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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
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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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