NBA TV Programming Lineup to Feature Marquee Live Game Schedule, Including All-Time-High 31 Doubleheaders, Plus Expanded Original Programming
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Day-Long “Champions Day” on Monday, Oct. 26, to Celebrate NBA Champion Golden State Warriors with Strength In Numbers Season Review & Team’s Top Games from 2014-15
NBA TV, the destination for fans seeking season-long coverage of the league, will feature the NBA’s top teams and biggest stars in action with a live game schedule highlighted by an all-time high 31 doubleheaders, and one tripleheader, as well as the most expansive highlights, news and analysis from a deep roster of marquee analysts, and compelling season-long original programming.
The NBA TV 2015-16 schedule tips off with seven games in four nights, starting with a doubleheader on Halloween (Saturday, Oct. 31) with the Golden State Warriors and Kia NBA MVP Stephen Curry against the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis at 7:30 p.m. ET. In the night’s second game, the Los Angeles Clippers and Blake Griffin will meet the Sacramento Kings and DeMarcus Cousins at 10:30 p.m.
Overall, the network’s live game schedule includes nine appearances by the Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards and Pelicans.
On the eve of the NBA’s Opening Night, NBA TV will feature special daylong programming – Champions Day – to celebrate the 2014-15 Golden State Warriors. On Monday, Oct. 26, the network will televise 2015 Golden State Warriors: Strength in Numbers, a look back at the Warriors’ championship run last season, at 8 p.m., as well as the team’s top games from 2014-15 throughout the day, including the NBA Finals. A replay of the team’s victory parade and celebration will air on Monday at 10 a.m.
NBA TV will debut a new studio program, NBA CrunchTime, on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 9 p.m. The new show, primarily airing Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-11 p.m. throughout the season, will cover all of the excitement around the league with “whiparound” coverage of live game action. NBA TV’s deep roster of commentators will guide fans through all the buzzer beaters, game-winners and top moments of the night. The show will also feature reactions to the biggest games with post-game press conferences and all-access locker room sound.
The popular NBA TV Fan Night will return for its seventh season on Tuesday, Nov. 3, with its first doubleheader featuring the Atlanta Hawks at Miami Heat at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers, at 10 p.m. Host Ernie Johnson and analysts Chris Webber and Greg Anthony will offer analysis during the Autotrader Pregame Show throughout the game telecast and halftime, along with NBA GameTime presented by Kia post-game coverage. Leading up to tip-off, NBA TV will report live from the arena, contributing hourly updates, sit-down interviews and pre-game live shots. New for this year, the fan-focused production will feature a “Best-to-Win” tournament on the best teams of all time to have won a title. The weekly debate will be integrated across NBA TV’s social media channels, as well as on NBA TV and NBA.com.
All season long, the network’s signature NBA GameTime studio show will provide highlights, news and analysis surrounding the leading storylines from around the NBA. The nightly studio show will feature a deep rotation of top basketball analysts including Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Kenny Smith, Isiah Thomas, Grant Hill, Dennis Scott, Steve Smith, Brent Barry, Rick Fox, Mike Fratello, Greg Anthony and Stu Jackson. Hosts will include Vince Cellini, Jared Greenberg, Rick Kamla, Kristen Ledlow and Matt Winer.
NBA TV’s The Starters will air weekdays at 7 p.m., live for the first time from a new, custom set. Co-hosted by J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas, along with contributors Trey Kerby and Leigh Ellis, the daily 30-minute studio show recaps the most entertaining and fun moments from around the NBA, and looks ahead to the upcoming night’s top games with news and unconventional, fan-focused perspectives. New for this season, The Starters will also incorporate their combined social presence into the show, with Kerby serving as a social correspondent, facilitating live interaction with the league’s most engaged and passionate fans during each episode. This season will also see the return of the group’s popular Friday podcast – The Starters: The Drop – as well as original content across all NBA Digital platforms.
NBA Inside Stuff presented by Samsung Galaxy will make its season premiere Saturday, Oct. 31, on NBA TV at 6:30 p.m., with an all-new episode featuring co-hosts Hill and Ledlow. The 30-minute magazine style show will include 30 premiere episodes on Saturday evenings, giving fans an all-access pass to the 2015-16 NBA regular season and playoffs. In addition to off-the-court interviews with the league’s biggest stars, NBA Inside Stuff will also continue to feature “Jam Session” and “Rewind," two of the show’s most celebrated segments highlighting the top plays in the NBA each week.
NBA TV host Matt Winer will go Beyond the Paint in a new monthly, 30-minute show featuring unique looks at a number of off-the-court storylines surrounding the NBA. The series will premiere Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 p.m., with features dedicated to long-time NBA referee Joey Crawford, two-time NBA Champion David Robinson and his son, Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson, and the Detroit Pistons' offseason training session with UFC fighters.
New programming for this season will also include Dennis Scott expanding on his NBA GameTime segment, 3D TV, with a new half-hour show. The 10-year NBA veteran will interview current NBA players with the series to start in December.
NBA TV’s 30-minute monthly program – High Tops: Plays of the Month – will highlight the top performances around the league on a monthly basis during the 2015-16 season. Hosted by Barry, the show will look back at the top defensive plays, rookie moments, best moves and more.
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