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In the next seven days, the two major soccer tournaments ramp up. Copa América Centenario heads to the Final Four while EURO 2016 will try to go one day without flares being set off inside French stadiums as it goes to the simultaneous group stage games.

The NBA season will end tonight as the Cleveland Cavaliers attempt to come all the way back from 3-1 down to the Golden State Warriors.

The College World Series plays all week in Omaha on the ESPN family of networks and we also have plenty of MLB action as well.

Let’s see what’s in store this week.


Game 7 of the NBA Finals takes place tonight at Oracle Arena in Oakland. The Golden State Warriors hope their effort to win 73 regular season games and home court advantage will not be fruitless. ABC carries Game 7 tonight at the early time of 8 p.m. ET. Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy will have the call of the NBA’s last game of the 2015-16 season.

Later in the week, ESPN will air the NBA Draft live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET.


The semifinals of the Tournament of the Americas are set. The United States will take on Argentina while Chilé will face Colombia. FS1, Univision and Univision Deportes carry the matches. FS1 will have extensive pregame coverage two hours before kickoff for the USA-Argentina game. Univision Deportes will also have extended pregames also. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, June 21
United States vs. Argentina — Univision/Univision Deportes, 8:30 p.m./FS1, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22
Chilé vs. Colombia — Univision/Univision Deportes, 7:30 p.m./FS1, 8 p.m.

The third place match will be played on Saturday, June 25 in Glendale, AZ. As it did with Saturday’s Quarterfinal action, FX will carry the consolation game at 8 p.m. while Univision and Univision Deportes hit the air a half-hour earlier.

The Championship match will air on Sunday, June 25.

EURO 2016

As mentioned, the European Championships go to simultaneous group stagem matches. Today and Monday will have just two games, but Tuesday and Wednesday will see four matches and then the tournament takes a break until Saturday for the Round of 16.

ESPN and ESPN2 will carry the simultaneous matches. Here’s what you’ll see this week and all times are Eastern:

Sunday, June 19
Group A

Switzerland vs, France — ESPN, 3 p.m.
Romania vs. Albania — ESPN2, 3 p.m.

Monday, June 20
Group B

Slovakia vs. England — ESPN, 3 p.m.
Russia vs. Wales — ESPN2, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, June 21
Group C

Northern Ireland vs. Germany — ESPN, noon
Ukraine vs. Poland — ESPN2, noon

Group D
Croatia vs. Spain — ESPN, 3 p.m.
Czecch Republic vs. Turkey — ESPN2, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22
Group F

Hungary vs. Portugal — ESPN, noon
Iceland vs. Austria — ESPN2, noon

Group E
Italy vs. Irleand — ESPN, 3 p.m.
Sweden vs. Belgium — ESPN, 3 p.m.

Once the group stage matches are finalized, the Round of 16 matches begin on Saturday. ESPN carries a tripleheader of games at 9, noon and 3 p.m.


College baseball’s season-ending tournament is being held in its traditional home of Omaha, NE. The ESPN family of networks will carry all of the games. We have the schedule for you:

Sunday, June 19
TCU vs. Texas Tech — ESPNU, 3 p.m.
Coastal Carolina vs. Florida — ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Monday, June 20
Miami (FL) vs. Cal-Santa Barbara — ESPNU, 2 p.m.
Oklahoma State vs. Arizona — ESPN, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 21
ESPN2, 5 p.m.
ESPN, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22
ESPN, 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 23
ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Friday, June 24
ESPN2, 3 p.m.
ESPN, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 25
ESPN2, 3 p.m. (if necessary)
ESPN, 8 p.m. (if necessary)


Plenty of baseball games on tap this week. MLB Network airs the majority of games due to ESPN’s commitment to the College World Series.

Sunday, June 19
Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs — ESPN, 8 p.m.

Monday, June 20
Arizona at Philadelphia — MLB Network, 1 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Boston or San Francisco at Pittsburgh — MLB Network, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 21
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs or Anaheim at Houston — MLB Network, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22
Kansas City at New York Mets or Atlanta at Miami — MLB Network, noon
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs — MLB Network, 3:30 p.m.(joined in progress) or Milwaukee at Oakland — MLB Network, 4 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Boston or San Francisco at Pittsburgh — MLB Network, 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 23
San Francisco at Pittsburgh — MLB Network, 12:30 p.m. or Seattle at Detroit — MLB Network, 1 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Boston — MLB Network, 3:30 p.m. (joined in progress)
Chicago Cubs at Miami or New York Mets at Atlanta — MLB Network, 7 p.m.

Friday, June 24
Los Angeles at Pittsburgh or Chicago Cubs at Miami — MLB Network, 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 25
Minnesota at New York Yankees or Tampa Bay at Baltimore — MLB Network, 1 p.m.
San Diego at Cincinnati — FS1, 4 p.m.
Houston at Kansas City or Los Angeles at Pittsburgh or New York Mets at Altanta — Fox, 7:15 p.m.
Philadelphia at San Francisco or St. Louis at Seattle — MLB Network, 10 p.m.


The annual NHL Awards will be handed out Wednesday in Las Vegas, the home of the latest professional hockey franchise. NBCSN airs the program at 7 p.m. ET. NHL Network has wraparound programming before and after the awards.


The Olympics are less than two months away and several sports are holding their trials leading up to the 17 Days of Glory in Rio de Janeiro in August. This week, NBCSN and NBC will air the Diving Olympic Trials from the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. Here’s the schedule:

Sun., June 19: Men’s Platform Synchronized Semifinal — NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Mon., June 20: Men’s Springboard and Women’s Platform Semifinals — NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Tues., June 21: Men’s Platform and Women’s Springboard Semifinals — NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Wed., June 22: Men’s Springboard and Women’s Platform Synchronized Finals — NBCSN, 9 p.m.
Thur., June 23: Men’s Platform Synchronized Final — NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Sat., June 25: Men’s Springboard Final — NBC, 4:30 p.m. and Women’s Platform Final –NBC 8 p.m.

Ted Robinson, Cynthia Potter and Laura Wilkinson will call the diving. Kelli Stavast will be the reporter.

NBC will also air the Men’s Gymnastics Olympic Trials live from St. Louis Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET. Al Trautwig, Tim Dagget, Nastia Liukin and Andrea Joyce will be on hand for the call.


The PGA Tour heads to Congressional Country Club in Maryland for the Quicken Loans National. Golf Channel has the weekday coverage on Thursday and Friday at 3:30 p.m. CBS then takes over for weekend coverage of the third and final rounds Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.


NASCAR heads to the West Coast and Sonoma Raceway near California wine country. The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is the Sprint Cup race.

The NASCAR Trucks series goes to Madison, IL for Saturday’s race at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1.

IndyCar will be in Wisconsin for the Road America Grand Prix. NBCSN will carry qualifying and the race.


The Canadian Football League begins its 2016 campaign this week. The networks of ESPN will pick up some of the opening weekend games. The games will be simulcasts of TSN telecasts.

Thursday, June 23
Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Toronto Argonauts — ESPNews, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 24
Monteal Alouettes at Winnipeg Blue Bombers — ESPN2, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 25
Calgary Stampeders at BC Lions — ESPN2, 10 p.m.

Horse racing now focuses on the Breeders’ Cup later this year. The Gold Cup at Santa Anita will be carried live on NBCSN this Saturday at 8 p.m.

And that is a synopsis of what will be on TV this week.

About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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