NBA Finals Game 7 on ABC – the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in a thriller to repeat as NBA Champions – delivered a 17.7 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. This is the second highest-rated NBA game in ABC history. The telecast peaked at a 22.6 from 11:30 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. ET.
Game 7 is also expected to mark the 37thconsecutive time an NBA Finals telecast has won the night for all of television and is the 25th straight time it has delivered double-digit overnight ratings.
The game generated a 44.2 metered market rating in Miami, making it the highest-rated NBA game ever in the market. Additionally, Game 7 scored big in San Antonio with a 46.4.
The 2013 NBA Finals averaged a 12.4 metered market rating, up five percent from an 11.8 for the 2012 NBA Finals.
In addition, the Kia NBA Countdown pre-game show scored a strong 5.4 overnight rating.
Game 7 of The Finals on ABC live through special simulcasts on ESPN3 logged its largest NBA game ever with more than 32 million total minutes and an average minute audience of 189,000 across computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and Apple TV (source: Adobe SiteCatalyst). Additionally, NBA content across ESPN digital platforms generated over 115 million total minutes, the largest single day of the NBA Playoffs and nearly half of which were consumed on mobile properties. NBA content on ESPN.com also logged an average minute audience of 25,000 (up 64 percent compared to Games 1-6).
We begin the show by looking back at the events this week where an Atlanta sports talk morning show crossed the line in producing a skit featuring former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who is suffering from ALS. The trio were fired as a result of their poor judgement.
We move to the NBA Finals as we all give our thoughts of the coverage thus far on the part of ESPN and ABC. We also delve into the chess match that has been playing out each game between sideline reporter Doris Burke and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
We then move to NFL news; namely the announcement that the Cincinnati Bengals will once again be spotlighted on HBO’s Hard Knocks and the news that former NFL executive Scott Pioli will be joining the cast of NBC’s Football Night in America.
We wrap the show looking at the NHL Stanley Cup Finals; the viewership success for NBC and the NBC Sports Network as well as the local media reaction in both Chicago and Boston to the success of the Blackhawks and Bruins.
ESPN/ABC Continues with Average NBA Finals Ratings– The overnight ratings for game five of the NBA Finals are in at 11.4, down from last year’s 12.6 rating for game five between the Heat and Thunder. Game 5 scored a 37.6 metered market rating in San Antonio and a 28.8 in Miami.
Stanley Cup Finals Game Two Most Watched NHL Game in History of NBCSN– NBC reported today that game two of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals was the most-watched NHL game in the history of the NBC Sports Network. The game garnered a 2.0 household rating and 3.964 million viewers, the second most watched sporting event on the network, behind the U.S. Women’s Olympic final in 2012
Bengals Return to HBO’s Hard Knocks– HBO Sports announced today that the Cincinnati Bengals will be the subject of this season’s behind the scenes access at training camp for the network’s Hard Knocks series. The Bengals were featured on the show back in 2009. Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals debuts on HBO August 6th at 10:00p.m. ET.
Pioli to join the Set of Football Night in America– NBC Sports announced today that it has hired former Patriots and Chiefs executive Scott Pioli to serve as an analyst for its Sunday Football Night in America. Pioli will also appear regularly on Pro Football Talk, NBC Sports Network’s daily NFL program hosted by ProFootballTalk.com founder and NFL Insider Mike Florio.
NBA Digital will be providing over 40 hours of coverage to the NBA Finals across its varied platforms.
Here are the details from Turner Sports, which manages the NBA Digital properties:
Matt Winer will host NBA TV’s on-site Finals coverage with a marquee collection of analysts including Greg Anthony, Rick Fox, Steve Smith and Chris Webber along with TNT studio analysts Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith. Following is the studio analyst schedule throughout The Finals:
Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Chris Webber
Games 3, 4 and 5*
Charles Barkley, Rick Fox and Steve Smith
Greg Anthony, O’Neal and Webber
* if nec.
Hosts Vince Cellini and Rick Kamla and analysts Brent Barry and Dennis Scott, along with Anthony, Fox and Smith, will cover the network’s live press conference coverage each game night along with the off-day news coverage from The Finals. Turner Sports / CNN reporter Rachel Nichols and TNT’s David Aldridge will also report throughout the series.
