ESPN to Exclusively Televise Seven of Eight MLB Wild Card Series Starting September 29





ESPN to Exclusively Televise Seven of Eight MLB Wild Card Series Starting September 29
ESPN platforms will exclusively televise all National League Wild Card Series games and three out of four American League Wild Card Series games.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN to Exclusively Televise Seven of Eight MLB Wild Card Series Starting September 29

Commentator Assignments for up to 21 MLB Postseason Games Across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Radio and ESPN+

ESPN to Exclusively Carry the National League MLB Wild Card Series on its Platforms

First Statcast Alternate Presentations and “Squeeze Play” Whiparound Shows for ESPN+

ESPN Presents “Fall Frenzy” Marketing Campaign

ESPN will exclusively televise seven of the eight 2020 Major League Baseball Wild Card Series presented by Hankook Tire as part of the expanded MLB Postseason, from Tuesday, September 29 through Friday, October 2. ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise up to 21 games in four days, including seven games on September 30 as part of the first-of-its-kind MLB Postseason event. ESPN platforms will exclusively televise all National League Wild Card Series games and three out of four American League Wild Card Series games. All games will also be available to stream via the ESPN App.

Coverage of the best of three series will begin with three games across platforms on September 29. ABC will broadcast its first MLB Postseason game in 25 years (since 1995), starting at 2 p.m. ET on September 29, as the Minnesota Twins host the Houston Astros. Karl Ravech will provide commentary with analysts Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian. At 3 p.m. on ESPN, the Chicago White Sox will visit the Oakland Athletics. Dave Flemming will call the action with analysts Jessica Mendoza and Rick Sutcliffe.

The New York Yankees will visit the Cleveland Indians on September 29 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN with the Sunday Night Baseball team providing commentary. Matt Vasgersian will call the game with analyst Alex Rodriguez and reporter Buster Olney. A Statcast-driven alternate presentation of Yankees vs. Indians will air live on ESPN+. ESPN MLB reporters, including Marly Rivera, Alden Gonzalez, Kiley McDaniel and ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez will also contribute to telecasts throughout the MLB Wild Card Series.

ESPN commentator assignments:

· Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez and Buster Olney to call the (5) New York Yankees vs. (4) Cleveland Indians series with Marly Rivera also reporting and the (7) Cincinnati Reds vs. (2) Atlanta Braves series with Kiley McDaniel also reporting.

· Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian to call the (6) Houston Astros vs. (3) Minnesota Twins series and (8) Milwaukee Brewers vs. (1) Los Angeles Dodgers series.

· Jon Sciambi, Chipper Jones and Jesse Rogers to call the (6) Miami Marlins vs. (3) Chicago Cubs series.

· Dave Flemming and analyst Jessica Mendoza to call the (7) Chicago White Sox vs. (2) Oakland Athletics series.

· Tom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe and Pedro Gomez to call the (5) St. Louis Cardinals vs. (4) San Diego Padres series

MLB Wild Card Series on ESPN+

For the first time, ESPN will offer its MLB Statcast-driven alternate presentations on ESPN+, beginning September 29, at 7 p.m. ET for the New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians game. Jason Benetti will provide commentary with analyst Kyle Peterson and MLB Statcast Insider Mike Petriello. The trio will also call an additional game on Friday, October 2, currently slated as Game 3 between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers, if necessary.

The Statcast team will also anchor ESPN+’s first live MLB whiparound show called “Squeeze Play” on both September 30 and October 1. The team will go live on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET to begin approximately 10 hours of live coverage each day, cutting in to key moments in MLB Wild Card Series matchups and providing expert analysis and commentary. “Squeeze Play” will provide coverage through the conclusion of the 7 p.m. ET games on those evenings.

ESPN’s MLB Wild Card Series game coverage will emanate from its Bristol, Conn. studios. Play-by-play commentators will generally call games from the studios with analysts generally appearing remotely. Reporters will appear on site at select venues.

ESPN television schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators Platform

Tue, Sept. 29
2 p.m. Game 1: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian ABC, ESPN App
3 p.m. Game 1: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza ESPN, ESPN App
7 p.m. Game 1: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly Rivera ESPN, ESPN App
7 p.m. Game 1: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians (Statcast) Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello, Marly Rivera ESPN+

Wed, Sept. 30
12 p.m. Game 1: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDaniel ESPN, ESPN App
1 p.m. “Squeeze Play” whiparound coverage Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello ESPN+
1 p.m. Game 2: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian ESPN2, ESPN App
2 p.m. Game 1: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Jon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse Rogers ABC, ESPN App
3 p.m. Game 2: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza ESPN, ESPN App
5 p.m. Game 1: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres Tom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro Gomez ESPN2, ESPN App
7 p.m. Game 2: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly Rivera ESPN, ESPN App
10 p.m. Game 1: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden Gonzalez ESPN, ESPN App

Thu, Oct. 1
TBD Game 2: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDaniel TBD
TBD “Squeeze Play” whiparound coverage Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello TBD
TBD Game 3: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins* if necessary Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian TBD
TBD Game 2: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Jon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse Rogers TBD
TBD Game 3: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics* if necessary Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza TBD
TBD Game 2: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres Tom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro Gomez TBD
TBD Game 3: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians* if necessary Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly Rivera TBD
TBD Game 2: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden Gonzalez TBD Fri, Oct. 2
TBD Game 3: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs* if necessary Jon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse Rogers TBD
TBD Game 3: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves* if necessary Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDaniel TBD
TBD Game 3: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers* if necessary Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden Gonzalez TBD
TBD Game 3: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers* if necessary
(Statcast) Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello, Alden Gonzalez TBD
TBD Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres* if necessary Tom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro Gomez TBD

Baseball Tonight will air two shows on Tuesday, September 29 – from 2-3 p.m. ET and again from 6-7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Baseball Tonight will also provide studio updates and show highlights throughout the MLB Wild Card Series. Studio coverage will be hosted by Kevin Connors and feature analyst Mark Teixeira.

MLB Wild Card Series on ESPN Radio

ESPN Radio will nationally broadcast multiple games per day throughout the MLB Wild Card Series. Additionally, ESPN Radio will offer national audio coverage for the remainder of the MLB Postseason through the World Series. The audio from ESPN Radio broadcasts is available on the ESPN App.

ESPN Radio schedule and commentators (September 29-30):

Date Coverage Start Time (ET) Game Commentators

Tue, Sept. 29
1:45 p.m. Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Kevin Brown, Chris Singleton
2:45 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Jon Sciambi and Jim Bowden
4:45 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Dan Shulman, Chris Burke
6:45 p.m. New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Dave O’Brien, Chris Singleton

Wed, Sept. 30
1:45 p.m. Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Kevin Brown, Jim Bowden
3:45 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Dan Shulman, Chris Burke
6:45 p.m. New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Dave O’Brien, Chris Singleton
9:45 p.m. Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Dan Shulman, Jim Bowden

ESPN is presenting a new, multi-platform MLB marketing campaign titled “Fall Frenzy” for the MLB Wild Card Series. “Fall Frenzy” is part of ESPN’s season-long “Give Us Baseball” campaign with a focus on the MLB Wild Card Series, emphasizing more teams, more fans and more excitement.

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ESPN Films Sets Four-Part 30 for 30 Documentary “The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius”





ESPN Films Sets Four-Part 30 for 30 Documentary “The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius” to Premiere Exclusively on ESPN+ September 27
The documentary tells the story of the South African Paralympic sprinter and international hero, who had inspired millions with his determination and dedication – and who was then suddenly at the center of a murder investigation.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN Films Sets Four-Part 30 for 30 Documentary “The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius” to Premiere Exclusively on ESPN+ September 27

ESPN+ is the exclusive home to the entire 30 for 30 library of 100+ films

“Inside 30 for 30: The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius” hosted by Jeremy Schaap

In the midst of the most unusual year across sports and entertainment, ESPN Films continues to offer some of the best overall storytelling, including the Emmy award-winning cultural phenomenon “The Last Dance” and 30 for 30 documentaries “LANCE,” “Be Water,” and “Long Gone Summer.” Today, the production unit has announced its latest installment in the Peabody and Emmy award-winning 30 for 30 series, “The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius,” which has been in production for several years. The four-part documentary will debut on ESPN+ on September 27.

Directed by BAFTA award-winner Daniel Gordon (“Hillsborough,” “George Best: All By Himself”) and produced by Academy Award-winner John Battsek (“Searching for Sugarman,” “One Day in September”), the documentary tells the story of the South African Paralympic sprinter and international hero, who had inspired millions with his determination and dedication – and who was then suddenly at the center of a murder investigation. The circus that surrounded a tragic death became just as much a story of the time as his initial rise to glory. Watch the trailer: https://bit.ly/3mBTIpQ

Viewers will have the choice to watch the four serialized parts of the film live, over four nights, or binge the entire film. Part One of the film will stream live on ESPN+ on September 27th, with each subsequent part streaming live the next three nights, respectively. Alternatively, viewers can choose to watch all 4 parts any time – with the entire film available on-demand on September 27th.

“‘The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius’ is the culmination of an exceptional year of work from ESPN Films,” said Connor Schell, Executive Vice President, Content, ESPN. “As ESPN continues to build on its legacy as the home of the best storytelling in sports, we’ve simultaneously built a platform on ESPN+ where our audience can easily find and watch not only this latest release, but also films like ‘O.J.: Made in America,’ ‘The U,’ ‘The Two Escobars,’ and the rest of the 100+ titles in the 30 for 30 library.”

Featuring interviews with more than a dozen of the figures closest to the story, the film recounts Pistorius’s fall from grace after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the wee hours of February 14th, 2013 in his home in Pretoria, South Africa. According to Pistorius, the event was a tragic accident, but his troubled past and questionable testimony cast doubt on his innocence. As the saga unfolds, the story flashes back to the very beginning of the future Paralympic star’s life, chronicling his improbable ascent from a young boy who had both his undeveloped legs amputated as a toddler to overnight teenage phenomenon at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games. Shattering records and convention, “The Blade Runner,” as he became known, then went on a quest to compete against able-bodied athletes at the Olympics. His struggle against international track and field officials continued for years before Pistorius finally prevailed and competed at the London Olympics in 2012. Less than a year later, he was in a South African courtroom, accused of murdering his girlfriend.

“The story of Oscar Pistorius is remarkable in its complexity. It’s at once inspirational and harrowing, and provides a lens of insight into a breadth of issues – from gender based violence to disability rights, racial inequality and media frenzy,” said director Daniel Gordon. “My hope is that the film gives audiences additional context and layers to a story they think they know.”
“Inside 30 for 30: The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius”

Following the film, viewers can also watch the latest episode of “Inside 30 for 30” to learn more about the subject. The series, streaming exclusively on ESPN+, takes fans deeper into the gripping stories of the 30 for 30 library, featuring a roundtable discussion with key players – the people who lived it, the people who covered it, and the people who witnessed it firsthand. “Inside 30 for 30: The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius” will be hosted by award-winning ESPN journalist Jeremy Schaap who will be joined by journalists Robyn Curnow and Dan Williams, both of whom covered Oscar’s career and trial extensively, and Brian Frasure, a competitor of Oscar’s who also helped design his famous blade prosthetics.

About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the industry-leading sports streaming service. Launched in April 2018, it has grown to 8.5 million subscribers, offering fans in the U.S. thousands of live events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, as well as premium editorial content.

In addition to being the exclusive home of the entire 30 for 30 library, programming on ESPN+ includes exclusive UFC and Top Rank boxing events, hundreds of MLB and NHL games, college sports (including football, basketball and nearly a dozen other sports from 20 conferences), top domestic and international soccer, PGA Tour Golf, Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby and cricket, exclusive ESPN+ Original series, acclaimed studio shows and more.

Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $5.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) at ESPNplus.com, ESPN.com or on the ESPN App (mobile and connected devices). It is also available as part of The Disney Bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu (ad-supported) – all for just $12.99/month.

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.



ESPN Films Producing Documentary Project on Maya Moore





ESPN Films Producing Documentary Project on Maya Moore
“I am so hopeful that this intimate look at our journey for justice will inspire all to believe that change & justice are possible,” said Moore.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN Films Producing Documentary Project on Maya Moore

Production underway with Emmy award winning director, Rudy Valdez

Executive Produced by Robin Roberts, in partnership with Rock’n Robin Productions

ESPN Films today announced the group is in production on an upcoming project centered on the recent story that made waves across the country about WNBA superstar Maya Moore. The untitled documentary project, produced in partnership with Rock’n Robin Productions, will explore Moore’s unwavering faith; her connection with Jonathan Irons, a man wrongfully convicted and serving a prison sentence for burglary and assault; and how she stepped away from basketball to pursue justice both to prove his innocence and inspire activism in others during this watershed moment. The announcement comes after the couple’s appearance on “Good Morning America” this morning where they also announced that they fell in love in the process of working together to get Irons’ sentence overturned and have since married.

“I am so hopeful that this intimate look at our journey for justice will inspire all to believe that change & justice are possible,” said Moore. “The heart of this story is that when we see & value the people suffering around us we can start to become the community we know we were meant to be. I’m more convinced than ever that love & sacrifice will lead us to the win for humanity.”

Executive produced by Robin Roberts and directed by Emmy award-winning director Rudy Valdez (Sundance Film Festival winner “The Sentence”), the project will feature a treasure trove of never-before-seen archive and uncommonly intimate verité, offering a deep look at Moore’s commitment to criminal justice reform and the devoted pursuit of freedom for a man unjustly imprisoned.

Additional details to be announced.

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 record-breaking docu-series “The Last Dance.” The entire 30 for 30 library is available for streaming on ESPN+.

About Rock’n Robin Productions

Rock’n Robin Productions is a full-service broadcast and digital production company. From news-driven specials, like Shark Attack: The Paige Winter Story for ABC, to scripted entertainment including Stolen By My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story for Lifetime, to moving sports documentaries like Milton: The Rock’s Rock for ESPN, short-form digital series such as Thriver Thursday Seasons 1-3, and special events including Countdown to the Special Olympics for ESPN, Rock’n Robin Productions produces virtually every type of show. Robin Roberts serves as the company’s president and is the driving force behind its mission to entertain, enlighten, and inspire.



Booger McFarland Returns to ABC Saturdays This Fall





Booger McFarland Returns to ABC Saturdays This Fall as ESPN Unveils 2020-21 College Football Studio Lineup
McFarland will return to ESPN’s college football coverage this fall, joining host Kevin Negandhi and analyst Mark Sanchez on ABC as part of the studio lineup for the 2020-21 season.
[via press release from ESPN]
Booger McFarland Returns to ABC Saturdays This Fall as ESPN Unveils 2020-21 College Football Studio Lineup

· McFarland Will Contribute to College Football Saturdays on ABC with Kevin Negandhi and Mark Sanchez, Plus NFL Analysis on Monday Night Countdown

· Wendi Nix to Host College Football Live

Booger McFarland will return to ESPN’s college football coverage this fall, joining host Kevin Negandhi and analyst Mark Sanchez on ABC as part of the studio lineup for the 2020-21 season. A Monday Night Football analyst the past two seasons, McFarland moves into a new studio role that combines both college football and the National Football League. Beyond college football, the two-time Super Bowl champion will join ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown NFL pregame show, while continuing to contribute to Super Bowl week, the annual NFL Draft presentation, and a variety of ESPN shows like Get Up and SportsCenter.

McFarland, who will also be part of College Football Playoff coverage, previously worked with Negandhi and Mack Brown (now the North Carolina head coach) on ABC in 2017. A former first-team All American at LSU, McFarland joined ESPN as one of the original analysts for the SEC Network launch in 2014.

Negandhi has anchored ABC’s college football studio coverage since 2017. The Temple alum’s impressive resume also includes co-anchoring the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter and hosting the Special Olympic World Games, the Women’s Final Four, and more. Sanchez, the former Southern California quarterback and Rose Bowl Game MVP, enters his second season on ABC. He will continue to appear on College Football Live and Get Up throughout the season.

Matt Barrie, Joey Galloway and Jesse Palmer again lead ESPN studio team

SportsCenter anchor Matt Barrie enters his second season as host of ESPN’s Saturday college football studio coverage, continuing to work alongside analysts Joey Galloway and Jesse Palmer. Barrie, who anchored morning editions of SportsCenter on college football Saturdays from 2015-18 in addition to hosting ESPN Radio’s College GameDay show in 2014, will also call Thursday night games this season with Mike Golic, Jr.

Galloway, now in his 11th season with ESPN, and Palmer, who joined ESPN in 2007, continue their prominent studio roles. The former Ohio State All-American wide receiver and Florida quarterback, respectively, will contribute analysis to prominent ESPN college football programming throughout the season. In addition to their traditional studio wraps, Barrie, Galloway and Palmer will also cap each Saturday with College Football Final, the one-hour show highlighting the day in college football.

Kevin Connors to be joined by Jim Mora and Sanchez on ESPN2

Kevin Connors will anchor ESPN2’s studio coverage for the second straight year, joined by analysts Jim Mora and Sanchez. Connors’ varied studio assignments include regular editions of SportsCenter, college football and basketball wraps, as well as Major League Baseball. He has handled play-by-play for college basketball games, and he recently called his first MLB game for ESPN.

Now in his third season with ESPN, Mora brings more than 30 years of coaching experience to his analyst role. He will continue to appear on ESPN’s college football studio programming this season, and he even called a handful of Friday night college games a year ago. Sanchez will appear on ESPN2 in addition to his ABC studio role.

Wendi Nix Named New Primary Host of ESPN’s College Football Live

Wendi Nix, who has signed a new ESPN extension, will be the new primary host of College Football Live (Tue-Thu, 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2). No stranger to ESPN’s college football coverage, Nix hosted College Football Live and college football Saturdays on ESPN2 and previously served as a reporter, among her many assignments since joining ESPN in August 2006. She will be joined on the program by a rotation of analysts. The host of NFL Live the past three years, Nix will also continue to be involved in ESPN’s pro football coverage as the host of NFL Rewind, the Monday afternoon highlights show that recaps all of Sunday’s NFL games.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Preview Show – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will kick off the season this Saturday, Sept. 5, at 11 a.m., with a special two-hour preview show. Host Rece Davis will be live from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., studios, while analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack will be live from their ‘home studios.’ Maria Taylor will also contribute to the program. The destination of GameDay’s first road trip of the 2020 season, set for September 12, will be announced during the show.



ESPN and ABC Combine to Air Four NBA Playoffs Matchups





ESPN and ABC Combine to Air Four NBA Playoffs Matchups on Tuesday, Sept. 1 and Wednesday, Sept. 2
This is the first weekday NBA Playoffs Game 7 on ABC (non-NBA Finals).
[via press release from ABC]
ESPN AND ABC COMBINE TO AIR FOUR NBA PLAYOFFS MATCHUPS ON TUESDAY, SEPT. 1 AND WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2

ABC Will Present Primetime Coverage of the Exciting Game 7 Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz Faceoff in the Western Conference Playoffs on Tuesday, Sept. 1

This week’s NBA Playoffs game coverage on ESPN tips off on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with Game 2 of the Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors Eastern Conference semifinals. Game coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. EDT, with play-by-play commentator Dave Pasch, analyst Doris Burke and sideline reporter Malika Andrews.

Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets go head-to-head with Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference Playoffs as ABC broadcasts the “NBA Playoffs Presented by Mountain Dew: Utah vs. Denver, First Round Game 7,” TUESDAY, SEPT. 1 (8:30-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. The winner of this matchup advances to the Western Conference semifinals. Mark Jones will provide play-by-play commentary alongside analyst Mark Jackson, with Cassidy Hubbarth reporting from the sidelines. This is the first weekday NBA Playoffs Game 7 on ABC (non-NBA Finals).

“NBA Countdown Presented by Mountain Dew” will provide pregame coverage and halftime reports on ESPN at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The “NBA Countdown Presented by DraftKings” on ABC, airing TUESDAY, SEPT. 1 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), also will feature pregame coverage and halftime reports. Both will be hosted by Maria Taylor and analysts Paul Pierce, Jalen Rose and Stephen A. Smith.

Game coverage returns to ESPN on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 6:30 p.m. EDT, when Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks face Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. Dave Pasch, Doris Burke and Malika Andrews will call the action.

On Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT, the ESPN nightcap will feature either Game 7 of the Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder series or Game 1 of the Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers Western Conference semifinals. Mark Jones, Mark Jackson and Cassidy Hubbarth will provide analysis and reporting for the night.

ESPN officiating expert Steve Javie will provide analysis remotely for all four games.

All ESPN and ABC programming is available to stream on the ESPN App.



ESPN’s College Football Coverage Continues with Debut of ABC’s “Saturday Night Football”





ESPN’s College Football Coverage Continues with Debut of ABC’s “Saturday Night Football,” Opening Weeks for ACC and SEC Matchups
Clemson at Wake Forest will air in primetime on Saturday, September 12.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN’s College Football Coverage Continues with Debut of ABC’s Saturday Night Football, Opening Weeks for ACC and SEC Matchups

· ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One Debuts Sept. 12 with Top-Ranked Clemson at Wake Forest

· Opening Weeks of ACC and SEC Play Set

· Four Conference Championship Games Slated for ESPN Networks this December

ESPN’s industry-leading coverage of college football, which includes a total of nearly 325 games across all ESPN networks this fall, continues with the debut of ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One on Saturday, Sept. 12, as 2019 ACC champion and preseason No. 1 Clemson travels to Winston-Salem to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The second week of Saturday Night Football is guaranteed to be another ACC showdown, with either Virginia at Virginia Tech or Miami at Louisville taking the primetime SNF spot. Both matchups are slated for ABC in either the afternoon or primetime window.

ACC Play to Kick Off Across ESPN Networks

In addition to ACC action on two straight Saturday Night Football showcases, ACC Network will kick off its second college football campaign on Thursday, Sept. 10 with a non-conference matchup featuring UAB at Miami at 8 p.m. ACCN will also have a tripleheader on Saturday, Sept. 12 with Syracuse at North Carolina (noon), Austin Peay at Pittsburgh (4 p.m.) and Western Kentucky at Louisville (8 p.m.). The network will carry seven games in the first two weeks of the ACC season, with more information available here.

Opening Weeks of SEC Showdowns Set for ESPN, SEC Network

The opening weekend of SEC play (Saturday, Sept. 26) sees a full slate across ESPN and SEC Network, including preseason No. 3 Alabama on the road at Missouri at 7 p.m. on ESPN. SEC Network will spotlight the opening weekend of the SEC football season with an SECN tripleheader, including Kentucky at No. 11 Auburn (noon), No. 4 Georgia at Arkansas (4 p.m.) and No. 25 Tennessee at South Carolina on SEC Saturday Night (7:30 p.m.). On SEC Network Alternate, Vanderbilt ventures to No. 13 Texas A&M for a 7:30 p.m. matchup. In total, SEC Network will telecast eight games on SEC Network and SEC Network Alternate in the first two weeks of the 2020 campaign. In addition, a marquee matchup on ESPN is scheduled for Sat, Oct. 3, as Auburn travels to 2019 SEC runner-up Georgia to battle between the hedges at 7:30 p.m. For more on the first few weeks of the SEC TV schedule, please visit SECSports.com.

Four Big 12 Battles on ESPN Networks to Begin 2020 Season

On Sept. 12, ESPN networks will showcase the Big 12’s start to the season, with No. 14 Texas, No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Iowa State and Texas Tech all slated to play. Iowa State hosts Louisiana at noon on ESPN, Oklahoma State will match up against in-state foe Tulsa on ESPN or ESPNU (7:30 p.m.) and Texas Tech kicks off at 8 p.m. against Houston Baptist on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

In addition, the 14th-ranked Longhorns are set to open the season on Longhorn Network, as they host UTEP at 8 p.m. LHN will have studio coverage surrounding the Longhorns’ 2020 debut on The Forty, including the return of Texas GameDay and Texas GameDay Final. For more details on LHN’s college football programming, please click here.

Additional programming highlights include:

· AAC: The first American Athletic Conference football game to air live on ESPN+ is set for Sat, Sept 12, as South Florida hosts The Citadel at 1 p.m. The AAC is a mainstay in ESPN’s linear programming this fall as well, including on Thursday and Friday nights. Nearly a dozen AAC games will be carried across ESPN networks, highlighted by two crucial conference contests on Thanksgiving Friday in UCF at South Florida and Memphis at Tulane.

· Sun Belt: Key Sun Belt showdowns are set for midweek matchups in primetime on ESPN, with the first slated for Wed, Oct. 7 (Louisiana at Appalachian State)

· C-USA: Nearly 40 Conference USA games are set for ESPN networks this fall, with three contests scheduled for ESPN3 in primetime on C-USA’s opening weekend

Conference Championship Matchups Slated for ESPN Networks

This December, ESPN networks are scheduled to air the following conference championship games: American Athletic Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Sun Belt. All dates, times and networks will be determined at a later date.

Additional college football programming updates will be forthcoming, and the schedule is subject to change. Please continue to check @ESPNPR and ESPN Press Room for more information.

Date Time (ET) Game Network

Thu, Sep 10
8 p.m. UAB at Miami ACC Network

Sat, Sep 12
Noon Louisiana at Iowa State ESPN Charlotte at Appalachian State ESPN2 Syracuse at North Carolina ACC Network
1 p.m. The Citadel at South Florida ESPN+
3:30 p.m. Georgia Tech at Florida State ABC UTSA at Texas State ESPN2 Campbell at Georgia Southern ESPNU
4 p.m. Austin Peay at Pittsburgh ACC Network
7:30 p.m. Clemson at Wake Forest ABC Tulsa at Oklahoma State ESPN or ESPNU Tulane at South Alabama ESPN2
8 p.m. UTEP at Texas Longhorn Network Western Kentucky at Louisville ACC Network Houston Baptist at Texas Tech Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Fri, Sep 18
7:30 p.m. Houston at Memphis ESPN

Sat, Sep 19
Noon Navy at Tulane ABC Austin Peay at Cincinnati ESPN Louisiana at Georgia State ESPN2 Liberty at Western Kentucky ESPNU Syracuse at Pittsburgh ACC Network Boston College at Duke ESPN3
3 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at UTSA ESPN3
3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Virginia at Virginia Tech ABC
3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Miami at Louisville ABC
3:30 p.m. UCF at Georgia Tech ESPN Charlotte at North Carolina ESPN3
4 p.m. Florida Atlantic at Georgia Southern ESPN2 Troy at Middle Tennessee ESPNU The Citadel at Clemson ACC Network
7 p.m. Central Arkansas at Arkansas State ESPN+
7:30 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Southern Mississippi ESPN2 Texas State at Louisiana-Monroe ESPNU
8 p.m. Wake Forest at NC State ACC Network
9 p.m. Abilene Christian at UTEP ESPN3
TBD Campbell at Coastal Carolina ESPN3

Thu, Sep 24
7:30 p.m. UAB at South Alabama ESPN

Sat, Sep 26
Noon Florida at Ole Miss ESPN Kentucky at Auburn SEC Network
4 p.m. Georgia at Arkansas SEC Network
7 p.m. Alabama at Missouri ESPN
7:30 p.m. Tennessee at South Carolina SEC Network Vanderbilt at Texas A&M SEC Network Alternate
10:15 p.m. Troy at BYU ESPN

Sat, Oct 3
Noon South Carolina at Florida ESPN Missouri at Tennessee SEC Network
4 p.m. Ole Miss at Kentucky SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Auburn at Georgia ESPN LSU at Vanderbilt SEC Network Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network Alternate

Wed, Oct 7
7:30 p.m. Louisiana at Appalachian State ESPN

Thu, Oct 8
7:30 p.m. Tulane at Houston ESPN

Fri, Oct 9
7 p.m. Louisville at Georgia Tech ESPN
8 p.m. Campbell at Wake Forest ACC Network

Wed, Oct 14
7:30 p.m. Appalachian State at Georgia Southern ESPN

Thu, Oct 15
7:30 p.m. Georgia State at Arkansas State ESPN

Fri, Oct 16
7:30 p.m. SMU at Tulane ESPN2

Sat, Oct 17
Noon or 3:30/4 p.m. Auburn at South Carolina ESPN or ESPN2 or ESPNU or SEC Network
Noon or 3:30/4 p.m. Kentucky at Tennessee ESPN or ESPN2 or ESPNU or SEC Network
Noon or 3:30/4 p.m. Texas A&M at Mississippi State ESPN or ESPN2 or ESPNU or SEC Network
Noon or 3:30/4 p.m. Ole Miss at Arkansas ESPN or ESPN2 or ESPNU or SEC Network
3:30 p.m. LSU at Florida ESPN or ESPN2
7:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at Missouri SEC Network

Thu, Oct 22
7:30 p.m. Arkansas State at Appalachian State ESPN

Fri, Oct 23
7:30 p.m. Tulsa at South Florida ESPN

Thu, Oct 29
7:30 p.m. South Alabama at Georgia Southern ESPN

Sat, Oct 31
Noon Kentucky at Missouri SEC Network
4 p.m. Ole Miss at Vanderbilt SEC Network
7 p.m. Mississippi State at Alabama ESPN
7:30 p.m. Arkansas at Texas A&M SEC Network

Thu, Nov 5
7:30 p.m. SMU at Temple ESPN

Fri, Nov 6
7:30 p.m. Miami at NC State ESPN

Sat, Nov 7
4 p.m. Vanderbilt at Mississippi State SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Tennessee at Arkansas ESPN or SEC Network Texas A&M at South Carolina ESPN or SEC Network

Sat, Nov 14
TBD Memphis at Navy TBD

Fri, Nov 20
7:30 p.m. Syracuse at Louisville ESPN

Fri, Nov 27
TBD Iowa State at Texas TBD
TBD Notre Dame at North Carolina TBD
TBD UCF at South Florida TBD
TBD Memphis at Tulane TBD
TBD Louisville at Boston College TBD



ESPN Signs Versatile Reporter Michele Steele to New, Multiyear Contract





ESPN Signs Versatile Reporter Michele Steele to New, Multiyear Contract
“The core of what I do is original reporting, adding texture and depth to the games that we all love,” said Steele. “I pride myself in my ability to find and tell original stories that not only challenge us to think – but ask us to feel.”
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN Signs Versatile Reporter Michele Steele to New, Multiyear Contract

Steele Will Continue as Chicago-Based Reporter for SportsCenter and Other Platforms

Continuing her role as a Chicago-based general assignment reporter, Michele Steele has signed a new, multiyear contract with ESPN. She joined the network in 2011.

During her years with ESPN, Steele has demonstrated her versatility as a journalist by covering some of the biggest stories in sports both in the Midwest and nationally for SportsCenter, NFL Live, Outside the Lines and ESPN’s digital platforms. In addition, she has been a studio host, anchoring SportsCenter and OTL, and she has done features for those programs as well as SC Featured, E60 and NFL Countdown.

“The core of what I do is original reporting, adding texture and depth to the games that we all love,” said Steele. “I pride myself in my ability to find and tell original stories that not only challenge us to think – but ask us to feel.

“In a time where we are physically apart from each other, sharing stories that speak to our connections as fans takes on an even greater role,” she said. “While we may live our lives very differently in 2020, the things that bind us never went away.”

Among the national stories she has covered for ESPN: the Robert Kraft case in Florida; the murder trial of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez in Boston; the death of Muhammad Ali; and the devastating injury to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier.

She has expanded her work within the past year by doing video and written pieces for ESPN’s The Undefeated, including a feature on Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox, and most recently, she collaborated with reporter Adam Rittenberg on an in-depth investigative piece for ESPN.com on how Black players were treated within the Iowa football program over the last two decades.

This summer, she has reported from Kansas City Chiefs training camp and the BMW Championship PGA TOUR event, pitched the idea of an animated feature on Tom Brady’s 2020 offseason and wrote and reported a SportsCenter feature on Chicago White Sox fans.

“Our challenge as reporters is to think in innovative and creative ways to meet the demand for sports in this new and unique environment,” she said. “I look forward to continuing to innovate and build alongside the best colleagues in the business for years to come, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity ESPN has presented to me.”

Prior to joining ESPN, Steele was an anchor for Bloomberg Television and the network’s first full-time sports reporter.

Steele is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the Alliance Francaise and the Young Professionals group of the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Earlier this year, she interviewed ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen about his collaboration with the MJFF.

In 2019, she was recognized by ESPN in its “Volunteer of the Year” awards among employees for her work with Special Olympics and Unified Sports.

The Chicago native earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science in journalism from Columbia University.



ESPN Continues Its Industry-Leading College Football Coverage





ESPN Continues Its Industry-Leading College Football Coverage with Familiar Faces and Veteran Commentator Teams in 2020-21
More than 20 teams comprised of respected voices, insightful analysts and experienced reporters will cover the season from week 0 through the College Football Playoff National Championship and beyond.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN Continues its Industry-Leading College Football Coverage with Familiar Faces and Veteran Commentator Teams in 2020-21

· Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor Return to ABC’s Saturday Night Football

· Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge Joined by Todd McShay on ESPN Saturday Night Primetime

· Joe Tessitore Returns to College Football with Greg McElroy and Holly Rowe on ABC and ESPN

· Other ABC and ESPN Teams: Mark Jones and Dusty Dvoracek; Dave Pasch and Mike Golic; and Bob Wischusen and Dan Orlovsky

ESPN will again feature the deepest, most accomplished broadcasting roster in college football during the 2020-21 season with many familiar faces and veteran teams returning to action. More than 20 teams comprised of respected voices, insightful analysts and experienced reporters will cover the season from week 0 through the College Football Playoff National Championship and beyond. This year’s broadcast teams:

Fowler, Herbstreit and Taylor Return for ABC’s Saturday Night Football

Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and reporter Maria Taylor will again call the weekly ABC Saturday Night Football marquee matchup. The 2020 season marks Fowler and Herbstreit’s seventh year in the SNF booth and their 25th season as college football partners, having worked together since 1996 on College GameDay. Fowler and Herbstreit have called every College Football Playoff National Championship and they will work their first NFL game together Sept. 14 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Herbstreit recently earned his fifth Sports Emmy award as Outstanding Sports Event Analyst, while Fowler is ESPN’s lead voice for both Grand Slam tennis and college football. Taylor, host of ESPN’s NBA Countdown and NCAA Women’s Final Four studio coverage, has been part of Saturday Night Football since 2017.

McShay Joins McDonough and Blackledge on ESPN Saturday Night Primetime

Sean McDonough (who has a new ESPN extension) and Todd Blackledge return to ESPN Saturday Night Primetime for the third year. They will be joined this season by field analyst Todd McShay, as well as a reporter. Both McDonough and Blackledge have called college football games for more than 20 years, as well as a College Football Playoff Semifinal game together the past two seasons. McShay, a leading NFL Draft analyst, joins the team after working the past four years with Steve Levy and Brian Griese, who moved onto MNF.

Tessitore Returns to College Football with McElroy and Rowe on ABC and ESPN

The voice of Monday Night Football the past two seasons, Joe Tessitore returns to college football where he received widespread acclaim for his calls, especially in thrilling, late-game situations. Tessitore, who previously called College Football Playoff Semifinal games in 2016 and 2017, will partner with analyst Greg McElroy and reporter Holly Rowe on ESPN and ABC Saturday games. McElroy, the former National Champion Alabama quarterback, worked with Dave Pasch and Tom Luginbill the past four seasons. Rowe, one of ESPN’s most beloved reporters, previously worked with Tessitore on ESPN college football and basketball.

Jones and Dvoracek together for the third straight season

Mark Jones and Dusty Dvoracek will work together for the third consecutive campaign. Now in his 30th year with ESPN, Jones will call ESPN and ABC college football games in addition to being one of the company’s leading NBA play-by-play voices. A two-time Oklahoma Sooner captain and former NFL Draft pick, Dvoracek continues to expand his ESPN role.

Other teams for ESPN and ABC Saturday games:

· Dave Pasch and Mike Golic will call games together for the first time this fall. A versatile football and basketball play-by-play voice – who also calls Arizona Cardinals NFL games, Pasch joined ESPN in 2003. Golic, who joined ESPN in 1995, has called college football games throughout his ESPN career. The former Notre Dame captain and eight-year NFL veteran recently concluded a 22-year Hall of Fame run as an ESPN Radio host.

· Bob Wischusen and Dan Orlovsky are back together for a second season. Wischusen, a college football and basketball voice for ESPN, is also the New York Jets radio voice. In addition to calling college games, Orlovsky continues to appear across a number of ESPN shows, including the new NFL Live.

Additional ESPN and ESPN2 Broadcaster Teams:

· Dave Flemming and Rod Gilmore, now in his 24th season (ESPN);

· Anish Shroff and Tom Luginbill, who has been with ESPN for more than 15 years (ESPN and ESPN2)

· Beth Mowins and former NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison (ESPN and ESPN2)

· Matt Barrie and Mike Golic Jr., will call the season-opening FCS Kickoff game (ESPN, Thursday). Barrie will continue to have a prominent studio role, while Golic Jr. just launched his new ESPN Radio show.

· Jason Benetti and former Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware (ESPN and ESPN2, Friday)

· Roy Philpott and Kelly Stouffer (ESPN and ESPN2)

ESPN2 and ESPNU Broadcasting Teams:

· Clay Matvick and Rocky Boiman

· Kevin Brown and Jay Walker

· John Schriffen and Rene Ingoglia

· Mike Couzens and Dustin Fox

College Networks Broadcasting Teams:

· SEC Network returns its SEC Saturday Night crew of Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic.

· ACC Network’s primetime crew will again be Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck and Katie George.

· Longhorn Network’s game crew will feature Lowell Galindo, Andre Ware and Kris Budden.

ESPN will utilize a talented pool of reporters to cover games on site throughout the season, including: Kris Budden, Paul Carcaterra, Dawn Davenport, Lericia Harris, Quint Kessenich, Molly McGrath, Dr. Jerry Punch, Kelsey Riggs, Lauren Sisler, Marty Smith, Allison Williams and Eric Wood.

Additional ESPN college football contributors will include play-by-play voices Courtney Lyle, Tiffany (Greene) Berry, Mike Morgan, Mike Monaco and Bill Roth; analysts Joey Galloway and Eric Wood; and rules analysts Bill LeMonnier (Saturday Night Football) and Matt Austin (SEC games).

ESPN 2020 Commentator Teams:

Game/Network Commentators
ABC’s Saturday Night Football Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
ESPN Saturday Night Primetime Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay
ESPN and ABC Saturday Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Holly Rowe
ESPN and ABC Saturday Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek
ESPN and ABC Saturday Dave Pasch, Mike Golic
ESPN and ABC Saturday Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky
ESPN Saturday Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore
ESPN and ESPN2 Saturday Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill
ESPN and ESPN2 Saturday Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison
ESPN Thursday Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr.
ESPN and ESPN2 Friday Jason Benetti, Andre Ware
ESPN and ESPN2 Saturday Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer
SEC Network Saturday Night Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
ACC Network Saturday Night Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
SEC Network Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Matt Stinchcomb
ACC Network Wes Durham, Chris Cotter, Roddy Jones, Mark Herzlich
ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman
ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday Kevin Brown, Jay Walker
ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia
ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday Mike Couzens, Dustin Fox
Longhorn Network Lowell Galindo, Andre Ware, Kris Budden

Commentating teams subject to change. Additional broadcasters will be used throughout the season.



2020 NBA Playoffs Tip Off on ESPN With Quadruple-Header





2020 NBA Playoffs Tip Off on ESPN With Quadruple-Header Totaling More Than 10 Consecutive Hours of Live Event Coverage, Monday, Aug. 17
2020 NBA PLAYOFFS TIP OFF ON ESPN WITH QUADRUPLE-HEADER TOTALING MORE THAN 10 CONSECUTIVE HOURS OF LIVE EVENT COVERAGE,

MONDAY, AUG. 17

Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James in Action on ESPN and on ABC’s Exclusive Primetime Broadcast, Saturday, Aug. 22

Eastern Conference Finals Exclusively on ESPN, NBA Finals Exclusively on ABC

ESPN, ABC to Televise Up to Two NBA Playoffs ‘Play-In’ Games This Weekend

ESPN to Exclusively Televise 2020 NBA Draft Lottery on Thursday, Aug. 20

The 2020 NBA Playoffs will tip off on Monday, Aug. 17, with a quadruple-header, totaling more than 10 consecutive hours of live event coverage on ESPN. ABC and ESPN will combine to broadcast up to 44 NBA Playoff game telecasts, including up to 18 first-round games. ESPN will exclusively televise the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals and ABC will exclusively broadcast the 2020 NBA Finals. All games will originate from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Additionally, the Western Conference top seeded Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James will appear in two games during ESPN’s first week of NBA Playoffs coverage. On Thursday, Aug. 20, the Lakers will square off with the Western Conference eighth seed in Game 2 of their series at 9:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN. The Lakers and James will then appear on an exclusive ABC primetime broadcast, SATURDAY, AUG. 22 (8:30-11:00 p.m. EDT) – “Los Angeles Lakers vs. Western Conference 8th Seed Telecast Presented by Mountain Dew” – Game 3 of their first-round series. The night kicks off with “The Jump Presented by Draft Kings” (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT).

This weekend ESPN and ABC will combine to televise up to two NBA Playoffs play-in games. ABC will broadcast the matchup between the Western Conference eighth and ninth seeds, SATURDAY, AUG. 15 (2:30 p.m. EDT). If the ninth seed defeats the eighth seed, there will be an additional play-in game on ESPN this Sunday, Aug. 16 (4:30 p.m. EDT). The team of Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and reporter Lisa Salters will provide commentary with officiating expert Steve Javie.

ESPN’s four-game slate for Monday, Aug. 17, begins at 1:30 p.m. EDT when the Denver Nuggets and Nikola Jokić take on the Utah Jazz and Donovan Mitchell. At 4:00 p.m. EDT, the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors and Kyle Lowry square off with the Brooklyn Nets and Joe Harris. The quadruple-header continues at 6:30 p.m. EDT, as the Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum meet the Philadelphia 76ers and Tobias Harris. The 10-plus hour Game 1 marathon culminates at 9:00 p.m. EDT when the LA Clippers and Kawhi Leonard open their first-round series against the Dallas Mavericks and Luka Dončić.

ESPN will exclusively televise the “2020 NBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm” on Thursday, Aug. 20, amid its four-game slate that day. The 30-minute telecast will air at 8:30 p.m. EDT after ESPN’s third game of the day and prior to the 9:00 p.m. EDT nightcap.

ESPN’s promotional spot for the NBA Playoffs, “Rise Together,” highlights the NBA and its players who are at the forefront of raising awareness and fighting for change as they pursue a championship. With voiceover from actor Michael B. Jordan and rapper Logic with his song “Celebration” as the music backdrop, the spot serves as a call for fans to join athletes and ESPN in support of action both on and off the court. Read more on ESPN Front Row.

All NBA games and shows on ESPN platforms are available to stream live via the ESPN App. Updated ESPN and ABC NBA Playoffs broadcast schedules and commentator assignments will be announced periodically.



ESPN Films Planning Multi-Part “30 for 30” on ’86 Mets





ESPN Films Planning Multi-Part “30 for 30” on ’86 Mets
The multi-part documentary will feature hours of never-before-seen footage of the ’86 Mets team, a team of larger-than-life characters whose exploits on and off the field symbolized a unique moment in time for New York City and baseball history.
[via press release from ESPN]
ESPN Films Planning Multi-Part 30 for 30 on ’86 Mets

Production has begun in partnership with Kimmelot, ITV America, Major League Baseball and Nick Davis Productions; Project executive produced by Jimmy Kimmel, Sal “Cousin Sal” Iacono, Kimmelot’s Scott Lonker, ITV’s Jordana Hochman and MLB’s Nick Trotta with Nick Davis directing

ESPN Films today announced the group is in production on an upcoming project centered on the 1986 Mets, one of baseball’s most dominant and iconoclastic teams, whose legendary World Series comeback was merely the climax of an epic tale of ambition and swagger set in a city that was synonymous with excess.

Executive produced by Jimmy Kimmel, Sal “Cousin Sal” Iacono, Kimmelot’s Scott Lonker, ITV’s Jordana Hochman and MLB’s Nick Trotta, and directed by Nick Davis (“Ted Williams: ‘The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived'”), the multi-part documentary will feature hours of never-before-seen footage of the ’86 Mets team, a team of larger-than-life characters whose exploits on and off the field symbolized a unique moment in time for New York City and baseball history.

Additional details to be announced.

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 record-breaking docu-series “The Last Dance.” The entire 30 for 30 library is available for streaming on ESPN+.

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