rating ABC to Broadcast its Fourth NBA Finals Game 7 on Sunday Last night’s NBA Finals Game 6—the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors (115-101)– on ABC averaged a 14.1 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. The telecast peaked … Read More
Revered Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager will join ESPN’s NBA Finals broadcast team for Game 6 – Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – Thursday, June 16, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.