Monday, February 27, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Missouri vs. Kansas tops CBS NCAA Weekend Slate

From CBS Sports -

CBS Sports’ college basketball schedule continues with top college basketball action this weekend, with four games live on Saturday, Feb. 25.  Action tips-off with Vanderbilt taking on *No. 1-ranked Kentucky (12:00 NOON-2:00 PM, ET) from Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., followed by regional action (2:00-4:00 PM, ET) with UCLA at Arizona from the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. and Villanova at *No. 9-ranked Georgetown from the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.  The day’s action concludes with a Big 12 Conference showdown between *No. 3-ranked Missouri at *No. 4-ranked Kansas (4:00-6:00 PM, ET) from Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.

Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel handle the call for Vanderbilt-Kentucky.  Steve Scheer produces and Bryan Lilley directs.  Turner Sports’ Brian Anderson and analyst Dan Bonner team up for UCLA-Arizona.  Craig Silver produces and Mark Grant directs.  Spero Dedes will be joined by Bob Wenzel for Villanova-Georgetown.  Vic Frank produces and Andy Goldberg directs.  Verne Lundquist and CBS Sports’ lead college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg will be courtside for Missouri-Kansas.  Bob Dekas, CBS Sports’ coordinating producer for college basketball, produces and Bob Fishman directs.   

On Sunday, Feb. 27, CBS Sports features a doubleheader of games beginning with a Big East battle as Pittsburgh takes on *No. 17-ranked Louisville (2:00-4:00 PM, ET) from KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., followed by *No. 8-ranked Ohio State hosts *No. 16-ranked Wisconsin (4:00-6:00 PM, ET) at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. 

Ian Eagle is joined by Bill Raftery for Pittsburgh-Louisville on Sunday.  Mark Wolff produces and Suzanne Smith directs.  Tim Brando and Mike Gminski handle the call for Wisconsin-Ohio State.  Bob Mansbach produces and Mike Arnold directs. 

AT THE HALF, CBS Sports’ halftime studio show, hosted by Greg Gumbel alongside Greg Anthony and Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis, provides all the day’s news, scores and highlights live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. Eric Mann produces and Bob Matina directs. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

In addition, CBS Sports will stream Vanderbilt-Kentucky, Villanova-Georgetown, Pittsburgh-Louisville and Wisconsin-Ohio State, as well as select games from the entire 2011-12 college basketball schedule, live on The games are available exclusively on and CBS Sports Mobile

*AP Poll as of 2/20/12

Feherty 2nd season premieres Monday

From NBC Sports / Golf Channel -

Sergio Garcia, Bill Russell and Butch Harmon to Star in First Three Episodes

18-Episode Season to Feature Expanded One-Hour Shows
‘Feherty’ Teams With New Season of ‘The Haney Project’ for All-New Monday Nights on Golf Channel
ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2012) – The early season lineup of guests for the second season of Golf Channel's hit primetime series, Feherty, premiering Monday, Feb. 27, includes enigmatic golfer Sergio Garcia in episode one, followed by Basketball Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell (March 5) and renowned swing coach Butch Harmon (March 12). The new, hour-long Feherty will shift to the 10 p.m. ET Monday timeslot where it will follow a new season of The Haney Project to form a potent primetime Monday lineup.
David Feherty, called “one of the funniest men in the game” by Yahoo! Sports, returns as host of his eponymous series filled with his unmistakable wit, irrepressible personality and blunt humor. Feherty catches up with Ryder Cup veteran Sergio Garcia in his home town of Barriol, Spain on Monday’s premiere episode, where they perform their own version of bull fighting in Castello, Spain and turn in their golf clubs for tennis rackets in a one-on-one showdown on the clay. Garcia also discusses with Feherty his past relationship with Greg Norman's daughter and what he has learned about his past anger and inappropriate behavior on the course.

On March 5, Feherty will travel to Seattle, Wash., for a candid conversation and a rare media appearance with Basketball Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell. The two will play golf together at a public course in Seattle, where Russell plays five days a week and – coincidentally – is the same course where Feherty played his last round as a professional. During the episode, Russell will discuss: growing up in the 1930’s and '40’s during a very challenging time in American history and how he coped with racism; witnessing Martin Luther King’s march on Washington in 1963; his relationship with legendary Boston Celtics’ coach Red Auerbach; receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2010; and how he is mentoring kids and developing youth through the Mentoring Grant Program.

