ESPNU and ESPNews will combine to televise 12 regular-season NBA Development League (D-League) games for the 2016-17 season. The slate will begin Thursday, Dec. 8 when the Delaware 87ers visit the Westchester Knicks at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. On Friday, Jan. 20, ESPNU will televise four NBA D-League Showcase games including three spotlighting the league’s … Read More
ESPN today announced that Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the two-time Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and sports icon, will return to the company and re-join NBA Countdown as a studio analyst this season, first appearing as part of ABC’s Christmas NBA coverage. From there, Johnson will join NBA Countdown pre-game coverage for the NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC series – the NBA’s marquee game of the week, starting Jan. 21, 2017.
ESPN will take its NBA studio shows – NBA Countdown and The Jump – as well as SportsCenter to the ‘Windy City’ on Friday, Dec. 2, for on-site coverage leading up to – and through – the Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wade vs. Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James showdown at 8 p.m. ET, which airs on ESPN.
The NFL Chemistry Issue explores the various personalities and elements that either bring teams together – or tear them apart. Highlights include a cover story on Oakland Raiders’ Derek Carr as well as features on Seattle Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor, Buffalo Bills’ Richie Incognito and more.
The Mag’s Tall Ball Issue is an exploration of how height has impacted the NBA and college hoops, and how it will continue to impact the game of basketball in the future.
Statement from ESPN President John Skipper: There have been several conversations relative to the concerns Mark has raised. Mark and I both agree that content written by individuals on site is much better. To be clear, ESPN has never contemplated automated reporting for our NBA coverage. We remain committed to first-person reporting on the NBA. As we … Read More
Today, Friday, at 5 p.m. ET, ESPN2 will air a special episode of The Jump, ESPN’s daily NBA show, dedicated to the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers’ White House visit this week. The Jump’s host Rachel Nichols traveled to Washington D.C. for the Cavaliers’ historic visit and will provide behind-the-scenes footage and unique perspective about t
Overnight ratings for ESPN’s prime-time NBA doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 4, were up 42 percent from last season’s comparable windows, according to Nielsen. Friday’s doubleheader averaged a 1.7 overnight rating, up from a 1.2 last year. Additionally, ESPN’s streaming audience was up 134 percent with 10,460,000 total average minutes streamed, up 96 percent with 238,000 average unique viewers and up 126 percent with an average audience of 68,000 viewers.
In anticipation of the start of the NBA season, ESPN Mexico and ESPN Deportes debut two new “This is SportsCenter” commercials in Spanish
ESPN NBA analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson discussed the start of the 2016-17 NBA season in a media conference call this afternoon.