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ESPN, NBA TV will cover much of the FIBA World Cup

The FIBA World Cup has had a lot of buzz for the past few weeks, though largely for the unfortunate reason of Paul George’s injury. That said, the tournament is still likely to be an entertaining appetite whetter for the upcoming NBA season. While many NBA stars (James Harden, Stephen Curry, and the triumphantly returning Derrick Rose) are on Team USA, they still aren’t quite at “Dream Team levels” so the tournament will likely prove far more competitive than the Olympics.

ESPN and NBA TV will cover the entire tournament, and ESPN revealed their schedule for the tourney exclusively to Awful Announcing. First of all, for those just absolutely obsessed with all things FIBA World Cup: ESPN3 will stream every single game of the tourney, all 63. Meanwhile, ESPN and ESPN2 will broadcast all of Team USA’s action, while NBA TV (English) and ESPN Deportes (Spanish) will also televise select matches.

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ESPN will air a Round of 16 game, three of the four quarterfinals, the semifinals, third place game and championship from the World Cup, which is being held in Spain. Coverage begins on August 30th with Finland taking on the United States. The Championship game will air on ESPN2 Sunday, Sept. 14.

Kevin Connors and Mark Kestecher will provide play-by-play for the games, with Fran Fraschilla on color. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein will be on-site at the tournament reporting.

FIBA World Cup english language pool play TV schedule

Aug. 30
France vs. Brazil, 11:30 a.m. ET (NBATV)
Finland vs. USA, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Aug. 31
Argentina vs. Croatia, 7:30 a.m. ET (NBA TV)
Serbia vs. France, 9:30 a.m. ET (NBA TV)
Brazil vs. Iran, Noon ET (NBA TV)
USA vs. Turkey, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Sept. 1
Argentina vs. Philippines, 11:30 a.m. ET (NBA TV)
Puerto Rico vs. Greece, 2 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
Brazil vs. Spain, 4 p.m. ET (NBA TV) 

Sept. 2
New Zealand vs. USA, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN2)
Korea vs. Slovenia, 2 p.m. ET (NBA TV)

Sept. 3
Mexico vs. Australia, 7:30 a.m ET (NBA TV)
Serbia vs. Brazil, Noon ET (NBA TV)
USA vs. Dominican Republic, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Sept. 4
Brazil vs. Egypt, 9:30 a.m. ET (NBA TV)
USA vs. Ukraine, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN2)
Serbia vs. Spain, 4 p.m. ET (NBA TV)

ESPN Deportes (except where noted) pool play schedule

Aug. 30
Argentina vs. Puerto Rico, 11:30 a.m. ET
Finland vs. USA, 3:30 p.m. ET

Aug. 31
Mexico vs. Slovenia, 11:30 a.m. ET
USA vs. Turkey, 3:30 p.m. ET

Sept. 2
New Zealand vs. USA, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN Deportes+)

Sept. 3
Puerto Rico vs. Philippines, 7:30 a.m. ET
USA vs. Dominican Republic, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN Deportes+)

Sept. 4
USA vs. Ukraine, 11:30 a.m. ET (ESPN Deportes+)
Puerto Rico vs. Croatia, Noon ET

ESPN Networks knockout round schedule (all games on ESPN Deportes)

Sept. 9
Quarterfinal, TBD (ESPN)

Sept. 10
Quarterfinal, Noon ET (ESPN2)
Quarterfinal, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Sept. 11
Semifinal, 3 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Sept. 12
Semifinal, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Sept. 14
Third-place game (ESPN2)
Championship (ESPN2)

Steve Lepore

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Steve Lepore is a writer for Bloguin and a correspondent for SiriusXM NHL Network Radio.

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