Viewership for 2022 NBA Finals on ABC Finishes Up 22 Percent from Last Year





Viewership for 2022 NBA Finals on ABC Finishes Up 22 Percent from Last Year
The Golden State Warriors victory in Game 6 generated an average of nearly 14 million viewers (13,992,000), up 10 percent from last year’s Game 6.
[via press release from ESPN]
Viewership for 2022 NBA Finals on ABC Finishes Up 22 Percent From Last Year

Golden State Warriors Game 6 Clincher Averages Nearly 14 Million Viewers, Peaking with 16.9 Million Viewers

Highest Share in Five Years for NBA Finals with One in Five Television Viewers Watching NBA Finals on Game Nights

All Six NBA Finals Games on ABC are Most-Watched Programs on Television in June

Viewership for the 2022 NBA Finals on ABC was up 22 percent from last year, according to Nielsen. The six-game series averaged 12,402,000 viewers, making it the most-watched NBA Finals in three years.

The Golden State Warriors victory in Game 6 generated an average of nearly 14 million viewers (13,992,000), up 10 percent from last year’s Game 6. The ABC broadcast peaked with 16,862,000 viewers at 11:15 p.m. ET. Game 6 viewership was 75 percent higher than its closest competition on television.

The 2022 NBA Finals on ABC delivered the highest share for the event in five years (since 2017). At an average of a 20.0 share, one in five viewers watching television on game nights were tuned into the NBA Finals on ABC.

Game 6 once again propelled ABC to win the night across all of television and in every key demographic, including M18-34, M18-49, M25-54, P18-34, P18-49 and P25-54. Furthermore, the six NBA Finals game broadcasts on ABC now rank as the six most-watched programs on television for June 2022.

ESPN’s NBA coverage continues with the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m. ET from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The first round of the NBA Draft will air on ABC while both the first and second rounds will air on ESPN.

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ABC Owned Television Stations’ Presents “Our America: Fifty50”





Actress and Hollywood Records Artist Sofia Carson Surprises a Los Angeles High School Golfer also named Sophia, who experienced numerous challenges until she began playing golf. Now a junior in high school, she credits golf with eliminating social pressures and helping build her character and mental health. Sophia is determined to introduce the game to other girls in her community and hopes to use golf to change lives and break gender stereotypes.
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TITLE IX EXPLAINER

ABC Owned Television Stations, the No. 1 trusted market leader in local news, presents “Our America: Fifty50,” hosted by Hollywood Records artist and actress Sofia Carson, beginning the weekend of JUNE 17 across its 24/7 streaming channels and linear newscasts as part of The Walt Disney Company’s monumental Fifty/50 initiative led by ESPN. The initiative commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passing of Title IX, the federal civil rights law prohibiting sex-based discrimination in any educational institution that receives federal funding and gives women the equal opportunity to play.

“Our America: Fifty50” features a collection of stories produced by the station group’s Race and Culture Content team. The documentary profiles young women and girls associated with the Women Sports Foundation, espnW’s Sports 4 Life Program, and other organizations working to level the playing field for girls and women through athletics and activism.

The 60-minute documentary will air across ABC Owned Television Stations’ linear broadcasts, 24/7 streaming channels, connected TV apps, Localish Network on Hulu and ESPN+ platforms. Race and Culture Executive Producers Nzinga Blake and Porsha Grant led the project.



ESPN Will Present the Pat Tillman Award for Service to Gretchen Evans





ESPN Will Present the Pat Tillman Award for Service to Gretchen Evans During ‘The 2022 Espys Presented by Capital One’ on July 20 on ABC

Author, athlete and retired Army Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans will be honored with the Pat Tillman Award for Service at “The 2022 ESPYS,” which will air live WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, at 8 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. PDT on ABC. The award is given to an individual with a strong connection to sports who has served others in a way that echoes the legacy of the former NFL player and U.S. Army Ranger.

She is a highly decorated veteran. After a life-altering injury while serving in the Army, Evans founded Team Unbroken, an adaptive racing team of mostly veterans who have experienced life-altering injuries, illness or traumas to compete in “World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji.” The nonstop, multiday expedition competition sees teams traverse mountains, jungles and seas. Its creation grew out of Evans’ involvement with a number of veteran advocacy groups where she mentored and coached fellow veterans with stories that echo her own extraordinary path.

“Members of Team Unbroken have had numerous doors shut in their faces and have been told they could not participate in certain activities,” said Evans. “People saw us as broken due to our injuries, but we are not broken, we are UNBROKEN. We set out to be an example of inspiration and hope for the mixed-ability community. It is an honor to accept the Pat Tillman Award for Service, and I can only hope that this serves as an inspiration for others. We believe that disabilities do not define who you are or what you can accomplish. If members of our team can compete in the ‘World’s Toughest Race,’ other individuals with traumatic brain injuries, who are deaf, live with Type 1 diabetes, or face some other challenge of body, mind or spirit can overcome obstacles and achieve their own goals and dreams in their lives.”