On March 12, Feherty catches up with renowned instructor Butch Harmon in Las Vegas. Harmon puts former pro, Feherty, through the ringers on the range with a one-on-one lesson; discusses his career and the people he has worked with; his experience in Vietnam and the work he has done with Harmon’s Heroes Foundation and Feherty’s Troops First foundation.

Feherty, which originally debuted in June, 2011 as Golf Channel’s most-watched original series in the network’s 17-year history, has been called “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson” by The New York Times, “must-see TV” by the Orange County Register, and “a show that has all the ingredients to be a breakout hit” by The Augusta Chronicle.

No topic is off limits in this “unfiltered” series which shares revealing interviews with well-known personalities from all walks of life, along with unique stories and anecdotes from the brilliant yet zany mind of David Feherty. Shot in settings both intimate and personal to the guests, Feherty displays an uncanny interview style that engages his subjects and brings out answers both honest and revealing. During the first season, Feherty went one-on-one with the likes of Greg Norman, Tony Romo, Tom Watson, Charles Barkley and Don Cheadle.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joins

From ESPN - 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Joins

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is joining as a columnist. Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, will write bi-weekly pieces covering a range of topics, tapping into his perspectives as a retired professional athlete and as an everyday fan.

Abdul-Jabbar will examine the subject of sports from a unique point of view, informed by insights from around the world as he shares his experiences as a U.S. Global Cultural Ambassador. He was appointed to the post earlier this year by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"It’s an honor to be associated with a prestigious outfit like ESPN, and I'm looking forward to becoming a regular contributor and adding my voice to the mix," said Abdul-Jabbar.

"Besides his experience as an all-time great basketball player, Kareem brings a thoughtful approach to everything he does," said Rob King, Senior Vice President, ESPN Digital and Print Media. "Fans are certain to be both entertained and enriched by his singular perspective.”

During his NBA career and since his retirement, Abdul-Jabbar has been an actor, basketball coach and New York Timesbest-selling author. His most recent accomplishments include starting the Skyhook Foundation, which engages filmmakers, writers and athletes to develop books and films that teach children about important figures in U.S. history. As part of this initiative, Abdul-Jabbar produced a critically acclaimed documentary film, "On the Shoulders of Giants -- The Story of The Greatest Team You Never Heard Of" and released his first children’s book titled, "What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors." As a U.S. Global Cultural Ambassador, Abdul-Jabbar's mission is to travel the world and engage under-served youth through special programs, and to open a dialogue that promotes American history and culture.

Abdul-Jabbar, 64, amassed 38,387 points over a 20-year career with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. He won six NBA championships and was league MVP a record six times, while also being selected to 19 NBA All-Star teams and to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. In college, Abdul-Jabbar won three straight national championships at UCLA and is the only scholar/athlete in history to be voted the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament three times. He  received the very first Naismith College Player of the Year Award in 1969 and has been named by ESPN as "The Best Collegiate Player of the 20th Century" and "History’s Greatest Player” by TIME Magazine.

ESPN to air NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

From ESPN -

ESPN to Present 2012 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
ESPN Radio to Provide National Broadcast of NBA All-Star Game; Comprehensive Coverage Across ESPN Platforms

ESPN will present the 2012 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday, Feb. 24, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, emanating from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.  Play-by-play announcer Mark Jones, analyst Jon Barry and reporter Stuart Scott will provide commentary. The Celebrity Game will also be available via ESPN3, ESPN Mobile TV and the WatchESPN app.

Celebrity participants will include musician Ne-Yo, rapper/actor Common, Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore), NBA Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Chris Mullin, actor/comedian Kevin Hart, and ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb (The Doug Gottlieb Show). Current NBA All-Stars Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard will serve as coaches.

