They have a new name, but the game they play is still innovative, unconventional, humorous, and now, more accessible. Known as The Basketball Jones when they were running roughshod over the sports blogosphere with creative videos and podcasting, the crew led by J.E. Skeets, Tas Melas and Trey Kerby are now The Starters, and they bring their fan-focused take on the game to NBA TV each weekday. The hourlong show is also supplemented by a blog and podcast, all of it tied together by The Starters' passion for the NBA through fun, lighthearted and entertaining content.
J.E. Skeets, Tas Melas, Trey Kerby and Leigh Ellis look ahead to the upcoming night's top games give their unique take and views.
After a three-year absence, longtime ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols returns to the network to, among other duties, host a daily program focused on the NBA. The fast-paced, show originates from Los Angeles and features appearances by current and former players. A rotating cast of ESPN analysts, reporters and insiders, including Amin Elhassan, Israel Gutierrez, Zach Lowe, Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst, provide commentary. Nichols says "The Jump" is a "great big conversation about all the fun, serious, smart, crazy, big-issue, small-smile moments that make the NBA so fascinating."
"NBA Countdown" serves as the primer for game telecasts on ABC. It features a less-scripted format, highlighted by a lively round-table discussion and debate of the top storylines around the league. Seats at the table are reserved for host Michelle Beadle and analyst Jalen Rose. The latter imparts wisdom based on many years of playing experience.
"NBA Countdown" serves as the primer for game telecasts on ESPN. It's highlighted by a lively round-table discussion and debate of the top storylines around the league. Seats at the table are reserved for host Michelle Beadle and analysts Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Tracy McGrady. The latter trio impart wisdom based on many years of playing experience.
While "SportsNation" is hosted by Cari Champion, Marcellus Wiley and LZ Granderson, it's really powered by the people, fueled by fan interaction and focused on fun. The lighthearted, hourlong weekday series attracts the youngest demographic of all of ESPN's studio shows, and it's different than many of the network's offerings in that fan engagement and clever, imaginative segments are at the heart of the program. While they day's hottest and weirdest sports topics are covered, also included is discussion of the smaller stories that people are taking about on the internet but often aren't seen on TV.