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Encyclopedia > NBA on ESPN
NBA on ESPN
Format Basketball
Starring Various personalities (see below)
Country of origin  United States
Production
Running time 150 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ESPN (1982-1984 and 2003-)
ESPN2 (2003-)
ABC (2006-)
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original run 1982 – Present

The NBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. The ESPN cable network first televised NBA games from 1983 to 1984, and has been airing games currently since the 2002-03 NBA season. ESPN2 began airing a limited schedule of NBA games in 2002. ESPN on ABC began televising NBA games in 2006 (ABC Sports aired NBA games under the title of the NBA on ABC from 2002 to 2006). Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (712 × 712 pixel, file size: 65 KB, MIME type: image/gif) The logo for ESPNs National Basketball Association coverage. ... This article is about the sport. ... ESPN National Basketball Association coverage refers to the presentation of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on the ESPN family of networks. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... ESPN2 debuted on October 1, 1993, as a sister station of ESPN. Nicknamed the deuce, ESPN2 was to be branded as a network for a younger generation of sports fans featuring edgier graphics as well as extreme sports like motocross, snowboarding, and BMX racing. ... The NBA on ABC is the de facto name for a weekly presentation of National Basketball Association games on the American Broadcasting Company television network in the United States. ... 480i is the shorthand name for a video mode. ... ... JOHN HERMAN SUCKS FAT DICK ... High-definition television (HDTV) means broadcast of television signals with a higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL) allow. ... NBA redirects here. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... The 1982-83 NBA Season was the 37th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1983-84 NBA Season was the 38th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... ESPN2 debuted on October 1, 1993, as a sister station of ESPN. Nicknamed the deuce, ESPN2 was to be branded as a network for a younger generation of sports fans featuring edgier graphics as well as extreme sports like motocross, snowboarding, and BMX racing. ... ABC Sports redirects here. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ...

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ABC

For more details on this topic, see NBA on ABC.

As the home of the NBA Finals, ESPN on ABC is the primary outlet for NBA telecasts. Under the title of NBA Sunday, ABC airs games on Sunday afternoons from January through the end of the season, continuing to air games throughout the early rounds of the NBA Playoffs. Each year, ESPN on ABC airs in prime time two of the Conference Final games alloted to ESPN, usually Game 4 and Game 7 (if necessary), as well as every game of the NBA Finals. The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... ABC Sports redirects here. ... Current NBA Playoff logo. ... Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. ...


See also

The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... NBA Sunday Countdown, also known simply as NBA Countdown, is a weekly, thirty minute pregame show airing prior to each National Basketball Association (NBA) telecast on the American Broadcasting Company. ... This is a list of National Basketball Association games televised by Disneys ABC U.S. television network, including the final score of each game, the play-by-play and color commentators used in each telecast, and the Nielsen rating for each game. ...

ESPN

Overview

ESPN's NBA logo for the 2004 Eastern Conference Final.

ESPN airs NBA games on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Most NBA games on the ESPN cable network air on Fridays at 8:00 p.m ET and 7:30 p.m PT as part of "Coast to Coast" doubleheaders. Games on Wednesdays are mostly single games, televised at 9:00 p.m ET (usually following an ACC college basketball game). In addition to games on ABC, several Sundays throughout the season also feature ESPN televised games, usually during the evening. Image File history File linksMetadata Espneastfinal. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Espneastfinal. ... The National Basketball Association Conference Finals occur at the conclusion of the NBA Playoffs when the final four teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences face off. ... NBA Wednesday is a weekly presentation of the National Basketball Association on ESPN. NBA Wednesday starts the first Wednesday of the NBA season, and runs throughout the entire season. ... NBA Friday Coast to Coast is a weekly presentation of National Basketball Association games on ESPN. NBA Friday starts the first Friday of the NBA season, and with the exception of the Friday before the NBA All-Star Game and college basketball Championship Week, typically runs uninterrupted throughout the entire... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... The Pacific Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ...

ESPN's bottomline scoreboard used from 2006 - present.

