Region’s Deepest Sports News Team – 12 On-Air/Online Contributors –
Covering Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals
“SportsNet Central: Warriors Playoff Central,” “Warriors Outsiders” and “The Happy Hour” to
Surround Each Game with 4+ Hours of News, Analysis and Commentary
“Warriors Playoff Central,” One-Hour Pre- and Postgame Shows,
to Originate from Oracle Arena and Quicken Loans Arena
“Warriors With You” and NBCSportsBayArea.com to Provide Comprehensive
Multi-platform Warriors-Cavaliers Coverage
Network Coverage Presented On-Air and Live Streamed
on NBCSportsBayArea.com and via NBC Sports App
Original Content Throughout Playoffs Via NBC Sports Bay Area’s
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter Platforms
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – May 30, 2018 – NBC Sports Bay Area and NBCSportsBayArea.com (@NBCSAuthentic), the home of the most comprehensive local coverage of the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, continue their extensive season-long coverage into the 2018 NBA Finals as the Warriors match up against the Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers for the fourth straight season.
The network’s Warriors-Cavaliers coverage is highlighted by over four hours of live game-day coverage on SportsNet Central: Warriors Playoff Central, Warriors Outsiders and The Happy Hour. Throughout the NBA Finals, the network will continue to present complete Warriors coverage with daily news, preview and analysis programs; in-depth online coverage from NBCSportsBayArea.com; and enhanced social media interaction.
NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors-Cavaliers on-air and online details:
NBA Sports Bay Area’s Warriors-Cavaliers coverage features the region’s deepest sports on-air/online roster, a total of 12 contributors, including the Warriors Playoff Central team: Greg Papa, Garry St. Jean, Kelenna Azubuike (@KAzubuike7), Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke), Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) and Dave Feldman (@FeldyNBCS); Warriors Outsiders Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) and Grant Liffmann (@GrantLiffmann); The Happy Hour’s Greg Papa, Ray Ratto (@RattoNBCS) and Kelli Johnson (@KJohnsonNBCS); plus, Laura Britt (@Laura_Britt_) and James Ham (@James_HamNBCS).
Warriors Playoff Central
Live Warriors-Cavaliers pregame coverage: Before the national broadcast, NBC Sports Bay Area will present comprehensive game preview and analysis, the latest team news and developments, and interviews with players and coaches on Warriors Playoff Central. Warriors Playoff Central is a one-hour show.
Live Warriors-Cavaliers postgame coverage: After the game, Warriors Playoff Central, a one-hour show, will feature in-depth game analysis with stats and highlights, locker room interviews and a preview of the next game.
Warriors Playoff Central will air before and after each national broadcast. For home games, the shows will originate from Oracle Arena. For road games, the shows will originate from Quicken Loans Arena and from the Warriors Watch Parties at Oracle Arena.
The shows are anchored by three-time California Sportscaster of the Year Greg Papa with expert analysis from former Warriors general manager and head coach Garry St. Jean and former Warriors forward Kelenna Azubuike. Additional analysis will be provided by NBCSportsBayArea.com’s Warriors Insider Monte Poole and Warriors sideline reporter Kerith Burke.
Dave Feldman, Drew Shiller, Grant Liffmann and Laura Britt will anchor the coverage from the Warriors Watch Parties.
Warriors Outsiders – Warriors Outsiders (@GSWOutsiders), hosted by Drew Shiller and Grant Liffmann, will provide viewers with a fresh take on each Warriors-Cavaliers game with analysis, commentary and basketball analytics. Warriors Outsiders is simultaneously synced with Facebook Live to produce a unique conversation via an interactive experience. The show will air before and after each game.
Additionally, Shiller and Liffmann host the Warriors Outsiders Podcast featuring game preview and analysis, opinionated commentary and lively debate. To listen click HERE.
The Happy Hour – The Happy Hour (@NBCSHappyHour), a live hour-long conversational program – hosted by Greg Papa, Ray Ratto and Kelli Johnson – regularly airs live weekdays at 5 p.m. The Happy Hour showcases the distinctive voices and wit of Papa, Ratto and Johnson sharing their unfiltered spirited commentary, in-depth Warriors and NBA news and analysis, and lively conversation on the day’s trending sports headlines and other provocative stories. On game day, the show will air before and after each matchup.
The Happy Hour is available across NBC Sports Bay Area’s multiple platforms:
- Live on NBC Sports Bay Area
- Streaming live on the NBC Sports App
- Live audio streaming via NBCSportsBayArea.com
- Archived podcasts available on NBCSportsBayArea.com
Warriors coverage streamed live via NBCSportsBayArea.com, NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Bay Area offers live streaming of its Warriors coverage on NBCSportsBayArea.com and via the NBC Sports app. For more information about the network’s streaming service, click HERE.
Warriors With You – Warriors With You (#WarriorsWithYou) – a live multi-platform, half-hour show hosted by Warriors reporter Kerith Burke and Warriors Insider Monte Poole – will be presented throughout the playoffs on Facebook Live. Kelenna Azubuike will join the show during road games. Warriors With You will deliver a comprehensive breakdown of the Warriors-Cavaliers series, the latest team developments and insider reports. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with Burke, Poole and Azubuike during the shows via Facebook Live.
NBCSportsBayArea.com – NBCSportsBayArea.com delivers complete Warriors-Cavaliers coverage and showcases Warriors Insider Monte Poole, Senior Insider Ray Ratto and NBA reporter James Ham, and provides insightful analysis and breakdown, daily insider reports and special web-exclusive videos. NBCSportsBayArea.com is the most extensive local source for exclusive online video, player and coach interviews, press conferences and content from Warriors Playoff Central, The Happy Hour, Warriors Outsiders, and Warriors Insider Podcast, which offer news and analysis from the region’s most informed local lineup of award-winning reporters, analysts and personalities.
NBC Sports Bay Area Social Media – NBC Sports Bay Area will present original content throughout the NBA Finals across various social media platforms: Facebook (facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic); Instagram (NBCSAuthentic); Snapchat (NBCSAuthentic); and Twitter (@NBCSAuthentic & @NBCSWarriors). Plus, NBC Sports Bay Area will present live game-day content from Oracle Arena and Quicken Loans Arena.
NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii. NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. NBC Sports California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year. NBCSportsBayArea.com and NBCSportsCalifornia.com provide fans with comprehensive digital coverage of the hometown teams with original stories and content from a team of “Insiders,” breaking news, up-to-the-minute game previews/recaps, highlights and multimedia video clips. Follow both networks on social media –Twitter: @NBCSAuthentic; Instagram: NBCSAuthentic; Snapchat: NBCSAuthentic; and Facebook: facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic.