New York Knicks star guard Jeremy Lin will make his first ABC appearance at noon Sunday when the Knicks host the Dallas Mavericks. Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Heather Cox are the announcers.
Since Lin's emergence as a starter, the Knicks have become a hot TV commodity. Ratings for their telecasts on MSG Network and ESPN are up 73 percent. The Lakers-Knicks telecast Feb. 10 was ESPN's most-watched Friday game this season with 3 million viewers.
ABC's second game is Orlando at Miami at 2:30 p.m. (Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Lisa Salters).
The Thunder will make its fourth ESPN appearance of the season at 7 p.m. Sunday, hosting Denver (Dave Pasch and Chris Mullin).
Jaworski odd man out
ESPN's “Monday Night Football” plans to go with a two-man booth next season with Tirico and Jon Gruden. Ron Jaworski, who had been with the show for five years, will move to the pregame show and also appear on several other NFL-themed shows on the network as part of a new five-year contract extension.
“It's bittersweet,” Jaworski told Sports Illustrated, “but I'm excited and thrilled with some of the projects moving forward.”
It will just be the sixth time in the 42-year history of “Monday Night Football” that it has had a two-person booth. Gruden, frequently rumored for head coaching vacancies, signed a five-year contract extension with the show in October.
— Cox channel 3 will broadcast the OSSAA state swimming championships on Saturday with the Class 5A at 10 a.m. and Class 6A at 3:30 p.m. Mike Wolfe and John Brown are the announcers.
— KOCB-34 has an OU-OSU men's basketball doubleheader Saturday with OU at Iowa State at 12:30 p.m. (Chad McKee and Rich Zvosec) and OSU hosting Texas at 3 p.m. (Dave Armstrong and Dan Hughes).
— KAUT-43 will air the OU women's basketball game at Iowa State at 7 p.m. Saturday. Iowa State broadcasters B.J. Schaben and Lyndsey Fennelly, daughter-in-law of ISU coach Bill Fennelly, will call the game.
— Fox's 2012 baseball schedule will include a stretch of eight consecutive Saturday prime-time games, beginning May 19 with five interleague games that includes Texas at Houston.
— Fox begins its NASCAR coverage with the Budweiser Shootout from Daytona International Speedway at 7 p.m. Saturday. Mike Joy will call the race with analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds.
— The next edition of HBO's “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” examines the Soviet hockey team Yaroslavl Lokomotiv's plane crash in September, which killed several NHL veterans, and the fall of NFL super agent Leigh Steinberg to drug addiction.