ESPN's presentation of games is referred to as NBA (name of day) (i.e, NBA Wednesday, NBA Friday and NBA Sunday). Games on holidays or days when ESPN does not usually air games (Tuesdays, Saturdays, etc) are branded as NBA Special Edition. The telecast also was formerly known as ESPNBA. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 448 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 716 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 448 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 716 pixel, file size: 1. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ...


As part of the NBA's cable-heavy TV deal, ESPN airs one Conference Final per year (the Eastern Conference Final in 2003, 2004 and 2006 and the Western Conference Final in 2005 and 2007). Most Conference Final games are televised on ESPN itself, with usually Game 4 and Game 7 set aside for ABC. Outside of the Conference Finals, ESPN airs playoff games only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (with competitor TNT airing the majority of games on the other nights of the week). The National Basketball Association Conference Finals occur at the conclusion of the NBA Playoffs when the final four teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences face off. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a TV show which broadcasts National Basketball Association games on TNT. TNT began airing NBA games in 1988, and aired games on multiple nights of the week (usually twice a week with sister network TBS airing another...

ESPN uses a graphics package on its NBA coverage similar to the one used on their presentation of Monday Night Football.

ESPN airs the NBA Draft each season, as well as the NBA Draft Lottery (with the exception of 2003, when ABC aired the Draft Lottery prior to a Conference Final game on the network). Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 217 pixelsFull resolution (841 × 228 pixel, file size: 224 KB, MIME type: image/png) Screenshot of ESPNs NBA graphics. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 217 pixelsFull resolution (841 × 228 pixel, file size: 224 KB, MIME type: image/png) Screenshot of ESPNs NBA graphics. ... MNF redirects here. ... The NBA Draft is an annual North American event in which the National Basketball Associations (NBA) thirty teams (29 in the United States and one in Canada) can select players who wish to join the league. ... The NBA Draft Lottery is an annual event selecting the top picks of the following NBA Draft. ... The 2003 NBA playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2002-03 NBA season. ...


For the 2006-07 NBA season, ESPN used ABC's theme music from the previous two years, marking the second time that the network took its corporate sibling's NBA theme. Also, NBA games used graphics that had previously been only used on ESPN's coverage of Monday Night Football. Because of the move from ABC Sports to ESPN on ABC, ESPN's graphics, music and complete presentation will be used on games televised on ABC. The graphic change to the MNF like graphics was one of the few graphic changes ESPN made for 2006-07. ESPN also changed its general color scheme from red, white, and blue, to black and gold. The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The NBA on ABC is a TV show that telecasts NBA games on ABC Sports since Christmas Day 2002. ... MNF redirects here. ... ABC Sports redirects here. ...


Announcers

1983-84

Greg Gumbel and John Andariese were the voices of the original telecasts of the NBA on ESPN, which lasted only one season. Tom Mees was among the studio hosts. During a commercial break of a game at Madison Square Garden, the announcers danced to the song "Little Darling" that was played on the public address system of the arena. That blooper reel is still often played when ESPN celebrates a milestone. Greg Gumbel (born May 3, 1946) is an American television sportscaster. ... Thomas E. Mees (b. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... A blooper usually describes a short sequence of a film or video production which contains a mistake made by a member of the cast or crew. ...


2002-03

Originally, ESPN (and ABC's) lead broadcast team was Brad Nessler and Bill Walton. Nessler and Walton (eventually joined by Tom Tolbert on ABC) worked NBA Wednesday games most weeks during the 2002-03 season. For NBA Friday, Mike Tirico and Tom Tolbert worked late night West Coast games while John Saunders and Sean Elliott did the early games. For the playoffs, ESPN added Jim Durham to its list of television play-by-play voices and used the ABC main team of Nessler, Walton and Tolbert for its coverage of the 2003 Eastern Conference Finals. Brad Nessler, as part of an NBA on ABC sports broadcast (c. ... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952), is a former American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... Byron Thomas Tolbert (born October 16, 1965 in Long Beach, California) is an American sports radio personality/television color analyst for the National Basketball Association. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Mike Tirico is the lead broadcaster for ESPNs presentation of Monday Night Football. ... Byron Thomas Tolbert (born October 16, 1965 in Long Beach, California) is an American sports radio personality/television color analyst for the National Basketball Association. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... John Saunders, is currently a journalist for ESPN and ABC. Before working for ESPN, he worked in Baltimore for WMAR and for City-TV in Toronto. ... Sean Michael Elliott (born February 2, 1968 in Tucson, Arizona) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Jim Durham is an American basketball sportscaster. ... The 2003 NBA playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2002-03 NBA season. ...


