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ESPN and ABC’s 2013-2014 NBA Television Schedule

ESPN today announced its schedule of NBA games to be telecast this coming season on ESPN and ABC.

The schedule will include 90 games, highlighted by 15 exclusive ABC broadcasts and 75 national ESPN telecasts.  The slate involves 16 appearances by both the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks and more than a dozen appearances each by the Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls.

ABC begins its coverage Christmas Day while ESPN begins coverage on November 1st.  Here is the complete ESPN and ABC NBA schedule for the 2013-2014 season:

2013-14 ABC NBA Schedule

Date Time Game
Wed, Dec. 25 2:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks
5 p.m. Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers
Sun, Jan. 26 1 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat
3:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks
Sun, Feb. 9 1 p.m. New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder
3:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers
Sun, Feb. 23 1 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder
3:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat
Sun, Mar. 2 1 p.m. New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls
Sun, Mar. 9 1 p.m. Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls
3:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers
Sun, Mar. 16 3:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Miami Heat
Sun, Apr. 6 1 p.m. New York Knicks at Miami Heat
3:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers
Sun, Apr. 13 1 p.m. Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks

 

2013-14 ESPN NBA Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game
Fri, Nov. 1 8 p.m. Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Nov. 6 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers
9:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder
Wed, Nov. 13 8 p.m. New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers
Fri, Nov. 15 8 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Denver Nuggets
10:30 p.m. Detroit Pistons at Sacramento Kings
Wed, Nov. 20 7 p.m. Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks
9:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks
Fri, Nov. 22 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Nov. 27 7:30 p.m. Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers
Fri, Dec. 6 7:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Boston Celtics
Wed, Dec. 11 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors
Fri, Dec. 13 8 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder
10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors
Wed, Dec. 18 7 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat
9:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets
Fri, Dec. 20 8 p.m. Houston Rockets at Indiana Pacers
10:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Dec. 25 12 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets
8 p.m. Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs
10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Wed, Jan. 8 7 p.m. Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs
9:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets
Fri, Jan. 10 8 p.m. Miami Heat at Brooklyn Nets
10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers
Wed, Jan. 15 8 p.m. Utah Jazz at San Antonio Spurs
10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors
Fri, Jan. 17 7 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers at New York Knicks
9:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Mon, Jan. 20 2:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks
Wed, Jan. 22 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
9:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
Fri, Jan. 24 8 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers at Chicago Bulls
Sun, Jan. 26 6:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics
Wed, Jan. 29 7 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat
9:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs
Fri, Jan. 31 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Brooklyn Nets
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz
Sat, Feb. 1 8:30 p.m. Miami Heat at New York Knicks
Wed, Feb. 5 8 p.m. Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic
10:30 p.m. Miami Heat at Los Angeles Clippers
Fri, Feb. 7 7 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards
9:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves at New Orleans Pelicans
Wed, Feb. 19 8 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Minnesota Timberwolves
10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers
Fri, Feb. 21 8 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers
Sun, Feb. 23 9 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Feb. 26 8 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Dallas Mavericks
10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Clippers
Fri, Feb. 28 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors at New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans at Phoenix Suns
Wed, Mar. 5 8 p.m. New York Knicks at Minnesota Timberwolves
10:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Portland Trail Blazers
Fri, Mar. 7 7 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls
9:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets
Wed, Mar. 12 7 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat
9:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs
Mon, Mar. 17 8 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets
Wed, Mar. 19 8 p.m. Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Lakers
Wed, Mar. 26 8 p.m. Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers
10:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Utah Jazz
Wed, Apr. 2 7 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks
Fri, Apr. 4 7 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies
9:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets
Wed, Apr. 9 8 p.m. Miami Heat at Memphis Grizzlies
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers
Wed, Apr. 16 8 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Denver Nuggets

Strong Overnight Numbers for NBA Game 7

From ESPN PR:

NBA Finals Game 7 on ABC – the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in a thriller to repeat as NBA Champions – delivered a 17.7 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. This is the second highest-rated NBA game in ABC history. The telecast peaked at a 22.6 from 11:30 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. ET.

Game 7 is also expected to mark the 37th consecutive time an NBA Finals telecast has won the night for all of television and is the 25th straight time it has delivered double-digit overnight ratings.

The game generated a 44.2 metered market rating in Miami, making it the highest-rated NBA game ever in the market. Additionally, Game 7 scored big in San Antonio with a 46.4.

The 2013 NBA Finals averaged a 12.4 metered market rating, up five percent from an 11.8 for the 2012 NBA Finals.

In addition, the Kia NBA Countdown pre-game show scored a strong 5.4 overnight rating.

Digital records

Game 7 of The Finals on ABC live through special simulcasts on ESPN3 logged its largest NBA game ever with more than 32 million total minutes and an average minute audience of 189,000 across computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and Apple TV (source: Adobe SiteCatalyst).  Additionally, NBA content across ESPN digital platforms generated over 115 million total minutes, the largest single day of the NBA Playoffs and nearly half of which were consumed on mobile properties.  NBA content on ESPN.com also logged an average minute audience of 25,000 (up 64 percent compared to Games 1-6).

