Media notes: Thunder to make two national TV appearances this week

ESPN to air Thunder-Clippers game at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday
by Mel Bracht Published: April 8, 2014

The Oklahoma City Thunder will make two national TV appearances on ESPN/ABC networks this week, beginning with a game at the Los Angeles Clippers at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN. Mike Breen, Doug Collins and reporter Heather Cox will call the game. ESPN’s first game at 7 p.m. will be Miami at Memphis (Dave Pasch, Hubie Brown and reporter Israel Gutierrez).

Fox Sports Oklahoma also will air the Thunder-Clippers game (Brian Davis, Grant Long and reporter Lesley McCaslin).

At noon Sunday, ABC will air the Thunder at Indiana Pacers game, which recently was added to the network schedule. Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salters will be the announcers.

Short takes

•NCAA March Madness Live, managed by Turner Sports, set a record for video consumption during the 2014 NCAA Tournament with 69.7 million live video streams, up 42 percent over last year.

•Only 0.3 percent of more than 11.01 million brackets in’s Men’s Tournament Challenge correctly picked Connecticut to win the NCAA title. Just 1,780 brackets predicted the Connecticut-Kentucky matchup in the championship.

•ESPN will air 4.5 hours of live first- and second-round action from the Masters on Thursday and Friday from 2-6:30 p.m. ESPN also will air an edited repeat each night from 7-10 p.m. “SportsCenter” will air updates every 30 minutes beginning at 8 a.m. daily. Mike Tirico will host ESPN’s Thursday and Friday telecasts and will conduct player interviews from Butler Cabin. The Masters Par 3 Contest also will air 2-4 p.m. Wednesday.

•CBS Sports Network will air several NBA Development League playoff games, including the Santa Cruz Warriors hosting the Los Angeles D-Fenders at at 8:30 p.m. Thursday (Brent Stover and Alaa Abdelnaby).

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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