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 29 teams from North America and contains 1 team from Canada. It is also a part of the USAB, which is recognized as the National Governing Body for basketball by the International Basketball Federation. Created in 1946, in Ny city, NAB was initially named the Basketball Association of America. The title changed post their merger together with the National Basketball League in 1949.
NBA began making major sports news from the 1980s when the “Magic” Johnson era began. Attracting additional sports fans with their already expanding database, NBA began growing by adding more franchisees. With the addition of 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 elevate plus more and even more cities began demanding teams of their very own. It was in 1995 that NBA expanded into Canada adding the Vancouver Grizzlies and the Toronto Raptors with their profile. Later, the Vancouver Grizzlies were transferred to Memphis making the Toronto Grizzlies the sole team from Canada. The 90s had also been 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 every team with playoffs starting in the month of April. ESPN is one of the television partners for the NBA carrying news regarding the games in addition to the players.
The “NBA on ESPN” journey began in 1983 as soon as the NBA games were presented 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 was taken by ESPN on ABC. ESPN on ABC is the sports brand under the ABC umbrella used to broadcast various sporting events.
NBA games can be seen on ESPN of Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. NBA Special Edition program is telecast for the days when ESPN hasn’t aired a game or the holidays.
ESPN also airs one Conference Final every year which is a section of the NBAs tactic to make them more popular on cable television. The playoffs are telecast on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Other than this ESPN also broadcasts the NBA Draft Lottery and the NBA Draft.
ESPNs main competition 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 during the playoffs as well as the Conference Finals that TBNT garners higher ratings. However, the standard season ratings are almost the same with both the sports news providers.