ESPN Radio’s 22nd Consecutive NBA Season Tips off 28-Game Regular Season Schedule with Defending Champion Cleveland Cavaliers

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ESPN Radio’s 22nd Consecutive NBA Season Tips off 28-Game Regular Season Schedule with Defending Champion Cleveland Cavaliers

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.

Additional highlights:

  • 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

Date Time Game
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


About ESPN Radio

ESPN Radio, the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Deportes Radio,ESPNRadio.com, and ESPN Podcasts comprise ESPN Audio.

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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Tara Chozet

I handle PR for ESPN Radio, espnW, technology, remote operations and soccer. I received my undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and my Master’s degree from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
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