ESPN will expand its National Basketball Association coverage next year by adding live game telecasts on Saturday nights via sister broadcast network ABC beginning in January, the network said Thursday.
Launching on January 23, ESPN on ABC will offer weekly prime-time games beginning at 8:30 p.m. (ET), preceded by the NBA Countdown pre-game show, ESPN president John Skipper and Disney/ABC TV President Ben Sherwood said.
With the addition of the Saturday night games, ESPN and ABC will offer NBA telecasts on four days a week from January to April. ESPN will air games on Wednesdays and Fridays, while ABC televises games on Saturdays and Sundays.
“The creation of Saturday Night NBA on ABC is an important moment in the long, successful relationship between ESPN and the NBA,” said ESPN president John Skipper in a statement. “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.”