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via press release:

Saturday Night NBA on ABC Launching in January

  • New Eight-game Saturday Night Slate to Showcase Biggest Stars, Marquee Matchups Starting January 23
  • ABC & ESPN Combine to Televise NBA Regular-Season Games Four Days Per Week

 

Beginning in January, ESPN on ABC will launch a new, weekly prime-time NBA series with the debut of Saturday Night NBA on ABC. The exclusive, eight-game schedule – featuring the sport’s biggest stars and most compelling matchups – will begin January 23, 2016 with weekly game telecasts at 8:30 p.m. ET. NBA Countdown – ABC’s and ESPN’s NBA pre-game show – will precede the games at 8 p.m. The announcement was made today by ESPN President John Skipper and Disney/ABC TV President Ben Sherwood. Game selections will be announced in the coming weeks. (The ABC schedule is below).

 

As a result of this new prime-time series, ABC and ESPN will now combine to televise NBA games four days per week (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday), January-April, including three in prime-time. ABC had previously aired doubleheaders on Sundays as part of its NBA Sunday Showcase and will now air one exclusive game on Saturday nights and one on Sunday afternoons.  In total, ABC will broadcast 16 exclusive regular-season NBA games, beginning on Christmas Day. ESPN will continue to televise weekly, prime-time doubleheaders on Wednesdays and Fridays, generally at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. throughout the regular-season.

 

John Skipper, ESPN President:

“The creation of Saturday Night NBA on ABC is an important moment in the long, successful relationship between ESPN and the NBA. The NBA’s massive popularity continues to open doors for new, collaborative opportunities, and this new series demonstrates ESPN’s commitment to showcase the NBA as often – and across as many platforms – as possible. Saturday night games will be highlighted by the NBA’s biggest stars, top rivalries and most compelling storylines. We expect to establish this series as a big-game destination for NBA fans, along the lines of what we’ve accomplished in college football with Saturday Night Football on ABC.”

 

Ben Sherwood, Disney/ABC TV President:

“Through our great partnership with ESPN, we’re thrilled to be able to bring the best in basketball to our prime-time viewers on Saturdays beginning this January while building on our great Sunday afternoon NBA lineup.”

 

 NBA on ABC schedule – 2015-16 regular-season

Date

Time (ET)

Broadcast

Fri., Dec. 25

2:30 p.m.

NBA on Christmas Day

Fri., Dec. 25

5 p.m.

NBA on Christmas Day

Sat., Jan. 23

8:30 p.m.

Saturday Night NBA

Sat., Jan. 30

8:30 p.m.

Saturday Night NBA

Sun., Jan. 31

3:30 p.m.

NBA Sunday Showcase

Sun., Feb. 7

2 p.m.

NBA Sunday Showcase

Sat., Feb. 20

8:30 p.m.

Saturday Night NBA

Sun., Feb. 21

3:30 p.m.

NBA Sunday Showcase

Sat., Feb. 27

8:30 p.m.

Saturday Night NBA

Sat., Mar. 5

8:30 p.m.

Saturday Night NBA

Sun., Mar. 6

3:30 p.m.

NBA Sunday Showcase

Sat., Mar. 12

8:30 p.m.

Saturday Night NBA

Sun., Mar. 13

3:30 p.m.

NBA Sunday Showcase

Sat., Mar. 19

8:30 p.m.

Saturday Night NBA

Sun., Apr. 3

3:30 p.m.

NBA Sunday Showcase

Sat., Apr. 9

8:30 p.m.

Saturday Night NBA

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