ESPN is offering several alternative viewing experiences as part of its NBA Western Conference Finals coverage for Games 3 and 4. It will include alternative viewing experiences for pre-game, in-game and post-game coverage. A highlight will be ESPN Mode, a Second Spectrum-enhanced alternative viewing experience with a continuous on-court graphic display triggering in-game stats, play and ball movement diagrams, player identification, effective shooting percentages and fan-friendly pop-ups all with an entertaining, predictive and anticipatory feel.
Last night’s thrilling Golden State Warriors victory over the Portland Trail Blazers is now ESPN’s second highest rated NBA Western Conference Finals Game 2 ever, according to Nielsen. The telecast delivered a 6.0 metered market rating, peaking with a 6.9 rating from 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET.
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ESPN analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz participated in a media conference today to to recap the NBA Draft Lottery and discuss NBA Draft Combine.
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The Jump, ESPN’s daily NBA show, is increasing its on-site NBA Finals presence this year with the addition of a prime-time show on game days. The Jump will continue to air live in its regular afternoon time-slot – 3-4 p.m. ET on ESPN – and will now air from 8-8:30 p.m. on ESPN prior to weekday NBA Finals games.
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ESPN generated its highest-rated NBA Conference Finals Game 1 since 2012 on Tuesday, according to Nielsen. The Golden State Warriors 116-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers delivered a 5.8 metered market rating, up four percent from the most recent NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1 – Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs in 2017 – that drew a 5.6 rating. It was also up seven percent from ESPN’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 last year – Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics – that drew a 5.4 rating. Last night’s Game 1 peaked with a 6.3 rating from 10:45-11 p.m. ET.
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The ESPN App will have two combine scrimmages available each day.
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ESPN will exclusively televise the 2019 NBA Western Conference Finals – the back-to-back defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry vs. the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard – starting with Game 1 tonight, Tuesday, May 14, at 9 p.m. ET. Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson and reporter Doris Burke will provide commentary on ESPN. Officiating expert Steve Javie will contribute analysis from the NBA Replay Center. Additionally, Adam Amin and Jon Barry will describe the action on ESPN Radio. The Western Conference Finals is also available on the ESPN App and ESPN Deportes.
The 2019 NBA Conference Semifinals was ESPN and ABC’s highest-rated NBA Playoffs second round since 2012, according to Nielsen. Metered market ratings for ESPN and ABC’s game coverage were up 20 percent compared to 2018 and up 24 percent to 2017. The platforms averaged a 4.2 metered market rating across 11 game telecasts, up from a 3.5 rating from last season and a 3.4 from 2017.
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ESPN generated its highest-rated NBA Western Conference Semifinals telecast ever on Friday as the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of their Western Conference Semifinals series. The telecast drew a 5.8 metered market rating, peaking with a 7.2 rating from 11:15-11:30 p.m. ET according to Nielsen. It is also ESPN’s second-highest rated Conference Semifinals telecast ever.Overall, ESPN and ABC 2019 NBA Playoffs metered market ratings are up three percent from