THE NBA FINALS ON ABC June 1, 2009
The NBA Finals Begins Thursday Exclusively on ABC
The 2009 NBA Finals, featuring the Orlando Magic and Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant, will tip off on Thursday, June 4, at 9 p.m. ET exclusively on ABC.
ESPN’s multi-platform presentation of The Finals will include coverage across ABC, ABC HD, ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN2, ESPN2 HD, ESPN Radio, ESPN International, ESPNEWS, ESPNEWS HD, ESPN.com, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNDeportes.com, ESPN Classic, ESPN360.com, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Mobile TV.
ABC’s primetime lineup will include:
- The GMC NBA Countdown pre-game show 30 minutes prior to every telecast;
- Games 1 (June 4), 3 (June 9), 4 (June 11), 6 (June 16, if necessary) and 7 (June 18, if nec.) at 9 p.m., ET;
- Games 2 (June 7) and 5 (June 14, if nec.), both on Sundays, at 8 p.m. ET;
- A special 30-minute edition of The Jimmy Kimmel Show immediately prior to the GMC NBA Countdown pre-game show each game night.
All ABC game broadcasts will include the following production elements:
- The Emmy Award-winning “Hall of Fame” open (click here to preview);
- In-game interviews with coaches, along with each coach being “wired” for sound;
- Pre-game and halftime locker room access;
- 32 high definition video sources (all cameras, up from 16 during the regular season);
- “SkyCam” providing aerial views of the action;
- “Player Track,” an on-screen graphic used during select replays to emphasize player movement during a particular play;
- “Ultra Mo,” a replay device recapping action at 250 frames per second;
- “ESPN Axis” creating virtual replays, with video from live action processed via computers to create virtual freeze frames from multiple angles.
Each ABC broadcast of the best-of-seven Finals will be called by Mike Breen with analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke. Stuart Scott will host the GMC NBA Countdown pre-game show, originating from the site of each game, with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, Jon Barry and Michael Wilbon as analysts.
NBA Countdown will include the use of EA SPORTS virtual graphics. Mike Tirico will describe the games on ESPN Radio with analysts Hubie Brown and Dr. Jack Ramsay and reporter Ric Bucher. Marc Kestecher will be the ESPN Radio studio host. Alvaro Martin and Carlos Morales will provide Spanish-language SAP commentary for ABC.
The Finals on ABC Schedule (Best of 7) All Times ET
|Thurs., June 4||9 p.m.||Game 1: Orlando at Los Angeles||ABC, ABC HD, ESPN Radio|
|Sun., June 7||8 p.m.||Game 2: Orlando at Los Angeles||ABC, ABC HD, ESPN Radio|
|Tues, June 9||9 p.m.||Game 3: Los Angeles at Orlando||ABC, ABC HD, ESPN Radio|
|Thu., June 11||9 p.m.||Game 4: Los Angeles at Orlando||ABC, ABC HD, ESPN Radio|
|Sun., June 14||8 p.m.||Game 5: * Los Angeles at Orlando||ABC, ABC HD, ESPN Radio|
|Tue., June 16||9 p.m.||Game 6: * Orlando at Los Angeles||ABC, ABC HD, ESPN Radio|
|Thu., June 18||9 p.m.||Game 7: * Orlando at Los Angeles||ABC, ABC HD, ESPN Radio|
* if necessary
Additional Finals Content SportsCenter, Studio Programming & Special Shows
ESPN’s SportsCenter will provide news and information, analysis, and highlights throughout The Finals. Host Stuart Scott and analysts Magic Johnson, Jon Barry and Mike Wilbon will provide pre- and post-game segments, while ESPN Radio play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico will host the 6 p.m. edition’s NBA segments on game nights. Avery Johnson, Jamal Mashburn, Jalen Rose, and Tim Legler will all provide on-site analysis during The Finals. Shelley Smith will present reports on the Lakers, while Rachel Nichols will cover the Magic throughout The Finals. The 6 p.m. SportsCenter will expand to two-and-a-half hours (6-8:30 p.m.) on Thursday, June 4, Tuesday, June 9, Thursday, June 11, and Tuesday, June 16.
In advance of The Finals, ESPN2 will air Sounds of the Playoffs Presented by Right Guard Tuesday, June 2, at 10:30 p.m. The special will follow the storylines leading up to The Finals with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. On Friday, June 12, ESPN will air Sounds of the Finals Presented by Right Guard at 9 p.m. The show will provide viewers an intimate look at the first four games of The Finals, including unique camera angles on the court and additional behind-the-scenes action.
Additionally, ESPN’s NBA Fastbreak post-game shows, along with Pardon the Interruption, Around the Horn, Colin Cowherd and ESPN2’s First Take, will include NBA Finals content.
ESPNEWS ESPNEWS will provide live pre- and post-game news conferences, along with daily news and information.
ESPN.com Coverage will include:
- Special Finals page with previews, predictions, scouting reports, video highlights, stats, Insider breakdowns and trend spotting, injury reports, series history, schedules, TV listings, brackets and more;
- Daily Dime and Daily Dime TV throughout The Finals;
- Scouting reports (including video) for every Finals game from Scouts Inc.;
- Video highlights from every Finals game;
- SportsNation polls for The Finals, along with the continuation of the 65 chats in 65 days;
- TrueHoop and TrueHoop Network live blogging throughout The Finals;
- In-depth feature stories on the players and people making news in The Finals;
- All-time NBA franchise playoff rankings by ESPN.com stat analyst John Hollinger;
- Special Finals MVPs video presentation;
- Complete coverage by our full crew of reporters: Marc Stein, J.A. Adande, Chris Sheridan, John Hollinger, Ric Bucher, Chris Broussard, LZ Granderson, Scoop Jackson, David Thorpe, Mike Moreau, Henry Abbott and Kevin Arnovitz.
ESPN Radio: 14th Season of National Coverage of The Finals
The NBA on ESPN Radio‘s 14th season of exclusive, live, national play-by-play coverage of the NBA’s post-season will culminate with The Finals. Mike Tirico, an ESPN Radio original and voice of ESPN Monday Night Football, will serve a play-by-play commentator with a pair of Basketball Hall of Famers serving as analysts: Hubie Brown, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year, and Dr. Jack Ramsay, head coach of the 1977 World Champion Portland Trail Blazers. ESPN The Magazine senior writer Ric Bucher will serve as on-site reporter while Marc Kestecher will serve as studio host.
ESPN International will broadcast The Finals in the Pac-Rim, sub-Saharan Africa (Atlantic), Caribbean, Brazil, DOS Mexico, Latin South, Australia HD, and Brazil HD.
Alvaro Martin and Carlos Morales will provide NBA Finals updates on ESPN’s Spanish-language edition of SportsCenter (aired in the U.S. and Latin America), ESPN Deportes Radio – the only 24/7 Spanish-language radio network in the country – and ESPNDeportes.com.
ESPN Classic will televise an NBA Finals marathon Wednesday, June 3, through Thursday, June 4, from 2 p.m.-12 a.m.
ESPN Mobile Properties
ESPN MVP will offer one-touch access through its sideline application to breaking news, game analysis and features. ESPN Mobile Web will continue to provide live coverage of the NBA with news and analysis.
ESPN360.com will offer replays of each Finals game, which will be available starting at 2:30 a.m. each night through 12 p.m. the following afternoon. -30-