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TeddyPadillac
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NBA Finals Ratings
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According to Nielsen, the NBA and ABC on Wednesday, the six-game series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns averaged 9.91 million viewers, a 32% increase over last year's series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, which also went six games. However, the average makes it the fourth-lowest since 1997.

The Lakers-Heat series -- which was played in October in the bubble in Orlando, Florida, after the coronavirus pandemic pushed the season back five months -- averaged only 7.45 million.

San Antonio's 2007 four-game sweep of Cleveland (9.29 million) and the Spurs' six-game victory over New Jersey in 2003 (9.83 million) are the other series to average fewer than 10 million since 1997.

The numbers were also down 34.5% compared to two years ago, when the Toronto-Golden State series averaged 15.14 million.


SlowFlowPro
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
Fans of small market teams hoping they can justify their value to the NBA to prevent more Harden/Lillard situations:

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I Bleed Garnet
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
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averaged 9.91 million viewers,

Wow
This is atrocious. What a failing league
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Boomshockalocka
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
So was the weasel henry abbott wrong about the dame trade request or what J


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bbeck
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I watched the last 5 mins of the 3rd quarter of game 4.

The product just doesn’t do it for me.


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oleyeller
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
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averaged 9.91 million viewers,


Space jam 2 had more. Everyone wanted to se king james


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tigerfan84
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
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1997


Pretty much when I stopped watching basketball.


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SeaBass23
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
But what about the ratings in China?


I Bleed Garnet
South Carolina Fan
Alabaster, AL
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
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But what about the ratings in China?


Well their main man Lebron wasn’t in it
So probably not that high either


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SDVTiger
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
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the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns averaged 9.91 million viewers, a 32% increase over last year's series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, which also went six games.



Lol @ LeBeta


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tiggerthetooth
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
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Fans of small market teams hoping they can justify their value to the NBA to prevent more Harden/Lillard situations:




Neither of these players fit your example.. Harden was not in a small market city and he didn't ask out because of market dynamics. Lillard isn't asking out because of market dynamics either. Both of these guys maxed out what they could do at their respective organizations and only after 30 years of age did they ask out after almost a decade with each organization.


You're thinking of Anthony Davis and LeBron James. 2 guys who clearly left their teams for market dynamics. LeBron did it on 2 occasions.

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VernonPLSUfan
LSU Fan
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Member since Sep 2007
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
Unlike When The Saints Coming Marching In song, I wasn't in that number.


A Menace to Sobriety
Houston Astros Fan
Member since Jun 2018
14804 posts

re: NBA Finals Ratings
Keep saying this, so I'll say it again cuz it's true.

Go woke, go broke.

You made your bed NBA so sleep in it.


S
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
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The Milwaukee Bucks closed out their first NBA Championship in 50 years last night, defeating the Phoenix Suns and completely dominating any and all broadcast TV competition.


Yep. League is dead for sure


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whatiknowsofar
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
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11775 posts

re: NBA Finals Ratings
People looking at this and thinking the league is dying will be floored when the bidding war for TV contracts goes down.


Keys Open Doors
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
I don’t think LeBron left for market dynamics. He didn’t become more marketable by going to Miami instead of Cleveland.

He was the most recognized player in the league already, with huge endorsement contracts. He left because he wanted to live in South Beach (taking his talents there even though that’s not where the team plays) and play with his buddies bc it would be easier to win titles. In his mind, this would make it easier for him to push ahead of Jordan.

LeBron is the rare guy who doesn’t need a huge market for endorsement money, and Miami isn’t really a classic big market anyway.



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High C
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
In other news, those Spurs teams were boring.


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timbo
LSU Fan
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Member since Dec 2011
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
The Super Bowl ratings were down this year to their lowest point since 2007. There's so much competition from streaming services that casual viewers don't watch games as much anymore. And there's a lot of cord-cutting going on. Plus, this was a weird COVID year - season started late, season ended late, teams didn't really start playing before crowds until the playoffs.

I mean, I'm not an executive with ABC/ESPN, so I could care less about ratings. It was a good series and a coming out party for Giannis. But all this stupid "go woke, get broke" chatter doesn't reflect the current reality. When those TV contracts are up, the networks and cable channels will crack open their pocketbooks. To know you can pull around 10 million people in this fragmented market....


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SportsGuyNOLA
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
Once again, didn’t watch a single game


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VADawg
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re: NBA Finals Ratings
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Neither of these players fit your example.. Harden was not in a small market city and he didn't ask out because of market dynamics. Lillard isn't asking out because of market dynamics either. Both of these guys maxed out what they could do at their respective organizations and only after 30 years of age did they ask out after almost a decade with each organization.


You're thinking of Anthony Davis and LeBron James. 2 guys who clearly left their teams for market dynamics. LeBron did it on 2 occasions.


LeBron left Cleveland the first time because it was the same situation as Lillard and Harden were in. That team was maxed out and Cleveland isn't a free agent destination.


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