After joining the Army in 1979 to help pay for her education, Evans quickly realized, as she says, military life was her calling. Over 27 years of service, she worked her way up to command sergeant major, the highest noncommissioned officer rank in the military. In 2006, she was deployed in Afghanistan when she was severely injured by a rocket blast, landing her in an Army hospital in Germany. When she awoke, Evans learned that she had suffered total hearing loss and a traumatic brain injury, which would end her military career. In the months to come, suffering from severe depression and PTSD, Evans struggled to find her footing but then found a path forward through mentoring and competition.

Evans has since become a nationally known motivational speaker and been inducted into the U.S. Army Women’s Hall of Fame and U.S. Veteran Hall of Fame – all on top of a military career that saw her win numerous medals and awards from the Bronze Star to a Presidential Unit Citation Medal, several Global War on Terrorism ribbons, and six Meritorious Service Medals.

“Gretchen Evans incurred life-changing injuries that ended her storied military career but found strength to overcome through the help of No Barriers,” said Marie Tillman, board chair and co-founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation. “Since leaving the Army, Gretchen serves on the boards of several veterans’ and educational organizations, fundraises for MaineVet2Vet, shares her story through motivational speaking engagements through Women Veterans Speak, and authored “Leading from the Front.” Gretchen’s commitment to serving after service mirrors the mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation as well as Pat’s example of leadership and passion for serving others.”

The Pat Tillman Award for Service was established in 2014 to honor Tillman’s life and legacy. Evans will be presented with the award during “The 2022 ESPYS” in conjunction with the Pat Tillman Foundation, which unites and empowers veterans and military spouses as the next generation of leaders. Past honorees include U.S. Paralympic gold medal sled hockey player and Purple Heart recipient Josh Sweeney (2014); and former Notre Dame basketball player, Iraq war veteran and Purple Heart recipient Danielle Green (2015); U.S. Army Sgt. and Invictus Games gold medalist Elizabeth Marks (2016); and Purple Heart recipient and Invictus Games gold medalist Israel Del Toro (2017); Navy-Marine Commendation Medal recipient, sergeant and founder of Team Rubicon Jake Wood (2018); former Marine and founder of the Kristie Ennis Foundation Kristie Ennis (2019); healthcare worker and boxing champion Kim Clavel (2020); and Manchester United football player Marcus Rashford (2021).”

“The ESPYS” help to raise awareness and funds for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, the charity founded by ESPN and the late basketball coach Jim Valvano at the first ESPYS back in 1993. ESPN has helped raise more than $165 million for the V Foundation over the past 29 years. “The ESPYS” are co-produced by Full Day Productions.

ABOUT THE PAT TILLMAN FOUNDATION
In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Created to honor Pat’s legacy of leadership and service, the Pat Tillman Foundation unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. For more information on the Pat Tillman Foundation and the impact of the Tillman Scholars, visit www.PatTillmanFoundation.org.



The 2022 Stanley Cup Final Begins Wednesday on ABC, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes





The 2022 Stanley Cup Final Begins Wednesday on ABC, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes

The puck drops on the 2022 Stanley Cup Final presented by GEICO WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning at Colorado Avalanche beginning at 8 p.m. EDT. Each Stanley Cup Final game will be available on ABC, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes and the ESPN App. In addition, a special alternate presentation of the game – Ice Cast – will give fans a view of the matchup from above the ice and provide added player and team stats.

The Colorado Avalanche welcomes the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning in what will be the first Stanley Cup Final game in Denver since 2001, when current Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic led the Avs to their second Stanley Cup. The Avalanche finished the 2022 regular season with 119 points (56-23-8) and are coming off a four-game sweep of the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Final and Nashville Predators in the first round. The Avalanche won both regular season games against the Lightning, with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog each scoring three points in the matchups.

The Lightning enter the Final with 11 consecutive series wins and look to become just the sixth team in NHL history and first since 1983 to win three straight Stanley Cup titles. Making their fifth Stanley Cup appearance in franchise history, the Lightning surpass the Pittsburgh Penguins for the most appearances among NHL clubs since 2004 and can become the first franchise since the Penguins to win four Cups in their first five appearances. The Lightning finished the regular season with 110 points (51-23-8). Nikita Kucherov enters the 2022 Stanley Cup Final with a team-leading 23 points, two shy of joining an elite list of NHL players who have reached the 25-point mark in three straight playoff years. The Lightning forward has accumulated a combined total of 89 playoff points since 2020. The only players in NHL history that recorded more over a span of three years are legends Gretzky (five times; most recently: 99 from 1987-1989) and Mario Lemieux (96 from 1991-1993).

