The first set of NBA schedule leaks includes the Grizzlies debuting on Christmas Day. In addition: the start of the World Cup has moved up a day; ancient Sport’s centre anchor Michael Smith he has a new gig; and more
Early leaks of the NBA schedule include the Grizzlies’ first Christmas game
The Memphis Grizzlies are tentatively scheduled to play a Christmas Day game for the first time in franchise history, according to NBA writer Marc Stein. Memphis would face Golden State over the holidays in a rematch of their second-round playoff series last season. Assuming the game airs on ABC, a safe bet for the opponent, it would be the first time in franchise history that the Grizzlies have played a nationally televised regular season game. The team’s only other televised regular-season game, against Phoenix on ABC in March 2005, aired regionally in less than half of the markets.
Grizzlies-Warriors is one of the few nationally televised games that has been leaked in recent days. Stein also reported that the Lakers will face the Mavericks in Dallas on Christmas for the second time in three years lebron james i Luka Doncic they have prepared to face each other during the holidays.
Besides, The Athletic reported that the Warriors will open their title defense against the Lakers on opening night.
The start of the World Cup moves up by one day
The start of this year’s FIFA World Cup has been pushed back a day to Sunday, November 20, allowing host nation Qatar to play their first match of the tournament. Qatar will now host Ecuador at 11:00 ET this morning. According to the original iteration of the show, the match would have aired on FOX. With the NFL moving to a Sunday, that no longer seems likely; the original version of the World Cup schedule included just one Sunday game on FOX: the Dec. 18 final at 10 a.m. ET. (Sky Sports 8.12)
Former SC Smith Joins Amazon NFL Studio
Formerly ESPN Sport’s centre anchor Michael Smith has been named an Amazon News Analyst Thursday night football coverage of the study, it was announced this week. Smith has covered the NFL for Boston Globe and ESPN, serving as a Patriots reporter for the former and occasionally hosting “NFL Live” for the latter. Since he and the co-driver Jemele hill were pressed by ESPN in 2018, he has appeared mainly on the Peacock sports program “Brother From Another” along with Michael Holley. (Amazon PR 8.9)
Plus: Field of Dreams, McGrath, Gronkowski
Major League Baseball will not return to Dyersville, Iowa, for a third straight “Field of Dreams” game next year because of construction at the site. … ESPN recently announced a contract extension with a college football reporter Molly McGrath. … ESPN announced Saturday an alternate presentation of next week’s UFC 278 PPV Rob Gronkowski. Coverage will air on ESPN and ESPN+ at 9:00 PM ET before moving exclusively to ESPN+ the following hour. (Des Moines Register 8.10ESPN PR)