Unfortunately it’s not coverage of Table Tennis. No, ESPN is devoting approximately two full hours to the NBA Draft Lottery. Two hours and thirteen (count them!)…twelve analysts and hosts throughout the day….

ESPN will present exclusive coverage of the 2008 NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday, May 20, at 8 p.m., with host Mark Jones, analyst Jay Bilas and reporter Doris Burke from Secaucus, N.J. Highlights:

-A one-hour SportsCenter NBA Draft Lottery Special at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN with host Rece Davis, analyst Greg Anthony, reporter Chris Broussard and guest analyst Jerry Stackhouse, a member of the 2007-08 Dallas Mavericks;
-Kia NBA Shootaround at 7:30 p.m., with host Stuart Scott and analysts Jon Barry and Michael Wilbon, from the Eastern Conference Finals game site (game telecast at 8:30 p.m.);
-Frequent integration between Kia NBA Shootaround, NBA Draft Lottery and game commentators (Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy) throughout the hour (7:30-8:30 p.m.) leading up to game.

Additionally, Doris Burke will present a behind-the-scenes look inside the NBA Draft Lottery process, explaining the factors involved in determining the NBA Draft order. Burke will also conduct interviews with team representatives [D-Wade, D’Antoni, Larry Bird]. ESPN will have cameras at viewing parties for the Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies, and at the ESPN Zone in New York.

You can add this to National Signing Day as events that deserve about 2 minutes of coverage, not an entire broadcast or three devoted to it. I’m sure they’ll mostly talk about the players, but that’s still a little bit over the top.


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