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Friday, July 27th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  10 responses

Heat, Thunder and Knicks Tied for Most National TV Games in 2012-’13


There are all kinds of intriguing games on the NBA schedule for next season, but one particularly interesting note is which teams will be on national television the most. The League and its TV partners elected to feature Miami, OKC and New York a total of 25 times each. Per the Oklahoman: “The Thunder and the Heat will play on Christmas Day (ABC) and on Valentine’s Day (TNT) and, heck, who knows, maybe even Father’s Day again, next June. You get the feeling the NBA would schedule Thunder-Heat on Armistice Day, St. Patrick’s Day and National Plumbers Day (yep, there is one) if the league could get away with it. The NBA Finals were sufficiently entertaining – four riveting games before Miami’s closing blowout — to leave pro basketball wanting more. Not just more Thunder-Heat. More Thunder in general. The Thunder has the league-maximum 25 nationally televised games. Ten on TNT. Ten on ESPN. Five on ABC. That matches the Heat and the Knickerbockers for the NBA high. The Heat are must-see TV because Miami has the world’s best team and world’s best player; the Knicks because, as Batman keeps proving, millions will flock to watch Gotham City burn. The Thunder will be nationally televised more often than the Lakers (24), and every Laker game since the explosion of cable seems to be nationally-televised. The Thunder will be nationally televised more often than the Celtics (19) or the Bulls (19) or the Spurs (16).”

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  • Jer dawg

    Surprized Lakers aren’t tied with those other teams for most televised. However, good for Thunder as a small market team showing the rest of the Nba small market teams how it’s done. Get lucky in draft, make right personnel moves, and stability in ownership. Knicks are polar opposite of thunder, but only thing they have going is the big market.
    Thunder is like the gal who is average looking, but is very hard working, intelligent, and independent. That’s how she moves up in the world.
    New York is that hot gal that’s got all the looks, gets chances because she’s hot, but she’s just plain dumb and can’t be successful in life. But hey, you get enough chances in life you might one day be lucky ms. new York.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgvwfvTcNl0 danpowers

    exactly jer and in basketball like in life id allways pick the hot gal over that average chick lol

  • MUBWAR

    the knicks have 25 nationally-televised games for what reason? the nets will be better.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    The Knicks? Really? A team that hasn’t been relevant since 1999?

  • P

    t-wolves 14!!!!!!
    @jer dawg lol. and the heat is a supermodel?

  • biggieman

    Wow the Knicks!!?? This team is terrible and will always be terrible as long as Melo is there. Pass him the ball every time up the court so he can pump fake 12 times before he shoots a contested jumper. Nice offense, and as far as defense… they don’t play any! Why the hell would anyone want to watch this garbage team!? It should have been the Lakers up there with OKC and Miami, they have just as big of fan base and are actually relevant in the league. Either way, I’m glad to see my boys OKC up there… most exciting team in the NBA by far, NBA champs in 2013!

  • LA Huey

    TV folks must’ve forgot Knicks let Lin walk…

  • slamfan4life

    Expected, but really thought the LA (both teams), would have a few more televised games

  • Jerome

    Powers: You and people.like you are 1 reason the world is not as good as it could be.

  • Valkyrie

    Biggieman, say what you want but the Knicks were a top 15 defensensive team last year with Shump and Chandler.

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