Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
Rachel Nichols Joins Showtime Basketball in Multi-Platform Role

Rachel Nichols Joins Showtime Basketball in Multi-Platform Role

Nichols will contribute to multiple programs and projects from SHOWTIME Basketball across multiple platforms.

SHOWTIME Sports® announces veteran journalist, host and NBA analyst Rachel Nichols is joining SHOWTIME Basketball, the fast-rising content vertical that features edgy, authentic and compelling content from every corner of the sport. As both a host and producer, Nichols will contribute to multiple programs and projects from SHOWTIME Basketball across multiple platforms.

The announcement comes as SHOWTIME Basketball's successful video podcast ALL THE SMOKE WITH MATT BARNES AND STEPHEN JACKSON drops a new, revealing interview, her first sit-down since her 2021 departure from ESPN, where Nichols opens up about her journey in sports media and what has led to this next chapter in her expansive 25-year career.

Credited as one of the architects of today's NBA studio television landscape, Nichols will contribute to SHOWTIME Basketball's premium, award-winning storytelling as she bolsters a group that features Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, JR Smith and KING of NBA Twitter Josiah Johnson.

"We are delighted to welcome Rachel Nichols to the SHOWTIME Basketball family," said Brian Dailey, Senior Vice President, Sports Programming & Content, Showtime Networks Inc. "Rachel brings unmatched journalistic credibility, great familiarity with our roster and a work ethic that will take us to another level."

"I've been so fortunate to live my dream job alongside some of the best journalists in the business for more than 25 years, and this new development deal with SHOWTIME Sports gives me my most broad playing field yet," said Nichols. "They've asked me to produce, create and host new sports programming across platforms, working alongside Hall of Famers, multiple guys with championship rings and an uber-creative team behind the camera. We're going to have so much fun."

Known most broadly for her work in creating and hosting the daily NBA program The Jump on ESPN from its inception in 2016 to 2021, Nichols is an Emmy® Award-winning journalist. She has been covering sports for more than 25 years, including multiple Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals, Olympic Games and tennis and golf majors. Nichols spent nearly a decade writing for theWashington Post's award-winning sports section covering the NHL, NBA, MLB, tennis and the Olympics.

Nichols also worked at Turner Sports from 2013 to 2016 where she hosted UNGUARDED WITH RACHEL NICHOLS on CNN, covered the NBA on TNT, the NCAA men's basketball tournament on CBS and TBS, the MLB playoffs on TBS, the NFL and boxing. Nichols' first stint at ESPN began in 2004, where she covered the NFL, NBA, contributed as a correspondent for E:60 and frequented SportsCenter. Nichols returned to ESPN in 2016, creating The Jump, a show that quickly developed into a place where many current and former players, coaches and reporters came to discuss and break league news.

The content from SHOWTIME Basketball supports programming on the SHOWTIME subscription service. Basketball-themed content on SHOWTIME includes feature length documentaries and docu-series including KEVIN GARNETT: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, PASSION PLAY: RUSSELL WESTBROOK, Emmy®nominated QUIET STORM: THE RON ARTEST STORY, Emmy-nominated SHUT UP AND DRIBBLE, which is produced by LeBron James' SpringHill Company, KOBE BRYANT'S MUSE, and from Kevin Durant's 35 Ventures,BASKETBALL COUNTY: IN THE WATER and the newly released NYC POINT GODS. All are available via the SHOWTIME streaming service on SHOWTIME.com, on the SHOWTIME app and via SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® found on all supported devices.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Paramount, owns and operates the premium service SHOWTIME®, which features critically acclaimed original series, provocative documentaries, box-office hit films, comedy and music specials and hard-hitting sports. SHOWTIME is available as a stand-alone streaming service across all major streaming devices and Showtime.com, as well as via cable, DBS, telco and streaming video providers.

Watch the new teaser here:



Related Stories View More TV Stories
Everything You Need to Know About the WICKED Movie Photo
It's a guide to the Wicked movie. The hit Broadway musical Wicked is officially coming to the big screen! BroadwayWorld collected all the information we could about the upcoming film - including who's starring, what roles haven't yet been cast, and what will change from stage to screen.

Video: Yale In Hollywood Fest Announces 2022 Awards Photo
Watch the Yale in Hollywood Fest, the virtual global festival in its third edition, which announced its awards and held its livestream ceremony on December 3.

VIDEO: ABC Debuts THE PARENT TEST Series Trailer Photo
Twelve families are put under the microscope in the ultimate parenting stress test. From hot-button topics and emotional challenges to shared learnings, the search to find the most effective parenting styles begins. In the special premiere episode, families take on the High Dive Challenge and the Yes Day Challenge. Watch the new video now!

HILLSONG: A MEGACHURCH EXPOSED Docu-Series to Air on TLC Photo
TLC is set to debut an all-new fourth episode of the docuseries, HILLSONG: A MEGACHURCH EXPOSED, revealing new details and facts surrounding the star-studded Hillsong megachurch’s shocking scandal and fall from grace. The docuseries stunned audiences when it originally aired its first three parts on discovery+.


From This Author - Michael Major


Joshua Vranas' 'Lost Time' Released to Streaming ServicesJoshua Vranas' 'Lost Time' Released to Streaming Services
December 5, 2022

Joshua’s work has been featured by Lincoln Center’s BROADWAY’S FUTURE SONGBOOK, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre’s VILLAGE VOICES, and the Cutting Room. He was a top 5 nominee for the Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards in 2021 and has recently received the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship.

Zoe Sky Jordan Shares 'Just Fine' & 'Achievement of Youth'Zoe Sky Jordan Shares 'Just Fine' & 'Achievement of Youth'
December 5, 2022

The title track, 'Selfish', kicks in with echoey, haunting piano and synths trailing a diary style confession which reveals a main plotline of Zoe Sky Jordan’s new album.  Penned during the pandemic, which saw Zoe and her husband move in with her parents for seven months, the album is reflective, introspective, investigative and dissective.

Sarantos Releases New Album & Surprise Holiday SingleSarantos Releases New Album & Surprise Holiday Single
December 5, 2022

Sarantos is a chart-topping musician, singer-songwriter and philanthropist, based in Chicago. With international iTunes and radio chart hits, in addition to over 350K Spotify streams, he continues to expand his musical portfolio by experimenting and creating innovative music that moves people. Listen to the new releases now!

ATI Releases Fresh New Song 'Mixed Signals'ATI Releases Fresh New Song 'Mixed Signals'
December 5, 2022

Hailing from one of the great music capitals in the country, Metro Atlanta, singer-songwriter and producer, ATI, is a creative force. Her new single, “Mixed Signals”, gives a respectful nod to the 90’s R&B greats, while blending her unmistakable vocals and new wave R&B style.

Jesus Piece Release New Single 'An Offering To The Night'Jesus Piece Release New Single 'An Offering To The Night'
December 5, 2022

“An Offering To The Night” is caustic and an exercise in tension-and-release riffage from the guitar team of David Updike and John DiStefano. Bassist Anthony Marinaro and drummer Luis Aponte (LU2K)’s groove-work is as off-kilter as it is distinct and bombastic. At the heart of it all, vocalist Aaron Heard brings the pain with force mental trauma.