Spring football, postseason hoops, PPV boxing: What’s happening this weekend in TV sports (April 16-17)

Sports television programming for the Easter holiday weekend begins on the soccer field as the USFL kicks off its inaugural season on Saturday.

Fox and NBC will simulcast the eight-team league opener between the New Jersey Generals and Birmingham Stallions on Saturday.

Sunday’s games include Houston Gamblers-Michigan Panthers (NBC), Philadelphia Stars-New Orleans Breakers (USA) and Tampa Bay Bandits-Pittsburgh Maulers (FS1). The USFL’s 10-week season will run through June.

Read also: The USFL kicks off the inaugural season: TV Sportsplay

The NBA playoffs kick off this weekend with a first round throughout the weekend. On Saturday, ESPN will show the Utah Jazz-Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves-Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors-Philadelphia 76’ers games, while ABC will show the Denver Nuggets-Golden State Warriors game.

On Sunday, ABC will air the Brooklyn Nets-Boston Celtics game, and TNT will televise the Chicago Bulls-Milwaukee Bucks contest.

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On the ice, ABC will televise the Minnesota Wild-St. The Louis Blues game and ESPN will broadcast the game between the Florida Panthers and the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

Showtime on Saturday will enter the pay-per-view boxing ring to distribute the Errol Spence Jr.-Yordenis Ugas welterweight boxing championship bout.

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Fox heads to the race track for the NASCAR Cup City Dirt Race and ESPN on Sunday Sunday night baseball the telecast will feature a matchup between 2021 World Series champion Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres.

CBS and the Golf Channel will provide coverage of the final round of the RBC Heritage PGA Golf Tournament throughout the weekend, while the Peacock streaming service, CNBC and USA Network will broadcast Premier League football matches live. ■

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