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YES details return-to-play plans, starting Wednesday

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The YES Network will premiere its Brooklyn Nets Restart Special at 6:30 pm ET this Wednesday, which will be followed immediately after by YES’ telecast at 7:00 pm telecast of the Nets-Pelicans scrimmage, the first of three the network televise from the NBA “bubble” at Walt Disney World.

In addition, two of the three Nets scrimmages will be televised out of market on NBA TV: the first on Wednesday vs. the Pelicans and the third on July 25 vs. the Jazz, according to NBA TV’s schedule. All 33 scrimmage games will be available either on NBA TV or NBA League Pass

YES will also televise all eight of the Nets’ seeding games, as well as any first-round post-season games. The are currently in the seventh seed. YES’ first Nets seeding game telecast is Friday, July 31 at 2:30 pm ET, when Brooklyn takes on the Orlando. YES will air pre- and post-games shows surrounding each of its seeding game telecasts.

Because of conflicts with Yankee games, one of the scrimmages, vs. the Jazz on July 27, will be only shown live on FOX Sports Go, then broadcast on tape delay. In addition, two of the seeding games —vs. the Celtics on August 5 and vs. the Kings on August 7 — will be shown on YES2, a network of alternative affiliates. In the past when there have been conflicts, the lead affiliate has been, MY9, aka WOR. Start time for a third game, the final seeding game vs. the Blazers, has not been set yet by the NBA,

Highlights of Wednesday’s Brooklyn Nets Restart Special, hosted by YES’ Michael Grady, include:

  • Interviews with Nets General Manager Sean Marks, Head Coach Jacque Vaughn and players Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Joe Harris, Garrett Temple, Dzanan Musa, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, as well as new additions Jamal Crawford & Tyler Johnson
  • Nets roster segment broken down by YES’ Nets broadcasting team Ian Eagle and Sarah Kustok
  • Preview of the Nets schedule, team goals, and the league-wide reaction to the NBA campus
  • Segment on what the Black Lives Matter movement means to Nets players and the organization

Here’s the full scrimmage schedule. The first scrimmage will be a 40-minute affair, with 10-minute quarters. The second and third will be the normal 48 minute NBA games.

And the Nets seeding games...

As noted, the games are a mix of afternoon, evening and night games. In keeping with its custom of not broadcasting preseason games, WFAN will not be carrying the Nets scrimmages, says team insider. WFAN will broadcast all eight seeding games.