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    Cavs Have Highest TV Ratings Since 97-98 Bulls

    http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/article/62322


    The Cavaliers’ run to the NBA’s best record brought Cleveland the highest local regular-season TV ratings for any NBA team in more than a decade. Paced by the Cavs’ 116 percent increase from last year, leaguewide viewership across all regional sports networks increased by 8 percent this season. Half the 26 RSNs monitored saw their ratings rise during the regular season.

    But the biggest success story came from LeBron James and his Cleveland teammates, who set a regular-season ratings record for Fox Sports Ohio with an 8.76 rating/134,000 homes. The Cavs posted the highest rating number since the Chicago Bulls averaged an 8.9 rating in Chicago for the 1997-98 season, Michael Jordan’s final season with that club.

    Even more stunning is the fact that an average of 134,000 Cleveland-area homes tuned in for each Cavs game, second only to the Lakers’ 250,000 average on Fox Sports West. Cleveland is the country’s 17th-largest TV market.


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    Team RSN
    (No. of games) Avg. rating
    (change from 2007-08) Avg. no. of HHs 
    (change from 2007-08) 
    Atlanta Hawks* SportSouth (44) 1.40 (+38.6%) 33,000 (+43.5%) 
    Boston Celtics CSN New England (67) 3.52 (+2.9%) 85,000 (+4.9%) 
    Charlotte Bobcats FS Carolinas (39) 0.56 (NA) 6,000 (NA) 
    Chicago Bulls CSN Chicago (43) 2.03 (+16.0%) 71,000 (+18.3%) 
    Cleveland Cavaliers FS Ohio (70) 8.76 (+115.8%) 134,000 (+116.1%) 
    Dallas Mavericks FS Southwest (41) 1.46 (-30.1%) 36,000 (-29.4%) 
    Denver Nuggets Altitude (67) 2.28 (-19.4%) 35,000 (-16.7%) 
    Detroit Pistons FS Detroit (62) 3.50 (-20.6%) 67,000 (-21.2%) 
    Golden State Warriors CSN Bay Area (72) 1.57 (-39.8%) 39,000 (-37.1%) 
    Houston Rockets FS Houston (63) 2.66 (-16.6%) 51,000 (-21.5%) 
    Indiana Pacers FS Midwest (72) 1.53 (-8.9%) 17,000 (-5.6%) 
    Los Angeles Clippers FS Prime Ticket (39) 0.51 (-16.4%) 29,000 (-14.7%) 
    Los Angeles Lakers FS West (33) 4.43 (-0.7%) 250,000 (-0.8%) 
    Miami Heat Sun Sports (71) 2.68 (+32.7%) 41,000 (+32.3%) 
    Milwaukee Bucks FS Wisconsin (70) 2.19 (+9.0%) 20,000 (+11.1%) 
    Minnesota Timberwolves FS North (39) 0.97 (+6.6%) 17,000 (+6.3%) 
    New Jersey Nets YES (79) 0.52 (+15.6%) 39,000 (+18.2%) 
    New Orleans Hornets Cox Sports Television (65) 2.80 (+64.7%) 42,140 (+67.0%) 
    New York Knicks MSG (79) 1.18 (+20.4%) 88,000 (+22.2%) 
    Oklahoma City Thunder FS Oklahoma (54) 1.14 (NA) 8,000 (NA) 
    Orlando Magic Sun Sports (42) 1.75 (-5.9%) 26,000 (-3.7%) 
    Philadelphia 76ers CSN Philadelphia (69) 1.41 (-2.1%) 42,000 (0.0%) 
    Phoenix Suns FS Arizona (29) 3.34 (-37.9%) 62,000 (-36.1%) 
    Portland Trail Blazers CSN Northwest (55) 4.40 (+29.4%) 44,000 (NA) 
    Utah Jazz FS Utah (60) 5.60 (+24.4%) 49,000 (+25.9%) 
    Sacramento Kings CSN California (67) 1.90 (-40.6%) 19,000 (NA) 
    San Antonio Spurs FS Southwest (31) 6.71 (-5.8%) 55,000 (-1.8%) 
    Washington Wizards CSN Mid-Atlantic (70) 0.86 (-2.3%) 20,000 (0.0%)
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    "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
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    People in Cleveland have nothing better to do.


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    It's not surprising that viewership across the board rose, with the economy in shambles, less people are going to games, and more tuning in to watch in on tv.
    Quote Originally Posted by Buckwheat View Post
    i don't like girls

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    cool?
    Fight the Power

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    but i thought cleveland was such a small market and lebron would never get anyone to tune in,thats why he's going to ny

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    LeBron is the greatest of all time.

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    the NBA hired people to watch the Cavs games just so they can make him look good and trying to make him the next MJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiamiHeat View Post
    the NBA hired people to watch the Cavs games just so they can make him look good and trying to make him the next MJ
    Exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiamiHeat View Post
    the NBA hired people to watch the Cavs games just so they can make him look good and trying to make him the next MJ
    lol

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    Is this even a question?! The way the ****ing NBA worships Queen James, why was this even a suprise? Ok we get it Lebron James... enough already. There are other great players in the NBA, that get no publicity. Then there's Lebron...

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    People drooling over LeBron James? What a surprise...I have never been more sick to my stomach with any other athlete...EVER. And the funniest part about everything? LeBron hasn't won **** yet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by m26555 View Post
    People drooling over LeBron James? What a surprise...I have never been more sick to my stomach with any other athlete...EVER. And the funniest part about everything? LeBron hasn't won **** yet.
    Stop being jealous and suck it up. It happened with Jordan, it happened with Kobe, and now it'll happen with LeBron and in a few years it'll be a new kid. I wish people would just deal with it and quit being whiny ******

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmstophe View Post
    Stop being jealous and suck it up. It happened with Jordan, it happened with Kobe, and now it'll happen with LeBron and in a few years it'll be a new kid. I wish people would just deal with it and quit being whiny ******
    Jordan won SIX CHAMPIONSHIPS, and Kobe has won THREE; they deserved all of that attention. Jordan NEVER got the kind of attention LeBron got before he started winning titles. Neither did Kobe.

    I am NOT taking anything away from James; he is a phenomenal player, but all of the love for him is just sickening. Let's see him actually win something before we even put him in MJ's stratosphere...


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    Quote Originally Posted by m26555 View Post
    Jordan won SIX CHAMPIONSHIPS, and Kobe has won THREE; they deserved all of that attention. Jordan NEVER got the kind of attention LeBron got before he started winning titles. Neither did Kobe.

    I am NOT taking anything away from James; he is a phenomenal player, but all of the love for him is just sickening. Let's see him actually win something before we even put him in MJ's stratosphere...
    Nobody is putting him "there". They are drooling over him because he is an incredible player, probably the best all around talent in the game right now. It's what ESPN and those networks do. I cant believe people havent just accepted that by now. It's the same way they go gah gah over the Yankees, Red Sox, Patriots, and Cowboys.

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    So the Cavs being an elite team has nothing to do with how good their TV ratings are?

    "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
    - Michael Jordan

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