ESPN, TNT Commentators to Work Games Remotely from Atlanta
Announcing will definitely be interesting once the season restarts.
It has been confirmed that ESPN and TNT will be splitting the television duties once the NBA returns on July 31, only with one caveat. There will be no commentators inside the bubble city and both stations will have their commentators working remotely from their Atlanta studios.
“What I’ve heard from the folks at TNT is we will be in the studios in Atlanta and they will set up as close to possible a broadcast table like we would have courtside,” Kevin Harlan told SiriusXM NBA Radio channel hosts Tom Byrne and Amin Elhassan. “We will have, I’m assuming, crowd noise pumped into our headsets. I think for the viewer, I don’t think it’s going to seem dramatically different. Now you’re not going to have courts that you recognize from Milwaukee or Los Angeles or Boston, so that’s going to be a little bit weird. But if we’re all just kind of sitting there watching, I don’t know that we’ll really notice a great deal of difference. The one thing I have heard is that not until the conference finals would there be any consideration for broadcasters being in this setting. That might be the first time that an actual broadcaster might be on-site, doing a conference final, and of course, the NBA Finals.”
With a number of commentators older in age, this move adds an extra layer of safety for everyone involved.