This weekend’s focus on live TV sports events tips off on the basketball court as the NBA continues its second round playoff games with a Saturday telecast on ABC (Utah Jazz-L.A. Clippers) and two telecasts on Sunday (ABC’s Brooklyn Nets-Milwaukee Bucks and TNT’s Phoenix Suns-Denver Nuggets.)
On the ice, NBC Sunday will telecast Game 1 of the New York Islanders-Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Conference Finals series while continuing its Olympics trials coverage Saturday with a primetime telecast of the diving competition.
Fox will offer Saturday night baseball coverage between the Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins, while ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball telecast will feature the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.
ESPN Plus will distribute Saturday’s UFC 263 pay-per-view fight card headed by the Israel Adesanya-Marvin Vettori middleweight championship rematch fight. ESPN will also step into the boxing ring Saturday with primetime coverage of the super featherweight fight between Shakur Stevenson and Jeremiah Nakathila.
NBC will offer Saturday morning coverage of the French Open tennis tournament’s women’s finals match as well as Sunday morning action from the men’s finals match.
R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.
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