NBA.com’s extensive coverage of The Finals will include access to live streaming press conferences, complete game breakdowns, video highlights, stats and game stories from the site’s roster of award-winning writers. In addition, NBA.com’s Finals Pulse will allow users to vote, track top trending topics, and share content in real time.
Additionally, the league’s official NBA Game Time app will provide fans with one-touch access to video highlights, post-game press conferences, scores, complete player statistics, and schedules throughout The Finals.
NBA Digital’s extensive multi-screen Finals coverage highlights:
NBA GameTime– On game days, NBA TV’s nightly studio show will air live on site throughout The Finals at 6:30 p.m. (Games 2 and 5*), 7 p.m. (Game 1) or 7:30 p.m. (Games 3, 4, 6* and 7*). The show will feature highlights, analysis, player interviews, game previews and recaps.
Press Conferences – NBA TV will provide extensive coverage of every post-game press conference throughout The Finals.
Off-Day Coverage – On non-game days, NBA TV will air NBA GameTime at 7 p.m. Each show will recap the previous night’s action and look ahead at the upcoming game including coverage of team practices, interviews and analysis.
“Finals BIG Talk” – New this year, NBA.com will aim to capture all of the basketball conversation surrounding The Finals with this interactive module which allows fans the opportunity to show support for their teams, chat with friends and join the real-time social conversation via posts on Twitter.
Finals hub: NBA.com will produce Final hub to serve as the home for all the 2013 NBA Finals content. The page available via NBA.com, NBA.com mobile website and NBA Game Time will include video highlights, box scores, series stats and game stories from the site’s stable of award-winning writers.
Live Streaming Press Conferences – The site will provide live streaming video for every post-game news conference. Additionally, for the first time, the post-game pressers will be available via the NBA.com mobile page and via the NBA Game Time app on iPhone, iPad and Android.
NBA.com’s Finals Pulse–The interactive social media application will allow users to track conversations, vote, and share content in real-time about NBA players and teams. In addition, Pulsewill guide fans on popular trending topics to access more Finals information including videos, photos, new stories, and blog posts.
Social Spotlight– NBA.com’s Social Spotlightwill continuously keep fans up to speed on the latest tweets, photos and other social engagement by NBA players, teams and the conversations surrounding The Finals.
Micro-Movies presented by Kia– NBA.com will provide a five minute, all-access look at The Finals through the lenses of NBA Entertainment’s cameras, available online after each game.
NBA Game Time– During The Finals, users can follow all the action through NBA Game Time, the league’s signature mobile app. NBA Game Time will provide a Finals hub that will track scores, game alerts and postgame pressers.
NBA.com mobile web – Fans will have access to NBA.com content through their mobile devices. The site will allow users to access postseason stats, scores and standings, video series trackers and the playoffs series hub from any HTML 5 enabled device.
Fans can engage in the social conversation surrounding The Finals by following tweets from@NBATV and @NBA using the hashtag #NBAFINALS and see tweets from other fans, players and analysts. Additionally, fans can ‘like’ the NBA TV and NBA pages on Facebook to see behind-the-scenes videos and photos.
Now that the NBA Conference Finals are complete, ESPN and ABC are set the for NBA Finals which begin Thursday night on ABC.
Mike Breen will call the action along side Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke. former referee Steve Javie will be courtside throughout the series to offer insights.
All games will be preceded by Kia NBA Countdown with Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons and Michael Wilbon.
From ESPN PR, here are some of the technical elements for this year’s television coverage:
The Finals on ABC production highlights:
– new broadcast open celebrating the greatest players and moments from The Finals;
– in-game interviews with coaches, along with each coach being “wired” for sound;
– pre-game and halftime locker room access;
– I-MOVIX cameras presenting dramatic slow motion replays from unparalleled vantage points;
– 36 high-definition video cameras;
– SkyCam” providing aerial views of the action;
– utilization of eight Super Slo Mo cameras.
The NBA Finals will also be available on ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN and in Spanish on ABC via SAP and ESPN Deportes. Mike Tirico and analyst Hubie Brown will calll the action on ESPN Radio with ESPN NBA Insider Marc Stein as sideline reporter.
On ESPN Deportes Alvaro Martin will lead the coverage with analysis of Coach Carlos Morales and special guest, former Argentina National Team Point Guard Alejandro Montecchia. Sebastian Christensen will serve as sideline reporter for all games while Claudia Trejos will anchor the coverage from the ESPN Deportes Miami studios.
