ESPN’s NBA schedule shuffle – *Updated Info*

Updated Schedule information after the jump

On Monday, the NBA canceled the first two weeks of the regular season. One of the immediate questions associated with the news: How will ESPN replace NBA programming in November?

ESPN’s programming team had a plan in place.

“We started over a year ago and carefully pieced together a contingency plan in the event this occurred,” said John Papa, ESPN Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions.

“It’s a bit of a jigsaw puzzle, with all of the moving parts.

“We certainly hope the NBA returns to our networks very soon. In the meantime, we’re confident in the schedule we’ve been able to create.”

The updated ESPN lineup:

DateTime (ET)New SchedulePrevious Schedule
Wed., Nov. 27 p.m.*SportsCenter (expands an hour)NBA Countdown
8 p.m.^College Football: Temple vs. OhioNBA: Miami vs. New York
11 p.m.SportsCenterNBA: L.A. Lakers vs. Golden State
12 a.m.NFL Live
Fri., Nov. 47:30 p.m.*SportsCenter (expands 30 minutes)NBA Countdown
8 p.m.College Football LiveNBA: Boston vs. Atlanta
9 p.m.^College Football: USC vs. ColoradoNBA: Portland vs. L.A. Clippers
12 a.m.SportsCenter
Wed.,Nov. 97:30 p.m.*SportsCenter (expands 30 minutes)NBA Countdown
8 p.m.^College Football: Miami (OH) vs. TempleNBA: Houston vs. Philadelphia
11 p.m.SportsCenterNBA: San Antonio vs. L.A. Lakers
12 a.m.NFL Live
Fri., Nov. 1110:30 p.m.SportsCenterNBA: Denver vs. L.A. Lakers
12 a.m.NFL Live

*begins at 6 p.m. ET

^moves from ESPN2; replaced by a variety of events (^^College Football: Central Michigan vs. Kent State at 8 p.m. on Nov. 4; **College Basketball: Lehigh vs. St. John’s at 7 p.m. and ^^Duquesne vs. Arizona at 9 p.m. on Nov. 9) and taped programming

^^moves from ESPNU; replaced with taped programming

**added from ESPN3


 

Front Row Update: The NBA has canceled all games originally scheduled for the first four weeks in November.  ESPN and ESPN2, collectively, were slated to televise 13 NBA games during that period.

Following is the updated ESPN lineup (ESPN2 below) for the most recently announced game cancelations:

DateTime (ET)New SchedulePrevious Schedule
Wed., Nov. 167:30 p.m.^College Football LiveNBA Countdown
8 p.m.^College Football: Teams TBDNBA: Boston vs. Miami
11 p.m.^SportsCenterNBA: New York vs. Denver
12 a.m.^SportsCenter
Fri., Nov. 187 p.m.NFL KickoffNBA Countdown
8 p.m.^College Football: Oklahoma State vs. Iowa State (originally scheduled at 9 p.m.)NBA: Miami vs. Cleveland
11 p.m.***SportsCenterNBA: Chicago vs. Phoenix
12 a.m.^SportsCenter
Wed., Nov. 237 p.m.*SportsCenter (expands 30 minutes)NBA Countdown
7:30 p.m.^College Basketball: EA Sports Maui Invitational (third place game)NBA: L.A. Lakers vs. Oklahoma City

*begins at 6 p.m. ET

^moves from ESPN2; replaced by a variety of events (^^College Football: Teams TBD at 8 p.m. on Nov. 16; **College Basketball from Puerto Rico at 9 p.m. on Nov. 18; ^^College Basketball: DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinal #1 at 7 p.m. on Nov. 23) and taped programming

^^moves from ESPNU; replaced by events (**College Basketball: Princeton vs. N.C. State at 7 p.m. and Long Beach State vs. Pittsburgh at 9 p.m. on Nov. 16; **College Basketball: Siena vs. Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. on Nov. 23) and taped programming

**from ESPN3

***from ESPNEWS

Updated ESPN2 schedule for Friday, Nov. 25:

DateTime (ET)New SchedulePrevious Schedule
Fri., Nov. 257 p.m.College Basketball (studio)NBA: Houston vs. Minnesota
7:30 p.m.^^College Basketball: Old Spice Classic (consolation game)

 

^^moves from ESPNU; replaced by College Basketball: Wisconsin-Green Bay vs. Virginia at 7 p.m.