Seen on Screen: ESPN, NBATV Expand NBA Summer League Schedules; NHL Network Surrounds First Day of Free Agency

ESPN is expanding its NBA coverage this July with a 98-game summer league schedule across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN3, emanating from three locations: Las Vegas, Orlando, and Salt Lake City. The schedule is highlighted by the 25-game telecast schedule from Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, which tips off on ESPN with a prime-time doubleheader at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, July 8. SportsCenter will provide comprehensive coverage, including live reports and updates from various ESPN NBA reporters in Las Vegas, July 8-18…

…NBATV’s coverage of summer league action, featuring 60 live game telecasts in 14 days, began on Saturday, July 2. The network’s schedule, which includes live game telecasts from all three summer leagues, was highlighted by the Philadelphia 76ers meeting the Boston Celtics, with 2016 NBA Draft first and third overall picks Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown, on Monday, July 4…

…On Friday, July 1, at 12 p.m. ET, NHL Network provided its most-ever live coverage of the first day of free agency, with seven live hours of breaking news updates, analysis from an expert panel, and interviews with newsmakers from throughout the NHL. For the first time, NHL Tonight will continue to air throughout the summer, providing the latest information and analysis on player signings, free agency updates, and news throughout the league…

… The 2016 GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff will conclude Summer of Next, taking place on August 26, 27, and 28. The 10-game slate on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU will feature 35 players ranked in the ESPN 300. The 2016 GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff preludes the GEICO ESPN 2016 High School Football Showcase…

…UFC and the sports trading card company Topps have come together to create their first digital trading card app. The app, “Topps UFC KNOCKOUT 16” allows users to have a trading card experience and performance-based contests update throughout live UFC events…

…On Tuesday, July 5, espnW debuted the first episode of its five-part docu-series, Run Mama Run, directed by Daniele Anastasion. The series of short films follows Sarah Brown, an elite track athlete who makes the extraordinary decision to train for the 2016 Olympic Trials through an unexpected pregnancy. A new episode will be posted to each day through Friday, July 8. The fifth and final episode is currently being filmed at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR, and will premiere in the coming weeks.

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