PORTLAND, Ore. – November 11, 2020 – NBC Sports Northwest – The Official Network of the PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS – has announced its upcoming 2020 NBA Draft coverage details, featuring four-straight hours of live draft night coverage on Wednesday, November 18, along with extensive daily digital Trail Blazers draft content offerings via the NEW NBCSportsNorthwest.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app, plus - draft-focused preview/recap episodes of the popular “Talkin’ Blazers” podcast beginning this week. (NOTE: Fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.) Please note NBC Sports Northwest’s Trail Blazers multiplatform coverage details for the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft:
TRAIL BLAZERS/2020 “NBA DRAFT NIGHT” COVERAGE (Wednesday, November 18)
NBC Sports Northwest will have all the excitement of 2020 NBA Draft Night fully covered with FOUR-STRAIGHT HOURS of LIVE coverage beginning at 3:00 p.m. PT. Featuring a roster of Blazers personalities in a pair of back-to-back specials, Blazers fans will be treated to in-depth draft night discussion with predictions, analysis, and a thorough breakdown of every draft pick around the league. In addition to the linear TV airings, NBC Sports Northwest’s draft night specials will also be live streamed to authenticated network subscribers at NBCSports.com/Northwest/Stream and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app. Draft Night program details below:
“BLAZERS WARM UP/OUTSIDERS - NBA DRAFT SPECIAL” – (LIVE from 3:00-4:30 p.m.)
Hosted by NBC Sports Northwest’s “Blazers Warm Up” team featuring NBCSNW/Rip City Radio’s Chad Doing and NBC Sports Northwest Blazers “Insider” Dwight Jaynes, plus “Blazers Outsiders” co-hosts Joe Simons and Dan Marang, NBC Sports Northwest Blazers reporter Jamie Hudson and NBCSNW/Rip City Radio’s Brian Noe, the NBA Draft Special will deliver a complete preview of the 2020 Draft featuring in-depth player discussion, analysis on specific Blazers roster needs, first round player predictions from around the league, along with special guest interviews.
“TRAIL BLAZERS COURTSIDE” – (LIVE from 4:30-7:00 p.m.)
NBC Sports Northwest will deliver a special, two-and-a-half-hour draft night edition of Trail Blazers Courtside hosted by Blazers game announcers Jordan Kent and Lamar Hurd, along with additional analysis provided by former Blazers guard/current Blazers radio/TV analyst Michael Holton and Blazers radio play-by-play announcer Travis Demers, including special guest appearances throughout the night. Featuring immediate live reaction/analysis of the Blazers picks, this special edition of Courtside will also showcase draft pick player highlights, a recap of all trades made throughout the evening, along with airing post-draft press conferences featuring Blazers coaches/front office execs.
BLAZERS/NBA DRAFT DIGITAL CONTENT LINEUP
Led by Blazers “Insider” Dwight Jaynes and Blazers reporter Jamie Hudson, the NEW NBCSportsNorthwest.com’s dedicated Trail Blazers section – NBCSportsNorthwest.com/Blazers – and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app delivers comprehensive 24/7 Blazers draft coverage featuring in-depth Blazer prospect profiles/analysis, local prospect profiles, mock drafts, Blazers draft history content, written features, media galleries, exclusive video-on-demand content, along with a thorough 2020 NBA Draft recap and much more.
BLAZERS/NBA DRAFT LINEAR TV CONTENT INTEGRATION
- “Talkin’ Beavers” (Thu, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.) & “Talkin’ Ducks” presented by Toyota (Tue, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m.) – NBC Sports Northwest’s dedicated University of Oregon and Oregon State University weekly, topical sports programs – Talkin’ Ducks presented by Toyota and Talkin’ Beavers – will deliver special NBA Draft “theme week” discussions focusing on the upcoming draft and the potential landing spots for area Pac-12 hoops standouts. Talkin’ Ducks will feature exclusive interviews with Ducks head coach Dana Altman, while Talkin’ Beavers will feature a chat with Beavers head coach Wayne Tinkle.
- NBCSNW/Rip City Radio 620 weekday radio show simulcasts (“The Brian Noe Show” 12-3 p.m.; “Rip City Mornings” 6-9 a.m.; “Rip City Drive” 3-6 p.m.) – Fans can look forward to additional Trail Blazers/NBA Draft segments and interviews on a variety of NBCSNW/Rip City Radio 620 programs throughout the week leading up to Draft Night on Nov. 18.
“TALKIN’ BLAZERS” NBA DRAFT-FOCUSED PODCASTS
Blazers fans can also look forward to special NBA Draft preview/recap editions of the popular “Talkin’ Blazers” podcast co-hosted by Channing Frye and Emmy-award winning Rip City Mornings host Dan Sheldon. In addition to in-depth potential/final pick player analysis, the “Talkin’ Blazers” podcasts will also include special guest interviews with Blazers coaches/front office execs, along with additional discussion featuring NBA experts from coast-to-coast. Fans can download the “Talkin’ Blazers” podcast and all of NBC Sports Northwest’s podcast offerings at NBCSportsNorthwest.com/Podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher. The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
EXPANDED SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE
NBC Sports Northwest will also provide Blazers fans with numerous NBA Draft-focused social media content offerings, including real-time draft pick coverage/commentary, draft pick player profile details and fun facts, integrated video content and much more on Facebook (Facebook.com/NBCSNorthwest), Twitter (@NBCSNorthwest) and Instagram (‘NBCSNorthwest’).
NOTE: For the latest 2020-21 Trail Blazers/NBA season news, analysis, exclusive video and more, fans are urged to visit NBCSportsNorthwest.com and the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app.
ABOUT NBC SPORTS NORTHWEST
NBC Sports Northwest is the Official Network of the Portland Trail Blazers and your source for in-depth regional sports content covering the Seattle Seahawks, Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers, Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Storm and outdoors programming. In addition to live event coverage, NBC Sports Northwest offers Emmy Award-winning original programming, news, analysis, and compelling digital content offering fans a comprehensive look at the teams and players that matter most in the region. NBC Sports Northwest is part of the NBC Sports Group. Visit NBCSportsNorthwest.com for local listings and where to watch, listen and follow @NBCSNorthwest.
ABOUT THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by the late Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 36 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington where they live, learn and play. Portland is the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, Moda Center, is the first existing arena to earn LEED Platinum Certification in 2019 after receiving LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 and becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit trailblazers.com.