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Panic Time: NBA Fast-Approaching Historic Ratings Lows


The NBA has suffered another ratings disaster, with ABC falling 45 percent since the 2011-12 season, while TNT was down 40 percent, and ESPN was off 20 percent.

This ratings tumble is nothing new, granted. The past two NBA finals each have fallen one over the other, with last year’s down 51 percent to an all-time low for the championships. The worst was the final game, off nearly 70 percent year-over-year.

So far, the average viewership for the league’s games is only 2.83 million, according to The Athletic. For comparison, recent episodes of the NBC crime drama, The Blacklist, average about 3.3 million viewers, while one of ABC’s biggest shows, medical drama, The Good Doctor, averages just over four million per week. Historically, sports out earns any regular TV series.

The NBA’s collapse may not be surprising in light of recent polls finding that basketball fans feel that the league has become far too wrapped up in politics.

In September, a Harris poll found that 39 percent of respondents who identified as sports fans felt that the NBA had become too political, and 19 percent said that they had turned off pro basketball because of the NBA’s deep links to China.

In 2020, the NBA’s coronavirus season in the bubble launched with heavy-handed paeans to the anti-American Black Lives Matter agenda. But reactions to those displays of leftism may have alarmed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver because the league boss claimed that this season would dispense with the more overt displays of support for BLM.

“My sense is there’ll be somewhat a return to normalcy, that those messages will largely be left to be delivered off the floor. And, I understand those people who are saying, ‘I’m on your side, but I want to watch a basketball game,'” Silver said last October.

Still, if the ratings for the 2021 season are any indication, Silver’s realizations may have come too late.

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Nado Jenkins83
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Season started? Who knew?


roadGator
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You hate to see it


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Klark Kent
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c on z just shite himself he's soo mad about this post.


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Get woke, go......


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Centinel
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Why would I watch the Chinese National League?



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Need to make basketball full contact.

Mutant league basketball.


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People really don’t like a few superteams dominating? It’s so exciting.


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Once Zion leaves for New York the nba will be dead in New Orleans


Centinel
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People really don’t like being beat of the head with politics constantly from a sports league? It’s so exciting.


FIFY



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People also don’t like woke crap while trying to be entertained.


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Mad_Mardigan
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The China stuff was what did it for me. The other political crap was just the icing on the cake. Will never actively pursue any NBA content as far as I can tell.


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So far, the average viewership for the league’s games is only 2.83 million, according to The Athletic. For comparison, recent episodes of the NBC crime drama, The Blacklist, average about 3.3 million viewers, while one of ABC’s biggest shows, medical drama, The Good Doctor, averages just over four million per week. Historically, sports out earns any regular TV series.



Klark Kent
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quote:

The China stuff was what did it for me. The other political crap was just the icing on the cake. Will never actively pursue any NBA content as far as I can tell


inb4 - when i watch the NBA i don't even notice all the political stuff you're referring to.




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Awesome. frick the NBA.


roadGator
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Except that there are many sources of information about the NBA that don’t include watching an NBA game.

What’s wrong with you people?


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It’s also because Lebron is such an unlikable person. (Unless he is the underdog). But when he is the clear favorite, he still bitches and moans like he is “against the world” - like Nick saban. It’s not fun to watch.

Most every superstar in NBA history was endearing to one section of fans. And they only were hated by rival fans.

Example:
Chamberlain vs Bill Russell
Bird vs Magic
Jordan vs Pistons or Knicks
Ewing vs Olajuwon
Pacers vs Knicks


Klark Kent
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re: Panic Time: NBA Fast-Approaching Historic Ratings Lows
who's 'you people'?


quote:

when i watch the NBA
This post was edited on 4/19 at 11:39 am


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