NBA Friday is a weekly presentation of National Basketball Association games on ESPN. Formerly known as NBA Friday Coast to Coast during doubleheader nights, the program starts the first Friday of the NBA season, in 2006, NBA Friday was preempted from March 10 to March 31, due to ESPN deciding against counter programming the NCAA Tournament. Nearly all NBA Friday telecasts consist of a doubleheader, with one game typically from the east coast at 8,00 p. m and the west coast at 10,30 p. m. The KIA NBA Shootaround Pregame Show, the Toyota Halftime Show, and the Target Postgame Show are the shows that occur before, during. NBA Friday on ESPN is not exclusive, local sports networks may air the game in their market. In that case, the ESPN broadcast on these markets is subject to blackout, december 6,2002 - The Los Angeles Lakers come back from a 30-point deficit to defeat the 17–1 Dallas Mavericks. January 17,2003 - The first meeting between then-Los Angeles Laker Shaquille ONeal and then-Houston Rockets rookie Yao Ming, the game was the second highest rated NBA game on cable ever at the time.
January 31,2003 - NBA legend Michael Jordan plays his game in Chicago. The game airs on ESPN2, though ESPN pre-empted programming to air the starting lineups, november 19,2004 - Pacers–Pistons brawl. February 10,2012 - Jeremy Lin scored a career-high 38 points as the New York Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 92-85
NBA Countdown is a pregame show airing prior to each National Basketball Association telecast on the American Broadcasting Company and ESPN. NBA Countdown typically airs thirty minutes prior to games on ABC, in 2006, the first and so far only one-hour edition of the pregame show aired, prior to Game 1 of the 2006 NBA Finals. Unlike NBCs NBA studio show, which was known as NBA Showtime for the first ten years of its existence and it has gone through five names in five seasons, and several analysts in each season. For the 2006-2007 season, the show will be known as NBA Sunday Countdown. Each season, the show has been sponsored by GMC, with exception of the Finals, Mike Tirico hosted the pregame shows from ABCs first season with the NBA to the middle of the networks fourth with the league. On March 19,2006, Tirico was replaced by ESPNs Dan Patrick, other hosts of the pregame show include regular substitute John Saunders. Initially, ABCs NBA pregame show was known as NBA Shootaround, the program was hosted by Mike Tirico, with analysts Bill Walton and Tom Tolbert.
Unlike most network pregame shows, Shootaround did not take place in a studio, starting with Game 1 of the 2003 Eastern Conference Finals, Walton was replaced in the pregame show by Sean Elliott. Tolbert was dropped from the show starting with Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Tirico and Elliott were joined by a guest analyst for each game of the Finals, after bad ratings in the 2002-2003 season, ABC retooled much of its NBA coverage. This included its pregame show, which was rebranded NBA Hangtime, the pregame show was given new music and graphics, to differentiate itself from its ESPN counterpart, and was still hosted by Mike Tirico. Tom Tolbert was brought back as an analyst, but ABC dropped Bill Walton from pregame show duties and he was replaced by George Karl. After criticism from the media on Karls lack of opinion during the program, NBA Hangtime lasted through the 2003-2004 season, and continued on Christmas Day 2004, prior to the much-hyped Los Angeles Lakers-Miami Heat game. This telecast was the only NBA Hangtime to involve analysts Steve Jones, for most of the 2004-2005 season, ABCs pregame show was known as NBA Game Time.
