Media Info: NBA finals 2022

COVID-19 Protocol for Media

Media are NOT permitted to attend any NBA Finals-related media activities if symptomatic and MUST report a positive COVID-19 test to the NBA (attention Joanna Shapiro; jshapiro@nba.com) immediately.

The following governs media members’ return to the team environment after a COVID-19 infection:

Time-Based Resolution

  1. At least 10 days have passed since the date of the first positive or inconclusive test, or symptom onset (if applicable);
  2. At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;
  3. Other symptoms have improved; and
  4. The media member returns either (a) a negative result from a point-of-care test or (b) a result with CTs > 30.0 (or negative) from a PCR test.

Test-Based Resolution

  1. The infected individual returns at least two consecutive negative PCR test results, each from samples collected at least 24 hours after the prior sample.

If you have any questions, please contact Joanna Shapiro (jshapiro@nba.com, 201-654-5840) or Tim Frank (tfrank@nba.com, 551-482-9057).

Media Credential Pick-up Information

BOSTON
Location: TD Garden/ North Station Level 1- Pro Shop SW Corner (near Dunkin Donuts)

  • Wednesday, June 15: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 16: 5:00 pm – End of First Quarter

Media Credential Access Guidelines

YELLOW CREDENTIAL

  • Game Day: Access to all media areas, including Event Level pre- and post-game press conferences
  • Practice Day: Access to all media areas, including Event Level press conferences and media availabilities on the court

GREEN CREDENTIAL

  • Game Day: Access to elevated media areas; NO access to Event Level
  • Practice Day: Access to all media areas, including Event Level press conferences and media availabilities on the court

NOTE: Media found to be in violation of the above guidelines risk forfeiture of credentials and all media access

Media Hotel Information

Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
5 Blossom St
Boston, MA 02114

Media Availability / Practice Schedule

June 14 –  San Francisco to Boston (Travel Day)

Team Practices/Media

  • No mandated workouts and interviews.

June 15 – Boston (Practice Day)

Media Credential Pick-up

  • Noon to 2 pm – Credentials will be available to media for pick-up in the Pro Shop at TD Garden (SW corner near Dunkin Donuts).

Team Practices at TD Garden:

  • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Celtics practice (last 30 minutes open to media)
  • 1:30 – 2 pm: Celtics Media Availability
  • 2:15 – 2:45 pm: Warriors Media Availability
  • 2:45 – 4:45 pm: Warriors practice (first 30 minutes open to media)

June 16 – Boston (Game 6) – Tipoff is 9:07 pm ET

Media Credential Pick-up

  • 5 pm to end of first quarter – Credentials will be available to media for pick-up in the Pro Shop at TD Garden (SW corner near Dunkin Donuts).

Pregame Coaches Availability in the Celtics Interview Room

  • 7:15 pm: Celtics coach Ime Udoka Available
  • 7:30 pm: Warriors coach Steve Kerr Available

Postgame

  • Coaches and select players from each team will be available in their respective interview rooms.  Tier 1 media will be permitted to attend in-person.

Media Hospitality

  • Postgame to 2 am – Media Hospitality will be held in the Beacon Ballroom on the 15th Floor of the Wyndham Hotel.

Arena Information

MEDIA ENTRANCE: The media entrance is located on the East Side of TD Garden on Legends Way.  Media should take the freight elevator up to the third floor for media workspaces and interview rooms and the ninth floor for media seating.

MEDIA WORKSPACE: The media workroom is located on the third floor, directly in front of the freight elevator.  Workspace for radios and photographers is located adjacent to the Warriors Interview Room.

MEDIA ELEVATOR: Media should take the freight elevator between the media entrance, the third floor workspaces and interview rooms and seating and dining on the ninth floor.

PRESS CONFERENCES: There are two press conference rooms, both located on the Event Level.   The Warriors press conference room is located behind the media workspace.  The Celtics press conference room is located adjacent to the locker room hallway.  Follow directional signage from the media workspaces to reach the Celtics press conference room.

MEDIA SEATING: There are two locations for media seating: section 19/20 and on the ninth floor, accessible through the freight elevator.

MEDIA DINING: A limited number of media dining spaces are available in the media workroom on the third floor. Additional media dining is available on the ninth floor.

WIFI: Please use the following information to connect to wifi:

  • SSID: tdgpress
  • Password: Gardenmedia

RF Frequency Coordination

  • www.cpfreqrequest.com
  • In the upper right corner click "upcoming events"
  • Click "2022 NBAFinals Frequency Request"
  • Password = NBA2022!
  • Fill out the form and submit

Media Transportation

BOSTON MEDIA TRANSPORTATION SCHEDULE (GAME 6)

NOTE: All buses will lead when all seats are occupied

At the Wyndham busses will stage on Blossom. At the arena busses will stage at the Lovejoy Wharf Lot.

Wednesday, June 15 (Practice at TD GARDEN approximately 1:00 pm ET)

  • The Bus will run from the Wyndham to TD Garden at 12:30 pm for practice.
  • Return service to the Wyndham will be provided at approximately 3:45 pm

Thursday, June 16 (Game 6 at TD GARDEN 9:07 pm Tipoff ET)

  • A Bus will run from the Wyndham to TD Garden at 6:00 pm & 6:15 pm for Game 6.
  • There will be 2 Buses returning to the Wyndham – the first about one hour after the conclusion of the game and the second about two hours.

Media Parking

There will be a limited number of parking passes available for media. To request a parking pass email Kelly Williams.

Media Hospitality

Wyndham – Beacon Ballroom (15th Floor)
5 Blossom St
Boston, MA 02114

  • Thursday, June 16: 11:30 pm – 1:30 am

Quotes and Additional Finals Information

Transcripts from all media availabilities during the NBA Finals 2022 will be available at https://asaptext.com/orgs/nbafinals/.

For additional information regarding the NBA Finals, follow the @NBAPR and @NBACommsMR Twitter accounts and visit NBA MEDIA CENTRAL (https://mediacentral.nba.com/). 

If you are not a member of NBA MEDIA CENTRAL, you can register for an account at https://mediacentral.nba.com/register/.

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