NBA TV Season-Long Programming Highlighted by Marquee Live Game Schedule, Expansive Original Programming & Nightly Studio Coverage
Thursday, October 27, 2016
NBA Fan Night presented by Verizon – with Ernie Johnson, Kevin McHale, Chris Webber & Greg Anthony – to Tip Off with Cavs/Rockets & Warriors/Trail Blazers on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. ET
NBA TV, the destination for fans seeking season-long coverage of the league, will showcase the NBA’s top teams and biggest stars in action throughout the year, along with a wide range of original programming and the most expansive highlights, news and analysis from a leading roster of commentators.
The network will tip off its 2016-17 regular season game coverage with the first of four games in four nights on Saturday, Oct. 29 starting with a doubleheader featuring the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis visiting the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard at 8 p.m. ET. Later, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Karl-Anthony Towns will face the Sacramento Kings and DeMarcus Cousins at 10:30 p.m.
The first NBA TV Fan Night presented by Verizon doubleheader on Tuesday, Nov. 1, will debut an expanded studio team as Boston Celtics legend and former NBA coach and executive Kevin McHale returns to join Ernie Johnson, Chris Webber and Greg Anthony. The foursome will offer analysis during the Autotrader Pregame Show, throughout the game telecast and the American Express Halftime Report, along with NBA GameTime presented by Kia post-game coverage. Dennis Scott will report live from Portland.
Tuesday night’s live game coverage will feature the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James hosting the Houston Rockets and James Harden at 7 p.m., followed by the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors with Stephen Curry visiting the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard at 10 p.m.
NBA TV is coming off a record-setting 2015-16 season which delivered the network’s most-viewed regular season for its live game coverage and its most-viewed primetime viewership for a full regular season.
Additional live and original programming highlights:
NBA TV’s The Starters will air weekdays at 7 p.m. throughout the season. Co-hosted by J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas, along with Trey Kerby and Leigh Ellis, the daily 30-minute studio show recaps the most entertaining moments from around the NBA, looks ahead to the upcoming night’s top games and features popular segments such as “Pick ‘Em Payoff.” The group, which launched its new The Starters Twitter Show this week will also produce its popular podcast – The Starters: The Drop – each Friday throughout the season.
10 Before Tip
Airing Monday-Friday at 6:30 p.m. throughout the season, NBA TV’s half-hour 10 Before Tip studio show offers news, notes and the latest updates for what fans need to know leading up to tip-off. Hosted by Jared Greenberg, the show includes guests from around the league, including reporters, on-air personalities and fantasy experts. The show, which started the season in Cleveland for Opening night, will be on the road visiting Chicago (Thursday), New Orleans (Friday) and San Antonio (Saturday) the next three nights.
Get the Inside Stuff All Season Long
NBA Inside Stuff will make its season premiere Saturday, Oct. 29, on NBA TV at 6:30 p.m. with an all-new episode featuring co-hosts Grant Hill and Kristen Ledlow. The 30-minute magazine style show will include premiere episodes on Saturday evenings, giving fans an all-access pass to the 2016-17 NBA regular season and playoffs. This week’s show will include a sit down interview with James and his teammates ahead of Tuesday night’s ring ceremony, along with a behind-the-scenes look at Shaquille O’Neal’s Hall of Fame weekend.
Return of NBA CrunchTime
NBA TV’s fast-paced “whiparound” coverage of live game action – NBA CrunchTime – returns for its second season. The studio show, primarily airing Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-11 p.m. throughout the season, will cover all of the excitement around the league with NBA TV’s deep roster of commentators guiding fans through all the down-to-the-wire buzzer beaters, game-winners and top moments of the night.
All the Latest News, Highlights and More via NBA GameTime
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 O’Neal, McHale, Webber, Kenny Smith, Isiah Thomas, Hill, Dennis Scott, Steve Smith, Brent Barry, Rick Fox, Mike Fratello, Anthony and Stu Jackson. Hosts will include Vince Cellini, Greenberg, Rick Kamla, Ledlow, Casey Stern and Matt Winer.
Regular original programming will also include Winer’s monthly, 30-minute magazine-style show, Beyond the Paint, O’Neal’s Shaqtin’ A Fool presented by Hotels.com, which recaps the NBA’s funniest on-court moments, Scott’s half-hour show, 3D TV, focused on the league’s top shooters, and Barry’s High Tops: Plays of the Month, which will highlight the top performances around the league on a monthly basis. The network will also showcase an NBA Game of the Day re-air.
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