Like Hangtime, it originated from the networks Times Square studios, Tirico was re-joined by Bill Walton in the studio, and Waltons old broadcast partner from NBC, Steve Snapper Jones. Tom Tolbert was dropped, while Byron Scott and George Karl both returned to the NBA coaching ranks, Game Time, unlike its predecessors, included guest analysts, such as Baron Davis, Jalen Rose, Rick Fox, and Bill Russell. During the 2005 Western Conference Finals, Steve Jones fell ill with appendicitis, starting on Christmas Day 2005, ABCs NBA pregame show underwent yet another transformation. It adopted the name of the ESPN2 Tuesday night NBA studio show
ESPN Brasil is a Brazilian cable television network, launched in March 1989. ESPN Brasil was the first country-specific version of ESPN outside the United States, the channel has covered major sporting events, like the 1996,2000,2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, the 1998 and 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 1999,2003 and 2007 Pan-American Games. Recently ESPN Brasil made a partnership with Rádio Eldorado to broadcast sports on radio, the new Rádio Eldorado ESPN used Eldorados radio assets and the team of commentators from ESPN Brasil. It was renamed Rádio Estadão ESPN in 2007 due to an agreement with the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper. In 2005 the company incorporated ESPN International coverage, starting to broadcast in two channels, since 2005, shows and games are recorded and broadcast from its studios in São Paulo, though morning schedules continue to include USA and Latin American programs. Prior to May 2011, programs produced by ESPN Brasil generally did not use in-game score graphics, beginning that month, ESPN Brasil began using the same score and other graphics used by the US channel.
In November 2011,1 month to start the FIFA Club World Cup, the rights stay now with BandSports. The Fox Sports is coming to Brazil, and tried the rights of UEFA Champions League from ESPN without success, after tried take rights of Barclays Premier League and of Bundesliga. Without success, the target now is the narrator Gustavo Villani, negotiation with him is in progress. In February, The Fox Sports Brazil contracted Rodrigo Bueno, ex-ESPN commantator, in March, the ESPNS network in Brazil started with the broadcast 100% in HD with sports events and original programs. This is the practice of ESPN in USA. The three channels of ESPN in Brazil is broadcast fully in HD, in October 2013, ESPN launched a second screen app, ESPN Sync, to connect to broadcasts of football matches. Six separate channels of ESPN exist in Brazil, ESPN Brasil, ESPN, focused in international football, US-based competitions and other sports such as rugby and golf. Also featured recorded programming like ESPN Films productions and Brazilian original productions, eSPN+, focused in international football, US-based competitions and extreme sports.
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National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is the major mens professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier mens professional basketball league in the world. It has 30 teams, and is a member of USA Basketball. The NBA is one of the four professional sports leagues in the United States. NBA players are the worlds best paid athletes by average annual salary per player, the league was founded in New York City on June 6,1946, as the Basketball Association of America. The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3,1949, the leagues several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York City. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in Secaucus, the Basketball Association of America was founded in 1946 by owners of the major ice hockey arenas in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Canada. On November 1,1946, in Toronto, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens, the first basket was made by Ossie Schectman of the Knickerbockers.
During its early years, the quality of play in the BAA was not significantly better than in competing leagues or among leading independent clubs such as the Harlem Globetrotters. For instance, the 1948 ABL finalist Baltimore Bullets moved to the BAA and won that leagues 1948 title, Following the 1948–49 season, the BAA took in the remainder of the NBL, Anderson, Tri-Cities, Sheboygan and Waterloo. The new league had seventeen franchises located in a mix of large and small cities, as well as arenas and smaller gymnasiums. The process of contraction saw the leagues smaller-city franchises move to larger cities, the Hawks shifted from the Tri-Cities to Milwaukee in 1951, and to St. Louis in 1955. The Rochester Royals moved from Rochester, New York, to Cincinnati in 1957, japanese-American Wataru Misaka broke the NBA color barrier in the 1947–48 season when he played for the New York Knicks. He remained the only player in league history prior to the first African-American, Harold Hunter. During this period, the Minneapolis Lakers, led by center George Mikan, won five NBA Championships, to encourage shooting and discourage stalling, the league introduced the 24-second shot clock in 1954.
