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NBA National Cable TV Schedule – March 21-27

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, March 21. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, March 21
    • Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors, 7pm on ESPN
    • San Antonio Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves, 9:30pm on ESPN
  • Wednesday, March 22
    • Atlanta Hawks at Washington Wizards, 8pm on ESPN
    • New York Knicks at Utah Jazz, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, March 23
    • Toronto Raptors at Miami Heat, 7pm on NBATV
  • Friday, March 24
    • Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks, 8pm on NBATV
  • Saturday, March 25
    • Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:30pm on NBATV
  • Sunday, March 26
    • Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets, 3:30pm on ABC
    • Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Lakers, 9:30pm on NBATV
  • Monday, March 27
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs, 8pm on TNT
    • New Orleans Pelicans at Utah Jazz, 10:30pm on TNT

DIRECTV channel listings: NBATV 216, ESPN 206, TNT 245.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule – March 14-20

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, March 14. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, March 14
    • Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7pm on NBATV
    • Philadelphia 76ers at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm on NBATV
  • Wednesday, March 15
    • Portland Trail Blazers at San Antonio Spurs, 8pm on ESPN
    • Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, March 16
    • Utah Jazz at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7pm on NBATV
  • Friday, March 17
    • Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30pm on NBATV
  • Saturday, March 18
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Los Angeles Clippers, 8:30pm on ABC
  • Sunday, March 19
    • Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors, 6pm on NBATV
  • Monday, March 20
    • Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8pm on TNT
    • New York Knicks at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm on TNT

DIRECTV channel listings: NBATV 216, ESPN 206, TNT 245.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule – March 7-13

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, March 7. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, March 7
    • Portland Trail Blazers at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8pm on NBATV
  • Wednesday, March 8
    • Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers, 8pm on ESPN
    • Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, March 9
    • San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8pm on TNT
    • Los Angeles Lakers at Phoenix Suns, 10:30pm on TNT
  • Friday, March 10
    • Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8pm on ESPN
    • Washington Wizards at Sacramento Kings, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Saturday, March 11
    • Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30pm on ABC
  • Sunday, March 12
    • Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics, 3:30pm on ABC
    • Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers, 6pm on NBATV
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Houston Rockets, 9pm on ESPN
  • Monday, March 13
    • Atlanta Hawks at San Antonio Spurs, 8pm on TNT
    • Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets, 10:30pm on TNT

DIRECTV channel listings: NBATV 216, ESPN 206, TNT 245.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule – January 31-February 6

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL regular season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, January 31. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, January 31
    • Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30pm on NBATV
  • Wednesday, February 1
    • Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7pm on ESPN
    • Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunder, 9:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, February 2
    • Atlanta Hawks at Houston Rockets, 8pm on TNT
    • Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm on TNT
  • Friday, February 3
    • Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics, 8pm on ESPN
    • Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Saturday, February 4
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks, 8:30pm on ABC
  • Sunday, February 5
    • Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics, 2pm on ABC
  • Monday, February 6
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards, 7pm on TNT
    • San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies, 9:30pm on TNT

DIRECTV channel listings: NBATV 216, ESPN 206, TNT 245.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule – January 24-30

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL regular season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, January 24. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, January 17
    • San Antonio Spurts at Toronto Raptors, 7pm on NBATV
  • Wednesday, January 18
    • Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Hornets, 8pm on ESPN
    • Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, January 19
    • Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8pm on TNT
    • Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz, 10:30pm on TNT
  • Friday, January 20
    • Houston Rockets at Philadelphia 76ers, 8pm on ESPN
  • Saturday, January 28
    • Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors, 8:30pm on ABC
  • Sunday, January 29
    • Oklahoma City thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers, 3:30pm on ABC
    • Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers, 9pm on NBATV
  • Monday, January 23
    • Detroit Pistons at Boston Celtics, 8pm on TNT
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30pm on NBATV
    • Memphis Grizzlies at Phoenix Suns, 10:30pm on TNT

DIRECTV channel listings: NBATV 216, ESPN 206, TNT 245.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule – January 17-23

For many casual fans, the NBA season, though it actually began in late October, really begins to gain steam and interest on Christmas Day, when NBA games are showcased on broadcast and cable TV all day. With the NFL regular season having ended, many more fans will be tuning in to the NBA, so at the TV, Internet and Phone Blog we’re going to provide the national cable TV schedule for each week. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming week, beginning today, Tuesday, January 17. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, January 17
    • Houston Rockets at Miami Heat, 7:30pm on NBATV
  • Wednesday, January 18
    • Milwaukee Bucks at Houston Rockets, 8pm on ESPN
    • Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, January 19
    • Washington Wizards at New York Knicks, 8pm on TNT
    • Minnesota Timberwolves at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm on TNT
  • Friday, January 20
    • Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets, 8pm on ESPN
    • Indiana Pacers at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Saturday, January 21
    • San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers, 8:30pm on ABC
    • Los Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets, 9pm on NBATV
  • Monday, January 23
    • New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers, 8pm on TNT

DIRECTV channel listings: NBATV 216, ESPN 206, TNT 245.

Trump’s Speech Nabbed 32 Million Viewers on Broadcast and Cable TV

The Republican National Convention closed up shop last Thursday, concluding with the lengthy nomination acceptance speech by presidential hopeful Donald Trump. All three broadcast networks—ABC, CBS and NBC—as well as Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC and other affiliated cable TV channels aired the speech.