2003-04

After low ratings on ABC and for the Conference Finals, ESPN reshuffled its announcing group. With the addition of Al Michaels to the ABC NBA line-up, ESPN dissolved the Nessler-Tolbert-Walton team, keeping Nessler as the main announcer but pairing him with Sean Elliott and Dan Majerle. Walton was demoted significantly, working games sporadically (including most of the ESPN NBA Sunday games with either Jim Durham or Brent Musburger). Tolbert stayed with Mike Tirico in a new three-man booth that also included newcomer George Karl. Image File history File links Braddoc. ... Image File history File links Braddoc. ... Brad Nessler, as part of an NBA on ABC sports broadcast (c. ... Glenn Anton Doc Rivers (born October 13, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player from Marquette University who played point guard in the National Basketball Association notably for the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, and San Antonio Spurs. ... The 2004 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2003-2004 season. ... Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster. ... Sean Michael Elliott (born February 2, 1968 in Tucson, Arizona) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Daniel Lewis Majerle (surname pronounced MAR-lee; b. ... Jim Durham is an American basketball sportscaster. ... Brent Woody Musburger (born May 26, 1939 in Portland, Oregon) is an American sportscaster for ABC. // Educated at Northwestern Universitys Medill School of Journalism, Musburger began his career as a sportswriter for the now-defunct Chicago American newspaper. ... Mike Tirico is the lead broadcaster for ESPNs presentation of Monday Night Football. ... George Matthew Karl (born May 12, 1951, in Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a retired American National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA) player and current head coach of the Denver Nuggets. ...


Also added to the ESPN line-up was Mike Breen, who became the number three announcer behind Tirico and Nessler. Breen worked most of his games with Bill Walton. Mike Breen(born June 26, 1965) is a play-by-play commentator for the NBA on ABC. He also works NBA games for ESPN, and was formerly a play-by-play announcers for New York Giants preseason games, as well as for regular season NFL games on both FOX and... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952), is a former American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ...


For the 2004 Eastern Conference Final, ESPN used Nessler along with ABC's lead analyst Doc Rivers for every game of the series. Game 6 between Detroit and Indiana was the last NBA game Nessler has called to date. The 2004 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2003-2004 season. ... Glenn Anton Doc Rivers (born October 13, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player from Marquette University who played point guard in the National Basketball Association notably for the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, and San Antonio Spurs. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


2004-05

Brad Nessler was dropped from ESPN/ABC's NBA coverage altogether starting with the 2004-05 NBA season. Mike Breen was promoted to lead announcer for ESPN, continuing to work games with Bill Walton (including the Pacers-Pistons brawl). Sean Elliott was dropped, along with Dan Majerle, Doc Rivers (who had become coach of the Boston Celtics) and George Karl (who left during the season to coach the Denver Nuggets). Jim Durham's role increased and ESPN hired former NBC analyst Steve Jones (Durham and Jones would work several regular season games together). ESPN did not use Jones and former cohort Bill Walton in games together during the regular season. Tom Tolbert's role decreased significantly; he was reduced primarily to West Coast games. Brad Nessler, as part of an NBA on ABC sports broadcast (c. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Mike Breen(born June 26, 1965) is a play-by-play commentator for the NBA on ABC. He also works NBA games for ESPN, and was formerly a play-by-play announcers for New York Giants preseason games, as well as for regular season NFL games on both FOX and... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952), is a former American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... The Pacers-Pistons brawl (a. ... Sean Michael Elliott (born February 2, 1968 in Tucson, Arizona) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Daniel Lewis Majerle (surname pronounced MAR-lee; b. ... Glenn Anton Doc Rivers (born October 13, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player from Marquette University who played point guard in the National Basketball Association notably for the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, and San Antonio Spurs. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... George Matthew Karl (born May 12, 1951, in Penn Hills, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a retired American National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA) player and current head coach of the Denver Nuggets. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... Jim Durham is an American basketball sportscaster. ... The NBA on NBC was a weekly presentation of National Basketball Association games on the National Broadcasting Company television network from 1990 to 2002. ... Stephen Howard Snapper Jones is one of the most respected and watched NBA analysts. ... Byron Thomas Tolbert (born October 16, 1965 in Long Beach, California) is an American sports radio personality/television color analyst for the National Basketball Association. ...