If a team does not attempt to score a goal within 24 seconds of obtaining the ball, play is stopped. In 1957, rookie center Bill Russell joined the Boston Celtics, who already featured guard Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, and went on to lead the club to eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons. Center Wilt Chamberlain entered the league with the Warriors in 1959 and became a dominant individual star of the 1960s, russells rivalry with Chamberlain became one of the greatest rivalries in the history of American team sports. The 1960s were dominated by the Celtics, led by Russell, Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, Boston won eight straight championships in the NBA from 1959 to 1966
NBA League Pass
The NBA League Pass is sports television service that features all National Basketball Association games. It was made prior to comparison the premium service was £169. NBA League Pass is a sports package that allows its subscribers to watch up to 40 out-of-market National Basketball Association games a week. The service is operated by Turner Broadcasting System on behalf of the NBA, videos of the games come from local stations and regional sports networks. Broadband packages have been plagued with problems from their inception, particularly with their implementations on gaming consoles, customers outside of the United States can sign up for NBA International League Pass. If a local team is playing and the game is televised in the home market, per the NBA. com website, “Games will be blacked out when they are appearing on national television. This applies to games being televised on ABC, ESPN, TNT and you may view these games simply by switching to the designated channel. It is included in some cable subscriptions, NBA International League Pass is available to users living outside the United States, and differs from the US version of the product in its content and pricing.
The single exception to this offering is in Canada, where games televised nationally are blacked out live and are available for viewing only after the game is completed. International League Pass provides access to games from previous seasons through archives, International users have the option of subscribing to one of two packages, NBA League Pass and NBA League Pass Premium. Subscribers to both packages are able to use in-game features including multi-game viewing, stats windows. Included with this footage is a statistics feed providing stats updates from around the league, in past seasons, International League Pass has offered sampling packages that provide stand-alone access to Christmas Day games and All Star Weekend events. The last several weeks of the season have been made available in a separate Race to the Playoffs package. This summer content has sold as a stand-alone package. Note, Subscriptions can be bought in most regions via the Internet to be streamed to applications on devices or to a browser.
Some of the services include League Pass, either fully or partially. For the 2016-17 season, a new feature known as Mobile View was introduced, the Mobile View feed will utilize a new dedicated camera angle with a tighter, zoomed-in shot of gameplay. The league will provide a camera and a producer for the feature at each regular-season game, from 1999 to 2001, NBA League Pass had a companion service called WNBA Season Pass which showed out-of-market games of the Womens National Basketball Association
NBA TV Canada
NBA TV Canada is a Canadian English language Category B cable and satellite specialty channel that is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. It is a Canadian version of NBA TV, broadcasting programming focused on the National Basketball Association, and its Canadian franchise, on November 1,2005, the network launched a high definition simulcast. The channel was valued at $21 million on behalf of the CRTC in 2012, NBA TV Canada broadcasts programming primarily related to the NBA and the Raptors, as well as coverage of other leagues including the Euroleague and the Womens National Basketball Association. Regular hosts for local studio programming include David Amber, Sherman Hamilton, Matt Devlin, Leo Rautins, the channel broadcasts NBA games sourced from NBA TV and ESPN, and other original programs from NBA TV. NBA TV Canada does not broadcast live Raptors games outside of the pre-season, but does broadcast full and abbreviated encores of Raptors telecasts
NBA on NBC
The NBA on NBC is the branding formerly used for presentations of National Basketball Association games produced by the NBC television network in the United States. NBC held broadcast rights from 1955 to 1962 and again from 1990 to 2002, during NBCs partnership with the NBA in the 1990s, the league rose to unprecedented popularity, with ratings surpassing the days of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in the mid-1980s. NBCs first tenure with the National Basketball Association began on October 30,1954, on November 9,1989, the NBA reached an agreement with the network worth US$600 million contract to broadcast the leagues games for four years, beginning with the 1990–91 season. On April 28,1993, NBC extended its exclusive broadcast rights to the NBA with a four-year, $750 million contract. NBCs coverage of the NBA began on Christmas Day each season, with the exception of the season in 1990, the 1998–99 season. NBC aired the NBA All-Star Game every year, usually at 6,00 p. m. Eastern Time, in 2002, NBC aired the game an hour earlier due to the Winter Olympics that evening.
