The NBA on TNT, known since October 2002 as TNT NBA Thursday, is a weekly broadcast of National Basketball Association games on Turner Network Television by Turner Sports, perhaps TNT's signature program. TNT began airing NBA games in 1988, and aired games on multiple nights of the week (usually twice a week with sister network TBS airing another game on another night) until 2002.
In 2007, TNT aired the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time.
The lead announcing team for the NBA on TNT was Marv Albert and Steve Kerr, with Doug Collins joining them for important regular season games, the NBA All-Star Game and the Conference Finals, however Kerr left TNT to become the general manager of the Phoenix Suns. Past lead broadcasting teams for TNT include Dick Stockton and Hubie Brown, who worked as a team dating back to The NBA on CBS and continued doing games together until 2002, when Brown left the broadcast booth to coach in the NBA. Bob Neal and Reggie Theus also worked as a lead team for TNT for several years. Several prominent NBA analysts have chosen TNT over ABC or ESPN, such as Doug Collins and Charles Barkley (Barkley was not only approached by ABC about an NBA studio job in 2002, but as also rumored to have been approached for a job on Monday Night Football). Reggie Miller was also sought out by ABC and ESPN, only to go to TNT.
The biggest TNT acquisition once sought out by ABC and ESPN was Marv Albert. After the 2002 NBA Finals, Albert, essentially a free agent, was a candidate for the lead spot on The NBA on ABC. Albert, hired by TNT in 1999, decided to stay with the network. Some attributed this to the fact that TNT gave Albert his first chance to be on national television after the embarrassing sex scandal that forced his firing at NBC.
Hubie Brown and Jeff Van Gundy are currently the only former TNT announcers working for ABC. Brown, whose role on TNT was going to be significantly reduced starting with the 2002-03 NBA season, left in 2002 to coach the Memphis Grizzlies. After two seasons of coaching, he left Memphis in early 2004 (leading to the departure from TNT of lead analyst Mike Fratello, who replaced him in Memphis) and was quickly picked up by ABC. Jeff Van Gundy, who was fired by the Houston Rockets after they lost in the first round, joined ABC at the beginning of the Western Conference Finals. Part-time TNT broadcaster Mike Breen is now the lead broadcaster for ABC and once-time TNT analyst Doc Rivers worked for ABC in 2004.
In 2006, TNT's NBA playoff ratings were down slightly in the first round (from a record high the previous year), up significantly in the second round, but down twenty percent in the marquee Conference Final. For the first time ever, ESPN's Conference Final coverage out-rated TNT's (4.8 to 4.6), and TNT's Conference Final coverage finished at its lowest level since 2003. Still, NBA Playoff coverage helped TNT win the ratings race for the season, and TNT scored the highest-rated first round NBA Playoff game on cable in history with Game 6 of the Phoenix Suns-Los Angeles Lakers series.
While TNT's playoff ratings usually range from respectable to very high, regular season ratings are typically between a 1.0 and 1.6 rating (similar to ESPN's ratings). In 2006, ratings were expected to drop somewhat in late November-December due to several NBA doubleheaders going up head-to-head against NFL games on the NFL Network.
|1988-89 to 1989-90||$50 million/2 years|
|1990-91 to 1993-94||$275 million/4 years|
|1994-95 to 1997-98||$397 million/4 years|
|1998-99 to 2001-02||$840 million/4 years|
|2002-03 to 2007-08||$2.2 billion/6 years|
TNT's NBA contract is up at the end of the 2007-08 NBA season. NBA Commissioner David Stern was trying to extend the current television deals by the end of 2006, which could mean that TNT's coverage would extend into the next decade.
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