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

by July 27, 2012

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 ā€“ 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).”