In the playoffs, ESPN used the team of Mike Breen and Bill Walton for its coverage of the 2005 Western Conference Final. Al Michaels partnered with newly-added Hubie Brown for the NBA Finals on ABC. The 2005 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2004-2005 season. ... Hubert Jude Hubie Brown (born September 25, 1933 in Hazelton, Pennsylvania) is a former basketball coach and television analyst. ...


2005-06

ESPN's announcing teams remained stable in the 2005-06 NBA season. Mike Breen and Bill Walton worked games together during the first half of the season; after Breen was promoted to lead broadcaster for ABC (due to Al Michaels defecting to NBC), Mike Tirico became the number two broadcaster and worked several games with Walton (and later, Steve Jones). During the 2006 NBA Playoffs, Breen worked games with ABC partner Hubie Brown, including the 2006 Eastern Conference Final. The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Mike Breen(born June 26, 1965) is a play-by-play commentator for the NBA on ABC. He also works NBA games for ESPN, and was formerly a play-by-play announcers for New York Giants preseason games, as well as for regular season NFL games on both FOX and... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952), is a former American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... The NBA on ABC is the de facto name for a weekly presentation of National Basketball Association games on the American Broadcasting Company television network in the United States. ... Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster. ... NBC Sunday Night Football is a weekly television broadcast of Sunday evening National Football League games on NBC that began airing on Sunday, August 6, 2006 with the pre-season opening Hall of Fame Game. ... Mike Tirico is the lead broadcaster for ESPNs presentation of Monday Night Football. ... Stephen Howard Snapper Jones is one of the most respected and watched NBA analysts. ... The 2006 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2005-06 season. ... Hubert Jude Hubie Brown (born September 25, 1933 in Hazelton, Pennsylvania) is a former basketball coach and television analyst. ... The 2006 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2005-06 season. ...