More from the Hollywood Reporter:

On the broadcast networks alone Thursday night, Trump’s time on the stage brought in 12.3 million viewers to the 10 o’clock hour on through the speech’s conclusion at 11:37 p.m. ET. NBC News led its fourth and final night of primetime coverage with an average 4.6 million viewers tuning in, per Nielsen Media’s Fast Affiliate ratings. ABC News, which preciously topped CBS on Monday, averaged 3.9 million viewers. CBS News took 3.8 million viewers. Spanish-language net Univision contributed another 1.3 million viewers.

Cable news brought the biggest lifts — particularly for Fox News Channel and CNN. FNC, a favorite for right-leaning audiences, topped them all with 9.4 million viewers. And CNN, hitting an all-time high for its RNC coverage, also topped all of the broadcast networks with 5.5 million viewers. MSNBC, trailing, averaged 2.95 million viewers. (Nielsen’s delivery of the 32-million stat also includes Fox Business Network, CNBC and NBC Universo.)

The ratings are well above those who watched Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech in 2012, but far below the amount of people who watched John McCain in 2008. If those ratings show anything about the popularity of the candidate himself, Trump may be in trouble.

The Democratic National Convention is now underway, so we’ll see how Hillary performs in the ratings, as well as in measured social media interest.

NBA Finals TV Schedule

After a long regular season and some hard fought playoff rounds, the NBA Finals matchup is finally set, with the favorites in both conferences reaching the finals for a rematch of last year’s matchup, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. While much of the playoffs was aired on cable TV, the Finals will be on ABC (in conjunction with ESPN, as both are owned by Disney), with the Warriors and their record-setting regular season owning the home court advantage.

Here’s the schedule, via ESPN.com:

  • Game 1 – Thursday, Cavaliers at Warriors, 9 p.m. on ABC
  • Game 2 – Sunday, Cavaliers at Warriors, 8 p.m. on ABC
  • Game 3 – June 8, Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. on ABC
  • Game 4 – June 10, Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. on ABC
  • Game 5* – June 13, Cavaliers at Warriors, 9 p.m. on ABC
  • Game 6* – June 16, Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. on ABC
  • Game 7* – June 19, Cavaliers at Warriors, 8 p.m. on ABC

Though they set records in the regular season, the Warriors had some trouble with the Oklahoma City Thunder in their Western Conference Finals matchup, having to come back from being down three games to one in order to keep their hopes for repeating the title alive. The Cavaliers had a much easier road to the finals, losing only two games in the first three rounds. Unlike last year, the Warriors will have to deal with a Cleveland team that’s at full strength and firing on all cylinders. It should be a hard fought series. Enjoy the games.

NBA Saturday Night Coverage Moves from Cable to Broadcast TV

Over the past few years, since Disney (ESPN and ABC) and Turner Sports (NBATV and TNT) have taken over the broadcast rights to the National Basketball Association, primetime games have been banished to cable TV, with only Sunday afternoons featuring games on ABC during the regular season. This year, though, the announcement of the NBA schedule brought with it some surprises—namely, the inclusion of several primetime games airing on ABC on Saturday nights. Saturday night games used to be the province of NBATV, and often featured less interesting matchups. When you look at the schedule below, you’ll see that these games are anything but uninteresting:

From Awful Announcing:

Sat, Jan. 23 8:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sat, Jan. 30 8:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sat, Feb. 20 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers
Sat, Feb. 27 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Sat, Mar. 5 8:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls
Sat, Mar. 12 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
Sat, Mar. 19 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs
Sat, Apr. 9 8:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls

These Saturday night matchups feature Lebron James, Derrick Rose, the new-look Spurs with LaMarcus Aldridge, last year’s champs in the Golden State Warriors, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and the up and coming Houston Rockets. Star power is the name of the game.

Saturday night isn’t traditionally a big TV night, but these games will likely draw a lot of eyeballs, especially among a sports public withdrawing after the end of college football. We’ll see if this move brings the kind of jolt that ESPN/Disney needs.

NBA Finals Start Date Will Not Move Up

Despite the fact that the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks ended last night with a Lebron James-led Cleveland sweep, and the Western Conference Finals will likely end tonight with a Golden State Warriors home win over the Houston Rockets, the NBA Finals start date of June 4 is set in stone and will not move up, even though that will mean more than a week without basketball on network or cable TV.

There are benefits to this beyond the fact that the TV schedule is all set already—and that’s the real reason the start date will not move. The week off will give both teams a chance to rest up and get healthy—Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving, who’s missed a couple of games, will have a chance to get more solidly back in starting lineup form, and the Warriors Mareese Speights will have a chance to get back in the rotation. Lebron James, a bit beaten up, will more likely be in top form. And everyone wants a series where everyone possible (sorry, Kevin Love) is healthy in the NBA Finals.

Here is the TV schedule for the NBA Finals, already set in stone:

Golden State/OR/Houston vs. Cleveland

Game 1: – Thu. June 4, Cleveland at Golden State/Houston, 9:00 PM , ABC

Game 2: Sun. June 7, Cleveland at Golden State/Houston, 8:00 PM, ABC

Game 3: Tue. June 9, Golden State/Houston at Cleveland, 9:00 PM, ABC

Game 4: Thu. June 11, Golden State/Houston at Cleveland, 9:00 PM, ABC

Game 5 *: Sun, June 14, Cleveland at Golden State/Houston, 8:00 PM, ABC

Game 6 *: Tue, June 16, Golden State/Houston at Cleveland, 9:00 PM, ABC

Game 7 *: Fri, June 19, Cleveland at Golden State/Houston, 9:00 PM, ABC

* = if necessary

It’s likely to be Lebron, now the playoff veteran and most recent champion in these playoffs, versus the upstart Warriors. Who ya got?