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ABC Sees Overnights Down For NBA Playoffs Opening Weekend, ESPN Up
Published April 30, 2012
ON-AIR REVIEWS: In Denver, Dusty Saunders gives ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy his “early vote” as the NBA’s “best analyst.” Van Gundy “surveys what happens on the floor with an expertise based on his coaching experience.” His background stories, dealing “with players and coaches, nearly always have relevance to the game he's covering” (DENVER POST, 4/30). In Tampa, Tom Jones writes he initially “didn't care for ABC's NBA studio setup this season with a roundtable of analysts, including Michael Wilbon, Magic Johnson, Jon Barry and Chris Broussard.” There was “no real host, and the conversation seemed to ramble and meander with no point guard.” But the show “has found its stride.” Wilbon seems to have “taken over as the host, although he isn't a traditional host.” He gives “more opinions than most hosts, but that's fine because his opinions are interesting.” Now the show has “a steady rhythm and each segment appears to have a purpose, and that has turned the show into solid TV” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 4/30).