Sean McDonough will be on the call with analysts Ray Ferraro and Brian Boucher, along with Emily Kaplan reporting from Ball Arena in Denver and Amalie Arena from Tampa Bay. As a lead-in to all Stanley Cup Final games, Steve Levy, Mark Messier, Chris Chelios and Brian Boucher will preview the upcoming action from onsite during the Stanley Cup Final Preview Presented by Verizon at 7:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN+. Additionally, that same lineup of analysts will provide preview coverage to the 6 p.m. “SportsCenter” on ESPN and continue to offer analysis during intermissions and postgame.

ESPN’s NHL-focused studio show, “The Point,” will be produced from Denver for Game 1 and airs daily on ESPN2 and ESPN+. New episodes of “In The Crease” stream exclusively on ESPN+ each game day, immediately following the conclusion of each Final game, with in-depth analysis, interviews, highlights and more.

The commentator and telecast information for each game is detailed below. Commentator assignments and coverage details for the Stanley Cup Final beyond Game 4 – if necessary – will be announced in the coming days. All Stanley Cup Final games will also be available for replay on ESPN+.

“NHL Awards”
Live from the Armature Works in Tampa Bay, Florida, this year’s “NHL Awards” will be hosted by “Saturday Night Live”’s Kenan Thompson. The show will present the Calder Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy, Vezina Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award. The “NHL Awards” will be live June 21 on ESPN and ESPN+ at 7 p.m. EDT.

“Quest for the Stanley Cup”
“Quest for the Stanley Cup,” the behind-the-scenes documentary series chronicling the remaining eight teams competing in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs and vying for the chance to hoist the Stanley Cup, continues every Friday, exclusively on ESPN+.

NHL on ESPN.com
Go to ESPN.com/NHL or the ESPN App for up-to-the-minute NHL news, information and analysis, including premium editorial content by ESPN senior NHL writer Greg Wyshynski, exclusively for ESPN+ subscribers.

The 10 most pivotal players in the Stanley Cup Final
Quest for a three-peat alive: What we’ve learned about the Lightning
Why the Avs must be seen to be believed
Stanley Cup playoffs central: Schedule, matchups, highlights, analysis
Free-agency, draft plans for Rangers, every other eliminated team (ESPN+ Premium Article)
TUESDAY: Stanley Cup Final mega-preview: X Factors, key stats to know, goalie confidence ratings and more
WEDNESDAY: Expert picks for the Cup champion, Conn Smythe winner
WEDNESDAY: Big questions ahead of Game 1 of Avalanche-Lightning
THURSDAY: NHL free-agency rankings: Top players available at each position (ESPN+ Premium Article)



ESPN Films Latest Documentary Series “The Captain” featuring Derek Jeter to Premiere July 18





ESPN Films Latest Documentary Series “The Captain” featuring Derek Jeter to Premiere July 18 on ESPN & ESPN+
Episode one of the series will premiere simultaneously on ESPN & ESPN+ July 18 at 10 p.m. ET, following the MLB All Star Home Run Derby.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN Films Latest Documentary Series “The Captain” featuring Derek Jeter to Premiere July 18 on ESPN & ESPN+

Series is directed by Randy Wilkins

ESPN Film’s latest documentary series The Captain will debut July 18 following the MLB All Star Home Run Derby. Directed by Emmy-winner Randy Wilkins (“86-32,” “Docket 32357,” “Dear… “), the seven episode series provides an extraordinary portrait of the Yankee captain’s life and career on and off the baseball field. Episode one of the series will premiere simultaneously on ESPN & ESPN+ July 18 at 10 p.m. ET, following the MLB All Star Home Run Derby.

He was the face of the New York Yankees, a five-time World Series champion, the most popular and admired player in baseball, and one of the great sports superstars of any age. The Captain tells the story of Derek Jeter’s life and Hall of Fame career in a seven-part docu-series that’s anchored by exclusive, extensive, unprecedentedly candid interviews with Jeter, along with his family and dozens of teammates, rivals, and observers.

“We set out on a journey to discover the man behind the iconic Yankees number 2 jersey,” said Wilkins. “The series gives insight into a hall of fame baseball career, but more importantly, we reveal a person who sits at multiple intersections of American culture. The Captain is a story about race, media, celebrity culture, and the insatiable drive to be the best version of yourself.”

The series features interviews with Jeter, his mother and father Dorothy and Dr. Charles Jeter, his sister Sharlee Jeter, his wife, Hannah Jeter, Roger Clemens, Tino Martinez, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Willie Randolph, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Darryl Strawberry, Joe Torre, Bernie Williams, as well as hip hop artists Fat Joe and Jadakiss, among many others.

