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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.

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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 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.

NBA National Cable TV Schedule

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 10. All times EST.

  • Tuesday, January 10
    • Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors, 7:30pm on NBATV
    • Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 on NBATV
  • Wednesday, January 11
    • Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8pm on ESPN
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Thursday, January 12
    • Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks, 8pm on TNT
    • Detroit Pistons at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm on TNT
  • Friday, January 13
    • Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks, 8pm on ESPN
    • Detroit Pistons at Utah Jazz, 10:30pm on ESPN
  • Sunday, January 14
    • Chicago Bulls at Memphis Grizzlies, 9pm on ESPN
    • Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers, 9:30pm on NBATV
  • Monday, January 16
    • Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors, 8pm on TNT
    • Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30pm on TNT

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

NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Second Round TV Listings

The second round matchups for the Eastern Conference are finally set, with the Cleveland Cavaliers taking on the Atlanta Hawks in a rematch of last year’s conference finals and the Toronto Raptors facing the Miami Heat. The Cavaliers are heavily favored in their series, and all the way through to the Finals, while the Heat/Raptors matchup is an interesting one. Here are the schedules and broadcast and cable TV listings for the games, via 247sports.com:

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (4) Atlanta Hawks

Game 1 (at CLE): Monday, May 2, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 2 (at CLE): Wednesday, May 4, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 (at ATL): Friday, May 6, 7 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 (at ATL): Sunday, May 8, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Game 5 (at CLE): Tuesday, May 10, TBA, TNT  
Game 6 (at ATL): Thursday, May 12, TBA, ESPN 
Game 7 (at CLE): Sunday, May 15, TBA, TBA

(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (3) Miami Heat 

Game 1 (at TOR): Tuesday, May 3, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 2 (at TOR): Thursday, May 5, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 3 (at MIA): Saturday, May 7, 5 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 (at MIA): Monday, May 9, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 5 (at TOR): Wednesday, May 11, TBA, TNT  
Game 6 (at MIA): Friday, May 13, TBA, ESPN 
Game 7 (at TOR): Sunday, May 15, TBA, TBA 

Enjoy the games!

Highest NBA Draft Ratings Ever for ESPN

It’s hard to decide who the biggest winner was last Thursday night at the NBA Draft. Was it the Minnesota Timberwolves, picking number one overall and getting Karl-Anthony Towns from Kentucky, a can’t miss big man? Was it the Miami Heat, who eagerly snatched up Justise Winslow at a spot well lower than he should have gone? Or was it ESPN, who aired the NBA Draft and made it the most-watched ever?

More from Deadline:

With 3.738 million watching, this year’s Draft rose 8% from last year, when the NBA faced World Cup soccer. The primetime long broadcast averaged a 2.4 household rating, which is a bop up of 4% over the 2014 Draft. Both viewership (5.13 million) and HH ratings (3.3) peaked in the 8-8:15 PM period. Among adults 18-49 Live Same Day ratings, the 2015 Draft was tied with the 2014 Draft with a 1.5. In metered market results, last night’s draft pulled in a 3.1, which is also a match with last year’s MM rating – the best ESPN has ever had. In local markets, Louisville was a solid No.#1 with a huge 8.5 MM result.

ESPN has put a lot of weight behind its NBA coverage, with multiple games airing each week on the cable network during the season as well as additional games on broadcast TV on ABC still being presented by the ESPN team. If fans are willing to watch the draft in record numbers, it’s only a matter of time before the games themselves are setting cable records and restoring ESPN’s negotiating power with cable and satellite TV providers.

Playoff Teams Top Local NBA Cable TV Ratings

As the NBA playoffs heat up, another race for the year has already been determined—which teams garnered the highest local TV ratings. As should be no surprise, the NBA’s best are also the most watched in their particular regional cable sports channel markets, with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat, last year’s NBA finalists, topping the ratings battle.

More from Sports Media Watch:

Fox Sports Oklahoma averaged an 8.65 rating for Thunder games during the 2012-13 regular season, according to Sports Business Journal — up 32% from last year (6.58), and the highest local average in the NBA. The 8.65 is the highest for any NBA team since the Spurs averaged an all-time NBA record 10.2 two years ago.

Ranking second for the season were the defending champion Heat on Sun Sports. Fueled by a 27-game winning streak in which games averaged a 9.1 rating, Sun Sports averaged a 7.07 for the 2012-13 season — up 7% from last year (6.59), and the highest average since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the team.

The Spurs, who led the local ratings race the past two seasons, ranked in third-place with a 6.44 average this year. That marks a 20% decline from last year’s 8.0, which was the second-best in team history.

The Lakers, as is typical, averaged the largest number of households during the regular season. Despite finishing in 7th place in the West, the team’s 4.64 rating on Time Warner Cable SportsNet was even with last year’s average on Fox Sports West. The Lakers crushed the Clippers, who averaged a 1.56 on FS West.

The Knicks were second in total number of homes, but the team’s 3.12 average rating on MSG Network declined 6% from last year’s record-high (3.30). Of course, considering how much hype the team attracted last season — not to mention the shortened 66-game slate — this year’s numbers are still impressive. As in Los Angeles, the more-established Knicks easily outdrew their crosstown rivals, pummeling the Nets on YES Network (0.96) by 225%.

The money brought in by regional sports networks, and the fees cable providers must pay them in order to carry their programming, means that sports television is big business. These ratings show that cable and satellite TV providers won’t be able to get away with trying to squeeze out regional sports networks just yet, no matter what the cost.