ESPN+, ESPN2 and ESPNews to Air the Remainder of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Games


ESPN+, ESPN2 and ESPNews to Air the Remainder of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Games

  • ESPN+ to carry all classification games
  • ESPN2 will air the finals, a semifinals game and the third place game
  • ESPNews to air a semifinals game

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 semifinals begins on ESPN2 Friday, Sept. 13, when Spain, featuring Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio, face Australia, featuring Joe Ingles, Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Aron Baynes, and Andrew Bogut. Rudy Gobert, Nicolas Batum, Frank Ntilikina and Evan Fournier will represent France in the second semifinals game on ESPNews when they tip off against Argentina.

ESPN+ will carry the USA’s classification game against Serbia on Thursday, Sept. 12 beginning at 7 a.m. ET. The Championship Final will air on ESPN2 Sunday, Sept. 15 at 8 a.m.

Play-by-play commentator John Brickley will call the Championship Final, the Semifinals and the third place game with analyst Tom Thibodeau. ESPN senior writer Brian Windhorst will report on the games onsite from China.

Full Schedule Below:

Platform Date Time (ET) Game Event
ESPN+ Thu, Sept. 12 7 a.m. Serbia vs. USA Classification Game
ESPN+ Thu, Sept. 12 9 a.m.  Poland vs. Czech Republic Classification Game
ESPN2 Fri, Sept. 13 4 a.m. Spain vs. Australia Semifinals
ESPNews Fri, Sept. 13 8 a.m. Argentina vs. France Semifinals
ESPN+ Sat, Sept. 14 4 a.m. TBD 7th Place
ESPN+ Sat, Sept. 14 8 a.m. TBD 5th Place
ESPN2 Sun, Sept. 15 4 a.m. TBD Third Place Game
ESPN2 Sun, Sept. 15 8 a.m. TBD Championship Final


Shakeemah Simmons-Winter

I am a senior publicist for men’s pro sports, working predominantly with the NBA and FIBA properties. I’m a Jersey City, NJ native, so I cheer for all New York sports and athletes, win or lose. I began my sports career as a small forward for JCPS #9’s elementary basketball team, and then years later gave up my hoop dreams (sort of) to work as the Public Relations Coordinator for the New York Knicks. Prior to working in sports, I briefly worked as an intern turned production assistant for the Wendy Williams Show. I earned a B.A. in Communications from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, where I met my husband Matthew, and later attended New York University to earn a M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. I am excited to continue my sports journey with some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the sports industry.