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ESPN Radio Unveils 2016-2017 NBA Schedule

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ESPN Radio tips off its 28-game regular season schedule with a matchup between LeBron James and the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and Carmelo Anthony and the revamped New York Knicks on Opening Night, Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm ET. The two teams will be featured against one another twice this season on the network.

Additionally, ESPN Radio will broadcast a Christmas Day doubleheader featuring a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals with the Cavaliers hosting newly signed Kevin Durant and the Warriors at 1:30pm ET, followed immediately by Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls visiting Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs.

ESPN Radio will also serve as the exclusive national broadcast home for NBA All-Star events, including the 66th NBA All-Star Game, the NBA Playoffs and the NBA Finals.

All broadcasts will be available on ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com and, for the first time ever, via the ESPN app. Marc Kestecher debuts as the network’s new play-by-play voice, alongside analyst Jon Barry. P.J. Carlesimo (analyst) and Kara Lawson (analyst) will also return for select games.

Additional highlights:

  • Two rematches of last year’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers – Christmas Day and January 16;
  • Two games (February 11 and March 20) between last season’s NBA Western Conference Finals teams, Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder, as Durant faces his old team;
  • The 66th NBA All-Star Game, plus two additional All-Star specials;
  • Nine games for the Cavaliers; eight games for the Warriors; six appearances each by six-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs and the New York Knicks; and five games each for the LA Clippers and Chicago Bulls.

Here is the full schedule courtesy of ESPN Media Zone.

**Note, times reflect start of broadcast window

Date Time Game
Tue, Oct 25 7 p.m. New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sun, Dec 25 1:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
  Follows Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs
Thu, Jan 12 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks
Mon, Jan 16 7 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
Sat, Jan 21 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sat, Jan 28 7:30 p.m. LA Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Sun, Jan 29 2:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sat, Feb 4 7:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks
Sun, Feb 5 1 p.m. LA Clippers at Boston Celtics
Sat, Feb 11 7:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Sun, Feb 12 2:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks
Fri, Feb 17 9 p.m. BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
Sat, Feb 18 8 p.m. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night
Sun, Feb 19 7:30 p.m. 66th NBA All-Star Game
Thu, Feb 23 9:30 p.m. LA Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Sat, Feb 25 7:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sat, Mar 4 7:30 p.m. LA Clippers at Chicago Bulls
Sun, Mar 5 2:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at New York Knicks
Sat, Mar 11 7:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs
Sun, Mar 12 2:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics
Wed, Mar 15 7 p.m. Portland Trailblazers at San Antonio Spurs
Sat, Mar 18 7:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at LA Clippers
Mon, Mar 20 7 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Sun, Mar 26 2:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets
Mon, Mar 27 7 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs
Thu, Mar 30 9:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Portland Trailblazers
Sun, Apr 2 2:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at New York Knicks
Thu, Apr 6 7 p.m. Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks
Sat, Apr 8 7:30 p.m. LA Clippers at San Antonio Spurs
Wed, Apr 12 7 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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Dennis Eckersley

On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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