The debut schedule is as follows:

Episode Premiere on ESPN & ESPN+

1 Monday, July 18, 10 p.m. ET After MLB All Star Home Run Derby

2 Thursday, July 21, 9 p.m. ET

3 Thursday, July 28, 9 p.m. ET

4 Thursday, July 28, 10 p.m. ET

5 Thursday, August 4, 9 p.m. ET

6 Thursday, August 4, 10 p.m. ET

7 Thursday, August 11, 10 p.m. ET

Episodes:

· Episode 1: Jeter’s upbringing as a bi-racial kid in the Midwest and his journey to the major leagues. This episode features never before seen footage of Jeter getting drafted by the New York Yankees.

· Episode 2: Jeter has an instant impact on the Yankees as he captures a title in his first season as a pro. This catapults him to superstardom but fame comes with a price. Jeter reveals the privileges and perils of fame. But through it all, Jeter becomes a leader on a team that is considered by many to be the greatest in the history of the game, the 1998 Yankees.

· Episode 3: The importance of loyalty and trust to Jeter as the Yankees cap off a three peat beating the Mets, and his friendship with Alex Rodriguez is changed.

· Episode 4: The Yankees Dynasty ends and we explore 9/11’s impact on New York. The Yankees and Red Sox’s ancient blood feud is decided in an epic Game 7. Team dynamics change with the addition of new players and personalities.

· Episode 5: The Yankees and Jeter suffer the most historic loss in baseball history. Jeter’s identity is under attack as he faces challenges in the press, on the field and in his clubhouse.

· Episode 6: Jeter wins his 5th and final World Series and celebrates his 3000th hit, but it’s not all smooth sailing for this aging superstar. As his career begins to come to an end, he goes through a very public and difficult contract negotiation that changes his relationship with the Yankees. For the first time ever, Jeter’s wife Hannah gives us the backstory of their relationship and a behind the scenes look at Jeter’s recovery from a career altering injury.

· Episode 7: Jeter and Hannah share intimate details of their difficult journey on the way to parenthood. Jeter achieves another dream by becoming the owner of the Marlins, but his journey is fraught with criticism and unfinished business

The series is executive produced by Spike Lee, Mike Tollin, Mandalay Sports Media, Excel Sports Management’s media arm Excel Media, and Connor Schell, in association with The Players’ Tribune and Major League Baseball.

About ESPN Films

ESPN Films has been an industry leader in documentary filmmaking since its inception in March 2008, producing more than 100 documentaries that have showcased some of the most compelling stories in sports. The high quality of storytelling, highlighted by the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 series and the Academy-Award winning documentary “O.J.: Made in America,” has led to record viewership as well as multiple honors and critical acclaim. Additional projects from ESPN Films over the years have included 30 for 30 Shorts, Nine for IX, SEC Storied and Emmy award-winning docu-series “The Last Dance.” ESPN+ is the exclusive home for the entire 30 for 30 library.

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ESPN Scores Big in May, Biggest Total-Day Audience for the Month in Seven Years





ESPN Scores Big in May, Biggest Total-Day Audience for the Month in Seven Years
Overall, ESPN averaged 742K viewers (P2+) on a 24-hour basis, up 34% from May 2021.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN Scores Big in May, Biggest Total-Day Audience for the Month in Seven Years

NBA, NHL Playoffs, NCAA Softball, PGA Championship & Formula One Lead Event Coverage Increases

Get Up, First Take Enjoy Strongest May Ever; Strong Month for SportsCenter & Daytime Studio Shows

ESPN’s Total Day Audience up 34%, up 76% in Prime; Leads Cable among P18-49

ESPN scored its strongest viewership in May in seven years, thanks to big increases in the audiences for the NBA, NCAA Softball, the PGA Championship and Formula One; SportsCenter throughout the day; and the entire lineup of weekday studio shows, plus the return of the NHL to ESPN with an extensive playoff schedule.

Overall, ESPN averaged 742K viewers (P2+) on a 24-hour basis, up 34% from May 2021. It was ESPN’s highest average for May since 2015. The increase in prime time was even more pronounced – an average of 2.17M viewers, a stunning increase of 76% vs. last year to the network’s highest mark since 2018.

In May (April 24 – May 28), ESPN led all cable networks in total day viewership among persons 18-49.

Live Event Highlights

The NBA on ESPN attracted an average audience in May of 5.55M viewers (13 games, all playoffs), more than three times (up 204%) bigger than a year ago (25 games, 18 regular-season and seven playoffs). The month concluded with the most-watched game in this year’s playoffs on any network – Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Boston defeating Miami, with an average audience of 9.87M fans. It was ESPN’s best NBA audience since 2018 and was the most-viewed telecast on cable since the NCAA Tournament.

ESPN’s first NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2005 provided a big boost to the month. The 27 post-season contests (16 first round, 11 second round) averaged 1.2M viewers, up 81% vs the 25 games in May a year ago on NBCSN (23 first round, two second round).

The NCAA Softball slate of nine contests (two regular season, seven post season) was the strongest for the month on ESPN since 2015. The average of 636K viewers was up 18% over 2021 (10 games; two regular season, eight post season). Of note, the Texas vs. Arkansas matchup on May 28 broke the record for viewership in the Regionals/Super Regionals round for any ESPN network, an average of just over one million people.

ESPN’s coverage of the first two rounds of the PGA Championship garnered tremendous viewership for each six-hour window. Thursday’s audience of 1.5M fans was 23% larger than a year ago and the biggest on any network for that round in 20 years – since 2002. Friday’s second round averaged 2.1M viewers, a record for ESPN – which added the golf Major in 2020 after a 30-year absence – and the best on any network since 2009. In addition, the new alternate telecast featuring Joe Buck and Michael Collins averaged 684K and 691K the two days for its first hour on ESPN. That represents increases of 80% and 88%, respectively, when compared to the same hour preceding the primary telecast on ESPN before the 2021 event.

Formula One continued its spectacular growth across ESPN’s networks in May. The inaugural Grand Prix of Miami on ABC attracted the biggest audience in U.S. television history for a live F1 race – 2.6M viewers. The Grand Prix of Spain on ESPN2 was up 32% from last year on ESPN to an event-record on cable (and a record for live coverage) average of 1.1M viewers. For seven races this year to date (five on ESPN), the series is averaging 1.4M persons. That is an increase of 45% from the same point a year ago, the most-watched campaign in F1 history on U.S. television. The sport’s rising popularity is not limited to the races. ESPN attracted an audience of 953K viewers for qualifying at the Grand Prix of Miami on May 7, ESPN’s largest viewership for a regular qualifying telecast since F1 returned to the network in 2018.

SportsCenter and Weekday Studio Shows

Every edition of SportsCenter increased its audience over 2021 (except the 1 a.m. show), led by the midnight show growing 83%. Also, numerous editions posted their best May in years and/or their best month since January.

· The 11 p.m. edition averaged 654K people, its highest since 2017 and up 44% from 2021.

· The 7 a.m., noon, 6 p.m., midnight and weekend morning shows all posted their best May since 2019.

· The audience of 3.6M for the May 29 edition of SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt that followed Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals was the biggest for any SportsCenter with Van Pelt in nearly 18 months – since January 1, 2021 (4.5M following the College Football Playoff Semifinals). It also was the biggest audience for any SportsCenter since Jan. 10, 2022 (3.8M following the College Football Playoff National Championship.)

· The 7 a.m., 11 p.m., midnight and 1 a.m. editions all enjoyed their strongest month since January.

In addition, ESPN’s entire weekday lineup of studio shows eclipsed their performance of May a year ago by healthy margins:

· ESPN’s weekday morning duo – Get Up and First Take – each recorded their best month of May ever and were up 9% and 31%, respectively.

· In midday afternoons, This Just In was up 27%, NBA Today was up 59% and NFL Live was up 11%. For the latter, it was the best May since 2016. (Comparisons to 2021 for TJI and NBA Today are to the equivalent time slot.)

· The longtime pairing of Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption from 5-6 p.m. had their best May since 2019 with increases of 17% and 11%, respectively.

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ESPN Films’ Latest 30 for 30 “Dream On”





ESPN Films’ Latest 30 for 30 “Dream On” Chronicling the Journey of the 1996 Women’s Olympic Basketball Team Premieres June 15 at 8 p.m. ET
Directed by Kristen Lappas, the documentary examines the 1996 USA Women’s Dream Team and the 14-month odyssey that would forever change the landscape of women’s athletics.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN Films’ Latest 30 for 30 “Dream On” Chronicling The Journey of the 1996 Women’s Olympic Basketball Team Premieres June 15 at 8 p.m. ET

ESPN will debut the next installment in the Peabody and Emmy award-winning 30 for 30 series, “Dream On,” on June 15. Directed by Kristen Lappas (“Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible”), the documentary examines the 1996 USA Women’s Dream Team and the 14-month odyssey that would forever change the landscape of women’s athletics.”Dream On” will premiere June 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The film will be made available on ESPN+ immediately after its premiere, along with the rest of the 30 for 30 library.

At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the USA women’s basketball team dominated the competition. Eight wins. Zero losses. Gold medals around their necks. They made it look easy. But that’s barely the start of the real story of the Women’s Dream Team. Because the truth about how the team came together, and what they endured on their grueling 14-month road leading up to the Olympics, is one of the most unlikely and most complicated tales told in sports history. Nothing less than the future of basketball was in their hands. If the ’96 team won and captured the hearts of fans, the NBA was prepared to launch the WNBA. If they failed, the league would scrap their plans.

