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    Spurs-warriors draw historically poor tv ratings

    Written by Quixem Ramirez


    Many people enjoy watching the San Antonio Spurs -- their convoluted motion-based system is capable of producing points in a hurry -- but there is still a sizable subsection of America that cannot stand the Spurs and their "boring" brand of basketball. (Ignoring the fact, of course, that they have finished among the top seven in offensive efficiency in three consecutive seasons.)

    Without the allure of either Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder, Chris Paul's Los Angeles Clippers and Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers -- each were prohibitive favorites in the Western Conference prior to the regular season -- ABC TV ratings dropped significantly last week according to Sports Media Watch.

    Sunday's Game 4 tilt between the Spurs and Golden State Warriors registered a 3.4 rating (5.3 million viewers). Those numbers represent a 29 percent decrease in viewers from last year's Heat-Pacers series and 36 percent from the Lakers-Mavericks series in 2011 via Awful Announcing. Knicks-Pacers drew identical ratings on Saturday, too. The Players Championship on NBC, by comparison, received 7.6 million viewers.

    These have been consistent trends, dating back to the Spurs' second NBA Finals appearance in 2003 against the New Jersey Nets, which only drew a 6.5 rating, the second-lowest figure since ABC began airing the NBA Finals. ABC's lowest rated series occurred four years later when, surprise, the Spurs battled the Cleveland Cavaliers in a low-scoring four-game sweep.

    Last year's Western Conference Finals was the anomaly. Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden can drive ratings by themselves and TNT benefited to the tune of 7.8 million viewers.

    Memphis' stifling defense also doesn't entice the casual fan. Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph are excellent players, and coach Lionel Hollins is emerging as a star, but they don't quite generate the same national buzz. San Antonio rather hide away in concealed obscurity, than dare be interesting to the average basketball fan.

    That works for them, but the league and it's partners can't be excited for the recent ratings nosedive.
    projectspurs.

    i thought this was interesting. I'm not sure if its thread worthy, but it'll give us something to talk about til' tomorrow

    Thoughts?


    'Coach, we've got an issue with Kawhi in the arena. Event management called and the lights are not on, and Kawhi's in the arena for two straight days at 6:30 in the morning. And he brought two lamps from home, and he put them up in the arena and shot.'

    ^

    (During NBA lockout)

    "No flash, No gimmicks. It's the quiet guys you should fear."


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    Good! The league got their dream finals last year. Let the fake fans tune out.

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    I literally sit here laughing at your sig at least 5 minutes every time I see it. Serves as a reminder though that the refs are going to do everything they can to get this series close again. It will be up to our guys to dominate from start to finish and keep the refs out of it. Game 3 is as close to a must win as it gets without actually being a must win.
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    ^the guy laughing at the end gets me everytime

    But I agree about game 3. Gotta win. I worry they might get our guys in foul trouble early (like the 2nd half of last game) but hopefully we can play through it. And with fresh legs, I hope TP comes out and does great things.

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    I scoff at the ratings too, however, it does make me wonder what it will be like in 3years. At this point Leonard is our top future player and he is not even close to the draw that Gino or Parker are, let alone Duncan. So unless we get another superstar and a dynamic one on top of that, these rating numbers could plummet.

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    I hope we get Spurs/Pacers in the finals... David Stern's last year, we can tell him shove it with 2 small market teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdspurman View Post
    I hope we get Spurs/Pacers in the finals... David Stern's last year, we can tell him shove it with 2 small market teams.
    Part of me wants this as I only live 2hrs from Indy and might have to try to sneak into a game plus the whole local smack talk.

    But in reality, I want a shot at Miami. We didn't get Kobe and we didn't get OKC. Nothing against GS or Mem but Miami is the team that I want to beat and that way no one will ever question this team. Even if we get beat by Miami, I still think I will feel like we challenged the best team that played this year (and one of the best this decade.)

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