Celebrity Game rosters (subject to change):
Team West
Team East
Coach: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Coach: Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic)
Chris Mullin (NBA Hall of Famer, ESPN analyst)
J. Cole (rapper)
Mitch Richmond (six-time NBA All-Star)
Doug Gottlieb (ESPN’s The Doug Gottlieb Show)
Tim Hardaway (five-time NBA All-Star)
Jonathan Scott (Property Brothers)
Javier Colon (The Voice)
Kevin Hart (actor/comedian)
Drew Scott (Property Brothers)
Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore)
Common (rapper/actor)
Penny Hardaway (four-time NBA All-Star)
Ne-Yo (musician)
Nick Anderson (former NBA Star)
JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Tamika Catchings (WNBA MVP, Indiana Fever)
Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy)

ESPN’s Comprehensive Coverage of NBA All-Star 2012

ESPN Radio
For the 16th year, ESPN Radio will present events throughout NBA All-Star weekend, culminating with coverage of the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. Jim Durham will provide play-by-play for the events with analyst and Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay. They will be joined by on-site studio host Mark Kestecher, analyst Will Perdue and reporter Shelley Smith.


  • Friday: Lisa Salters will report live from the “Rising Stars Challenge” morning practice, including a special look at New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin. Colleen Dominguez and Mark Jones will report from the NBA All-Star’s afternoon practices.

  • Saturday: Mark Jones hosts NBA All-Star Saturday coverage with Colleen Dominguez and analyst Jon Barry, featuring pregame coverage throughout the day, and post-event coverage including interviews with the Slam Dunk and 3-point Shooting champion.

  • Sunday: Jones hosts NBA All-Star game coverage with Barry and Dominguez, featuring pregame coverage throughout the day, and postgame coverage including an interview with the All-Star Game MVP, and a recap of the weekend.’s extensive content from NBA All-Star 2012 will include Henry Abbott’s TrueHoop TV and Daily Dime Live for every All-Star event, beginning with the Celebrity Game on Friday.

ESPN International
ESPN International will televise the NBA All-Star Game and all All-Star festivities in 90 countries and territories, including Sub-Saharan Africa, Caribbean, UK, Canada, Taiwan, Brazil and the Pacific Rim.

Gruden QB Camp returns to ESPN

From ESPN - 

Ten top 2012 NFL Draft prospects set to participate, including Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor
Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden has mentored the likes of Andy Dalton, Cam Newton and Tim Tebow the past two years through his in-depth, one-on-one coaching sessions called Gruden’s QB Camp.
The SportsCenter specials have provided ESPN with groundbreaking and innovative content that gives fans a first-hand look inside the film room.
Gruden’s QB Camp is returning for a third season this spring.
Ten of the top quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft class are scheduled to participate, including projected No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck of Stanford and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor. Others include: Kirk Cousins (Michigan State), Nick Foles (Arizona), Case Keenum (Houston), Kellen Moore (Boise State), Brock Osweiler (Arizona State), Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M), Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State), and Russell Wilson (Wisconsin).
Each quarterback will visit the Super Bowl-winning coach in Tampa for a film session at Gruden’s office – affectionately dubbed the Fired Football Coaches Association (FFCA) – followed by an on-field workout at the University of South Florida.
Gruden will prep a custom lesson for each prospect that highlights strengths and identifies areas of improvement for the QB to be successful at the NFL level.
Dates and times for the specials that begin airing late next month:
SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp Schedule (all subject to change):
Date Time (ET) Network Show
Sat., March 31 7 p.m. ESPN SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp - Andrew Luck
Mon., Apr. 2 9 p.m. ESPN SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp - Robert Griffin III
Wed., Apr. 11 5 p.m. ESPNU Gruden’s QB Camp – Russell Wilson
Thurs., Apr. 12 5 p.m. ESPNU Gruden’s QB Camp – Kellen Moore
Mon., Apr. 16 5 p.m. ESPNU Gruden’s QB Camp – Kirk Cousins
Tues., Apr. 17 5 p.m. ESPNU Gruden’s QB Camp – Case Keenum
Wed., Apr. 18 8 p.m. ESPNU Gruden’s QB Camp – Brandon Weeden
Thurs., Apr. 19 5 p.m. ESPNU Gruden’s QB Camp – Brock Osweiler
  7 p.m. ESPN SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp - all 10 QBs (one-hour)
  10 p.m. ESPN2 SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp - all 10 QBs (re-air)
Mon., Apr. 23 5 p.m. ESPNU Gruden’s QB Camp – Nick Foles
Tues., Apr. 24 5 p.m. ESPNU Gruden’s QB Camp – Ryan Tannehill
* Additional Gruden’s QB Camp content will be utilized across ESPN’s multimedia platforms in the lead-up to the 2012 NFL Draft
On a key topic he will focus on with this year’s QB Camp prospects…
Gruden: “I think this year we’re going to have to address the new CBA. There’s a time restraint, in terms of the new CBA, where these players are going to have learn how to coach themselves – how to study themselves.  You’re not allowed to spend as much time in the facility in the offseason or during the season maybe that you used to. So, you have to learn to coach yourself and be a leader amongst your teammates when you have some private time to do some things away from the building.”