Starting in 2000, during the NBA Playoffs, NBC would air tripleheaders on Saturdays and Sundays for the first two weeks of the playoffs, prior to 2000, NBC would air a doubleheader on Saturday, followed by a tripleheader on Sunday. On December 30,2000, NBC aired a rare second December game, the Saturday match was the only time that NBC aired a game between Christmas Day and the start of the regular run of games in February. In 2001, NBC was scheduled to air an October preseason game involving an NBA team playing an international team, during the 2001–02 NBA season, NBC added a significant number of Washington Wizards games to its schedule. When Jordan became injured during the middle of the season, the replaced the added Wizards games with the games that had been originally on the schedule. The theme music for the NBA on NBC broadcasts, Roundball Rock, was composed by new-age artist John Tesh. The instrumental piece, which NBC used for every telecast during the networks twelve-year tenute with the NBA, is used to this day by NBA TV for their live game coverage.
After briefly considering using the theme for its NBA coverage, ABC decided against it, in the early days of the WNBA, NBC used a variant of the theme for its game telecasts of the new league. In 1991, The Dream is Still Alive by Wilson Phillips was played during the end of the season montage, until 1996, NBC would play the rock song Winning It All by The Outfield during its end-of-season montage. From 1997 to 2001, several music pieces were used for the montage. After the 1999 Finals, NBC used Roundball Rock for their montage, the song composed by James Horner is played at the beginning of the montage as well as the end featuring footage from the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty era. This theme song has made a comeback as part of NBCs Olympic basketball coverage in 2008. The pre-game show for NBCs NBA telecasts was NBA Showtime, a title that was used from 1990 until 2000, the video game NBA Showtime, NBA on NBC, by Midway Games, was named after the pregame show
These products were released in the VHS, and Betamax home video formats. The company was based in Farmington Hills, Michigan until 1985, in 1989, it moved its headquarters to New York City, where it stayed until it became Fox Video in 1991. CBS/Fox Video was founded under a 50-50 venture with 20th Century Fox in 1982 when CBS broke off a previous venture formed in 1980 with MGM, during this period, both companies continued to operate independently while maintaining their partnership. A reorganization occurred in 1990 with CBS selling products under the CBS Video name and mainstream Fox titles being controlled by FoxVideo, in 1998, CBS/Fox was acquired by Fox Entertainment Group and ceased operations. Since CBS/Fox disbanded, their rights have been brought by 20th Century Fox. Before CBS/Fox Video existed, 20th Century Fox Video released a few titles for rental only, including Dr. No, A Fistful of Dollars, Taps, For Your Eyes Only. While sale tapes were in big boxes that were used by CBS/Fox in its early years.
Similar approaches were taken by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Warner Home Video, FoxVideo, Inc. and its video arm. In 1982, CBS formed a 50-50 venture with 20th Century Fox after Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer broke off a joint venture with CBS, that was agreed in 1980, to market videocassettes and videodiscs. This was publicly announced on June 18,1982, where they announced CBSs 40-acre film and production facility in Studio City, in the process, CBS and Fox continued to independently supply programs for the home video market, while CBS/Fox supplied films from motion picture studios. In 1985, CBS/Fox became the American licensee of BBC Video products, CBS/Fox brought large amounts of film libraries such as the United Artists films. These UA films were issued through MGM/UA Home Video starting in 1989. CBS/Fox secured rights from George Lucas for the release of The Empire Strikes Back for $12 million on August 30,1984. Lucas claimed the deal was to prevent the film from being broadcast on television, in 1985, CBS and 20th Century Fox secured a financial package that saw both companies generate between $75 and $100 million.
