The National basketball Association is North Americas professional basketball league and it is one of the main professional sports leagues of North America. The NBA consists of twenty nine teams from North America and has 1 team from Canada. It is also a member of the USAB, which in turn is recognized as the National Governing Body for basketball by the International Basketball Federation. Created in 1946, in New York City, NAB was in fact called the Basketball Association of America. The name changed post their merger with the National Basketball League in 1949.
NBA began making major sports news in the 1980s when the “Magic” Johnson era began. Attracting more sports fans with their already expanding database, NBA began growing by adding more franchisees. By having the Dallas Mavericks the NBA had a total to 23 teams inside their portfolio with the Lakers being led by Magic Johnson.
The growing interest in the league was further propelled when Michael Jordan joined the Chicago Bulls in 1984. The NBA fever continued to rise plus more and more cities began demanding teams of their very own. It was in 1995 that NBA expanded into Canada introducing the Vancouver Grizzlies as well as the Toronto Raptors to their profile. Later, the Vancouver Grizzlies were transferred to Memphis making the Toronto Grizzlies the only team from Canada. The 90s was also a landmark in NBA history as in 1996, NBA came up with the first womens league with the National Womens Basketball Association.
The NBA season begins from the 1st week of November and has an overall total of 82 games played by each team with playoffs beginning in the month of April. ESPN is among the television partners for the NBA carrying news regarding the games in addition to the players.
The “NBA on ESPN” journey began in 1983 when the NBA games were offered by ESPN through their televised cable network. ESPN continued the NBA sports news broadcasting till 1984. They’ve again started the NBA games through the 2003 season. ABC Sports aired the games from 2003 until 2006 as “NBA on ABC” till it had been taken by ESPN on ABC. ESPN on ABC is the sports brand within the ABC umbrella used to broadcast various sporting events.
NBA games can be viewed on ESPN of Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. NBA Exclusive edition program is telecast for the days when ESPN hasn’t aired an activity or the holidays.
ESPN in addition airs one Conference Final each year which is a section of the NBAs tactic to make them more popular on cable TV. The playoffs are telecast on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Apart from this ESPN also broadcasts the NBA Draft Lottery as well as the NBA Draft.
ESPNs main competitor for the NBA games is TNT. TNT airs the vast majority of major NBA games on the other week nights looking to fill up a chunk of ESPNs ratings. It’s mostly in the playoffs and the Conference Finals that TBNT garners higher ratings. However, the standard season ratings are almost identical with both sports news providers.