Sports Media Weekly No. 154- Paul Banks, Chicago Media Watch

It’s a Boston and Chicago feel to this week’s Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined this week by Paul Banks of Chicago Sports Media Watch and The Sports Bank.net.

We begin the show by looking back at the events this week where an Atlanta sports talk morning show crossed the line in producing a skit featuring former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who is suffering from ALS.  The trio were fired as a result of their poor judgement.

We move to the NBA Finals as we all give our thoughts of the coverage thus far on the part of ESPN and ABC.  We also delve into the chess match that has been playing out each game between sideline reporter Doris Burke and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

We then move to NFL news; namely the announcement that the Cincinnati Bengals will once again be spotlighted on HBO’s Hard Knocks and the news that former NFL executive Scott Pioli will be joining the cast of NBC’s Football Night in America.

We wrap the show looking at the NHL Stanley Cup Finals;  the viewership success for NBC and the NBC Sports Network as well as the local media reaction in both Chicago and Boston to the success of the Blackhawks and Bruins.

Sports Media Digest- June 19, 2013

NBA Finals Game Six Second-Highest Rated Ever on ABC–  ESPN and ABC Sports reports that the overnight ratings for game six of the NBA Finals was 14.7, making it the second highest-rated NBA Finals Game 6 ever on ABC and the fourth highest rated game ever on the network.  The game had a 47.6 metered market rating in San Antonio and a 35.4 in Miami.  The final national rating for the game was 12.3

Jim Courier to Join Tennis Channel for Wimbledon–  The Tennis Channel has announced that it has extended the contract of former Grand Slam champion Jim Courier.  Courier will join the network as an analyst for its coverage of Wimbledon and the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

This Week’s Cover of Sports Illustrated-

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Sports Media Digest- June 17, 2013

ESPN/ABC Continues with Average NBA Finals Ratings–  The overnight ratings for game five of the NBA Finals are in at 11.4, down from last year’s 12.6 rating for game five between the Heat and Thunder.  Game 5 scored a 37.6 metered market rating in San Antonio and a 28.8 in Miami.

Stanley Cup Finals Game Two Most Watched NHL Game in History of NBCSN–  NBC reported today that game two of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals was the most-watched NHL game in the history of the NBC Sports Network.  The game garnered a 2.0 household rating and 3.964 million viewers, the second most watched sporting event on the network, behind the U.S. Women’s Olympic final in 2012

Bengals Return to HBO’s Hard Knocks HBO Sports announced today that the Cincinnati Bengals will be the subject of this season’s behind the scenes access at training camp for the network’s Hard Knocks series.  The Bengals were featured on the show back in 2009. Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals debuts on HBO August 6th at 10:00p.m. ET.

Pioli to join the Set of Football Night in America–  NBC Sports announced today that it has hired former Patriots and Chiefs executive Scott Pioli to serve as an analyst for its Sunday Football Night in America. Pioli will also appear regularly on Pro Football Talk, NBC Sports Network’s daily NFL program hosted by ProFootballTalk.com founder and NFL Insider Mike Florio.

Sports Media Weekly No. 153- Paulsen, Sports Media Watch

We have an abbreviated edition of Sports Media Weekly this week.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined this week by Paulsen of Sports Media Watch.

We start the show looking at the average ratings for ABC and ESPN through the first three games of the NBA Finals.  We then look at the expectations of the NHL and NBC as the NHL Finals between the Bruins and Blackhawks gets underway tonight.

The next round of job cuts at ESPN began today.  Among those let go was Howie Schwab, long time ESPN researcher and former participant in the Stump the Schwab program which ran from 2004 through 2006.  We react to the move, which appears to be having an impact on those still in Bristol.

We move on to the announcement that ESPN will be shuttering its ESPN3D channel by the end of the year.

We wrap the show looking at how the U.S. Open golf tournament will fare for ESPN and NBC.

Sports Media Digest- June 12, 2013

ESPN/ABC continue to get solid, but not record-breaking, ratings for NBA Finals–  Yesterday’s game three of the NBA Finals on ABC earned an overnight rating of 10.0.  That number is down form the 10.4 rating from last year’s game three between the Heat and Thunder.  Through three games ABC is averaging a 10.3 overnight rating, down from the average 11.3 rating through three games a year ago.

Soledad O’Brien joins Real Sports–  HBO announced today the hire of journalist Soledad O’Brien to be a member of the reporting team for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. O’Brien has worked for the news departments of both NBC and CNN.

Tigers sluggers on cover of SI–  This week’s cover of Sports Illustrated features Detroit Tigers sluggers Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera:
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Sports Media Digest- June 7, 2013

Solid Ratings for NBA Finals Opener–  ESPN reports that game one of the NBA Finals on ABC registered an overnight rating of 10.6, making it the third-highest Game 1 rating since 2004 and the fourth consecutive year Game 1 of The Finals has delivered a double-digit overnight rating.  The game had a 34.0 local market rating in Miami and a 35.3 mark in San Antonio.

