NBA Schedule Rumors
The Memphis Grizzlies are far removed from the days of Ja Morant going on Instagram Live campaigning for more ESPN games. Those days were just six months ago, but a 56-win season, an ESPN All-Access special and one of the league’s most exciting players has the Grizzlies as one of the most featured teams on ESPN this upcoming season.
The NBA released the 2022-23 schedule on Wednesday, and the Grizzlies received a franchise-record 18 national TV games, plus 10 more viewings on NBA TV. Of those 18 games, 11 will be on ESPN and ABC, which was the eighth-highest total in the NBA. “The Grizzlies are coming off an incredible year,” said Matt Kenny, ESPN vice president, programming and acquisitions. “We’re interested in continuing to tell that story. The Grizzlies will be the ones that write it. We want to be there to cover it.”
Memphis has entered the upper echelon. “NBA fans are smart, and they want to see stars and the very best teams,” Kenny said. “Whether big market or small market, you can’t deny the on the court performance, the off the court enthusiasm and when you look at the upcoming season, it’s clear there’s a lot of interest in the Memphis Grizzlies. We’re proud to showcase them at least 11 times this year.”
Marc Stein: The NBA’s new schedule has 55 baseball-style series in which the road team plays the same foe twice in a row without travel … up from 23 last season. Plus 33 instances on the schedule in which the road team stays in LA or New York to play both local teams on the same trip.