ESPN Radio to Broadcast NBA All-Star Game for 20th Consecutive Season


ESPN Radio to Broadcast NBA All-Star Game for 20th Consecutive Season

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  • ESPN to Air NBA All-Star Game in 42 Countries

ESPN Radio – in its 20th season of NBA All-Star coverage – will broadcast the 65th NBA All-Star Game this Sunday, Feb. 14, from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Coverage will begin at 7 p.m. ET with Kevin Calabro describing the action alongside analyst Jon Barry and reporters Marc Stein and Shelley Smith. Additionally, Marc Kestecher will host pregame and halftime coverage with analyst P.J. Carlesimo.

 These teams will also provide coverage for State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Feb. 13, at 8 p.m., following the Meet The All Stars at 5:30 p.m. ESPN Radio will also broadcast the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 12, at 9 p.m. ESPN Deportes Radio will also carry then NBA All-Star Game.

SportsCenter will hit the road from Toronto with weekend-long NBA All-Star coverage, beginning Friday, Feb. 12. NBA Countdown’s Sage Steele will host coverage with analyst Chauncey Billups and Stephen A. Smith on the main set from NBA All-Star media day. Ramona Shelburne will also provide reports throughout the weekend for SportsCenter, with a special focus on Kobe Bryant’s final All-Star Game. Coverage will include live interviews with NBA players and coaches.

Highlights from the NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 2-3:30 p.m. will also air within SportsCenter. Sage Steele will serve as an honorary coach, while analyst Bruce Bowen will participate.

NBA All-Star 2016 Celebrity Game presented by Mountain Dew will be exclusively televised by ESPN on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. from Ricoh Coliseum. It will mark the 12th consecutive year of the event on ESPN. Veteran ESPN play-by-play commentator Mark Jones, a Toronto native, will provide commentary, alongside analyst Jon Barry and reporter Cassidy Hubbarth. Sage Steele will host pregame and halftime coverage, as well as the M.V.P trophy presentation. Steele is scheduled to interview celebrity coaches Drake and Kevin Hart within the pregame festivities at 7 p.m. More details can be found at ESPN Media Zone.

 ESPN International

ESPN will televise the 65th NBA All-Star Game and the full slate of NBA All-Star events throughout the weekend in 42 countries, including Brazil, the Caribbean and Oceania.

More All-Star Coverage

ESPN’s NBA All-Star 2016 on-site coverage will also include ESPN Radio’s Russillo & Kanell, who will broadcast their Friday show from 1-4 p.m. SportsCenter’s Cari Champion, will be on site for her podcast: Be Honest with Cari Champion. It will also air as a live radio show on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 3-5:30 p.m. Jorge Sedano will also be in Toronto Friday, Feb. 12 to broadcast Jorge & Izzy on ESPN Radio from 7-9 p.m.


Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected] (@Ben_ESPN);

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or [email protected] (@Gianina_ESPN).

Ben Cafardo

I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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