ESPN.com to Provide Comprehensive NBA Finals Coverage

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ESPN.com to Provide Comprehensive NBA Finals Coverage

Beginning this week, ESPN.com will provide comprehensive coverage of the NBA Finals, which start on ABC, ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes on Thursday, June 6. Led by a strong lineup of NBA analysts, reporters and contributors, ESPN.com will provide extensive on-site coverage, scouting and statistical analysis, expert predictions, feature stories, video analysis and unique interactive experiences throughout The Finals.

ESPN.com coverage includes:

  • More than 10 on-site reporters and contributors at each site including Marc Stein and J.A. Adande, as well as Mike Wallace, Brian Windhorst and Tom Haberstroh from Heat Index.
  • 5-on-5, a daily feature with five writers expressing five opinions on five questions.
  • Feature stories penned by Stein, Kevin Arnovitz, Kevin Van Valkenburg, Liz Merrill, Israel Gutierrez and Ramona Shelburne on a variety of subjects including the San Antonio Spurs organization, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and league MVP LeBron James.
  • ESPN Forecast predictions prior to each Finals game from an expert panel of 200 people with vast NBA experience, knowledge and perspectives.
  • Interaction across ESPN social platforms to drive conversation about The Finals – including the launch of an animation from Richard Swarbrick celebrating the greatest moments of Finals history.
  • Premium content for ESPN Insiders including a robust Finals preview, daily Per Diem columns from Haberstroh and Kevin Pelton, a ranking of the 50 greatest individual playoff performances of all time and David Thorpe’s postseason MVP rankings.

Additionally, fans will have an opportunity to play Finals 50/50 presented by Sony Electronics, an NBA Finals fantasy pick ‘em game where fans are presented with ten questions related to each NBA Finals game such as which team will score first and which player will have the most rebounds. Fans will have until tip-off of each game to submit their answers. At halftime, five additional questions – related to the game as it stands at that moment and worth double the points – will be released that must be answered and submitted prior to the start of the second half.  At the end of the NBA Finals, the entry that accumulates the most points over the entire duration of the series will win a Sony Home Entertainment System grand prize. Winners that accumulate the most points for each individual game of the NBA Finals will be awarded a $400 gift card. The game will be accessible online at ESPN.com and on the mobile Web for fans to play at home or on the road.

ESPN3 and WatchESPN

Fans will have access to special simulcasts of The Finals on ABC live on ESPN3 – as well as live coverage of KIA NBA Countdown and postgame press conferences – online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members. The live multi-screen sports network is currently available to more than 85 million households nationwide through an affiliated Internet or video provider.

The Finals on ESPN Radio Presented by Autotrader.com

Fans can access ESPN Radio’s coverage of The Finals online at ESPNRadio.com and through the ESPN Radio App.

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