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ESPN/ABC continue to get solid, but not record-breaking, ratings for NBA Finals- Yesterday’s game three of the NBA Finals on ABC earned an overnight rating of 10.0. That number is down form the 10.4 rating from last year’s game three between the Heat and Thunder. Through three games ABC is averaging a 10.3 overnight rating, down from the average 11.3 rating through three games a year ago.
Soledad O’Brien joins Real Sports- HBO announced today the hire of journalist Soledad O’Brien to be a member of the reporting team for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. O’Brien has worked for the news departments of both NBC and CNN.
Solid Ratings for NBA Finals Opener- ESPN reports that game one of the NBA Finals on ABC registered an overnight rating of 10.6, making it the third-highest Game 1 rating since 2004 and the fourth consecutive year Game 1 of The Finals has delivered a double-digit overnight rating. The game had a 34.0 local market rating in Miami and a 35.3 mark in San Antonio.
Fox Reports Ratings Success for NASCAR Sprint Cup- Fox Sports reported today that its coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series had an average rating of 4.8, the same rating it has enjoyed for the last three years. NASCAR on FOX 2013 also posted ratings increases in five of the top seven and nine of the nation’s 15 biggest markets, including Los Angeles (+6%) and Chicago (+32%). Overall, ratings grew +7% (4.5 vs. 4.2) in the country’s 56 biggest markets compared to a year ago.
Angels/Red Sox this Week’s Sunday MLB on TBS Telecast- This week’s MLB on TBS telecast will feature the Los Angeles Angels at the Boston Red Sox. First pitch is at 1:30p.m. ET with Dick Stockton and Dennis Eckersley on the call.
Now that the NBA Conference Finals are complete, ESPN and ABC are set the for NBA Finals which begin Thursday night on ABC.
Mike Breen will call the action along side Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke. former referee Steve Javie will be courtside throughout the series to offer insights.
All games will be preceded by Kia NBA Countdown with Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons and Michael Wilbon.
From ESPN PR, here are some of the technical elements for this year’s television coverage:
The Finals on ABC production highlights:
- new broadcast open celebrating the greatest players and moments from The Finals;
- in-game interviews with coaches, along with each coach being “wired” for sound;
- pre-game and halftime locker room access;
- I-MOVIX cameras presenting dramatic slow motion replays from unparalleled vantage points;
- 36 high-definition video cameras;
- SkyCam” providing aerial views of the action;
- utilization of eight Super Slo Mo cameras.
The NBA Finals will also be available on ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN and in Spanish on ABC via SAP and ESPN Deportes. Mike Tirico and analyst Hubie Brown will calll the action on ESPN Radio with ESPN NBA Insider Marc Stein as sideline reporter.
On ESPN Deportes Alvaro Martin will lead the coverage with analysis of Coach Carlos Morales and special guest, former Argentina National Team Point Guard Alejandro Montecchia. Sebastian Christensen will serve as sideline reporter for all games while Claudia Trejos will anchor the coverage from the ESPN Deportes Miami studios.
Here is the schedule for the NBA Finals:
The Finals schedule
|Date||Time (ET)||Game / Show||Networks|
|Tues. Jun 4||9 p.m.||NBA Finals Preview||ESPN, WatchESPN|
|Thurs. Jun 6||9 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat(Gm. 1)||ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Sun. Jun 9||8 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat(Gm. 2)||ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Tues. Jun 11||9 p.m.||Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 3)||ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Thurs. Jun 13||9 p.m.||Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 4)||ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Sun. Jun 16||8 p.m.||Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 5) *||ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Tues. Jun 18||9 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat(Gm. 6) *||ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes|
|Thurs. Jun 20||9 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat(Gm. 7) *||ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes|
Andy Roddick to Join Fox Sports Live- Fox Sports continues to name its roster of talent for the launch of Fox Sports 1 in August. Today they announced the hire of former tennis star Andy Roddick. Roddick will serve as co-host with Charissa Thompson for the network’s Fox Sports LIVE nightly highlights show. Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports LIVE debuts August 17th.
NBC Sees Uptick in Preakness Viewership- NBC Sports reports viewership for last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes were up 20% over 2012 and the highest since 2009. The audience averaged 9.7 million viewers. The 5.9 rating for the race was 13% higher than last year.
Carlesimo Joins ESPN for NBA Playoff Coverage- Former NBA coach P.J. Carelsimo will be part of the ESPN crew as it continues with its coverage of the NBA Playoffs. Carlesimo, who will work for the network through the NBA Finals, begins his work Thursday at the 9:00 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter and contribute to additional studio programming, including NBA Tonight.
ESPN/ABC Preps for Indy 500- ESPN and ABC Sports are set to telecast the 49th Indianapolis 500 this Sunday. Pre-race coverage begins at 11:00a.m. ET with the green flag set for 12:15 p.m. ET. Marty Reid will call the race with analysis by Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever. SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak will host the telecast while pit reporters will be Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
NASCAR Nationwide Series on ESPN Saturday from Charlotte- ESPN will be on hand Saturday to televise the NASCAR Nationwide Series race from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Coverage begins with NASCAR Countdown at 2:30 p.m. with the race’s green flag at 3:02 p.m. Allen Bestwick leads the telecast with analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.
CBS’ Coverage of the Crown Plaza Invitational- CBS’ coverage of the PGA Tour continues this weekend with the Crown Plaza Invitation from Colonial. Action begins Saturday and Sunday at 3:00p.m. ET. Jim Nantz,and Sir Nick Faldo, ab\nchor the coverage. Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th hole. David Feherty serves as on-course reporter.
Fox Sports Has UEFA Champions League Finale Saturday- Fox Sports will provide extensive coverage of the final of the UEFA Champions League this weekend between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Gus Johnson and Warren Barton have the call of the match. Rob Stone hosts on-site pregame, halftime and post-game coverage with Fox Soccer analysts Eric Wynalda and Brian McBride beginning at 2:00p.m. ET.