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    HBO's "Real Sports" Takes Look At TNT's Wildly Successful "Inside The NBA" Studio Show

    Published April 23, 2014

    Last night's edition of HBO's "Real Sports" went behind the scenes of TNT's "Inside The NBA" studio show, with co-hosts Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal. HBO's Bernard Goldberg said, "Sometimes it's a game show, sometimes a workout show and sometimes -- sometimes -- it's actually a show about basketball." Goldberg said TNT's Tim Kiely is "probably the only Executive Producer in TV who actually roots for chaos." Kiely said Smith, O'Neal and Barkley are not allow...

    Tags: TBS/TNT, Media, NBA
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    Sager Calls Popovich's Comments "Uplifting," Expects To Remain In Hospital A Month

    Published April 22, 2014

    TNT's Craig Sager said that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's on-air well-wishing on Sunday was "a moment he won't soon forget," according to Richard Deitsch of Sager said, "It was just fabulous, an uplifting, tremendous thing for me." Deitsch noted after two days of chemotherapy, Sager "was in high spirits." On April 10, Sager "was in Dallas to work a Spurs-Mavericks game when he started feeling ill." After the Mavs' team physician recommended Sager check himself into a Dallas-area hospit...

    Tags: Media, NBA, TBS/TNT
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    Opening Slate Of NBA Playoff Overnights Flat On TNT, Down For ESPN/ABC

    Published April 21, 2014

    ESPN/ABC saw a decline for its opening weekend of NBA Playoff telecasts. The two nets combined to average a 2.9 overnight for five games on Saturday and Sunday, down 6% from a 3.1 overnight last season. ABC’s Bobcats-Heat yesterday led the way with a 4.0 overnight, but that figure was down from a 4.6 overnight for the comparable Spurs-Lakers Game 1 last year, which marked the net’s best opening weekend playoff overnight in a decade. In Charlotte, the game earned the best NBA first round ratin...

    Tags: Media, NBA, TBS/TNT
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    Gregg Popovich Being Praised For In-Game Message To Turner's Craig Sager

    Published April 21, 2014

    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has gained a reputation for giving abrupt responses to in-game interviews conducted by sideline reporters, but he is garnering kudos today for a heartfelt message he delivered to Craig Sager. The long-time Turner Sports personality is missing the NBA postseason this year as he is undergoing treatment for leukemia. During the opening game in the Mavericks-Spurs first-round series yesterday, Popovich was interviewed by Sager's son, Craig Jr. After answering several q...

    Tags: Media, TBS/TNT, San Antonio Spurs
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    Struggles For Marquee Teams Contribute To NBA Regular Season TV Audience Drop

    Published April 21, 2014 by Austin Karp

    On-court struggles by some of the NBA’s marquee franchises, including the Lakers, Knicks and Celtics, led to viewership drops for TV partners during the ’13-14 regular season. It was the second straight season of declines. ABC averaged 3.64 million viewers (2.3 rating) for 15 games, marking the net’s lowest figure since ’07-08. The net’s peak season since acquiring NBA rights remains the lockout-shortened ’11-12 season, with 5.42 million viewers. ESPN averaged 1.68 million viewers this season...

    Tags: Media, NBA, TBS/TNT, ESPN, ABC
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    CBS-Turner Men's Tourney Total Viewership Finishes Below Record-Setting '13 Figure

    CBS and Turner Sports averaged 10.5 million total viewers per window during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this year, marking the second-best figure for the event since '05. The total viewership is a combined audience for all games in a select time slot across all nets airing games (i.e. truTV+TBS+TNT+CBS in an early Thursday afternoon window). The '14 figure trails only the record-setting 10.7 million viewers for last year’s tourney. Looking at per-game viewership across 67 telecasts (...

    Tags: NCAA, Media, CBS, TBS/TNT
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    Turner's Final Four Audience Down From '13, But Sets Cable TV College Hoops Mark

    Published April 07, 2014

    The Final Four's TV numbers are down from last year, but CBS and Turner Sports are touting digital statistics that are up across the board. Though the combined TV viewership across TBS, TNT and truTV is down from last year's Final Four on CBS, the matchups have become the two most-watched college basketball games in cable TV history. UConn-Florida averaged a combined 6.9 fast-national rating and 11.7 million viewers across TNT, TBS and truTV. Those figures are down from a 8.7 rating and 14.4 ...

    Tags: Media, NCAA, Basketball, TBS/TNT, CBS
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    Production For Final Four Teamcasts Praised, But Some Announcing Crews Not Effective

    Published April 07, 2014

    The production values on TNT and truTV for the NCAA men's Final Four teamcasts on Saturday night "matched the standard of the main broadcast on TBS, and the timing was generally sharp even though the local announcers were just paired together and with their directors and producers a few days ago," according to Rachel Cohen of the AP. Still to be seen is "whether the TV ratings prove there's an appetite for this approach pioneered by Turner Sports and CBS this year." As "promised, the camera a...

    Tags: Media, TBS/TNT, CBS
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    Turner's Final Four Teamcasts May Provide Look At Future Of Big-Game Broadcasts

    Published April 04, 2014

    Turner Sports is rolling out its Teamcast for its first-ever Final Four, a format which may be "the next phase in sports TV," according to Ed Sherman in a special to the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Turner Sports on Saturday is Teamcast will offer "special team-oriented calls for all four schools on TNT and truTV." The "conventional national telecast" of the semifinal games, featuring Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony and Steve Kerr, will be on TBS simultaneously. Teamcast coverage "will have a distinctive local f...

    Tags: NCAA, TBS/TNT, CBS, Media
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    CBS' Kentucky-Michigan Leads Elite 8 Ratings, While TBS Sets Cable TV Record

    Published March 31, 2014

    Kentucky’s dramatic win over Michigan yesterday earned a 9.0 overnight rating to lead all Elite 8 games from the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Louisville-Duke in the same late Sunday afternoon window last year drew a 9.4 overnight for a game that saw a gruesome injury to the leg of Louisville G Kevin Ware. CBS did see a gain compared to the ’12 late window regional final featuring Kansas-North Carolina (7.8 overnight). Meanwhile, CBS drew a 6.5 overnight for UConn’s upset of Michigan Stat...

    Tags: Media, NCAA, CBS, TBS/TNT
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    NCAA Tourney Media Notes: CBS Director Goes Behind The Scenes With Verne, Raf

    Published March 28, 2014

    On Long Island, Neil Best notes this is CBS Sports director Suzanne Smith's "10th year working college basketball" with the net's announce team of Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery. Smith said of the duo, "Everybody knows they do such a good job on the air. What people don’t see is what they do behind the scenes. They’re in the limelight, but it is a team effort and it starts with them and they bring everyone in and make our broadcast better." She added, "One of the things I love about them is...

    Tags: Media, NCAA, TBS/TNT, CBS
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    Kentucky-Wichita St. Marks Best First Sunday Overnight Since CBS-Turner Pact Began

    Published March 24, 2014

    Kentucky’s upset win over Wichita State yesterday from 3:00-5:30pm ET drew a 7.9 overnight on CBS, marking the best figure for any CBS or Turner Sports game on the first Sunday of the NCAA men's basketball tournament since the current setup began in ’11. It also is the best overnight for that mid-Sunday NCAA tourney afternoon window in 22 years. Coverage before ’11 in the window was generally regionalized. The 7.9 overnight for Kentucky-Wichita State is up 10% from a 7.2 overnight for Indiana...

    Tags: Media, NCAA, Basketball, CBS, TBS/TNT
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