MLB Spring Schedule - Players to be Mic'd

From MLB Network -


Cleveland Indians at Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training Game on March 7 to Feature Live Microphones on Players & Coaching Staff

MLB Network's 2012 Spring Training Game Schedule to Include 150 Games Beginning Saturday, March 3

MLB Network To Count Down The Top 100 Players Right Now! Starting Tuesday, February 28

Secaucus, N.J., February 23, 2012 MLB Network today announced its 2012 Spring Training game schedule, featuring a groundbreaking presentation of live in-game audio. For the first time in an MLB game telecast, live audio content will air on a brief delay throughout the Spring Training game telecast of the Cleveland Indians at Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET. In cooperation with the Major League Baseball Players Association, up to as many as six players on each team will wear live microphones during the game. Coaching staff will also wear live microphones throughout the game and live microphones will be positioned at each base, down the first- and third-base lines and along the outfield wall, producing in-game audio content on a scale that has not previously been done. Matt Vasgersian will provide the game call, which will be available nationally on MLB Network, including in both the Indians’ and Diamondbacks’ home television territories.
“One of the missions of MLB Network is to promote the game of baseball and act as a platform to advance the presentation of the game,” said MLB Network President and CEO Tony Petitti. “The goal of this production is to bring fans closer to the game and experience it as a player would on the field. Not only are we trying to capture the player reactions and interactions, we want to present the natural sounds of the game, including the crack of the bat, the pop of a glove and the slide into a base like viewers have never heard before.”
            The game telecast on March 7 will build on test productions of two enhanced audio game telecasts MLB Network produced but did not air during Spring Training in 2011. At that time, several players wore live microphones during the Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cleveland Indians and Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Indians games. Excerpts from those game telecasts are available here.
MLB Network’s 2012 Spring Training game schedule includes 150 games featuring every MLB club in at least six matchups. The game schedule begins on Saturday, March 3 with the 2011 A.L. East Champion New York Yankees against the 2011 N.L. East Champion Philadelphia Phillies live from Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida at 1:00 p.m. ET. The 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals, the new-look Miami Marlins, the 2011 A.L. Wild Card Champion Tampa Bay Rays and the 2011 N.L. West Champion Arizona Diamondbacks will all be featured in live games during the first week of March. MLB Network’s complete Spring Training game schedule is available here. All games, except the enhanced audio game on March 7, will be a carriage of local telecasts, including local announcers, and blacked out in each club’s home market unless otherwise noted.
Leading up to the live games, MLB Network will reveal its ranking of the best players in Major League Baseball in its three-day series Top 100 Players Right Now!, beginning on Tuesday, February 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds will count down the top MLB players overall, taking into account players in their prime who are coming back from injuries, younger players expected to break out in 2012, and veteran players with proven track records. The countdown to the number one player will continue in new episodes on February 29 and March 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET. From Albert Pujols to Roy Halladay to Prince Fielder, the ranking includes five World Series MVPs, nine Cy Young Award winners, four A.L. and six N.L. MVP Award winners, 12 Rookie of the Year winners, 29 Gold Glove Award winners, 33 pitchers, 61 2011 All-Stars and 60 players under 30-years old.
                As announced last week, MLB Network’s Spring Training series 30 Clubs in 30 Days and its signature studio show MLB Tonight return on Monday, March 5 starting at 5:00 p.m. ET. The 2012 schedule for 30 Clubs in 30 Days is available here.

Your March Madness Announcer Pairings

From CBS Sports -

Turner Sports and CBS Sports Announce
All-Star Line-up of Broadcast Teams for Coverage of
2012 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship

            CBS Sports and Turner Sports today announced their lineup of broadcast teams for the second year of combined coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.  Once again, Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide live, full national coverage of the tournament’s 67 games across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – as well as across multiple platforms including NCAA March Madness Live.

