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NBA Finals to Air on ABC for 18th Year


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ESPN will exclusively produce the NBA Finals on ABC for the 18th consecutive season, starting with Game 1 on Wednesday, September 30, at 9pm ET.

Three-time NBA Champion LeBron James makes a historic 10th NBA Finals appearance as his Los Angeles Lakers square off with the Miami Heat and Jimmy Butler.

The NBA Finals are presented by YouTube TV and will air on ABC, ESPN Radio, in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and on several ESPN international platforms. All games will emanate from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

ESPN Schedule

DateTime (ET)Game
Wed, Sept. 309 p.m.Game 1
Fri, Oct. 29 p.m.Game 2
Sun, Oct. 47:30 p.m.Game 3
Tue, Oct. 69 p.m.Game 4
Fri, Oct. 99 p.m.Game 5* if necessary
Sun, Oct. 117:30 p.m.Game 6* if necessary
Tue, Oct. 139 p.m.Game 7 * if necessary

25 years of NBA Finals on ESPN Radio

ESPN Radio will nationally broadcast the NBA Finals for the 25th time, beginning September 30. Curt Gowdy Media Award-winner Doris Burke joins the ESPN Radio broadcast team for her first year as a game analyst. It makes her the first woman to serve as a game analyst for the NBA Finals on any platform. Burke joins play-by-play commentator Marc Kestecher and fellow analyst P.J. Carlesimo to provide commentary. The trio previously called both the Eastern Conference Finals and Western Conference Finals for ESPN Radio.

NBA Countdown presented by Door Dash, ESPN and ABC’s NBA pregame show, will precede NBA Finals game broadcasts with 30-minute shows – airing at 8:30 p.m. on weeknights and 7 p.m. on weekends. Maria Taylor hosts NBA Countdown with analysts Jalen Rose, Jay Williams, Paul Pierce and ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski. NBA Countdown will emanate from ESPN’s Seaport District Studios in New York, N.Y. Rachel Nichols will contribute updates to NBA Countdown from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Hoop Streams, ESPN’s digital NBA pregame show, will also air 30 minutes prior to each NBA Finals game on ESPN’s Twitter, YouTube and Facebook platforms as well as on the ESPN App.

Cassidy Hubbarth hosts Hoop Streams with commentators Kendrick Perkins, Christine Williamson and Amin Elhassan. Hoop Streams will originate from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. studios.