The National Basketball Association has scuttled the first two weeks of the regular season as part of its dispute with the players union, and the impact on television programming and the league finances is huge.
As Reuters reports, TNT, ESPN and ABC collectively shell out about $930 million to broadcast NBA games, while earning some $1.25 billion ad revenue — and that doesn't even include regional sports-cable channels.
ESPN has secured full TV rights to Wimbledon, ending NBC's 43-year coverage of the Grand Slam tournament.
The network and the All England Club reached a 12-year agreement beginning next year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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ESPN had previously owned the rights to air the early rounds, with NBC picking up coverage in the second week, ending with its "Breakfast at Wimbledon" broadcasts of the finals. However, NBC has drawn ire from fans (including Dirk Nowitzki) for ...
Game 6 of the National Basketball Association finals emerged as a slam-dunk winner in the ratings, averaging 21.07 million viewers on ABC, according to preliminary Nielsen figures.
Game 4 of the National Basketball Association finals attracted 13.30 million fans in the last two hours of prime time Tuesday, helping ABC easily win the night, according to preliminary Nielsen figures.
It also scored a 5.5 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds — an increase of 17 percent against last year's Game 4 overnight numbers.
What did it take to convince 10-time NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki to lend his voice to an upcoming episode of The Cleveland Show?
Just a little help from fellow NBA players, including Steve Nash, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O'Neal, Lebron James and Dwyane Wade.
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