First Take – ESPN’s weekday morning studio debate show featuring commentators Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman with host Molly Qerim – is hitting the road for NBA Tipoff Shows. On Tuesday, Oct. 17, Stephen A. Smith will be live from the Town Hall Ohio City in Cleveland, Ohio, for the Cavaliers home opener. Then on Thursday, Oct. 19, and Friday, Oct. 20, the whole team will be live from ESPN Studios in Los Angeles for the Lakers home opener.
The NBA is back on ESPN with a star-studded season-opening full court press, highlighted by two prime-time doubleheaders to help tip off the highly-anticipated 2017-18 regular-season. ESPN’s first telecast of the season will be an exclusive presentation as the Washington Wizards and John Wall host the Philadelphia 76ers and top NBA Draft pick Markelle Fultz, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The voice of the NBA, Mike Breen, will call the action with analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke. In the nightcap, the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard will host the Minnesota Timberwolves and Jimmy Butler at 9:30 p.m. Mark Jones will be joined by analyst Mark Jackson and reporter Cassidy Hubbarth to provide coverage.
ESPN NBA analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson discussed the start of the 2017-18 NBA season in a media conference call this afternoon. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, ESPN will televise its NBA season-opening doubleheader, starting with the Philadelphia 76ers vs. the Washington Wizards at 7 p.m., followed by the Minnesota Timberwolves vs. the San … Read More
ESPN will televise the NBA Rookies: The Introduction on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. ET. The one-hour special will provide an in-depth look at several of the top 2017 NBA Draft picks through on-site, one-on-one interviews with ESPN NBA analysts. NBA Countdown’s Michelle Beadle will host NBA Rookies: The Introduction.
Today, ESPN and FIBA announced a multiyear agreement which is effective now through September 2021, which includes the right to distribute events across ESPN’s linear, digital and direct-to-consumer platforms
ESPNU will televise up to 21 NBA G League games for the 2017-18 season, which includes 12 regular-season games and the Playoffs and Finals.
Five-Game Series is Third Most-Viewed in ESPN History The Minnesota Lynx won their fourth WNBA Championship last night and the ESPN audience (including most of the streaming audience) – an average of 902,000 viewers (P2+) – is the fifth most all time among the 230 WNBA playoff games ESPN/ESPN2/ABC have aired since the league was … Read More
Last night’s WNBA Finals Game 5 on ESPN is the highest-rated WNBA Finals telecast since 2003, according to Nielsen. The WNBA Championship-clincher delivered a 0.8 metered market rating, doubling last year’s WNBA Finals Game 5 rating (0.4). The telecast peaked with a 1.1 rating from 10:45 – 11 p.m. ET. The 0.8 metered market rating is the best since Game 3 of the WNBA Finals in 2003 (1.0).
ESPN today announced that former NBA Finals M.V.P. Paul Pierce has joined the company as an NBA studio analyst. The 10-time NBA All-Star will regularly appear on NBA Countdown and The Jump throughout the regular season and the NBA Playoffs. Pierce has contributed to ESPN’s NBA Finals pregame and halftime coverage each of the past two seasons.
ESPN today announced that highly-respected basketball commentator Doris Burke will start a new role as a full-time ESPN NBA game analyst. The versatile veteran will serve as an analyst for ESPN NBA telecasts throughout the regular season and during the NBA Playoffs. She has served as an ESPN NBA game analyst for select games in recent seasons. She will begin the full-time role during ESPN’s NBA preseason coverage on October 8.