The basketball analysis show will premiere in March 2018 on ESPN and will provide insights from one of the greatest players of all time.
The 2017-2018 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase continues this weekend with five games from the Spalding Hoophall Classic on ESPN and ESPNU in Springfield, Mass.
ESPN’s telecast of the Boston Celtics victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday delivered a 2.4 metered market rating, according to Nielsen. It matches two Christmas telecasts as the highest-rated NBA regular season game on ESPN in nearly two years.
ESPN and ABC’s NBA Christmas coverage averaged a 3.9 metered market rating across its four games, up 39 percent compared to a 2.8 for its five-game schedule last year, based on metered market ratings from Nielsen.
ESPN today announced that the 2017-18 NBA regular season is its second-most watched ever (opening night to Christmas), according to Nielsen. As of Dec. 15, the NBA on ESPN through 30 games is averaging 1,811,000 viewers, up 18 percent from 1,532,000 for the same period last year.
Dec. 25 will be a very Merry Christmas for NBA fans as ESPN and ABC will combine to televise four blockbuster games across more than 11 consecutive hours of cross-platform NBA coverage. NBA XMS is highlighted by a rematch of the most-watched NBA Finals in ABC history when the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant host the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James at 3 p.m. ET on ABC. The longest-tenured NBA Finals broadcast team – Mike Breen, with analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson – will provide commentary with reporter Israel Gutierrez.
ESPN will offer a unique second screen experience this Friday at 10:30 p.m. ET streaming live on the ESPN App and airing on ESPNEWS as the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant host the Los Angeles Lakers and Lonzo Ball on ESPN. The ESPN App and ESPNEWS will air the game with a non-traditional camera view of the action and include insight and analysis from various ESPN NBA commentators.
ESPN will provide multi-day, multi-platform coverage of the early National Signing Day period as the 2018 freshmen class is the first recruiting class to have the choice of utilizing the new signing period that runs for 72 hours beginning Wednesday, Dec. 20 and concluding Friday, Dec. 22.
ESPNU will televise the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET, from Grand Canyon University Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona; considered one of the country’s preeminent collegiate soccer stadiums, the venue will host its first ever football event with the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series. The double-header will feature state champions from Arizona, Florida, Maryland and Utah in a premier national high school football even
ESPN The Magazine is celebrating the “most wonderful time of the year” with its ’Tis the Season Issue, featuring Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook across two holiday-themed covers.