“The Happy Hour” – with Greg Papa, Ray Ratto & Kelli Johnson – to Feature In-Depth Analysis
and Spirited Commentary Throughout NBA Finals; Plus, Live Game Day Shows
from Oracle Arena and Quicken Loans Arena
“SportsNet Central: Warriors Playoff Central,” One-Hour Pre- and Postgame Shows,
Presented On-Air and Live Streamed on NBCSportsBayArea.com and via NBC Sports App;
Shows to Originate from Oakland and Cleveland
“Warriors With You” – Daily Preview and Analysis with Warriors Reporter Ros Gold-Onwude and
Warriors Insider Monte Poole – Live on NBC Sports Bay Area, NBCSportsBayArea.com
and Facebook Live
“SportsNet Central,” “Warriors Outsiders” and NBCSportsBayArea.com
to Provide Comprehensive Multi-Platform Warriors-Cavaliers Coverage
Region’s Deepest Sports News Team – 13 On-Air/Online Contributors –
Covering Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – May 30, 2017 – NBC Sports Bay Area and NBCSportsBayArea.com (@NBCSAuthentic), the home of the most comprehensive local coverage of the Golden State Warriors, continues its extensive season-long coverage into the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Throughout the Finals, the network’s Warriors-Cavaliers multi-platform coverage includes daily news, preview and analysis programs; hour-long pregame and postgame shows; live shows originating from Oakland and Cleveland; in-depth online coverage from NBCSportsBayArea.com; and enhanced social media interaction.
NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals on-air and online details:
The Happy Hour – The Happy Hour (@NBCSHappyHour), a new, live hour-long conversational program – hosted by iconic Bay Area sports media personalities Greg Papa and Ray Ratto (@RattoNBCS), along with Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Kelli Johnson (@KJohnsonNBCS) – regularly airs weekdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with special live airings during the Warriors-Cavaliers Finals. The Happy Hour will air live from Oracle Arena and Quicken Loans Arena on game days.
The Happy Hour showcases the distinctive voices and wit of Papa, Ratto and Johnson sharing their unfiltered spirited commentary, in-depth NBA Finals preview and analysis, and lively conversation on the day’s trending sports headlines and other provocative stories.
The Happy Hour is available across NBC Sports Bay Area’s multiple platforms:
- Live on NBC Sports Bay Area
- Streaming live on the NBC Sports App
- Live audio streaming via NBCSportsBayArea.com
- Archived podcasts available on NBCSportsBayArea.com
SportsNet Central: Warriors Playoff Central – LIVE from Oracle Arena & Quicken Loans Arena
Live Warriors-Cavaliers Pregame Coverage: One hour before the national broadcasts, NBC Sports Bay Area will present comprehensive game preview and analysis, the latest team news and developments, and interviews with players and coaches on Warriors Playoff Central.
Live Warriors-Cavaliers Postgame Coverage: After the game, Warriors Playoff Central, a one-hour show, will feature in-depth game analysis with stats and highlights, locker room interviews and a preview of the next game. The show will air live from Oracle Arena and Quicken Loans Arena.
Warriors Playoff Central is anchored by three-time California Sportscaster of the Year Greg Papa with expert analysis from former Warriors general manager and head coach Garry St. Jean and former Warriors forward Kelenna Azubuike (@KAzubuike7). Additional analysis will be provided by NBCSportsBayArea.com’s Warriors Insider Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) and Warriors reporter Ros Gold-Onwude (@Rosgo21).
NBC Sports Bay Area offers live streaming of Warriors Playoff Central on NBCSportsBayArea.com and via the NBC Sports app. The live-streaming service will be available at no additional cost to authenticated NBC Sports Bay Area subscribers. The service is provided as an added value and is available to all video distributors of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Warriors With You – Warriors With You (#WarriorsWithYou) – a live multi-platform, half-hour show hosted by Warriors reporter Ros Gold-Onwude and Warriors Insider Monte Poole – will simulcast daily throughout the NBA Finals on NBC Sports Bay Area, NBCSportsBayArea.com and Facebook Live. Warriors With You will present a comprehensive breakdown of the Warriors-Cavaliers series, the latest team developments and insider reports. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with Gold-Onwude and Poole during the shows on Facebook Live. Warriors With You will air after practice and will originate from Oracle Arena and Quicken Loans Arena.
Warriors Outsiders – Warriors Outsiders (@GSWOutsiders), hosted by former Stanford basketball guard and current Santa Cruz Warriors analyst Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) and Warriors super fan Grant Liffmann (@GLiffmann), will provide viewers with a fresh take following each Warriors-Cavaliers game with analysis, commentary and basketball analytics – as seen through the lens of the social media universe from a fan’s perspective. Warriors Outsiders is simultaneously synced with Facebook Live to produce a unique conversation via an interactive experience.
NBCSportsBayArea.com – NBCSportsBayArea.com delivers complete Warriors-Cavaliers coverage and showcases Warriors Insider Monte Poole, Senior Insider Ray Ratto and NBA Insider James Ham (@James_HamNBCS), and provides insightful analysis and breakdown, daily insider reports and special web-exclusive videos. NBCSportsBayArea.com is the most extensive local source for exclusive online video, player and coach interviews, press conferences and content from SportsNet Central: Warriors Playoff Central, The Happy Hour, SportsNet Central, Warriors With You and Warriors Outsiders, which offer news and analysis from the region’s most informed local lineup of award-winning reporters, analysts and personalities.
NBA Sports Bay Area’s Warriors-Cavaliers coverage features the region’s deepest sports on-air/online roster, a total of 13 contributors, including the SportsNet Central: Warriors Playoff Central team: Greg Papa, Garry St. Jean, Kelenna Azubuike, Ros Gold-Onwude and Monte Poole; The Happy Hour’s Greg Papa, Ray Ratto and Kelli Johnson; plus, Mindi Bach (@MBachNBCS), Jim Kozimor (@KozNBCS), Fallon Smith (@FallonSmithNBCS), Drew Shiller, Grant Liffmann and James Ham.
NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii. NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. NBC Sports California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year. NBCSportsBayArea.com and NBCSportsCalifornia.com provide fans with comprehensive digital coverage of the hometown teams with original stories and content from a team of “Insiders,” breaking news, up-to-the-minute game previews/recaps, highlights and multimedia video clips. Follow both networks on social media –Twitter: @NBCSAuthentic; Instagram: NBCSAuthentic; Snapchat: NBCSAuthentic; and Facebook: facebook.com//NBCSAuthentic.
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