The deal included the offering of bonds with the investment firm Drexel Burnham Lambert, on December 31,1987, CBS/Foxs home video rights to the a. a. p. library reverted to Ted Turner. In 1987, the company increased its rights from BBC Video after buying the rights to 600 broadcasts, when asked about how the agreement came to light, then-CBS/Fox president Leonard White said The deal is timed to coincide with the BBCs 50th anniversary. Within a month of the announcement, CBS/Fox released a definitive line-up of films named Five Star Collection IV which included 28 films, such films included Revenge of the Nerds, Cats Eye and Oxford Blues. In 1989, CBS/Fox lost the video rights to the Lorimar library to Warner Home Video
Sportsnet is a Canadian English-language sports specialty service. It was established in 1998 as CTV Sportsnet, a joint venture between CTV, Liberty Media, and Rogers Media, since 2011, the service has operated under deregulated category C licensing, which allows Sportsnet to operate multiple feeds with no restrictions on alternate programming. In each region, only the local Sportsnet channel is available on analogue cable, the four Sportsnet feeds air some common programming and simulcast major, national events, but are capable of airing programming autonomously—most prominently regional programming. Sportsnet is the cable rightsholder of the National Hockey League. It is the national rightsholder of Major League Baseball in Canada, standalone mentions of Sportsnet in reference to a specific channel can still generally be assumed to be referring to the four regional channels. According to Rogers, Sportsnet is available in 8.2 million Canadian homes, the network proposed a structure with an emphasis on regional programming, operating four feeds to serve different areas of the country.
The new network gained credibility before it went on the air, from 1998–99 until 2001–02, Sportsnet aired NHL games to a national audience throughout the regular season, and covered first-round playoff series not involving Canadian teams. Its first live event was an NHL opening night telecast between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers. The national cable rights to the NHL returned to TSN in 2002, when CTV purchased NetStar, the former parent company of TSN, in 2000, the CRTC ordered CTV to sell either TSN or its stake in Sportsnet. CTV ultimately chose to retain TSN, and sell its stake in Sportsnet, the other shareholders had first right of refusal, as Rogers was the only interested party, it acquired CTVs stake in the summer of 2001, and soon after renamed it Rogers Sportsnet. In 2004, Rogers bought the remaining 20 percent stake from Fox, while Sportsnet had been based there from the beginning, TSNs operations would move to CTVs suburban Toronto complex,9 Channel Nine Court, following the acquisition.
This led to some related to the fact that the two rival sports channels were only separated by a parking lot, leading to jokes and references from both networks. The channel was accompanied by additional part-time feeds to serve as channels for its regional NHL coverage. In January 2011, Rogers sports radio stations, CJCL Toronto and CFAC Calgary, were rebranded as Sportsnet Radio Fan 590 and Sportsnet Radio Fan 960 respectively. Critics speculated that the Sportsnet Radio branding was intended to increase synergy with its television counterparts, as part of the transition, Setanta Sports sold its minority ownership interest in the channel to MLM Management. Sports writer Stephen Brunt left his position at The Globe and Mail newspaper to become the back page columnist. On October 3,2011, Rogers Sportsnet underwent a rebranding, introducing a revamped logo and visual appearance designed in conjunction with Troika Design Group. Additionally, the official name was shortened to just Sportsnet
Shaqtin' a Fool
It first aired during the 2011–12 NBA season, when retired NBA All-Star Shaquille ONeal voiced it upon joining the show and was created by Turner Sports producer Mike Goldfarb. It highlights humorous and uncommon basketball plays that have occurred during NBA games in the past week, ONeal is the host and presenter, while the other analysts in studio react and provide commentary. The segment regularly features NBA players and includes, but is not limited to, fans, sometimes they air clips from other international basketball leagues. On special occasions, the segment features plays which had occurred during the past, each episode tends to have 5 entries from the past week, with each entry typically involving a single play. Multiple plays may include the player, and a single play may highlight more than one player. Only 3 players have the Shaqtin Golden Ticket, which is lifetime immunity from being included in the segment, Larry Nance Jr. PJ Tucker, at the conclusion of the NBA postseason, a Shaqtin a Fool special airs on NBA TV.
