ESPN VP explains increased Memphis Grizzlies coverage


The Memphis Grizzlies are a far cry from the days of Ja Morant Instagram Live is 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 most exciting players in the league have the Grizzlies as one of the most featured teams on ESPN this coming season.

The NBA released the 2022-23 schedule on Wednesday, and the Grizzlies received a franchise-record 18 nationally televised games, plus another 10 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 have just had an incredible year,” said Matt Kenny, ESPN vice president, programming and acquisitions. “We are interested in continuing to tell this story. The Grizzlies will be the ones to write it. We want to be there to cover it.”

ESPN builds the game schedule through collaborative work with the NBA. Certain teams focus on, and Memphis is now one of those franchises.

One look at the Grizzlies schedule and you’ll notice that all 11 ESPN games will face 10 different opponents. Only budding rival Golden State is featured twice. The Warriors won the 2022 NBA Championship and beat the Grizzlies 4-2 in the Western Conference Semifinals. Between the post-game press conferences, questionable fouls, injuries and competitiveness, this was one of the most memorable playoffs of last season.