The tournament tips-off on Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14 with the NCAA FIRST FOUR® on truTV. Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr will be courtside calling the action from Dayton, Ohio on March 13, with Tracy Wolfson reporting. Last year, tournament darling VCU advanced from the inaugural FIRST FOUR® to the NCAA Final Four®. The quartet will team up again when the tournament concludes on CBS Sports with the Final Four® and National Championship game live from New Orleans, La. on Saturday, March 31, and Monday, April 2. This marks the second consecutive year Nantz, Kellogg, Kerr and Wolfson will team-up to work the Final Four® and National Championship. 

Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel, along with courtside reporter Lewis Johnson, handle the call for the FIRST FOUR games on Wednesday, March 14.

Following are the announcer pairings for the second and third rounds (Thursday, March 15-Sunday, March 18):
Play-By-Play / Analyst
*Regional Announce Teams

Jim Nantz / Clark Kellogg*
Marv Albert / Steve Kerr*
Verne Lundquist / Bill Raftery*
Kevin Harlan / Len Elmore / Reggie Miller*
Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel
Brian Anderson / Dan Bonner
Tim Brando / Mike Gminski
Spero Dedes / Bob Wenzel

Tracy Wolfson, Craig Sager, Lesley Visser, Marty Snider, Lewis Johnson, Jaime Maggio and Otis Livingston will serve as courtside reporters throughout the tournament.

Studio Coverage
For the second consecutive year, CBS Sports and Turner Sports will utilize two studios, based in New York and Atlanta, to cover all the tournament action. Studio coverage will again be anchored by Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson with Charles Barkley, Greg Anthony and Kenny Smith providing analysis throughout the tournament from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York.  Matt Winer anchors the coverage from Turner Broadcasting’s Atlanta studio and will be joined by Seth Davis and Steve Smith. 

During the Regional semi-finals and finals, Gumbel will remain in the New York studio alongside Barkley, Anthony and Kenny Smith, while Johnson will shift to the Atlanta studios to join Davis and Steve Smith.

Studio coverage for the FIRST FOUR® originates from Atlanta and will feature Johnson, Barkley, Anthony, Davis and Kenny Smith on Tuesday with Winer, Davis and Steve Smith providing analysis on Wednesday. 

In the first year of its 14-year partnership, Turner Sports’ and CBS Sports’ exclusive live coverage of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship was the most-watched tournament since 2005, averaging 10.2 million total viewers.  In 2011, more than 176 million people tuned into the tournament.

NCAA, March Madness, FIRST FOUR and Final Four are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

ESPN starts Spring Training Tour

From ESPN -

Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour Begins Today
Baseball Tonight to Visit Spring Training Sites in Arizona & Florida

Baseball Tonight made its first stop as part of the Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour today, Feb. 21, in Jupiter, Fla., for a visit with the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.  Baseball Tonight’s tour of Spring Training destinations will include visits to team camps in both Arizona and Florida over a four-week span.

Baseball Tonight’s Tim Kurkjian will be along for each Spring Training stop, joined at times by analysts John Kruk, Terry Francona, Aaron Boone and Rick Sutcliffe.  During each visit, the analysts will interview players and provide in-depth perspective on team preparation and off-season storylines heading into the 2012 MLB season.

“Last year was the most fun I’ve had in over 30 years covering Spring Training, mainly because of having John Kruk as part of the bus tour with me,” said Kurkjian. “The players really enjoyed it when the bus showed up to camp and it was a natural conversation starter.  I fully expect the same amount of enjoyment this year only it won’t just be John, but Terry, Aaron and Rick along for the ride too.”

Content from the Baseball Tonight bus tour will be integrated into weekday Baseball Tonight shows (regularly at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN), along with daily SportsCenter segments and (including local sites in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York).

Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour telecast schedule (taped show dates in parenthesis):

Time (ET)
Florida sites

Tue, Feb 21
3:30 p.m.
St. Louis
Wed, Feb 22
3:30 p.m.
Thu, Feb 23
3:30 p.m.
N.Y. Mets
Port St. Lucie
Fri, Feb 24
3:30 p.m.
Mon, Feb 27
3:30 p.m.
Tue, Feb 28
3:30 p.m.
Wed, Feb 29
3:30 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees
Thu, March 1
3:30 p.m.
Blue Jays
Fri, March 2
3:30 p.m.
Mon, March 5
3:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay
Port Charlotte
Tue, March 6
3:30/11:30 p.m.*
Fort Myers

Arizona sites

Mon, March 12
3:30 p.m.
L.A. Angels
Tue, March 13
3:30 p.m.
(taped March 11)
Sun, March 18
1 p.m.
Kansas City
(taped March 17)
Sun, March 18
10 p.m.*
San Francisco;
(taped March 14)
Tue, March 20
(9 p.m.)
Thu, March 22
3:30 p.m.
Chicago White Sox

10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs
(taped March 16);
L.A. Dodgers (taped March 21)
Fri, March 23
3:30 p.m.
Sat, March 24
8 p.m.
Arizona/Colorado (taped March 19)
Mon., March 26
(9 p.m.)

*denotes ESPN2 telecast

"Linsanity" highlights NBA on TNT Thursday

From TNT Sports - 

TNT’s Exclusive Doubleheader Featuring the Knicks @ Heat followed by Lakers @ Thunder Tips Off NBA All-Star 2012 in Orlando

TNT NBA Thursday continues on Feb. 23 with an exclusive doubleheader tipping off coverage of NBA All-Star 2012.  The first game will feature sophomore sensation Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks visiting Eastern Conference All-Star starters LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat at 7 p.m. (ET). Marv Albert (play-by-play) will be courtside along with Steve Kerr (analyst) and Reggie Miller (analyst) to call the game with Craig Sager (reporter). The second game of the night will feature two of the Western Conference starters as Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers will take on Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder at 9:30 p.m. (ET)Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst) will call the action with Marty Snider (reporter). Following the second game, Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai with Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Shaquille O’Neal (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst) will recap the night’s action live from CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort.

Through 21 games of TNT’s 2011-12 NBA regular-season schedule, the network continues to deliver double-digit gains vs. last year’s corresponding coverage. The NBA on TNT is averaging a 1.8 U.S. rating (+29%, 1.4 U.S. rating); 2,740,000 total viewers (+25%, 2,191,000 total viewers) and 2,060,000 households (+25%, 1,654,000 households) over last year’s corresponding coverage.  

TNT will be in Orlando for exclusive coverage of NBA All-Star 2012 from Feb. 23-26.  On Friday, Feb. 24, team GMs Barkley and O’Neal will be mic’d up along with team coaches Kerr (Team Shaq) and Fratello (Team Chuck) during the BBVA NBA Rising Stars Challenge at 9 p.m. (ET).  Coverage continues on Saturday, Feb. 25 beginning at 8:30 p.m. (ET), with exclusive live coverage of NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, which includes the Haier Shooting Stars competition, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and the Sprite Slam Dunk.  Play-by-play announcer Albert and analysts Kerr and Miller will be courtside for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

Exclusive content, analysis from TNT announcers and replays of Inside the NBA are available on ( Additionally, check out the NBA on TNT pages on Twitter ( and Facebook  ( to see the latest NBA on TNT schedule, news updates and special features from TNT announcers.




Thu., February 23

7 p.m.
New York Knicks @ Miami Heat

Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst) and Reggie Miller (analyst) with Craig Sager (reporter)

9:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Lakers @ Oklahoma City Thunder

Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Mike Fratello (analyst), Chris Webber (analyst) with Marty Snider (reporter)

Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai live in Orlando

Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Shaquille O’Neal (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)




8 p.m.
TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by live in Orlando

Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Shaquille O’Neal (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

Oklahoma City Thunder @ Orlando Magic

Marv Albert (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and Steve Kerr (analyst) with Craig Sager (reporter)

10:30 p.m.
Miami Heat @ Portland Trail Blazers

Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Reggie Miller (analyst) with Cheryl Miller (reporter)

Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai live in Orlando

Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Shaquille O’Neal (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)
Source: Nielsen Media Research. Based on Live+SD. NBA Regular Season on TNT STD; 21 games vs. 18 games. (12/25/2011-2/16/2012) vs. (12/30/2010-2/17/2011)