ESPN Radio’s 22nd consecutive NBA season will tip off its 28-game regular season schedule with a matchup showcasing LeBron James and the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers hosting Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks on Opening Night, Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. ET.
ESPN Radio will again broadcast a Christmas Day doubleheader featuring a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals with the Cavaliers hosting newly signed Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors at 1:30 p.m., followed immediately by Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls visiting Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs.
ESPN Radio will also be the exclusive national broadcast home of NBA All-Star events, including the 66th NBA All-Star Game, the NBA Playoffs and the NBA Finals.
All broadcasts will be available on ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com and, for the first time ever, via the ESPN app.
Marc Kestecher will make his debut this season as ESPN Radio’s primary play-by-play voice, alongside analyst Jon Barry, with P.J. Carlesimo (analyst) and Kara Lawson (analyst) returning for select games.
- Two rematches of last year’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers – Christmas Day and January 16;
- Two games (February 11 and March 20) between last season’s NBA Western Conference Finals teams, Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder, as Durant faces his old team;
- The 66th NBA All-Star Game, plus two additional All-Star specials;
- Nine games for the Cavaliers; eight games for the Warriors; six appearances each by six-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs and the New York Knicks; and five games each for the LA Clippers and Chicago Bulls.
**Note, times reflect start of broadcast window
|Tue, Oct 25||7 p.m.||New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Sun, Dec 25||1:30 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Follows||Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs|
|Thu, Jan 12||7 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks|
|Mon, Jan 16||7 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors|
|Sat, Jan 21||7:30 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Sat, Jan 28||7:30 p.m.||LA Clippers at Golden State Warriors|
|Sun, Jan 29||2:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Sat, Feb 4||7:30 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks|
|Sun, Feb 5||1 p.m.||LA Clippers at Boston Celtics|
|Sat, Feb 11||7:30 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Sun, Feb 12||2:30 p.m.||San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks|
|Fri, Feb 17||9 p.m.||BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge|
|Sat, Feb 18||8 p.m.||State Farm All-Star Saturday Night|
|Sun, Feb 19||7:30 p.m.||66th NBA All-Star Game|
|Thu, Feb 23||9:30 p.m.||LA Clippers at Golden State Warriors|
|Sat, Feb 25||7:30 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Sat, Mar 4||7:30 p.m.||LA Clippers at Chicago Bulls|
|Sun, Mar 5||2:30 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at New York Knicks|
|Sat, Mar 11||7:30 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs|
|Sun, Mar 12||2:30 p.m.||Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics|
|Wed, Mar 15||7 p.m.||Portland Trailblazers at San Antonio Spurs|
|Sat, Mar 18||7:30 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at LA Clippers|
|Mon, Mar 20||7 p.m.||Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Sun, Mar 26||2:30 p.m.||Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets|
|Mon, Mar 27||7 p.m.||Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs|
|Thu, Mar 30||9:30 p.m.||Houston Rockets at Portland Trailblazers|
|Sun, Apr 2||2:30 p.m.||Boston Celtics at New York Knicks|
|Thu, Apr 6||7 p.m.||Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks|
|Sat, Apr 8||7:30 p.m.||LA Clippers at San Antonio Spurs|
|Wed, Apr 12||7 p.m.||Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers|
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ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 20 million listeners a week on 500 nationwide stations, including more than 375 full-time affiliates and clearance in the top 25 markets. ESPN owns and/or operates stations in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. ESPN Radio programming is also available on SiriusXM and via digital distributors Apple Music, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.
ESPN Audio listeners logged more than 9.4 billion total listening minutes in 2015, up 20 percent from the previous year, and 242 million session starts, with an average time spent listening of more than 38 minutes. ESPN Audio launched its first podcast in 2005, and in 2015 ESPN Audio podcasts were downloaded 366 million times, an increase of 16 percent compared to the previous year.
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