2006-07

For the 2006-07 NBA season, Hubie Brown moved to ESPN full time as the lead color commentator, paired with Mike Breen. Mike Tirico and Bill Walton remained as the number two team, with Steve Jones being replaced by newcomer Jon Barry. Tom Tolbert remained in his reduced role, in a broadcast team with either Mark Jones or ESPN WNBA play-by-play man Dave Pasch. John Saunders, with former NBA Shootaround colleagues Greg Anthony and Tim Legler worked Sunday night games televised by ESPN, as they had in the previous season. Fred Hickman became the primary studio host, working with a rotating team of analysts. Additions included Jamal Mashburn and Allan Houston. http://youtube.com/watch?v=8aqk37uhSH0&feature=related/NBA ON ESPN THEME ESPN increased its amount of female analysts, adding current WNBA players Becky Hammon and Kara Lawson as sideline reporters. Swin Cash, of the Detroit Shock, was added as a studio analyst, debuting on NBA Shootaround early in the season. Doris Burke continued as a sideline reporter, while Lisa Salters (who had added Saturday Night Football to her duties) cut down on working NBA Friday games. On January 12, 2007, Kara Lawson was the analyst alongside play-by-play man Mark Jones for ESPN's Washington Wizards-New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets game. The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Jon Alan Barry (born July 25, 1969 in Oakland, California) is a former American professional basketball player and current television analyst for cable network ESPN.[1] Barry is the son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry, and has three brothers: Scooter, Drew, Brent, all of whom are also basketball players. ... Mark Jones (born 1961) is a play-by-play commentator for ESPN and ABC. He primarily covers college football games. ... The WNBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of Womens National Basketball Association games on the ESPN family of networks. ... Dave Pasch is a play-by-play broadcaster for ESPN2, calling college football and WNBA games. ... John Saunders, is currently a journalist for ESPN and ABC. Before working for ESPN, he worked in Baltimore for WMAR and for City-TV in Toronto. ... NBA Shootaround is a National Basketball Association pregame show for ESPNs coverage of the NBA. Typically, the program airs at 7:30 p. ... Gregory C. Anthony (born November 15, 1967 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Timothy Eugene Tim Legler (born December 26, 1966 in Washington, D.C.) is an American, former professional basketball player in the NBA, and is a current ESPN analyst. ... Fred Hickman is the host of NBA Shootaround and a SportsCenter anchor for ESPN. In addition, he is also an anchor on ESPNEWS. // Hickman is a 1978 graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. ... Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972 in New York City) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA) is an American former professional basketball player who spent the majority of his career playing shooting guard for the National Basketball Associations New York Knicks. ... Rebecca Lynn Hammon (born March 11, 1977), better known as Becky Hammon is a Womens National Basketball Association player who plays for the San Antonio Silver Stars. ... Kara Marie Lawson (born February 14, 1981 in Alexandria, Virginia) is a professional basketball player for the Sacramento Monarchs in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... Swin Cash meets George W. Bush after winning the WNBA Championship with the Detroit Shock. ... The Detroit Shock is a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... Doris Burke is a sideline reporter for ESPN College Basketball games. ... Lisa Salters is a reporter for ESPN and ABC Sports. ... ABC Saturday Night College Football is the banner title for ABCs prime-time college football matchups, which will begin September 2, 2006 when the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish meets the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. ... NBA Friday appears every Friday with live coverage of the biggest games in primetime sense the 2002 season, during the National Basketball Association regular season on ESPN and is avalible in high definition on ESPN HD. It begins in early November and appear just about every week untill the conclusion... is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Kara Marie Lawson (born February 14, 1981 in Alexandria, Virginia) is a professional basketball player for the Sacramento Monarchs in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... The Washington Wizards are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


During this season, ABC's coverage of the NBA was fully integrated in ESPN.


