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The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers that have broadcast NBA Finals games over the years.

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Television

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2000s

Year Network Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s) Sideline reporter(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s) Trophy presentation
2009 ABC Mike Breen Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy Doris Burke Stuart Scott Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon, and Magic Johnson Stuart Scott
2008 ABC Mike Breen Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy Michele Tafoya Stuart Scott Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon and Guest Analysts Stuart Scott
2007 ABC Mike Breen Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy Michele Tafoya and Stuart Scott Dan Patrick Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon and Grant Hill Dan Patrick
2006 ABC Mike Breen Hubie Brown Lisa Salters and Stuart Scott Dan Patrick Mark Jackson and Michael Wilbon Dan Patrick
2005 ABC Al Michaels Hubie Brown Michele Tafoya and Stuart Scott Mike Tirico Bill Walton and Greg Anthony Mike Tirico
2004 ABC Al Michaels Doc Rivers Michele Tafoya and Stuart Scott Mike Tirico Tom Tolbert and Byron Scott Mike Tirico
2003 ABC Brad Nessler Bill Walton and Tom Tolbert Michele Tafoya and Stuart Scott Mike Tirico Sean Elliott and Guest Analysts Mike Tirico
2002 NBC Marv Albert Bill Walton and Steve Jones Jim Gray and Lewis Johnson Bob Costas Tom Tolbert Ahmad Rashad
2001 NBC Marv Albert Doug Collins Jim Gray and Lewis Johnson Ahmad Rashad Kevin Johnson and P. J. Carlesimo Ahmad Rashad
2000 NBC Bob Costas Doug Collins Ahmad Rashad and Jim Gray Hannah Storm Isiah Thomas, Bill Walton and Steve Jones Ahmad Rashad

Notes

1990s

Year Network Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s) Sideline reporter(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s) Trophy presentation
1999 NBC Bob Costas Doug Collins Ahmad Rashad and Jim Gray Hannah Storm Isiah Thomas, Bill Walton and Peter Vescey Ahmad Rashad
1998 NBC Bob Costas Doug Collins and Isiah Thomas Ahmad Rashad and Jim Gray Hannah Storm Bill Walton, John Salley and Peter Vescey Ahmad Rashad
1997 NBC Marv Albert Matt Guokas and Bill Walton Ahmad Rashad and Jim Gray Hannah Storm Julius Erving, Mike Fratello and Peter Vescey Ahmad Rashad
1996 NBC Marv Albert Matt Guokas and Bill Walton Ahmad Rashad and Hannah Storm Bob Costas Julius Erving, Steve Jones and Peter Vescey Bob Costas
1995 NBC Marv Albert Matt Guokas and Bill Walton Ahmad Rashad and Hannah Storm Bob Costas Julius Erving, Steve Jones and Peter Vescey Bob Costas
1994 NBC Marv Albert Matt Guokas Ahmad Rashad and Hannah Storm Bob Costas Julius Erving, Bill Walton and Peter Vescey Bob Costas
1993 NBC Marv Albert Mike Fratello and Magic Johnson Ahmad Rashad and Hannah Storm Bob Costas Quinn Buckner, Bill Walton and Peter Vescey Bob Costas
1992 NBC Marv Albert Mike Fratello and Magic Johnson Ahmad Rashad and Hannah Storm Bob Costas Quinn Buckner Bob Costas
1991 NBC Marv Albert Mike Fratello Ahmad Rashad and Steve Jones Bob Costas Pat Riley Bob Costas
1990 CBS Dick Stockton Hubie Brown Lesley Visser and James Brown Pat O'Brien Pat O'Brien

Notes

  • 1998: The Finals between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz was the highest rated NBA finals ever (18.7 percent rating over six games).
  • During the 1997 NBA Finals, Hannah Storm became the first woman to serve as pre-game host of the NBA Finals after serving as a sideline reporter for NBC in the past four years. But she wasn't the first female broadcaster to cover the NBA Finals (that honor goes to Lesley Visser).
  • 1993: Magic Johnson was unavailable for Game 6 (the series clincher) because he was attending his brother Larry's wedding.

