ESPN set to make March 23 a very special day in Memphis Grizzlies history

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Mar 8, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) and Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) high five during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at FedExForum.(Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports) /

ESPN has announced a very special day of all-access, round-the-clock coverage of the Memphis Grizzlies live from Memphis ahead of a massive game against the Brooklyn Nets airing on ESPN on March 23.

For just the third time ever, ESPN will send dozens of its hosts, personalities and anchors with the highest profiles to a city to cover a team from stem-to-stern with all-day, unprecedented access to a team.

ESPN is dubbing it, “Memphis Grizzlies All-Access” and I, for one, can’t wait to see all of the big-name personalities come in to Memphis and show the world how awesome this team is and what it means to this city.

The worldwide leader in sports previously did a day like this with the Toronto Raptors in 2018 and the Philadelphia 76ers in 2017.

What will ESPN All-Access mean for the Memphis Grizzlies?

ESPN set to make March 23 a very special day in Memphis Grizzlies history. It will provide the team with a massive, national platform and an opportunity to grow the fan base manifold.

It’s not easy for a small market team like the Memphis Grizzlies to expand the tent on its own, but with the power and reach of ESPN, it’ll be a great chance to welcome a ton of new people into Grizzlies fandom— especially since the Grizzlies have only been on ESPN a couple of times this season.

So what kind of content will the ESPN crews be creating while in town?

Here’s a sample of the schedule and which personalities will be in town for the occasion, according to the company’s public relations department.

  • NBA Countdown, ESPN’s pre-game show, is scheduled to air on-site at the FedEx Forum with host Michael Eaves and guests Stephen A. Smith, Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose and Adrian Wojnarowski.
  • NBA Today, ESPN’s daily mid-afternoon show, will air live on-site with host Malika Andrews and guests Richard Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins, Chiney Ogwumike, Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski.
  • ESPN NBA reporter Nick Friedell will be at the game to cover the event for
  • Mike Breen is set to call the Grizzlies vs Nets game along with legendary former Grizzlies head coach Hubie Brown on color commentary. Malika Andrews is set to join the broadcast of the game as the sideline reporter.

ESPN said fans should expect a ton of Memphis Grizzlies content to be coming out all day long on March 23, beginning with the 6 a.m. CT edition of Sportscenter and finishing well after the Grizzlies vs Nets game ends with the late night edition of Sportscenter.

ESPN, according to the release, says to expect features like “Day In The Life” content with a Grizzlies player, film session access, multiple mic’d up players during the game, player walk and talk interviews and weight room access.

March 23 is going to be a big day in the Ja Morant-era and the rest of the Next Gen Grizz in Memphis.

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