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NBC Sports Bay Area Adds 3 For Warriors Coverage

“Less than a month away from their first regular season telecast, NBC Sports Bay Area added Chris Mullin, Jennifer Azzi and Brian Shaw to its roster of studio analysts.”

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As the Golden State Warriors get set to debut a new roster in a new arena, their TV home NBC Sports Bay Area announced new additions for the upcoming season.

Less than a month away from their first regular season telecast, NBC Sports Bay Area added Chris Mullin, Jennifer Azzi and Brian Shaw to its roster of studio analysts.  The trio will split time in the studio, also rotating as fill-ins for the broadcasts color commentator, Kelenna Azubuike.

NBC Sports Bay Area will televise 70 regular season games for the Warriors, along with three preseason contests.  Longtime play-by-play announcer Bob Fitzgerald will be joined by former Warrior, Kelenna Azubuike as the broadcast’s new lead analyst.  Azubuike joins the call after previously serving as a studio analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area, now replacing Fitzgerald’s longtime broadcast partner, Jim Barnett who moves to the Warriors flagship radio station, 95.7 The Game.  Kerith Burke will return to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warrior telecasts as the crew’s sideline reporter.

NBC Sports Bay Area has not announced a schedule for their new studio hosts, but former Warriors great and basketball Hall of Famer, Chris Mullin is expected to work all 41 home games.  Mullin, who resigned as head coach of the St. John’s University men’s basketball team in the spring, has prior broadcast experience with ESPN.

“This will be a little different, I think. Obviously, you know, just really focusing on the Warriors,” Mullin told NBC Sports Bay Area about his previous ESPN experience compared to his new gig.  “I’m kind of looking forward to really just locking in on the Warriors and just one opponent, as opposed to covering the whole league on a nightly basis. I think it’ll be a lot more fun.”

Former WNBA player, Jennifer Azzi brings an extensive resume to the network that includes an Olympic gold-medal, also previously serving as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco.  Also joining the NBC Sports Bay Area studio is Brian Shaw, a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers and more recently, the Denver Nuggets head coach from 2013 – 15.

NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors coverage will tip off on Saturday October 5th in their first preseason game.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs: First Round NHL Games on ESPN Up 65%

The Washington Capitals-New York Rangers game, which the Rangers won 4-1, is now the most-viewed Game 1 of a first round NHL playoff series ever on cable.

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The Stanley Cup playoffs got underway this weekend in the NHL and ESPN is off to a hot start in terms of audience. Sunday’s first round games on ESPN and ESPN2 averaged 1.04 million total viewers, up 65% over 2023’s Game 1 average.

The Washington Capitals-New York Rangers game, which the Rangers won 4-1, is now the most-viewed Game 1 of a first round NHL playoff series ever on cable, averaging 1.3 million viewers. The game peaked at 1.5 million viewers.

The Colorado Avalanche and Winnipeg Jets played their first game on ESPN with the Jets taking a wild 7-6 win over the Avalanche. That game is now ESPN2’s most-viewed first round NHL playoff game ever and the third most-viewed Game 1 of a first round NHL Playoff series ever on cable, averaging 1.1 total viewers and peaking at 1.4 million viewers.

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Report: ESPN, TNT Have NBA Matching Rights

“Although the exclusive negotiating period has ended, we are still in discussions with Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery regarding our media deals.”

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As the NBA’s exclusive negotiating period came to an end last night, new information about the agreement has come to light. Sports Business Journal’s Austin Karp is reporting both ESPN and TNT have matching rights for any deal presented to the NBA. The report says this goes for the linear broadcasts as well as streaming.

A source at the NBA told Karp, “Although the exclusive negotiating period has ended, we are still in discussions with Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery regarding our media deals.”

Alex Sherman of CNBC had reported last week the exclusive negotiating window, which started on March 9, would most likely expire without a deal in place. Karp’s report says he believes the deal was 75% done prior to the window beginning.

Numerous reports have indicated that the league is looking to add a streaming element into its next deal and is looking for an increase in rights fees. Amazon, Apple, YouTube TV, Comcast (NBCUniversal/Peacock) and Netflix have all expressed potential interest.

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Tegna, Indiana Fever Partner for Local TV Package

“This is an exhilarating moment for women’s sports. The WNBA and Fever are leading the charge with this groundbreaking local broadcast rights agreement.”

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The Indiana Fever and superstar Caitlin Clark will be seen on television a lot, both nationally and now locally as well. The Fever and Tegna announced a partnership earlier today to air 17 games between local NBC affiliate WTHR and MeTV affiliate WALV.

“So many new fans are tuning in to watch the world’s best basketball players compete in the WNBA, and the Fever have built a roster of incredible young talent that has caught the attention of basketball fans all over the globe,” Rick Fuson, CEO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, said in a release. “Tegna and WTHR have been amazing local partners for years, and we are excited that more fans than ever before will get the chance to watch these amazing athletes play.”

The release also noted Tegna was working on expanded access outside of Indianapolis.

“This is an exhilarating moment for women’s sports. The WNBA and Fever are leading the charge with this groundbreaking local broadcast rights agreement,” Dave Lougee, President and CEO of Tegna, said in a release. “The remarkable journey of Caitlin Clark and her teammates has captured the hearts and minds of millions. We’re thrilled to deliver all the Fever action to every household in the Indianapolis region.”

The national TV package for WNBA games, which is aired on ABC, ESPN, Prime Video, CBS Sports Network, NBA TV and Ion will carry 36 of the Fever’s 40 games. The four games not being carried will be covered by the local package with Tegna. Several games will air on both a national and a local station.

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