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effen5
09-06-2009, 07:34 PM
CBS 1976 Boston Celtics 4, Phoenix Suns 2 11.5
CBS 1977 Portland Trail Blazers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 2 12.7
CBS 1978 Washington Bullets 4, Seattle Supersonics 3 9.9
CBS 1979 Seattle Supersonics 4, Washington Bullets 1 7.2
CBS 1980 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 2 8.0
CBS 1981 Boston Celtics 4, Houston Rockets 2 6.7
CBS 1982 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 2 13.0
CBS 1983 Philadelphia 76ers 4, Los Angeles Lakers 0 12.3
CBS 1984 Boston Celtics 4, Los Angeles Lakers 3 12.3
CBS 1985 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Boston Celtics 2 13.7
CBS 1986 Boston Celtics 4, Houston Rockets 2 14.1
CBS 1987 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Boston Celtics 2 15.9
CBS 1988 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Detroit Pistons 3 15.4
CBS 1989 Detroit Pistons 4, Los Angeles Lakers 0 15.1
CBS 1990 Detroit Pistons 4, Portland Trail Blazers 1 12.3
NBC 1991 Chicago Bulls 4, Los Angeles Lakers 1 15.8
NBC 1992 Chicago Bulls 4, Portland Trail Blazers 2 14.2
NBC 1993 Chicago Bulls 4, Phoenix Suns 2 17.9
NBC 1994 Houston Rockets 4, New York Knicks 3 12.4
NBC 1995 Houston Rockets 4, Orlando Magic 0 13.9
NBC 1996 Chicago Bulls 4, Seattle Supersonics 2 16.7
NBC 1997 Chicago Bulls 4, Utah Jazz 2 16.8
NBC 1998 Chicago Bulls 4, Utah Jazz 2 18.7
NBC 1999 San Antonio Spurs 4, New York Knicks 1 11.3
NBC 2000 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Indiana Pacers 2 11.6
NBC 2001 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 1 12.1
NBC 2002 Los Angeles Lakers 4, New Jersey Nets 0 10.2
ABC 2003 San Antonio Spurs 4, New Jersey Nets 2 6.5
ABC 2004 Detroit Pistons 4, Los Angeles Lakers 1 11.5
ABC 2005 San Antonio Spurs 4, Detroit Pistons 3 8.2
ABC 2006 Miami Heat 4, Dallas Mavericks 2 8.5
ABC 2007 San Antonio Spurs 4, Cleveland Cavaliers 0 6.2
ABC 2008 Boston Celtics 4, Los Angeles Lakers 2 9.3
ABC 2009 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Orlando Magic 1 8.4


I wanted to know what your take is on why the NBA TV ratings have been what it was. I would have thought that the Lakers Celtics would have drawn more views, and I thought Lebron making it to the finals in 08 would have brought more interest as well.

Obviously MJ leaving had a huge impact on the ratings but why havent Kobe Wade Lebron been able to raise TV ratings dramatically? Are people less interested?

Draco
09-06-2009, 07:51 PM
I think the short answer is that the NBA was a better product in previous years: the average player didn't mind mixing it up, rules didn't dictate as much the style of defense a team could play, the stars had more desire for the game than the business of basketball, more rookies came into the league with more bball knowledge as juniors and seniors, basketball was much more a team game in previous years... etc. The 1980s might have been the silver age of basketball, and 1990s were the golden age of basketball. Today's league is kind of synthetic plastic... and Bryant's poster child of that.

J4KOP99
09-06-2009, 08:20 PM
Damn MJ brought in some huge ratings.


The man was larger than life.

ko8e24
09-06-2009, 08:47 PM
lebron made it finals in 07 not 08. and yes, nba popularity has gone drastically down since the end of the 3peat lakers. which is y, dynasties and repeats are important

ko8e24
09-06-2009, 08:49 PM
I think the short answer is that the NBA was a better product in previous years: the average player didn't mind mixing it up, rules didn't dictate as much the style of defense a team could play, the stars had more desire for the game than the business of basketball, more rookies came into the league with more bball knowledge as juniors and seniors, basketball was much more a team game in previous years... etc. The 1980s might have been the silver age of basketball, and 1990s were the golden age of basketball. Today's league is kind of synthetic plastic... and Bryant's poster child of that.

:confused: wtf? i thought that title of poster child belonged to a guy by the name of LeBron James

ChiSox219
09-06-2009, 09:03 PM
:confused: wtf? i thought that title of poster child belonged to a guy by the name of LeBron James

Lebron will draw a much higher audience than Kobe.

There's several issues at hand:

1. Jordan's retirement
2. Lockout
3. NBA on NBC was classic presentation
4. The East has been awful for most of the past decade, Lebron and the Cavs made it basically by default.

This year I think we see a spike in viewer ship. The league is now full of heavyweights and there's not really a clear favorite as their has been for the last few years. A Cavs-Lakers matchup would really help the NBA out while a Blazers-Magic Finals would draw a tiny audience.

JordansBulls
09-07-2009, 11:33 AM
CBS 1976 Boston Celtics 4, Phoenix Suns 2 11.5
CBS 1977 Portland Trail Blazers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 2 12.7
CBS 1978 Washington Bullets 4, Seattle Supersonics 3 9.9
CBS 1979 Seattle Supersonics 4, Washington Bullets 1 7.2
CBS 1980 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 2 8.0
CBS 1981 Boston Celtics 4, Houston Rockets 2 6.7
CBS 1982 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 2 13.0
CBS 1983 Philadelphia 76ers 4, Los Angeles Lakers 0 12.3
CBS 1984 Boston Celtics 4, Los Angeles Lakers 3 12.3
CBS 1985 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Boston Celtics 2 13.7
CBS 1986 Boston Celtics 4, Houston Rockets 2 14.1
CBS 1987 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Boston Celtics 2 15.9
CBS 1988 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Detroit Pistons 3 15.4
CBS 1989 Detroit Pistons 4, Los Angeles Lakers 0 15.1
CBS 1990 Detroit Pistons 4, Portland Trail Blazers 1 12.3
NBC 1991 Chicago Bulls 4, Los Angeles Lakers 1 15.8
NBC 1992 Chicago Bulls 4, Portland Trail Blazers 2 14.2
NBC 1993 Chicago Bulls 4, Phoenix Suns 2 17.9
NBC 1994 Houston Rockets 4, New York Knicks 3 12.4
NBC 1995 Houston Rockets 4, Orlando Magic 0 13.9
NBC 1996 Chicago Bulls 4, Seattle Supersonics 2 16.7
NBC 1997 Chicago Bulls 4, Utah Jazz 2 16.8
NBC 1998 Chicago Bulls 4, Utah Jazz 2 18.7
NBC 1999 San Antonio Spurs 4, New York Knicks 1 11.3
NBC 2000 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Indiana Pacers 2 11.6
NBC 2001 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Philadelphia 76ers 1 12.1
NBC 2002 Los Angeles Lakers 4, New Jersey Nets 0 10.2
ABC 2003 San Antonio Spurs 4, New Jersey Nets 2 6.5
ABC 2004 Detroit Pistons 4, Los Angeles Lakers 1 11.5
ABC 2005 San Antonio Spurs 4, Detroit Pistons 3 8.2
ABC 2006 Miami Heat 4, Dallas Mavericks 2 8.5
ABC 2007 San Antonio Spurs 4, Cleveland Cavaliers 0 6.2
ABC 2008 Boston Celtics 4, Los Angeles Lakers 2 9.3
ABC 2009 Los Angeles Lakers 4, Orlando Magic 1 8.4


I wanted to know what your take is on why the NBA TV ratings have been what it was. I would have thought that the Lakers Celtics would have drawn more views, and I thought Lebron making it to the finals in 08 would have brought more interest as well.

Obviously MJ leaving had a huge impact on the ratings but why havent Kobe Wade Lebron been able to raise TV ratings dramatically? Are people less interested?

A lot had to do with going from NBC to ABC. Even the Spurs finals in 1999 was as good or better than nearly every finals on ABC

effen5
09-07-2009, 11:43 AM
I think a lot of people just lost interest when Jordan retired.

Jahari Kavi
09-07-2009, 12:07 PM
A lot had to do with going from NBC to ABC. Even the Spurs finals in 1999 was as good or better than nearly every finals on ABC

I agree....I was actually thinking about NBA TV ratings last night (don't ask why)......I think one of the biggest reasons they've gone down is, because the NBA now seeks out the global market, instead of the US alone......in some ways, I don't think the NBA really cares too much about their American TV ratings......the NBA is banking off the global market.......The NFL is much more popular than the NBA in the States, but the NBA probably profits more internationally..........

ko8e24
09-07-2009, 02:23 PM
Bring Back Bob Costas and Doug Collins! ****** Mike Breen and his repetitive one-to-two-word catch phrases (bang!, puts it up....puts it in (even when its a slam dunk made by a player, lol)