Breen and Van Gundy to Call Two NBA Games on Christmas Day

Posted by | December 12, 2011 at 2:14 PM

The lead ESPN NBA broadcast team of Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy will call two games thousands of miles apart on Christmas Day.

Breen and Van Gundy will call ABC’s 2:30 PM ET Heat/Mavericks game from Dallas on Christmas Day and then fly to the Bay Area to call the 10:30 PM ET Clippers/Warriors matchup on ESPN.

The latter game will feature the coaching debut of former ESPN NBA analyst Mark Jackson.

Though rare, this broadcasting doubleheader is not unprecedented. On Christmas Day 2006, Michele Tafoya worked the sidelines for Lakers/Heat at 2:30 PM on ABC and then Jets/Dolphins at 8:30 PM on ESPN. Of course, both games took place in the same city.

Mike Tirico will also have a tough travel schedule over the Christmas holiday, working Bulls/Lakers at 5 PM Christmas Day on ABC and then Falcons/Saints the next night on ESPN.

(Monday’s news from espnmediazone3.com)

  • JakeFrankie

    You would think Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy calling one game is a bad enough? I do think they will be better without Marc Johnson. 
    Get ready for Plenty of Van Gundy jokes about traveling from Dallas to Oakland. ABC  needs to get better broadcasters. 

  • Chan

    Marc Johnson? Who’s that? I thought you were the czar of NBA broadcasting JakeFrankie? Don’t you know everything about everything?