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.
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ESPN today announced that host Sage Steele and analyst Jalen Rose will form the NBA Countdown studio duo for pregame and halftime shows during ABC’s NBA Sunday Showcase series. Coverage for the popular Sunday afternoon series generally begins at 3 p.m. ET (or 30-minutes prior to the game) with NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless, followed by the NBA Sunday Showcase presented by Verizon Go90 game at 3:30 p.m.
The season two debut of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC is the highest-rated, non-Christmas NBA game of the 2016-17 regular season across ABC and ESPN. The San Antonio Spurs’ thrilling overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers averaged a 2.6 metered market rating, peaking with a 4.0 rating from 11-11:15 p.m. ET, according to Nielsen.
ESPN has made an update to its upcoming NBA telecast schedule: the Houston Rockets and early M.V.P. candidate James Harden will visit the Philadelphia 76ers and rookie sensation Joel Embiid on Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The game will replace the previously scheduled Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls telecast.
Bulls-Grizzlies Sunday Night Game Telecast to Include MLK Day Elements A tribute to the sports fandom and involvement of outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama and a special edition of The Jump will highlight ESPN programming in observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 16. In addition, ESPN’s telecast … Read More
ESPN has made an update to its NBA telecast schedule for Wednesday, Jan. 18: the Houston Rockets and early M.V.P. candidate James Harden will host the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo at 8 p.m. ET. This matchup replaces the previously scheduled Atlanta Hawks-Detroit Pistons game.
ESPN2 will air The Harlem Globetrotters Southern California Special on Monday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. ET. The telecast will feature Harlem Globetrotter stars Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson and Hi-Lite Bruton on the court, and will examine the team’s impact in the community as well.