What ABC (and beyond) has planned for your NBA Finals starting Thursday


The TV gamecall: Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy. With reporter Doris Burke. Spanish-language SAP commentary by Alvaro Martin and Carlos Morales.

The TV pregame: Stuart Scott, Magic Johnson, Jon Barry and Michael Wilbon. Comes on 30 minutes before each broadcast.

The radio call: Spero Dedes and Mychal Thompson on KSPN-AM (710); ESPN Radio has Jim Durham, Dr. Jack Ramsay and Hubie Brown on a national call.

The replays: ESPN3.com has a replay of each finals game, available at 11:30 p.m. each night through 9 a.m.. the following afternoon.


Sideshows: A 30-minute edition of “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” which comes on before the game in the East but after the game in Southern California.

The ABC broadcast: Includes that “Hall of Fame” montage open; in-game interviews with coaches, along with each coach being “wired” for sound; pregame and halftime locker room access; 32 high definition video sources; “SkyCam” providing aerial views of the action; six Super Slo Mo cameras; “ESPN Axis” creating virtual replays, with video from live action processed via computers to create virtual freeze frames from multiple angles; graphics allowing for 3D lines and arrows, hi-res snap zoom capabilities, player and pass tracking and an enhanced graphic interface.

ESPN coverage: Hannah Storm hosts the 3 p.m. “SportsCenter” segments on gamenight with Bruce Bowen, Avery Johnson, Tim Legler, Jamal Mashburn, Jalen Rose and Byron Scott.

Above and beyond: The series will be televised to 215 countries in 41 languages and streamed on NBA.com through “NBA League Pass” broadband international to 200 countries and territories. Also, for the first time, the Finals are going live to movie theaters throughout Mexico through Cinepolis, the leading cinema chain with 236 complexes and more than 2,200 screens. There is expanded coverage in Africa — 15 free-to-air stations for the first time through a new partnership with CAfrica, and ESPN.The NBA opened its first office in Africa in Johannesburg in May.

Media headcount: More than 280 international media members from 36 countries will cover the event in L.A. and Boston — with 44 of them from Spain, focused on the Lakers’ Pau Gasol. There are 43 broadcast partners airing the Finals for the first time.

ESPN Classic: A Finals marathon Wednesday from 4 a.m. until 9 p.m. includes:
= 4 a.m. – SportsCentury: Bill Walton
= 5 a.m. – SportsCentury: Bill Russell
= 7:30 a.m.: Up Close Classics: Magic Johnson
= 8 a.m.: Up Close Classics: Wilt Chamberlain
= 9 a.m.: SportsCentury: Magic Johnson
= 10 a.m.: SportsCentury: Larry Bird
= 11 a.m.: 1987 NBA Finals, Game 4: Lakers vs. Celtics
= 1 p.m.: 1985 NBA Finals, Game 5: Celtics vs. Lakers
= 3 p.m.: 1985 NBA Finals, Game 6: Lakers vs. Celtics
= 5 p.m.: 1984 NBA Finals, Game 4: Celtics vs. Lakers
= 7 p.m.: 2008 NBA Finals, Game 4: Celtics vs. Lakers

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