This Week's Show
Dre flies solo and talks NBA ratings, parity, and Bill Simmons suspension.
This Week's Poll
Parity and TV Ratings
This offseason I got to thinking about the value of NBA parity in relationship to ratings thanks to great stuff from Ethan Sherwood-Strauss.
I wonder if NBA TV ratings keep slumping this year. My guess is it's mostly predicated on whether Rose and Kobe stay healthy— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) September 22, 2014
Local NBA ratings fell 5% last year. Which, historically, is huge RT @gorapsgojs there was a drop?— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) September 22, 2014
It's funny that, after the league talked up parity during the lockout, they're bleeding viewership as small markets win— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) September 22, 2014
The NBA currently has teams in San Antonio, Indiana, and Oklahoma with top talent. Meanwhile, the Lakers, Bulls, Nets, and Knicks have started to struggle.
It turns out not every market is equal in regard to available fans and income. And treating every team as equal places a value on certain fans.
NBA Digital Media
Kevin Draper's great piece on how the NBA is squandering their edge for their upcoming TV deal, especially their digital media.
NBA League Pass Broadband/Mobile has been a joke of a product for years. Oh yeah, the price went up this year too!
Even the WWE, which can feel like it's run by carnies, has a better grasp on digital media than the NBA!
Blackout restrictions are stupid. Although on September 30th, some may go away!
Bill Simmons' Suspension
A reminder about considering ESPN as a news source:
ESPN stands for Entertainment Sports Programming Network. They are not doing News. They are not Experts. Just Entertainers.— David Berri (@wagesofwins) September 25, 2014
Oh yeah, ESPN has a $15 billion deal with the NFL. Conflict of interest anyone?
Brian has pointed out that ESPN "analysts" are trained to get views by being outrageous. So it's somewhat disingenuous of ESPN to act outraged when they do.
In the Wages of Wins, Dave's first story was how fans come back after strikes/lockouts. The reality is that fans may act mad but still comeback.
If you want ESPN to listen, talk with your wallet, not your Tweets:
Just cleared all ESPN programs from DVR #BoycottESPN— The man with the #'s (@ArturoGalletti) September 25, 2014
Robert Currence for his great comments on defense!
@NerdNumbers for example there are only 6 basic defensive schemes NBA rules allow teams to play, yet ask any media to name 1— Robert Currence (@rac4568) September 24, 2014
And, of course, Bill Simmons for saying what needed to be said and showing some cracks in ESPN.