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Big markets take big hits in local viewership

04 / 21 / 14

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. The NBA’s three biggest media markets posted significant drops in local TV viewership this season, with the five clubs in those markets shedding a combined 259,000 homes per game from last year. ...

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