During the special, Shaquille ONeal is joined by Jared Greenberg and Dennis Scott, on the 2013 special,34 plays were shown to honor ONeals jersey retirement of #34 during his tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers. On the 2014 special, only 20 plays were shown, for the 2015 special, the number of plays increased to 30. Since the beginning of the 2013–14 NBA season, fans are able to tweet suggestions for Shaqtin a Fool, ahead of the 2015–16 season, Hotels. com sponsored Shaqtin. Other from the special, occasionally there are other special editions of Shaqtin a Fool. Starting from the 2013 season, an All-Star edition of Shaqtin a Fool airs after NBA All-Star Weekend and it highlights bloopers that had occurred in the All Star Weekend events, such as the Slam Dunk Contest, the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and the NBA Rising Stars Challenge. The April 17th,2013 edition of Shaqtin was devoted to Inside, for example, it included Johnson in a comic dunk contest as Elevator Ernie Johnson. On February 27,2014, a special named the Shaqtins aired on NBA TV featuring ONeal, Scott.
For 2015, ONeal and Greenberg were joined by Funkmaster Flex, ashanti made an appearance to put her spin on the intro. On February 17,2016, Greenberg hosted the 2016 edition with ONeal, on February 22,2017, Ro Parrish hosted the 2017 edition with ONeal and Scott. In addition, ONeals mispronouncing of players names was featured before the Worst Fast Break was presented and this edition ran on NBA TV, and showed 5 plays for each category, totaling to 20 plays. The Shaqtin a Fool Most Valuable Player is an award presented at the Shaqtin a Fool special during the conclusion of the NBA Playoffs. In the 2013–14 season, the MVP was decided through the most amount of appearances made by one player in a single season, in the event of a tie, fans vote for a player, and the leading candidate receives the award
NBA on TNT
The NBA on TNT is Turner Network Televisions coverage of the National Basketball Association, produced by Turner Sports since 1989. TNT airs many of the NBAs marquee games, in recent years, fans have reckoned it as what NBC was during that networks coverage of the league. TNT would seem to be the NBAs preferred carrier as well, from 2003 to 2005, TNT airs most of the big games during the regular season, and TNT studio content is streamed to NBA. com via the TNT Overtime section. Ernie Johnson Jr. has been TNTs NBA studio host since the 1990-1991 season, Johnson is joined by Kenny The Jet Smith, Charles Barkley, and Shaquille ONeal. The NBA postgame show which features the four, Inside the NBA, has gained popularity in recent years for the chemistry, Johnson, ONeal and Barkley are joined by Chris Webber, Kevin McHale, David Aldridge or Reggie Miller. TNTs playoff coverage is nicknamed 40 Games in 40 Nights, ESPN airs the other Conference Final, with weekend coverage of the ESPN-covered series and the Finals being broadcast on ABC.
For the first round, TNTs coverage of the playoffs is not exclusive, regional networks can still carry a local call. After the first round, only national coverage from TNT or ESPN/ABC is produced, starting in 2000, the NBA spread out playoff series so that only two series would play per day. TNT would air doubleheaders on most weekdays, while TBS would air one doubleheader per week, with the advent of the new NBA television deal in 2003, TNT has aired playoff games alone, including some weekday tripleheaders. The tripleheaders, which were criticized by fans and many in the media, consisted of one game at 6,00 p. m. another at 8,30 p. m. After 2003, the NBA and TNT discontinued the tripleheaders, instead settling for a doubleheader on TNT, when Turner Sports acquired NBA TV in 2008, the network abandoned airing the lone non-national Thursday game, instead leaving it up to the local sports networks. However, TBS may still air the start of the game in case the ongoing first game on TNT extends beyond the tip-off time of the second game.
Other than their regular Thursday schedule, TNT airs NBA regular season games on Martin Luther King Day, during which tripleheaders were still used. However, in 2011, ESPN opted to air one matinee game on MLK Day and Steve Kerr called the game. In addition, NBA TVs Fan Night games gave way to TNT on select Tuesday nights, normally the studio crew of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley would stay in the TNT Atlanta studios for all of the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs. The substitute studio hosts will be on hand for Inside the NBA and the other games pre-game and halftime presentations, on May 11,2011, Turner Sports broadcast its 1, 000th playoff telecast. In July 2011, it was announced that Shaquille ONeal would join as an analyst, for the 2012–13 season, Charles Barkley occasionally filled in as a game analyst for select games. During his studio absences, Chris Webber served as a studio analyst