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    Sources: NBA Nearing Agreement On New Media-Rights Deal With Turner Sports, ESPN

    Published September 08, 2014

    The NBA and its network partners, Turner Sports and ESPN, "expect to reach an agreement in principle on new long-term media deals by the start of the regular season," according to sources cited by Lombardo & Ourand of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Talks "have progressed so rapidly that details are emerging on a massive agreement that would see the league’s annual rights fee more than double, with ESPN and Turner combining to pay" more than $2B per year on average. A source said that ESPN "already h...

    Tags: NBA, Media, ESPN, TBS/TNT
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    Turner Sports Promotes Hong, Vertino As Part Of Continued Change In Exec Ranks

    Published August 14, 2014 by John Ourand

    As Turner Sports engages the NBA in a new TV deal and looks into bidding on the NFL's Thursday night package, the company continues to change its executive ranks. A month after Turner Sports promoted LENNY DANIELS to President, it promoted MATT HONG and ALBERT "SCOOTER" VERTINO to more senior positions. Both execs will report to Daniels. CHRISTINA MILLER, a longtime key exec with the company's relationship with the NBA, is moving out of Turner Sports to the company's entertainment division to...

    Tags: People and Pop Culture, TBS/TNT
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    LeBron's Move To Cleveland Predictably Results In Fewer National TV Games For Heat

    Published August 14, 2014

    The Heat’s first season following the departure of LeBron James to the Cavaliers features a Cavs-Heat game on Christmas Day, but "less national TV exposure" than the franchise is accustomed to, according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. The Christmas Day game will be "one of only two Heat telecasts on ABC this season, down from five last year." The Heat’s total number of national TV appearances among TNT, ESPN and ABC also "plummeted" from 25 to 16. TNT "originally was scheduled" to carr...

    Tags: Media, NBA, ESPN, TBS/TNT
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    Taking The Checkers: Turner Broadcasts Final NASCAR Race After 32 Years

    Published July 14, 2014

    Yesterday's Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway marked the final NASCAR race on Turner Sports under the sport's current media-rights deal. The new rights deal with Fox and NBC goes into effect next year, leaving Turner on the sidelines for the first time in 33 years. TNT's Ken Squier prior to the start of the race said, "As the engines have fired here at New Hampshire, I remind you this is the final NASCAR broadcast for Turner Sports. I was the play-by...

    Tags: Media, NASCAR, TBS/TNT
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    Turner Sports Promotes Lenny Daniels To President, Will Oversee Day-To-Day Business

    Published July 09, 2014 by John Ourand

    Turner Sports has promoted LENNY DANIELS to President, where he will oversee the division's day-to-day business. Daniels will remain based in Atlanta and continue to report to Turner Broadcasting System President DAVID LEVY. Daniels, who had been Turner Sports Exec VP & COO, will oversee the company's league relationships, an important role as Turner has started informal talks to renew its NBA media-rights deal. Levy, who sat with NBA Commissioner ADAM SILVER at Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Mi...

    Tags: People and Pop Culture, TBS/TNT
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    NBA Playoff Audience Up Going Into Finals; ESPN, TNT Primetime Strong During Playoffs

    Published June 03, 2014

    Despite a slight decline for the Conference Finals, the audience for the NBA Playoffs overall remains up over last year. The NBA Conference Finals across ABC/TNT/ESPN averaged 7.0 million viewers for 12 telecasts, down 2.2% from 7.15 million viewers last year for 11 telecasts. All playoff games across ABC/TNT/ESPN/ESPN2/NBA TV have averaged 4.29 million viewers, up 2.7% from 4.18 million viewers at the same point last season. NBA postseason games have been the top-rated program on all of cabl...

    Tags: Media, NBA, ESPN, ABC, TBS/TNT
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    NBA Seeing Audience Increase For Conference Finals Telecasts Through Sunday

    Published May 28, 2014 by Austin Karp

    The NBA Conference Finals have averaged a 4.3 rating and 6.8 million viewers for games across ABC/ESPN/TNT through Sunday, up from a 4.0 rating and 6.2 million viewers at the same point in '13. On nights that either TNT or ESPN have had games, the nets have been tops among all cable networks on 26 of 33 nights through this past Sunday. TNT has been top cable net each night during the WCF, and was the top program on cable for the entire day on Sunday. TNT is averaging a 3.9 final rating and 6....

    Tags: Media, NBA, ESPN, ABC, TBS/TNT
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    Multitude Of NBA Game 7s Help Networks To Strong Ratings During The Weekend

    Published May 05, 2014

    ABC averaged a 4.9 overnight rating yesterday for the Spurs blowout, Game 7 win over the Mavericks from 4:00-6:30pm ET. It garnered a 31.1 local rating in San Antonio, the highest-rated first round NBA playoff game in the market on any network (records dating back to ’03). Meanwhile, ABC’s telecast of Nets-Raptors from 1:00-4:00pm scored a 3.9 rating. There were no comparable first-round Game 7s on ABC last year. The last first-round Game 7 on the net was Clippers-Grizzlies in ’12, which drew...

    Tags: Media, NBA, ESPN, TBS/TNT
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    TNT's Warriors-Clippers Game 5 Best First Round Overnight On Cable TV Since '12

    Published April 30, 2014

    TNT earned a 3.7 overnight rating for last night’s Warriors-Clippers NBA Western Conference First Round Game 5, which was the first game for the Clippers following the lifetime ban and $2.5M fine handed down by the NBA to Owner Donald Sterling. That figure marks the best overnight for any NBA playoff game on cable TV for ’14 to date, as well as the best overnight for a first-round NBA playoff game since Lakers-Nuggets Game 7 in ’12. The game also earned an 8.1 local rating in L.A., marking th...

    Tags: Media, TBS/TNT, NBA, NBC
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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 SI.com. 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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