What's On This Weekend in TV Sports (Oct. 23-24)

Eddie Rosario #8 of the Atlanta Braves slides safely into second base ahead of the tag of Trea Turner #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth inning of Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Truist Park on Oct. 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Trea Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Eddie Rosario of the Atlanta Braves (Image credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

This weekend’s sports action on TV starts on the baseball field as the Atlanta Braves look to close out the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on TBS. The Dodgers, down three games to two in the best of seven series to the Braves, need to win Saturday night to force a Game 7 winner-take-all matchup on Sunday, which would also air live on TBS.  

The NBA kicks off the first weekend of its 2021-22 season with NBATV offering doubleheader coverage on Saturday night and coverage of the Boston Celtics-Houston Rockets game on Sunday night. 

The NFL kicks off its seventh weekend of action with regional game coverage on Fox and CBS, as well as an NBC Sunday Night Football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers.

On the auto racing front, NBC on Saturday will televise the NASCAR Xfinity Kansas Lottery 300 race, while NBCSN on Sunday offers coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 race. Also on Sunday, ESPN will televise the Formula One United States Grand Prix auto race. 

College football will kick off its eighth week of action with eight of the top 10-ranked schools appearing on national television. No. 2-ranked Cincinnati will travel to play Navy on ESPN2, while No. 3 Oklahoma heads to Kansas to face the Jayhawks on ESPN. No. 4 Alabama will take on Tennessee on ESPN while No. 5 Ohio State meets Indiana on ABC. The rest of the schedule includes No. 6 Michigan-Northwestern (Fox), No. 7 Penn State-Illinois (ABC), No. 8 Oklahoma State-Iowa State (Fox), and No. 10 Oregon-UCLA (ABC).

R. Thomas Umstead

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.