The NBA returns to TNT in October
I am now going to report on the telecast schedule for the 2007-08 NBA season. For those of you who are asking 'Wasn't NBA the name of the network on Studio 60?' please pass over this post as quickly as possible.
TNT will televise the first games of the new season, which begins on October 30th, with a double-header. The 8 pm kickoff will be between the San Antonio Spurs and the Portland Trail Blazers. That will be followed by a 10:30 p.m. game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. TNT will televise 52 regular season games this year, with 46 of them being part of their exclusive Thursday night broadcast. They will also broadcast the annual All-Star game on February 17th. What this means to non-basketball fans is a few less showings of Law & Order. Yea, that's right, get angry!
TNT will not be the only network to air NBA games this season. ESPN will televise its first game on Halloween night with the Cleveland Cavaliers meeting the Dallas Mavericks. The sports network will air a total of 72 NBA games. ABC will air 18 regular season games and begin with a Christmas double-header featuring Cleveland and the Miami Heat at 2:30 pm followed by the Lakers and Phoenix Suns at 5 pm. Finally, NBA TV will air 96 games, with the first taking place on November 3rd. That will be when Portland meets the Houston Rockets.
All times mentioned are Eastern. Okay, it's safe for all of you non-sports fans to resume your reading.