The 2023 ESPN NBA preseason schedule will tip off on Sunday, October 8, at 6 p.m. ET as the Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum host the Philadelphia 76ers and reigning NBA MVP Joel Embiid.
ESPN today, in conjunction with the NBA, unveiled its blockbuster broadcast schedule for 2023-24 NBA regular season. The schedule features 100 games across ESPN and ABC, including a minimum of eight games as part of the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament, five games on Christmas, two Opening Week doubleheaders, NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC, NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC and Thanksgiving Eve and Black Friday games. ESPN weeknight games generally air Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. and are preceded by the NBA Countdown pregame show at 7 p.m.
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The 2023 Little League Softball World Series Championship Game on ABC – New York defeated North Carolina 5-2 on Sunday, August 13 – was the second-most watched ever, according to Nielsen. The broadcast averaged 861,000 viewers, placing it behind only the 2002 Championship Game historically.
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ESPN today, in conjunction with the NBA, announced that the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament will begin on ESPN, Friday, November 3 with the first of four doubleheaders throughout the month. In total, ESPN will combine to nationally televise eight NBA In-Season Tournament Group Play games.
ESPN Head of Event & Studio Production David Roberts answered questions on Monday to discuss ESPN’s reimagined NBA game and studio coverage plans for the 2023-24 season. For more on ESPN’s coverage of the 2023-24 NBA season, visit ESPN Press Room.
ESPN today announced its reimagined NBA game and studio coverage plans for the 2023-24 season. NBA Champion Head Coach Doc Rivers will join Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame broadcasters Doris Burke and Mike Breen to form the new lead commentator team. The trio, along with reporter Lisa Salters, will call the NBA Finals, Eastern Conference Finals, NBA Playoffs, Christmas Day and the NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC series. The team will make its debut during ESPN’s opening week of NBA coverage in October. ESPN has reached a multi-year deal with Rivers as well as a multi-year extension with Burke.
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On Tuesday, August 16, NBA Today will air a special episode to reveal the 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament Schedule.
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2K24 NBA Summer League Championship Game on ESPN Averaged 434,000 Viewers, Up 46 % From Last Year
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ESPN to Televise the NBA2K24 Summer League Championship: Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
ESPN continues its coverage of NBA2K24 Summer League with eight matchups on ESPN and ESPN+ this Sunday.
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