“As we celebrate 50 years since Title IX was passed, there is no better time to share the journey of these hidden figures of basketball who opened the doors for future generations of athletes,” said Lappas. “The story of this incredible team – one that won over its many skeptics – transcends sports and speaks to the human condition at large. I’m certain their story will win over audiences too.”

Through a mix of 25 original interviews, intimate present-day footage with each player of the Women’s Dream Team, and revealing, never-before-seen archival footage selected from over 500 hours from the barnstorming 60-game tour, “Dream On” takes audiences on a nostalgic journey alongside these trailblazers of women’s basketball, who inspired millions of athletes and changed the landscape for future generations.

Follow 30 for 30 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About ESPN Films

ESPN Films has been an industry leader in documentary filmmaking since its inception in March 2008, producing more than 100 documentaries that have showcased some of the most compelling stories in sports. The high quality of storytelling, highlighted by the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 series and the Academy-Award winning documentary “O.J.: Made in America,” has led to record viewership as well as multiple honors and critical acclaim. Additional projects from ESPN Films over the years have included 30 for 30 Shorts, Nine for IX, SEC Storied and Emmy award-winning docu-series “The Last Dance.” ESPN+ is the exclusive home for the entire 30 for 30 library.

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Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Averages Record 1.4 Million Viewers





Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Averages Record 1.4 Million Viewers on ESPN Despite Rain Delay
Excluding the rain delay, the race telecast averaged 1.6 million viewers from 10 a.m. until noon ET as Mexico’s Sergio Pérez drove to victory.
[via press release from ESPN]
Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Averages Record 1.4 Million Viewers on ESPN Despite Rain Delay

1.6 Million Watch Sergio Pérez’s Win After Rain Delays Race Start

Largest Cable Audience on Record for Event; Up 43 Percent Over 2021 Viewership

ESPN’s live telecast of the rain-delayed Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, May 29, averaged 1.4 million viewers, the largest live cable audience for the race on record and the second most-viewed live telecast of the historic race ever. Viewership was up 43 percent over the 2021 edition of the race, which aired on ESPN2 and averaged 977,000 viewers.

Excluding the rain delay, the race telecast averaged 1.6 million viewers from 10 a.m. until noon ET as Mexico’s Sergio Pérez drove to victory. During the rain delay prior to the start of the race, 1.2 million were tuned in from 8:53 – 10 a.m. as they waited for action to start. The audience peaked at 1.8 million viewers in the 10:30-10:45 a.m. quarter hour.

An encore presentation on ABC at 3:30 p.m. averaged 762,000 viewers.

This year’s seasonal average of 1.4 million viewers is 45 percent larger than the 948,000 average through the first seven races of the 2021 season and up 45 percent over the 949,000 season-long average for 2021, which was the most-viewed F1 season ever on U.S. television.

ESPN’s Formula 1 telecasts also continue to attract younger viewers – the race averaged 595,000 viewers in the Persons ages 18-49 demographic, up 45 percent over last season’s race average of 411,000. ESPN was averaging 319,000 viewers per race in the Persons 12-34 age group through the first six races of the season, up 84 percent over the average of 174,000 for the first six races of 2021.

The top 10 local market ratings for the race telecast:
1 Greenville-Spartanburg, SC 1.6
2 Washington, DC 1.5
3 Richmond, VA 1.5
4 Hartford, CT 1.4
5 Fort Myers, FL 1.4
6 Tampa-St. Petersburg 1.3
7 Austin, TX 1.3
8 Tulsa, OK 1.1
9 Charlotte, NC 1.1
10 San Diego 1.1

The Monaco Grand Prix holds the record for the largest audience of any kind ever to watch a Formula 1 race in the U.S. (2.78 million on ABC in 2002 for a same-day delayed telecast). The largest live audience ever for the Monaco event was 1.41 million on NBC in 2013.

The next race is the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, June 12, at 6:55 a.m. on ESPN.

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Boston Celtics-Miami Heat Game 7 Is Most-Watched Conference Finals Game on ESPN





Boston Celtics-Miami Heat Game 7 Is Most-Watched Conference Finals Game on ESPN in Four Years
The telecast averaged 9,875,000 viewers, peaking with 12,171,000 viewers at 11 p.m. ET.
[via press release from ESPN]
Boston Celtics-Miami Heat Game 7 is Most-Watched Conference Finals Game on ESPN in Four Years

Game 7 Averaged 9,875,000 Viewers, Peaking with 12,171,000 Viewers

Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Since 2018 and Up 40 Percent from 2021

The Boston Celtics victory over the Miami Heat in Game 7 on Sunday was the most-watched Conference Finals game on ESPN in four years, according to Nielsen. The telecast averaged 9,875,000 viewers, peaking with 12,171,000 viewers at 11 p.m. ET.

The Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat series was the most-watched NBA Eastern Conference Finals since 2018, averaging nearly seven million viewers across the seven games (6,978,000). This is up 40 percent from last year’s Eastern Conference Finals.

