Bill Simmons Creates NBA Finals Special 2018 for HBO

If you love the Hoops then mark June 19 on the calendar because HBO is going courtside, courtesy of Bill Simmons. This official HBO press release explains it all.

The Finals Like You’ve Never Seen Before

HBO Sports, one of television’s premier storytellers, is teaming up with the Bill Simmons Media Group for COURTSIDE AT THE NBA FINALS, an unscripted one-hour special chronicling the sights and sounds of the 2018 NBA Finals, debuting TUESDAY, JUNE 19 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT), with a replay that evening at 11:00pm, on HBO. Bill Simmons will serve as executive producer.
Debuting just days after the conclusion of the 72nd edition of The Finals, the show will provide viewers with a unique and unprecedented inside look at the NBA’s championship series, as the Eastern (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Western (Golden State Warriors) Conference champions compete on the biggest stage of the basketball season.

People_BillSimmons-300x231Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports, says, “This show will give our subscribers a first-hand look at the nuances of each victory and defeat. We are privileged to team up with the NBA and Bill Simmons for this unique presentation.”

Produced by HBO Sports, COURTSIDE AT THE NBA FINALS will be executive produced by Bill Simmons (pictured), founder of the Bill Simmons Media Group, which launched The Ringer in 2015. Simmons joined HBO in July 2015 and most recently collaborated on the acclaimed documentary film “Andre the Giant,” which registered the highest premiere viewership for an HBO Sports documentary in 15 years. COURTSIDE AT THE NBA FINALS will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO On Demand.

ABOUT BILL SIMMONS MEDIA GROUP – Bill Simmons Media Group was founded in 2015 and immediately launched the multimedia company The Ringer. The Ringer consists of a website ( ), Newsletter, Podcast Network (25 and growing), Social Media network, and scripted and non-scripted video production, including Ringer Films. The Ringer and HBO have collaborated on various productions, including AFTER THE THRONES,  ANY GIVEN WEDNESDAY and the feature-length documentary ANDRE THE GIANT Bill Simmons received three Sports Emmy Awards and a Creative Arts Emmy while serving for six years (2009-2015) as an executive producer of original film productions under ESPN’s Peabody Award-winning “30 for 30” banner, and was a co-creator of the “30 for 30” series. His book on basketball, “The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy,” was a New York Times bestseller.

This is not HBO’s first look at basketball (i.e. GONZAGA: THE MARCH TO MADNESS in 2016, KAREEM: A MINORITY OF ONE and MAGIC & BIRD: A COURTSHIP IN RIVALS) but this is the first under Bill Simmons expertise. If you cannot be courtside than be HBO-side to catch the hoops hype.


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