Kevin Hart to Host NBA Broadcast Similar to Manningcast on ESPN2

‣ ESPN and Omaha Productions are creating an alternate broadcast for the NBA Cup, hosted by comedian Kevin Hart. The series, called “NBA Unplugged with Kevin Hart”, is a collaboration with Hart’s own Hartbeat.
‣ The debut episode is set to air on December 9th on ESPN2 during the NBA In-Season Tournament Championship Game. The show will feature Hart and his friends, the Plastic Cup Boyz, with expected special appearances from other athletes and celebrities.
‣ The series has signed on for seven episodes and will air throughout the season during marquee NBA games on ESPN platforms. It aims to provide fans with lively discussions, debates, and banter.


So, here’s the scoop. The NFL saw a big win with Peyton and Eli Manning’s broadcast, the “Manningcast”. Now, ESPN and Omaha Productions are thinking, “Hey, let’s do something like that for the NBA Cup.” But they’re not going for ex-players this time around.

Enter Kevin Hart. He’s a basketball nut and a pretty famous comedian, if you didn’t know. ESPN’s got him hosting a new show they’re calling “NBA Unplugged with Kevin Hart”. Sounds cool, right?

This isn’t a solo gig though. ESPN, Omaha Productions, and Hart’s own Hartbeat are all in on this. The debut? It’s set to air on ESPN2 on December 9th. And it’s not just any game, it’s the NBA In-Season Tournament Championship Game.

Hart’s not flying solo on this. His buddies, the Plastic Cup Boyz, are joining him. We’re talking Joey Wells, Will Horton, and Na’im Lynn. And just like the Manningcast, they’re planning to bring in other athletes and celebs for guest appearances.

So, Kevin Hart’s doing his own NBA broadcast on ESPN2. It’s gonna be like the Manningcast, but with Hart’s own spin on things. And you bet there’ll be some comedy thrown in.

Hart and the Plastic Cup Boyz (that’s Joey Wells, Will Horton, and Na’Im Lynn, remember?) are gonna give us a peek at how they watch the game. Expect lively chats, debates, and a whole lot of banter.

The first episode of Unplugged with Kevin Hart is set to air on Saturday, December 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. They’ll be giving their take on the NBA Cup. And if you’re wondering, the original broadcast will still be available on ABC. They’ve signed up for seven episodes, airing during big NBA games on ESPN platforms.

Wanna know when to catch Unplugged with Kevin Hart? Here are the first three games on the schedule:

– Sat, Dec 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET: NBA In-Season Tournament Championship Game on ESPN2, ESPN App
– Thu, Jan 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET: New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers on ESPN2, ESPN App
– Mon, Apr 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET: Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat on ESPN2, ESPN App

So, mark your calendars, folks!

James Shotwell
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