1980s

Year Network Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s) Sideline reporter(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s) Trophy presentation
1989 CBS Dick Stockton Hubie Brown Pat O'Brien, Lesley Visser and James Brown Brent Musburger Brent Musburger
1988 CBS Dick Stockton Billy Cunningham Pat O'Brien, Lesley Visser and James Brown Brent Musburger Brent Musburger
1987 CBS Dick Stockton Tom Heinsohn Pat O'Brien, Lesley Visser and James Brown Brent Musburger Brent Musburger
1986 CBS Dick Stockton Tom Heinsohn Pat O'Brien and Lesley Visser Brent Musburger Julius Erving and Moses Malone Brent Musburger
1985 CBS Dick Stockton Tom Heinsohn Pat O'Brien and Lesley Visser Brent Musburger Brent Musburger
1984 CBS Dick Stockton Tom Heinsohn Pat O'Brien and Lesley Visser Brent Musburger Kevin Loughery Brent Musburger
1983 CBS Dick Stockton Bill Russell Pat O'Brien Brent Musburger Kevin Loughery Brent Musburger
1982 CBS Dick Stockton Bill Russell Pat O'Brien Brent Musburger Kevin Loughery Dick Stockton
1981 CBS Gary Bender Bill Russell and Rick Barry Rod Hundley Brent Musburger Kevin Loughery Gary Bender
1980 CBS Brent Musburger Bill Russell and Rod Hundley Rick Barry Gary Bender Frank Glieber Brent Musburger

Notes

  • 1987: James Brown was the sideline reporter for Games 3 and 4 (the latter being the Magic junior skyhook game) because Pat O'Brien attended the birth of son Sean Patrick. O'Brien called Games 1, 2, 5 and 6.
  • 1983: CBS joined Game 1 in progress with 7:37 left in the first period (meaning, there was no standard pregame coverage). Following the introduction montage (which was notable as it marked premiere of the intercutting, Bill Feigenbaum created CGI rendering of Boston Garden, used by CBS through the start of the 1989 Finals) with narration by anchor Brent Musburger, things were quickly passed off to play-by-play man Dick Stockton.
  • 1981: The series between the Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets was the lowest rated NBA Final in history (6.7 rating over six games), until the 2003 NBA Finals drew only 6.5 percent of American television households. Four games of the 1981 series were telecast on tape delay.
  • From 1979-1981, CBS aired weekday NBA Finals games on tape delay. Games were televised after the late local news (11:30 p.m.) in the CBS Late Movie time slot.

1970s

Year Network Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s) Sideline reporter(s) Studio host Studio analyst(s) Trophy presentation
1979 CBS Brent Musburger Rick Barry and Rod Hundley Stu Lantz Pat Summerall Bill Russell Pat Summerall
1978 CBS Brent Musburger Rick Barry and John Havlicek Gary Bender Frank Glieber Rick Barry
1977 CBS Brent Musburger Rick Barry and Steve Jones Frank Glieber Gary Bender Mendy Rudolph Mendy Rudolph
1976 CBS Brent Musburger Rick Barry and Mendy Rudolph Sonny Hill Gary Bender Mendy Rudolph
1975 CBS Brent Musburger Oscar Robertson Gary Bender Frank Glieber Frank Glieber
1974 CBS Pat Summerall Rick Barry and Rod Hundley Brent Musburger Gary Bender Don Criqui Gary Bender
1973 ABC Keith Jackson Bill Russell Chris Schenkel Howard Cosell Howard Cosell
1972 ABC Keith Jackson Bill Russell Chris Schenkel Howard Cosell Howard Cosell
1971 ABC Chris Schenkel Jack Twyman Keith Jackson Keith Jackson
1970 ABC Chris Schenkel Jack Twyman Howard Cosell Howard Cosell

Notes

  • 1970: The first NBA Finals to be nationally televised in full.

