The National basketball Association is North Americas professional basketball league and it is one of the major professional sports leagues of North America. The NBA consists of 29 teams from North America and has one 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 named the Basketball Association of America. The name changed post their merger together with the National Basketball League in 1949.
NBA began making major sports news from the 1980s as soon as the “Magic” Johnson era began. Bringing in more sports fans with their already expanding database, NBA began expanding by adding more franchisees. By having the Dallas Mavericks the NBA had a total to 23 teams in 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 and more and even more cities began demanding teams of their very own. It was in 1995 that NBA expanded into Canada introducing the Vancouver Grizzlies and 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 created the first womens league with the National Womens Basketball Association.
The NBA season begins in the first week of November and has an overall total of 82 games played by every team with playoffs beginning in the month of April. ESPN is among the television partners with the NBA carrying news in connection with the games as well as 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 have again started off the NBA games from 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 within 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 an activity or for 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 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 principal competitor for the NBA games is TNT. TNT airs most of the major NBA games on the other week nights trying to fill up a chunk of ESPNs ratings. It’s mostly during the playoffs and the Conference Finals that TBNT garners higher ratings. However, the regular season ratings are almost identical with both sports news providers.