Even though the games will be seen on ABC, NBA Digital will be producing more than 40 hours of live coverage of the NBA Finals.
NBATV will be producing extended editions of NBA Gametime, with pre and post game coverage. Matt Winer will anchor the show with the following cast of anchors for each game of the series:
Games 1 and 2: Analysts Chris Webber and Kenny Smith
Games 3 and 5*: Analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal
Game 4: Analysts Barkley and Greg Anthony
Game 6*: Analysts Smith,Webber and Anthony
Game 7*: Analysts Webber and Anthony
Host Rick Kamla and analysts Brent Barry, Steve Smith and Dennis Scott will handle press conferences and off-day news coverage from The Finals, with special features from reporter Jared Greenberg. Additionally, Vince Cellini will hold court from the Atlanta Studios. TNT’s David Aldridge will also report throughout the series.
Here is a rundown of the NBA Digital’s coverage of the Finals on NBATV, NBA.com, NBA Mobile and NBA Social:
· NBA GameTime: NBA TV’s nightly studio show, NBA GameTime will air live on site throughout The Finals. The show will feature highlights, analysis, player interviews, game previews and recaps.
· Sounds of The Finals: The original series hosted by Ahmad Rashad, will follow the storylines throughout The Finals. The first 30-minute episode will cover games one through four, and air on Monday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m (ET). The second episode (if necessary, depending on the length of the series) will wrap up the series, and air on a later date (TBD). The NBA Entertainment-produced shows will provide exclusive coverage of the games plus access on and off the court, delivering all the big shots, clutch performances and memorable moments from The Finals.
· Off-Day Coverage: On non-game days, NBA TV will air NBA GameTime at 8pm ET. Each show will continue the network’s comprehensive look into The Finals with coverage of team practices, press conferences, and Finals playbacks.
· Live Streaming Press Conferences: The site will provide live streaming video for every post-game news conference.
· NBA.com’s Finals Pulse presented by Sprint:The interactive social media application will allow users to track conversations, vote, and share content in real-time about NBA players and teams. In addition,Pulse will guide fans on popular trending topics to access more NBA postseason information including videos, photos, new stories, and blog posts.
· Social Spotlight: NBA.comwill showcase the best tweets, photos and videos from players, fans and NBA.com writers through NBA.com’sSocial Spotlight – a dynamic mosaic that flips every few seconds to highlight the conversation in the social media space.
· Micro-Movies presented by Kia:NBA.com will provide a five-minute, all-access looks at The Finals through the lenses of NBA Entertainment’s cameras, all available online after each game.
· Player of the Game: Beginning at halftime and through the conclusion of each game, users will have the ability to vote online or by text for the Player of the Game. Once the votes are tallied, the winner will be announced on air and online.
· NBA GameTime: During the playoffs, users can follow all the action through NBA GameTime, the signature mobile app of the NBA, available on multiple devices. NBA GameTime will provide live scoring, game alerts, video on demand, radio feeds, a redesigned app dashboard and full bracket view.
· Courtside: Users also can follow The Finals action through NBA GameTime Courtside, the official tablet application of the NBA, available via the iTunes App Store. Courtside will provide live scoring, a NBA dashboard view, video on demand, and full bracket view.
· NBA.com/mobile: The NBA.com mobile web site will provide users with an enhanced experience including video, series trackers and an expanded bracket view. The site will also allow users to access postseason stats, scores and standings, as well as follow their favorite players.
· Fans can engage in the social conversation surrounding The Finals by following tweets from
@NBATV and @NBA using the hashtag #FINALS to see tweets from other fans, players and analysts. Additionally, fans can ‘like’ the NBA TV and NBA pages on Facebook to see behind-the-scenes videos and photos.
ABC Sports will begin its coverage of the NBA Finals beginning tomorrow night.
All the action begins with Kia NBA Countdown, The Finals pregame, halftime and postgame shows with analysts Magic Johnson, Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon and Chris Broussard. The Countdown pregame show will begin 30 minutes prior to each game broadcast.
Mike Breen will be the voice of The Finals with analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke. Every game will also be available on ESPN Radio and ESPN3, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE.
On ESPN Radio, Jim Durham will handle the play-by-play with analysts Dr. Jack Ramsay and Hubie Brown. Additionally, Mark Kestecher will host ESPN Radio’s studio coverage with analyst Will Purdue.
Here is the schedule for the best-of-seven series: