NBA TV Launches New Daily Studio Shows and Signature Theme Nights With New Announcers for 2008-09 NBA Season

NBA TV Launches New Daily Studio Shows and Signature Theme Nights with New Announcers for 2008-09 NBA Season

NBA vets Chris Webber, Gary Payton, Eric Snow and Steve Smith join NBA TV as studio analysts with returning host Ahmad Rashad and select appearances by TNT’s Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson

NBA Digital announced today the new programming lineup and roster of on-air announcers for NBA TV for the 2008-09 NBA regular season. Beginning on Tues., Oct. 28 the network will televise live studio programming six days a week from the new NBA TV studio in Atlanta, in addition to its 96 live NBA games throughout the regular season – the most of any national network. To launch the new season, NBA TV will offer a free preview week Oct. 28 – Nov. 4, allowing cable and satellite distribution partners the opportunity to showcase the network to all of their viewers all week long.NBA TV’s new lineup of announcers will feature 15-year NBA veteran Chris Webber, who will serve as both a regular weekly NBA TV studio analyst as well as a guest analyst on TNT’s studio NBA coverage throughout the season. Additionally, 13-year NBA veteran Eric Snow, 14-year NBA veteran Steve Smith and 17-year NBA veteran Gary Payton will serve as regular weekly studio analysts. Emmy® award-winners Ahmad Rashad and Ernie Johnson will both be featured regular hosts of the studio show programming on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, respectively. Andre Aldridge also returns to the network as a host, along with TNT’s Marc Fein. NBA TV’s fantasy expert Rick Kamla will continue in his role and make regular weekly studio appearances. The NBA TV announcers will also make regular contributions to NBA.com.

“We’ve hired some of the best announcers in the business and put together a deep bench that will bring unique perspectives and experiences to our daily studio telecasts, and we’re excited to showcase their insights on both NBA TV and NBA.com,” said Bryan Perez, SVP and GM of NBA Digital. “From online to on air, this season we’ll give fans an exciting new multiplatform experience as we deliver more games, live studio shows and compelling features than anywhere else.”

In addition to the new ensemble of signature announcers, NBA TV will feature select appearances by NBA on TNT personalities including the Emmy® award-winning studio team of Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson. TNT game announcers Marv Albert, Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Doug Collins, Mike Fratello and Dick Stockton, as well as reporters David Aldridge, Craig Sager and Cheryl Miller, will also contribute to the network this season.

NBA TV will tip off the season on Opening Night on Tues., Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. ET with a live studio show featuring Rashad, Webber and Payton. The night’s coverage will include an interview with NBA commissioner David Stern, a live in-studio appearance by TNT’s studio team of Johnson, Barkley and Smith and coverage of the Boston Celtics ring ceremony in addition to a season preview show.

Throughout the season NBA TV’s weekly studio programming will feature three signature nights, including:

* Fan Night (Tuesdays): For the first time ever, fans will have the unique opportunity to vote for the games they want to see televised nationally on NBA TV each Tuesday night. Voting begins on Oct. 28 when fans can log onto NBA.com and select from a number of games taking place around the league and vote for the one they most want to see televised on NBA TV on Nov. 4. Voting will take place each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; the selections will be announced Wednesday nights on NBA TV. The Tuesday night pre- and postgame studio shows will be hosted by Rashad with Webber.
* Premiere Night (Wednesdays): Each Wednesday night NBA TV will debut a new NBA Entertainment original feature or series for Premiere Night. The first series, NBA Roundtable, will premiere Wed., Oct. 29 and will feature Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden in a roundtable discussion with legendary centers Patrick Ewing, Bob Lanier, Bill Russell, David Robinson and Bill Walton. The first half of Wednesday night studio programming will be hosted by Ernie Johnson and Eric Snow, followed by Marc Fein and Snow.
* Legends Night (Thursdays): Thursday nights on NBA TV will showcase the rich heritage of the NBA during Legends Night. Each Thursday night NBA TV will showcase an NBA legend – a player, coach, team or era – and give fans a chance to look back to some of the most memorable moments in basketball. The first Legends Night, Thurs., Oct. 30, will feature the Boston Celtics.

Additional weekly programming highlights include:

* Fantasy Insider (Mondays, 8 a.m. ET): Hosted by Rick Kamla, this live studio show will feature updates and reports focused on NBA fantasy basketball. The show will also be simulcast on NBA.com.
* AutoTrader.com Pregame Show, T-Mobile Halftime Report, Postgame Show presented by Hyundai: Studio shows surrounding live games on Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturday and Sundays.
* NBA GameTime: Studio show showcasing live look-ins and highlights of games taking place around the league.