Game 7 on ESPN was the most-watched program of the day across all of television, including in every key demographic: P18-34; P18-49; P25-54; M18-34; M18-49; M25-54.

The NBA Finals, exclusively on ABC, begins Thursday, June 2, at 9 p.m. as the Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum visit the Golden State Warriors and three-time NBA Champion Stephen Curry. For coverage details, visit ESPN Press Room.

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2022 NBA Finals Presented by YouTubeTV Exclusively on ABC





2022 NBA Finals Presented by YouTubeTV Exclusively on ABC: Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics Starts June 2
This marks the 20th consecutive year ESPN will produce the NBA Finals on ABC, dating back to the 2002-03 event.
[via press release from ESPN]
2022 NBA Finals Presented By YouTubeTV Exclusively on ABC: Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics Starts June 2

· 20th Consecutive Season ESPN Has Produced NBA Finals on ABC

· Prolific NBA Finals Broadcast Booth Continues Record-Setting Run: Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, with Lisa Salters Reporting

· NBA Finals: Celebrating 75 – ESPN2 Alternate Presentation for Game 1 to Celebrate NBA’s 75th Anniversary Season

· ESPN’s Largest On-Site Presence to Date: First NBA Finals for New NBA Countdown and NBA Today Teams, Plus Hoop Streams, SportsCenter, First Take, Pardon The Interruption, Jalen & Jacoby, ESPN Social Media

· Innovative Viewing Options on ESPN App Include SkyCam and Above The Rim Cam

The 2022 NBA Finals Presented By YouTubeTV will air exclusively on ABC, beginning with Game 1 on Thursday, June 2, at 9 p.m. ET as the Golden State Warriors and three-time NBA Champion Stephen Curry host the Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum. This marks the 20th consecutive year ESPN will produce the NBA Finals on ABC, dating back to the 2002-03 event. All NBA Finals games will air on ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and the ESPN App and Game 1 will include an ESPN2 alternate presentation called NBA Finals: Celebrating 75.

ESPN’s prolific NBA Finals broadcast team will continue its record-setting run this year as Curt Gowdy Media Award-winning play-by-play voice Mike Breen calls the action on ABC. Breen will be joined by analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, with Lisa Salters reporting and officiating expert Steve Javie available from the NBA Replay Center. The trio of Breen, Van Gundy and Jackson will call their 14th NBA Finals together, expanding upon the record for the most in NBA history as a trio. Salters returns to the NBA Finals as sideline reporter for the second time, having previously held the role in 2006.

More broadcast records:

· Mike Breen will call his 17th NBA Finals, the most for play-by-play commentator;

· Jeff Van Gundy will call his 16th as analyst, the most for a television analyst;

· Mark Jackson will call his 14th as analyst, the most for a Black game analyst in any major sports championship event.

Date Time (ET) Game Platform(s)

Thu, June 2 9 p.m. Game 1: Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors ABC, ESPN2, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN App

Sun, June 5 8 p.m. Game 2: Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN App

Wed, June 8 9 p.m. Game 3: Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN App

Fri, June 10 9 p.m. Game 4: Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN App

Mon, June 13 9 p.m. *Game 5: Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN App

Thu, June 16 9 p.m. *Game 6: Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN App

Sun, June 19 8 p.m. *Game 7: Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN App

*if necessary

Tim Corrigan, ESPN Vice President of Production, will continue to lead game production for the NBA Finals on ABC. Corrigan has been a part of all 20 of ESPN’s NBA Finals productions.

NBA Finals: Celebrating 75 Alternate Presentation

ESPN2 will televise NBA Finals: Celebrating 75, a special alternate presentation for NBA Finals Game 1 on Thursday, June 2, at 9 p.m. The telecast, hosted by Michael Eaves, will emanate from ESPN’s Seaport District Studios in New York, N.Y. and will include special commentary, graphics, packages and footage of the NBA’s rich 75-year history. New ESPN NBA analyst CJ McCollum will make his debut alongside veteran analyst Tim Legler. The team will provide insights on Game 1 and reflections on the NBA’s 75-year history. The trio will be joined by several special guests, including Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Julius “Dr. J” Erving. NBA Finals: Celebrating 75 will also include content from ESPN Marketing’s NBA Finals Game 1 Watch Party, taking place atop the Seaport District Studios that night.

Cameras and coverage highlights:

· 55 total cameras;

· 17 high frame rate Super Slo Mo Cameras;

· 2 RF Shallow Depth Of Field Mirrorless Gimbal Steadi Cameras;

· 1 1080P Skycam;

· Multiple virtual overlay cameras, including Skycam;

· New enhanced cameras with Augmented Reality Graphics and trackmen optical tracking;

· Live drone coverage, including with virtual overlay.

