NBA TV will have extensive coverage of the first day of training camp Monday, including the Washington Wizards' groundbreaking "Midnight Tipoff" practice event at 11 p.m. Former Kentucky guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick, will have his first NBA practice.
The network's "Real Training Camp" series, which debuts at 4 p.m., will feature the Los Angeles Lakers, who will be going for their third consecutive title. The Thunder will be among the teams highlighted at 7 p.m. in "GameTime Media Day." Other teams featured with on-site interviews include Miami, Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago.
FOX ADDS RANGERS-A'S TELECAST
At the request of Fox Sports Southwest and the Texas Rangers, Fox has picked up the Rangers-A's game at 3 p.m. Saturday in which the Rangers could potentially clinch the AL West title. The Rangers broadcast crew of Josh Lewin and Tom Grieve will call the game, which will go to only 6 percent of the nation, including KOKH-25. Most of the nation will see the Red Sox at Yankees. The Rangers can clinch the division with two victories against the A's in the four-game series.
ESPN's "College GameDay" will make its first appearance at a Western Athletic Conference school when it broadcasts from Boise on Saturday to preview the No. 24 Oregon State at No. 3 Boise State game, which will be nationally televised at 7 p.m. on ABC. ... Mark Jones and former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie will broadcast the OU-Cincinnati game at 5 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2 ... Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver will call the battle of Texas at noon Sunday on Fox as the 2-0 Houston Texans host the 0-2 Dallas Cowboys. ... For the first two weeks, CBS' NFL ratings are up 18 percent over last year, from a 9.9 to 11.7 ... HBO Sports' award-winning "24/7" reality franchise focus on the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, who will meet in the Winter Classic Jan. 1. The first of four episodes debuts Dec. 15. ... On Monday, ESPN discussion shows "Around the Horn," 4 p.m., and "Pardon the Interruption," 4:30 p.m., will move to new studios at the ABC News Bureau in Washington, D.C., where both shows will be televised in HD.
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