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Sports Minute: Going primetime: "The Jump" serving as pregame for ABC games

1 year 1 week 2 days ago Friday, January 17 2020 Jan 17, 2020 January 17, 2020 5:31 PM January 17, 2020 in Sports - AP - Texas

By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer

ESPN has gone through many pairings and approaches trying to build a pregame show during its 18 seasons broadcasting the NBA. This time it's using a successful daily show. The Rachel Nichols-led “The Jump” has been a daytime hit since debuting four years ago and is going primetime. It will lead off ABC's Saturday night package, which begins with the Los Angeles Lakers visiting the Houston Rockets. Mike Shiffman, who is the head of NBA production for ESPN, said the ability of the show to be nimble and adjust to breaking news was one of the biggest draws to giving it a new platform.

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