2020 NBA Finals Exclusively on ABC: Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James vs. Miami Heat and Jimmy Butler
ESPN will exclusively produce the NBA Finals on ABC for the 18th consecutive season, starting with Game 1 on Wednesday, September 30, at 9 p.m. ET. Three-time NBA Champion LeBron James makes a historic 10th NBA Finals appearance as his Los Angeles Lakers square off with the Miami Heat and Jimmy Butler. The NBA Finals are presented by YouTube TV and will air on ABC, ESPN Radio, in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and on several ESPN international platforms. All games will emanate from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The full 2020 NBA Finals schedule is below:
|Wed, Sep 30||9 p.m.||Game 1|
|Fri, Oct 2||9 p.m.||Game 2|
|Sun, Oct 4||7:30 p.m.||Game 3|
|Tue, Oct 6||9 p.m.||Game 4|
|Fri, Oct 9||9 p.m.||Game 5* if necessary|
|Sun, Oct 11||7:30 p.m.||Game 6* if necessary|
|Tue, Oct 13||9 p.m.||Game 7 * if necessary|
NBA Finals on ABC game commentators:
- Mike Breen, a 2020 Curt Gowdy Media Award winner, will call his 15th consecutive NBA Finals for ABC. Breen has called every event since 2006, including what will now be all 10 of LeBron James’ appearances. He has called the most NBA Finals as play-by-play commentator.
- Jeff Van Gundy begins his 14th season as a television analyst for the NBA Finals. The former head coach has provided analysis for every NBA Finals event since 2007. He has called the most NBA Finals events as a television analyst.
- Former head coach and NBA All-Star Mark Jackson has provided analysis for more major professional sports championship events than any other Black or African-American analyst. Jackson will call his 12th NBA Finals on ABC.
- Rachel Nichols, an ESPN host and journalist, will join the team to serve as the sideline reporter for the first time. Nichols will also host the trophy presentation upon conclusion of the NBA Finals on ABC.
25 years of NBA Finals on ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio will nationally broadcast the NBA Finals for the 25th time, beginning September 30. Curt Gowdy Media Award-winner Doris Burke joins the ESPN Radio broadcast team for her first year as a game analyst. It makes her the first woman to serve as a game analyst for the NBA Finals on any platform. Burke joins play-by-play commentator Marc Kestecher and fellow analyst P.J. Carlesimo to provide commentary. The trio previously called both the Eastern Conference Finals and Western Conference Finals for ESPN Radio.
NBA Countdown presented by Door Dash, ESPN and ABC’s NBA pregame show, will precede NBA Finals game broadcasts with 30-minute shows – airing at 8:30 p.m. on weeknights and 7 p.m. on weekends. Maria Taylor hosts NBA Countdown with analysts Jalen Rose, Jay Williams, Paul Pierce and ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski. NBA Countdown will emanate from ESPN’s Seaport District Studios in New York, N.Y. Rachel Nichols will contribute updates to NBA Countdown from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Hoop Streams, ESPN’s digital NBA pregame show, will also air 30 minutes prior to each NBA Finals game on ESPN’s Twitter, YouTube and Facebook platforms as well as on the ESPN App. Cassidy Hubbarth hosts Hoop Streams with commentators Kendrick Perkins, Christine Williamson and Amin Elhassan. Hoop Streams will originate from ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. studios.
ESPN App alternate presentations
ESPN will offer fans multiple alternative viewing experiences for NBA Finals games, featuring unique camera angles and vantage points that are available to stream on the ESPN App:
- Rail Cam: Mobile, robotic camera placed courtside and provides vantage point as if the fan was sitting courtside at the game. Includes audio from the microphones placed underneath the court, capturing sounds such as the ball bouncing on the court and player sneakers squeaking as they run.
- Above The Rim Cam: Vantage point via cameras placed above the hoop atop the backboard, providing aerial views and a “video game” feel.
- Layup Lines: A pregame alternate presentation where fans can watch the pregame warmups for each team and also capture the natural sound from the arena.
NBA Finals on ESPN Deportes
ESPN Deportes will provide exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the NBA Finals with the team of play-by-play voice Ernesto Jerez and analyst Coach Carlos Morales calling the action. Sebastian Martinez Christensen will report from ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
For the 13th consecutive year in conjunction with the NBA Finals, ABC will present “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night.” These special-edition episodes will air during primetime of the NBA Finals, beginning with Game 1.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” primetime specials celebrate a unique blend of entertainment and sports with Kimmel’s signature comedy bits and an all-star lineup of guests, including Jamie Foxx (“Soul”), Matthew McConaughey (“Greenlights”) and Adam Sandler (“Hubie Halloween”), with special surprise appearances as well.
ESPN will also provide comprehensive coverage of the NBA Finals on its news and information platforms, including SportsCenter, ESPN.com and within its daily NBA show, The Jump. Reporters Adrian Wojnarowski, Malika Andrews and The Undefeated’s Marc Spears will be among the reporters providing updates throughout the series.