ESPN Radio’s 22nd consecutive NBA season will tip off its 28-game regular season schedule with a matchup showcasing LeBron James and the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers hosting Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks on Opening Night, Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. ET.
ESPN Deportes platforms will feature more than 50 regular-season games across television, radio and streaming.
The 2016-17 ABC and ESPN NBA telecast schedule will feature 100 regular-season games, more than ever, as ESPN begins its new, multi-year rights agreement with the NBA. The schedule will include 82 games on ESPN, which generally includes NBA doubleheaders on Wednesday and Friday nights, and 18 games on ABC, highlighted by season two of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC and the ABC NBA Sunday Showcase franchise. From January to April, ABC and ESPN will combine to televise NBA games four days per week.
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.