This year's NBA Finals on ABC are doing some fantastic ratings numbers for the league. ESPN is touting the ratings for the series as the second highest in history on ABC (second to just the 2004 series between the Pistons and Lakers, drawing an 11.6 average overnight rating for the four games. Through four games, this year's Thunder-Heat series is up 6% over last year's Mavericks-Heat series, which had a nearly as strong 10.9 overnight average.
Tuesday's game four, which saw the Thunder blow an early lead and the Heat come back to get a win, drew a 12.4 overnight, which is the second highest ever for a game four on ABC (Pistons-Lakers in 2004 had a 14.5 rating). Game four is also up by 12% from last year's game four, which drew just an 11.1. In the local markets, the series has also been getting large viewership numbers. Game four had a 49.1 rating in Oklahoma City (the highest rating ever for an NBA game in the city), and a 34.6 rating in Miami.
Regardless of how you feel about either team in the series, this Finals matchup is giving the NBA a hell of an end to the year... not bad for a league that didn't start playing games until Christmas this season. With an offseason that won't be polluted with talks of work stoppages, the NBA is poised for a fantastic 2012-13 season... assuming this series ends well, of course.
[h/t: ESPN Media Zone]
Bayless lost journalistic integrity last fall with his over-the-top love-fest for Tebow. Now this lie. And Rose was correct to call him out about his name-calling and hating on certain players -- while giving a free pass to others. Bayless is a sociopath with a massive Inferiority Complex -- who tries to puff himself up by degrading others. Anyone who says "Trust me!" fifty times an hour can't be trusted. Bayless used to be a sort of harmless clowny caricature; now he's just a disturbed little man coming unraveled in public -- And FIRST TAKE has become unwatchable. EPSN needs to dump him and retool that time-slot.
Skip Bayless has claimed in the past that he was offered a spot on the Vanderbilt bball team because his high school career.
Skip got real sensitive when Rose mentioned the "fact" that he averaged 1.4 pts a gm as a senior. Claiming that Rose had "crossed" some journalistic line. But, I guess that line didn't exist for Skip, when he implied (without facts), that Aikman was gay, in the book he wrote about the Cowboys years ago. Didn't agree with Rose pov, but Skip is a 100% JOKE!!!
Rose was wrong plain n simple reason being cause he really had no idea of what he was talking about n it's clear that he used skips HS career to ridicule his knowledge of the game but then he back tracks later on which really makes him lose one of the arguments which is that skip does not seem to know cause he never really played the game to a high level. Second Argument is player vs the media in which it was clear that smith with his screaming n skip with his calm(unusual 4 him) demeanor where right. Simply because it is fair game to critique a player if he is playing like garbage like a kwame brown who was perfectly described by smith as player who never earned anything. So yes he has earned the baggage of being called crappy player or bust or any nickname that points to his failure because that's what represents his career. So when rose defends something like that it just hurts and really makes his argument fail. Another reason y his argument fails is because he try's to make skips name calling as somthing more than what it is like bullying when no it's not it's like judging a movie or a song if it fails it's bound to be judged harshly n skip name calls based on the game of bball at least recently(aikmans case was crossing the line) like as stated in the argument that bosh was nicknamed boshspice cause he was playing soft(which has been used by many analysts like rose on other players) n skip being a entertainer n journalist makes use of the English language with humor thus making dumb yet right nicknames for players that seem to personify the players game as of late. To me journalist should report It as is, it's that's simple if it hurts the players feeling even tho it shouldn't simply because it's about basketball not who the person is; n again I will go back to skip as he states they get paid n they get paid more than the avg. person n if u would ask anyone would u be able to handle name calling if u were being called prince James or tony romio lmao
This show is becoming like The View. It's painful to watch. ESPN has lost so much credibility in my book recently. What sucks even more is the lack of alternative besides ESPN. Are you listening CBS/NBC? Release a 24/7 sports network to run ESPN off the map
Someone's high school basketball career from forty years ago seems like a dumb thing for anyone to care about.
The only reason I watch First Take, besides the fact that they have it on in the gym when I work out, is because of Bayless - the guy is a walking personality. I could care less about the spoiled brats in the NBA and would much rather hear Bayless' intelligent polemics than discussions about what goes on in the NBA.
Love your site. Love your work. But no way can I watch 23:41 of Skip Bayless. Any credibility ESPN thinks it has goes out the window with this train wreck
I was a ladies man in high school, but none of the ladies thought I was, so I was benched. (@sweetbob)
The problem with the "discussion" that took place today was that no one besides Jalen Rose would call out Skip on his hypocrisy. Never mind his non relevant HS basketball career; he stated he would continue to call grown adults names other than their government names. His reply was to say that they can come on First Take and debate him.. Skip is a troll, but the whole debate started when he interjected his life into the story... In addition, did you hear when he said he grew up in a rough neighborhood and had to fight. Well I remember reading a piece in the NY Times a few weeks ago on Skip and in it he talked about his relationship with "The Help". How rough did you and Rick really have it Skip???
Of course, all this absurd media coverage (media eating media, Ouroboros style) just drives more people to watch this gutter trash programming. Why? Why are people attracted to these types of exchanges? Why should anyone care about some old guy yelling? The squeaky wheel truly does get the grease.
@versatile103 you mean like NBC Sports Network? Or CBS Sports Network? The idea is appreciated, but it takes years to gain rights/respect. I feel NBC is taking the right approach even if the ratings aren't there quite yet. ESPN's never on in my house unless I'm watching live sports on it. No interest in watching people yell about sports when I could be watching sports.
@versatile103 Hell and yes.
@RyanCrinnigan Well said.