Personalities

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Gregory C. Anthony (born November 15, 1967 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a former NBA basketball player. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Jon Alan Barry (born July 25, 1969 in Oakland, California) is a former American professional basketball player and current television analyst for cable network ESPN.[1] Barry is the son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry, and has three brothers: Scooter, Drew, Brent, all of whom are also basketball players. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Mike Breen(born June 26, 1965) is a play-by-play commentator for the NBA on ABC. He also works NBA games for ESPN, and was formerly a play-by-play announcers for New York Giants preseason games, as well as for regular season NFL games on both FOX and... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Dee Browns no-look dunk at the 1991 Slam Dunk Competition For other persons named Dee Brown, see Dee Brown DeCovan Kadell Dee Brown (born November 29, 1968, in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former professional basketball player. ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Hubert Jude Hubie Brown (born September 25, 1933 in Hazelton, Pennsylvania) is a former basketball coach and television analyst. ... The 2006 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2005-06 season. ... Ric Bucher is an NBA analyst and insider for ESPN and ESPN.com. ... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Doris Burke is a sideline reporter for ESPN College Basketball games. ... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Swin Cash meets George W. Bush after winning the WNBA Championship with the Detroit Shock. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Jim Gray interviews New York Yankees manager Joe Torre (left, holding trophy) and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner after Game 4 of the 1999 World Series. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Rebecca Lynn Hammon (born March 11, 1977), better known as Becky Hammon is a Womens National Basketball Association player who plays for the San Antonio Silver Stars. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA) is an American former professional basketball player who spent the majority of his career playing shooting guard for the National Basketball Associations New York Knicks. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Mark A. Jackson (born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York) is a 6 3 former professional basketball player who played point guard for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets in the NBA in a career spanning from... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Mark Jones (born 1961) is a play-by-play commentator for ESPN and ABC. He primarily covers college football games. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 2006 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2005-06 season. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Kara Marie Lawson (born February 14, 1981 in Alexandria, Virginia) is a professional basketball player for the Sacramento Monarchs in the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Timothy Eugene Tim Legler (born December 26, 1966 in Washington, D.C.) is an American, former professional basketball player in the NBA, and is a current ESPN analyst. ... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972 in New York City) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Jackie MacMullan is an American newspaper sportswriter, columnist and editor. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Dave Pasch is a play-by-play broadcaster for ESPN2, calling college football and WNBA games. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... John Saunders, is currently a journalist for ESPN and ABC. Before working for ESPN, he worked in Baltimore for WMAR and for City-TV in Toronto. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Lisa Salters is a reporter for ESPN and ABC Sports. ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Stephen Anthony Smith (born October 14, 1967), usually referred to as Stephen A., is a sportswriter and media personality from Hollis, Queens in New York City. ... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Marc Stein is a Dallas-based NBA writer and insider for ESPN and ESPN.com. ... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Mike Tirico is the lead broadcaster for ESPNs presentation of Monday Night Football. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Byron Thomas Tolbert (born October 16, 1965 in Long Beach, California) is an American sports radio personality/television color analyst for the National Basketball Association. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Ernest Maurice Kiki Vandeweghe III (born August 1, 1958 in Wiesbaden, Germany), is a former National Basketball Association player and the former General Manager of the Denver Nuggets. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952), is a former American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... David Aldridge (born February 10, 1965 in Washington, D.C.) is a sports analyst for the television cable network, TNT. Aldridge is a graduate of American University and worked as a writer for The Washington Post, where he spent nine years. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Benjamin Roy Armstrong, Jr. ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Jim Durham is an American basketball sportscaster. ... 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The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Dana Jacobson (born November 5, 1971) joined ESPN as an ESPNEWS anchor in December 2002 and soon became a regular anchor on the 6 p. ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Mark A. Jackson (born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York) is a 6 3 former professional basketball player who played point guard for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets in the NBA in a career spanning from... The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Stephen Howard Snapper Jones is one of the most respected and watched NBA analysts. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... 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NBA Shootaround

For more details on ESPN's NBA studio teams, see NBA Shootaround.

NBA Shootaround is ESPN's main studio program, airing before each NBA Friday telecast. Shootaround and other in-game studio programs originally consisted of Kevin Frazier and Tim Hardaway on Fridays with Stuart Scott replacing Frazier on Wednesdays. After horrible reviews for Hardaway, ESPN brought in Greg Anthony to replace him on Friday nights. Frazier and Anthony became ESPN's main studio team and worked most of the playoffs. For the 2003 Eastern Conference Finals, ESPN used ABC's halftime team of Mike Tirico and Sean Elliott for all the games. NBA Shootaround is a National Basketball Association pregame show for ESPNs coverage of the NBA. Typically, the program airs at 7:30 p. ... NBA Shootaround is a National Basketball Association pregame show for ESPNs coverage of the NBA. Typically, the program airs at 7:30 p. ... NBA Friday appears every Friday with live coverage of the biggest games in primetime sense the 2002 season, during the National Basketball Association regular season on ESPN and is avalible in high definition on ESPN HD. It begins in early November and appear just about every week untill the conclusion... Kevin Frazier (born on May 20) is currently the weekend host of Entertainment Tonight as well as correspondent. ... Timothy Duane (Tim) Hardaway (born September 1, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American basketball point guard who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and who in his prime was one of the leagues best at his position. ... Stuart Scott (born July 19, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American sportscaster for ESPN, most visibly as an anchor on SportsCenter. ... Gregory C. Anthony (born November 15, 1967 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a former NBA basketball player. ... Mike Tirico is the lead broadcaster for ESPNs presentation of Monday Night Football. ... Sean Michael Elliott (born February 2, 1968 in Tucson, Arizona) is a former NBA basketball player. ...


2003-04 was the first year of the longest-tenured ESPN studio team. Frazier and Anthony were joined by controversial writer Stephen A. Smith and NBA legend Bill Laimbeer. Laimbeer, departing to continue coaching in the WNBA, was replaced by Tim Legler during the 2004 NBA Playoffs. Smith, Legler and Anthony were joined by John Saunders (replacing Frazier, who left to host Entertainment Tonight) from late 2004 to the end of the 2005-2006 season. The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Stephen Anthony Smith (born October 14, 1967), usually referred to as Stephen A., is a sportswriter and media personality from Hollis, Queens in New York City. ... Bill Laimbeer at the White House after winning the WNBA Championship with the Detroit Shock. ... The Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... Timothy Eugene Tim Legler (born December 26, 1966 in Washington, D.C.) is an American, former professional basketball player in the NBA, and is a current ESPN analyst. ... The 2004 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2003-2004 season. ... John Saunders, is currently a journalist for ESPN and ABC. Before working for ESPN, he worked in Baltimore for WMAR and for City-TV in Toronto. ... Entertainment Tonight is a daily television entertainment news show that is syndicated by CBS Paramount Domestic Television throughout the United States, Canada, on the Nine Network in Australia and on UBC Inside in Thailand. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


ESPN's studio team was generally more criticized [1] than praised. After the Pacers-Pistons brawl, ESPN's studio team came under severe criticism, both by the media[2] and by ESPN itself [3] for their stance regarding the actions of Indiana Pacer Ron Artest (who infamously entered the stands to confront a fan, sparking the melee). Saunders came down hard on Detroit fans, referring to them as "punks", while Anthony and Legler defended Artest. The Pacers-Pistons brawl (a. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Ronald (Ron) William Artest Jr. ...


For the 2006-07 NBA season, Saunders was replaced by Fred Hickman, with the remaining team left intact.[4] Previous reports by The Big Lead.com and The New York Post indicated that Anthony, Legler and Smith along with Saunders would be replaced by Dan Patrick, Michael Wilbon and Mark Jackson[5]. Smith's role was significantly reduced, as he would no longer appear in studio with Hickman, Legler and Anthony, instead appearing during "The A List", a segment during the pregame show. The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Fred Hickman is the host of NBA Shootaround and a SportsCenter anchor for ESPN. In addition, he is also an anchor on ESPNEWS. // Hickman is a 1978 graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. ... The first edition of The New York Post of July 6, 2004 incorrectly declared that U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry would choose U.S. Representative Dick Gephardt to be his vice-presidential running mate that day (in reality, Kerry chose John Edwards). ... Daniel Patrick Pugh (born May 15, 1956), better known as Dan Patrick, is an American sportscaster from Mason, Ohio. ... Michael R. Wilbon (born November 19, 1958) is an American sportswriter and columnist. ... Mark A. Jackson (born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York) is a 6 3 former professional basketball player who played point guard for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets in the NBA in a career spanning from...


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Ratings

For more details on ESPN's NBA ratings, see National_Basketball_Association_Nielsen_ratings#ESPN.

ESPN's highest rated NBA game was Game 5 of the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons. The game scored a 5.5 cable Nielsen rating, with nearly five million viewers. To put that in context, Monday Night Football on ESPN has posted ratings of 9+ in two of its first three telecasts. ESPN's highest rated regular season contest was the first matchup between Shaquille O'Neal and Yao Ming. The game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets scored a 3.82 cable Nielsen rating. The National Basketball Association has achieved a rapid rise and fall in television ratings since from the 1997-1998 NBA season, when ratings for the NBA Finals achieved a record high, to the 2002-2003 NBA season, when ratings for the same event hit an all-time record low. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are generally referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by the New York City-based firm Nielsen Media Research to determine which shows television viewers watch at what times. ... The 2006 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2005-06 season. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) are a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... MNF redirects here. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL) (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yao (姚) Yao Ming (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is arguably the best center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ...


Generally, ESPN's regular season ratings are the same as competitor TNT's. During the playoffs, TNT has higher ratings, especially during the Conference Finals (from 2003 to 2005, TNT's Conference Final ratings were at least a full ratings point higher than ESPN's: 4.6 to 2.8 in 2003, 6.3 to 3.8 in 2004 and 5.0 to 4.0 in 2005). In 2006, for the first time ever, ESPN's Conference Final coverage averaged higher ratings than TNT's, averaging a 4.8 to TNT's 4.6.


See also

NBA Wednesday is a weekly presentation of the National Basketball Association on ESPN. NBA Wednesday starts the first Wednesday of the NBA season, and runs throughout the entire season. ... NBA Friday appears every Friday with live coverage of the biggest games in primetime sense the 2002 season, during the National Basketball Association regular season on ESPN and is avalible in high definition on ESPN HD. It begins in early November and appear just about every week untill the conclusion... NBA Shootaround is a National Basketball Association pregame show for ESPNs coverage of the NBA. Typically, the program airs at 7:30 p. ...

ESPN2

ESPN2 aired a handful of NBA regular season games from 2002 to 2006, typically in January, when prime time golf tournaments preempted coverage on ESPN. On several occasions, ESPN2 would air the first game of a doubleheader, while ESPN air the second game. Starting with the 2006-2007 season, regular season games on ESPN2 were discontinued. During the playoffs, ESPN2 airs games that otherwise would not have appeared on any outlet other than NBA TV, mostly on Friday nights and only during the first round. In 2003, ESPN2 aired its first and only second round playoff game, Game 1 of the Sacramento Kings-Dallas Mavericks series. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Mark Morgan is a video game music composer who has produced the soundtracks of various Interplay computer games. ... Timothy Eugene Tim Legler (born December 26, 1966 in Washington, D.C.) is an American, former professional basketball player in the NBA, and is a current ESPN analyst. ... Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972 in New York City) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The PGA Tour is an organization that operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... NBA TV is a television network that is dedicated to showcasing the sport of basketball in the United States. ... The 2003 NBA playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2002-03 NBA season. ... The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ...


ESPN2 NBA coverage is mostly made up of studio shows, notably NBA Coast to Coast. NBA Coast to Coast, formerly known as NBA Fastbreak Tuesday and NBA Nation, is a two-hour long Tuesday night studio show that features live cut-ins to games throughout the league. In addition to Coast to Coast, ESPN2 airs several editions of NBA Fastbreak, ESPN's NBA oriented highlight show. NBA Coast to Coast (formerly known as NBA Fastbreak Tuesday and NBA Nation) is a weekly NBA-themed studio program which airs Tuesday nights on ESPN2. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Despite airing fewer than forty NBA games in its eleven years of existence, ESPN2 did televise NBA legend Michael Jordan's final game in Chicago in January of 2003. For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... 2003: January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December A timeline of events in the news for January, 2003. ...


ESPN2 is the primary outlet for ESPN WNBA coverage, televising regular season games, the WNBA Finals and the WNBA Draft. WNBA Shootaround, the WNBA equivalent of the ESPN NBA pregame show, airs sporadically on the network, typically before presentations of WNBA Tuesday. The WNBA on ESPN2 is the de facto name for a weekly presentation of Womens National Basketball Association games on ESPN2. ... WNBA Championship Trophy The WNBA Finals is the championship series of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA), played under a best-of-five playoff format. ... The WNBA Draft is an annual draft held by the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) through which WNBA teams can select new players from a talent pool of college and professional womens basketball players. ...


There is only one NBA game scheduled for ESPN2 during the 2007-2008 season. The 2007-08 NBA season is the 62nd season of the National Basketball Association. ...


See also

NBA Coast to Coast (formerly known as NBA Fastbreak Tuesday and NBA Nation) is a weekly NBA-themed studio program which airs Tuesday nights on ESPN2. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

References

  1. ^ TNT's fun NBA coverage a respite from ESPN's anger
  2. ^ NBA: David DuPree
  3. ^ ESPN boss makes right call after announcers blame fans
  4. ^ 2006-07 NBA SEASON ON ESPN BEGINS NOV. 1
  5. ^ ESPN GETS A RE-PHIL

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