The 2008-09 season marks the 10th anniversary of NBA TV and the inaugural year of the NBA’s partnership with Turner Sports to operate the NBA Digital portfolio which includes NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA League Pass, WNBA.com and NBADLeague.com.

NBA TV is the 24-hour digital network of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Providing the best in basketball coverage since 1999, NBA TV televises hundreds of live NBA games, as well as original series and live event coverage, and is available to millions of homes throughout the U.S. and in 79 additional countries and territories.

Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting, Inc., presents some of the best and most popular sporting events worldwide and is a leader in televised and online sports programming. With events airing on TBS and TNT, Turner Sports’ lineup includes NASCAR and NASCAR.COM, the NBA, Major League Baseball, professional golf, PGATour.com and PGA.com.


See grid below for the 2008 NBA TV Opening Week schedule

NBA TV LIVE AND ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (all times ET)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28

5 – 7 p.m.

NBA OPENING NIGHT: NBA Opening Night Coverage

Ahmad Rashad, Chris Webber and Gary Payton

7 – 7:30 p.m.

SEASON PREVIEW Presented by EASports NBA Live ’09

Ahmad Rashad, Chris Webber and Gary Payton

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29: PREMIERE NIGHT

7 – 7:30 p.m.

REAL NBA

7:30 – 8 p.m.

NBA Roundtable: Greg Oden

8 – 10 p.m.

NBA GameTime

Ernie Johnson, Eric Snow and Gary Payton

10 – 10:30 p.m.

REAL NBA (reair)

10:30 – 11 p.m.

NBA Special: NBA Roundtable (reair)

11 p.m. – 2 a.m.

NBA GameTime

Marc Fein, Eric Snow and Gary Payton

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30: LEGENDS NIGHT

8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Featured Legends: Boston Celtics

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31

7 p.m. – 2 a.m.

NBA GameTime

Rick Kamla and Steve Smith

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1

7 – 7:30 p.m.

AutoTrader.com Pregame Show

Rick Kamla and Steve Smith

7:30 – 10 p.m.

Washington Wizards @ Detroit Pistons

Local Announcers

10 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Portland Trail Blazers @ Phoenix Suns

Local Announcers

12:30 – 1 a.m.

Postgame Show Presented by Hyundai

Rick Kamla and Steve Smith

1 – 2 a.m.

NBA GameTime

Rick Kamla and Steve Smith

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Noon – 5 p.m.

NBA TOP 10 GAMES OF THE WEEK

5:30 p.m.

AutoTrader.com Pregame Show

Andre Aldridge and Eric Snow

6 – 8:30 p.m.

Milwaukee Bucks @ New York Knicks

Local Announcers

8:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Postgame Show Presented by Hyundai

Andre Aldridge and Eric Snow

9 – 9:30 p.m.

NBA GAMETIME

Andre Aldridge and Eric Snow

6 Responses to “NBA TV Launches New Daily Studio Shows and Signature Theme Nights With New Announcers for 2008-09 NBA Season”

  1. michelle says:

    Now I have to get my C-WEBB fix from NBA tv. Oh well!

  2. Co Co says:

    I’m so going to miss Steve Smith doing Hawks games. :(
    Howeva, I wish him well…..

  3. Rashad says:

    My main man Ahmad Rashad, still getting it done…

  4. 19082008 says:

    I have NBA TV, and I definitely will enjoy Mayce Edward Christopher Webber III’s presence. And I was wondering if that was Eric Snow on the previews. Yes, I watch Mrs. Snow and her cohorts on reality TV, LOL.

  5. Till, thanks for the info!
    This only makes me more hyped for tomorrow to arrive. Finally, finally. GP as an analyst makes my week and I can handle as much Chris Webber as they can give me. So fired up for this 08-09 season to begin!

  6. Jim Pfalzer says:

    I want to thank NBA tv for wasting my entire night on Monday March 23. You showed the entire Philly-Portland game and than cut out to show end of Denver and Phoenix. No I don’t care that Denver and Portland are near each other in the standings. Tell us what is happenning but you don’t leave a game that is just as improtant when it goes to overtime. I wasted 2 and half hours that I could have been doing something else. Do you think people who wanted to see Philly and Portland wanted that. It’s so much fun to watch an entire game and than miss all of the overtime or at least the best parts. Phily took over and you missed all of it. It’s like going to a movie and them turning it off on the last scene. Why don’t you idiots get some common sense. You have none. It is one thing when a game is decided but to cut out of a game when it’s beginning overtime is idotic beyond belief. I pay for NBA TV it’s extra. And than you do this. Talk about terrible service. You are awful!!!

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