1960s

Year Network Games Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s)
1969 ABC 3, 5-7 Chris Schenkel Jack Twyman
Synd. 4 Bob Wolff Ed Macauley
1968 ABC 1, 4 Chris Schenkel Jack Twyman
1967 ABC 2, 5 Chris Schenkel Jack Twyman
1966 ABC 1, 5 Chris Schenkel Bob Cousy
Synd. 7 Bob Wolff Jack Twyman
1965 ABC 1, 5 Chris Schenkel Bob Cousy
1964 No National Coverage
1963 No National Coverage
1962 NBC 1, 2 Bob Wolff Bud Palmer
1961 NBC 1, 3, 4 Lindsey Nelson Bud Palmer
1960 NBC 1, 3-4, 7 Lindsey Nelson Curt Gowdy

Notes

  • For the majority of the 1960s, ABC only televised Sunday afternoon games, including the playoffs. ABC did not have to televise the deciding game if it occurred on a weeknight.
  • 1962 - All of the games from Boston were televised in Los Angeles on Channel 9 (then called KHJ-TV) with Chick Hearn on play-by-play. For Game 7, Jack Drees joined the broadcast team. In addition, Chick Hearn indicated that Game 7 was being syndicated around the nation to a variety of cities.

1950s

Year Network Games Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s)
1959 NBC 1, 2 Lindsey Nelson Curt Gowdy
1958 NBC 1 Lindsey Nelson Curt Gowdy
1957 NBC 1, 7 Lindsey Nelson Curt Gowdy
1956 NBC 1 Lindsey Nelson Curt Gowdy
1955 NBC 2, 6 Marty Glickman Lindsey Nelson
1954 DuMont 2, 5 Marty Glickman Lindsey Nelson

Radio

2000s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline Reporter(s) Studio host(s) Studio analyst(s)
2009 ESPN Mike Tirico Hubie Brown and Jack Ramsay Ric Bucher Marc Kestecher
2008 ESPN Mike Tirico Hubie Brown Ric Bucher Marc Kestecher Will Perdue
2007 ESPN Mike Tirico Hubie Brown Ric Bucher and Lisa Salters Marc Kestecher Will Perdue
2006 ESPN Jim Durham Jack Ramsay
2005 ESPN Jim Durham Jack Ramsay
2004 ESPN Jim Durham Jack Ramsay
2003 ESPN Jim Durham Jack Ramsay
2002 ESPN Jim Durham Jack Ramsay
2001 ESPN Jim Durham Jack Ramsay
2000 ESPN Jim Durham Jack Ramsay Fred Carter and Quinn Buckner Jim Durham P.J. Carlesimo
     Expected announcer, subject to change.

1990s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1999 ESPN Brent Musburger Jack Ramsay
1998 ESPN Brent Musburger Jack Ramsay
1997 ESPN Brent Musburger Jack Ramsay
1996 ESPN Brent Musburger Jack Ramsay
1995 NBA Joe McConnell Wes Unseld
1994 NBA Joe McConnell Bob Lanier
1993 NBA Joe McConnell Bob Lanier
1992 NBA Joe McConnell Frank Layden
1991 NBA Joe McConnell Frank Layden
1990 ABC Fred Manfra Dick Vitale and Earl Monroe

1980s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1989 ABC Fred Manfra Dick Vitale and Earl Monroe
1988 ABC Fred Manfra Dick Vitale
1987 ABC Fred Manfra Dick Vitale
1986 ABC Fred Manfra Oscar Robertson
1985 ABC Fred Manfra Oscar Robertson

References

  1. ^ Stewart, Larry (June 10, 2002). "Walton Delivers the Jabs, O'Neal the Knockout". Los Angeles Times.  

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