ESPN will offer innovative viewing options via the ESPN App throughout the NBA Finals. Fans will have the opportunity to choose both SkyCam and Above The Rim Cam options for unique views of the action, in addition to the traditional game broadcast. The ESPN App will also offer a pregame Layup Lines viewing option.

First NBA Finals for New NBA Countdown, NBA Today Teams

NBA Countdown Presented By Door Dash, ABC’s NBA Finals pregame show, will air 30 minutes prior to all games, starting at 8:30 p.m., with the exceptions of Game 2 and a potential Game 7, which begin one hour earlier. The show will also air from 8-8:30 p.m. on ESPN for Games 3-6 prior to the ABC broadcasts. NBA Countdown is comprised of several of ESPN’s highest-profile commentators, including Mike Greenberg, Stephen A. Smith, Curt Cowdy Media Award-winner Mike Wilbon and Jalen Rose with contributions from ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski. This season marks Rose’s 12th consecutive year as NBA Finals pregame and halftime analyst. The Game 1 edition of the show will include Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson joining the team live, on site.

NBA Today, ESPN’s weekday NBA show hosted by Malika Andrews, will travel to the NBA Finals for weekday shows. Andrews, ESPN NBA reporter and host, is joined by a popular team of analysts and writers, including former high-profile players such as Kendrick Perkins, Richard Jefferson, Vince Carter, current WNBA star Chiney Ogwumike and ESPN Senior Writer Zach Lowe. NBA Today generally airs at 3 p.m. on ESPN. It will air on ESPN2 this Thursday, June 2. NBA Today made its debut at the start of the 2021-22 regular season and is making its first appearance at the NBA Finals.

Hoop Streams, ESPN’s digital NBA pregame show led by host and reporter Cassidy Hubbarth, will be courtside throughout the NBA Finals, starting 60 minutes before tipoff. Hoop Streams airs on ESPN’s Twitter, YouTube and Instagram platforms, as well as the ESPN App. Hubbarth will be joined by a cast of commentators, including Monica McNutt, Gary Striewski, David Jacoby, Christine Williamson, Richard Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins, Chiney Ogwumike, and more.

NBA Finals on ESPN Radio

ESPN Radio will serve as the national audio home of the 2022 NBA Finals. Marc Kestecher will describe the action over the airwaves with P.J. Carlesimo and Curt Gowdy Media Award-winning analyst Doris Burke, with Monica McNutt and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude reporting. This marks Burke’s third NBA Finals on ESPN Radio. In 2022 Burke became the first woman to serve as an NBA Finals game analyst on any platform. Kevin Winter will serve as the pregame and halftime host on ESPN Radio. Audio from ESPN Radio’s NBA Finals coverage is available to stream via the ESPN App.

CJ McCollum Joins ESPN

On Monday, ESPN announced that New Orleans Pelicans star, and current NBPA President CJ McCollum has joined ESPN as an NBA analyst. He will appear across ESPN platforms on a year-long basis, while active with the Pelicans. His role will include development of a new podcast, game and studio analysis. For more information, visit ESPN Press Room.

ESPN will offer its most comprehensive on-site NBA Finals coverage to date, with content appearing across platforms throughout the NBA Finals. On-site platforms include:

· SportsCenter;

· First Take;

· Pardon The Interruption;

· Jalen & Jacoby;

· ESPN social media: Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, SportsCenter on Snapchat, Facebook.

ESPN.com will have several reporters and writers on site documenting the NBA Finals, including Adrian Wojnarowski, Kevin Arnovitz, Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps, Kendra Andrews, Ohm Youngmisuk, Zach Lowe, Kirk Goldsberry, Tim Keown, Marc Spears and Liz Merril. Content can be found at ESPN.com’s NBA Playoffs special section here: NBA Playoffs.

NBA 75: Game Changers

ESPN, in conjunction with Boardwalk Pictures and Station 10, will televise a one-hour film on Tuesday, May 31, at 7 p.m. as part of its NBA 75 celebration series. Game Changers, featuring narration by Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Julius “Dr. J” Erving, will focus on 15 players from the NBA’s 75 greatest players list. The group will include six guards, six forwards and three centers that did the most to transform the NBA from era to era.

The NBA Finals will so be available in Spanish on ESPN Deportes. All NBA Finals content and programming is available to stream on the ESPN App.

The 2022 NBA Finals marks the sixth appearance by the Warriors and the third appearance by the Celtics during ESPN’s 20 seasons producing the event.

ESPN Marketing Celebrates NBA Finals

ESPN marketing is supporting the NBA Finals in a variety of ways. Ahead of Game 1 the award-winning Champion Black Businesses campaign will be brought back for a third year, and there will be a Game 1 watch party and concert live from The Rooftop at Pier 17. Additionally, ESPN and the NBA are creating victory goggles to celebrate the end of a historic NBA season.

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