Fox Reports Ratings Success for NASCAR Sprint Cup–  Fox Sports reported today that its coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series had an average rating of 4.8, the same rating it has enjoyed for the last three years.  NASCAR on FOX 2013 also posted ratings increases in five of the top seven and nine of the nation’s 15 biggest markets, including Los Angeles (+6%) and Chicago (+32%).  Overall, ratings grew +7% (4.5 vs. 4.2) in the country’s 56 biggest markets compared to a year ago.

Angels/Red Sox this Week’s Sunday MLB on TBS Telecast–  This week’s MLB on TBS telecast will feature the Los Angeles Angels at the Boston Red Sox.  First pitch is at 1:30p.m. ET with Dick Stockton and Dennis Eckersley on the call.

NBA Finals on ABC and ESPN

Now that the NBA Conference Finals are complete, ESPN and ABC are set the for NBA Finals which begin Thursday night on ABC.

Mike Breen will call the action along side Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke.  former referee Steve Javie will be courtside throughout the series to offer insights.

All games will be preceded by Kia NBA Countdown with Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons and Michael Wilbon.

From ESPN PR, here are some of the technical elements for this year’s television coverage:

The Finals on ABC production highlights:
– new broadcast open celebrating the greatest players and moments from The Finals;
– in-game interviews with coaches, along with each coach being “wired” for sound;
– pre-game and halftime locker room access;
– I-MOVIX cameras presenting dramatic slow motion replays from unparalleled vantage points;
– 36 high-definition video cameras;
– SkyCam” providing aerial views of the action;
– utilization of eight Super Slo Mo cameras.

The NBA Finals will also be available on ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN and in Spanish on ABC via SAP and  ESPN Deportes. Mike Tirico and analyst Hubie Brown will calll the action on ESPN Radio with ESPN NBA Insider Marc Stein as sideline reporter.

On ESPN Deportes Alvaro Martin will lead the coverage with analysis of Coach Carlos Morales and special guest, former Argentina National Team Point Guard Alejandro Montecchia. Sebastian Christensen will serve as sideline reporter for all games while Claudia Trejos will anchor the coverage from the ESPN Deportes Miami studios.

Here is the schedule for the NBA Finals:

The Finals schedule

Date Time (ET) Game / Show Networks
Tues. Jun 4 9 p.m. NBA Finals Preview ESPN, WatchESPN
Thurs. Jun 6 9 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat(Gm. 1) ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun. Jun 9 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat(Gm. 2) ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Tues. Jun 11 9 p.m. Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 3) ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Thurs. Jun 13 9 p.m. Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 4) ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun. Jun 16 8 p.m. Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 5) * ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Tues. Jun 18 9 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat(Gm. 6) * ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Thurs. Jun 20 9 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat(Gm. 7) * ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sports Media Digest- May 22, 2013

Andy Roddick to Join Fox Sports Live-  Fox Sports continues to name its roster of talent for the launch of Fox Sports 1 in August.  Today they announced the hire of former tennis star Andy Roddick.  Roddick will serve as co-host with Charissa Thompson for the network’s Fox Sports LIVE nightly highlights show.  Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports LIVE debuts August 17th.

NBC Sees Uptick in Preakness Viewership–  NBC Sports reports viewership for last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes were up 20% over 2012 and the highest since 2009.  The audience averaged 9.7 million viewers.  The 5.9 rating for the race was 13% higher than last year.

Carlesimo Joins ESPN for NBA Playoff Coverage–  Former NBA coach P.J. Carelsimo will be part of the ESPN crew as it continues with its coverage of the NBA Playoffs.  Carlesimo, who will work for the network through the NBA Finals, begins his work Thursday at the 9:00  a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter and contribute to additional studio programming, including NBA Tonight.

ESPN/ABC Preps for Indy 500–  ESPN and ABC Sports are set to telecast the 49th Indianapolis 500 this Sunday. Pre-race coverage begins at 11:00a.m. ET with the green flag set for 12:15 p.m. ET. Marty Reid will call the race with analysis by Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever.  SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak will host the telecast while pit reporters will be Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.

NASCAR Nationwide Series on ESPN Saturday from Charlotte–  ESPN will be on hand Saturday to televise the NASCAR Nationwide Series race from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Coverage begins with NASCAR Countdown at 2:30 p.m. with the race’s green flag at 3:02 p.m.  Allen Bestwick leads the telecast with analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.

CBS’ Coverage of the Crown Plaza Invitational-  CBS’ coverage of the PGA Tour continues this weekend with the Crown Plaza Invitation from Colonial.  Action begins Saturday and Sunday at 3:00p.m. ET.  Jim Nantz,and Sir Nick Faldo, abnchor the coverage. Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th hole. David Feherty serves as on-course reporter.

Fox Sports Has UEFA Champions League Finale Saturday–  Fox Sports will provide extensive coverage of the final of the UEFA Champions League this weekend between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.  Gus Johnson and Warren Barton have the call of the match. Rob Stone hosts on-site pregame, halftime and post-game coverage with Fox Soccer analysts Eric Wynalda and Brian McBride beginning at 2:00p.m. ET.

Cardinals Grace SI Cover–  The dominant St Louis Cardinals starting rotation is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated:
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