1. When The NFL only suffers from very low ratings, The NBA has found a serious observer. The question is, how careful should the league be with this development?
Here are the numbers for the first three games of the final Between heat and lacquers.
The game has 1: 7.4 million spectators
Game 2: 6.1 million spectators
The game has 3: 5.9 million spectators
Those numbers for Game 2 and 3 are the lowest of all time for the NBA Finals.
Game 2 took place on Friday night. The NBA will never play the final game on Friday night because the number of spectators for Fridays is terrible.
Game 3 took place upside down with the NFL on Sunday night.
This explains the drop of 3 million spectators from Game 1 to Game 3.
The real issue is that the first game attracted seven million spectators, while the finals between the Warriors and the Raptors last year had an average of 15.1 million spectators.
Obviously, planning is a big issue. The NBA Finals are coming to a head in June, only to compete with the NHL and regular season baseball. Now the finals compete with the NFL, post-season baseball and college football.
Like the NFL, you can’t discount how much cable cutting and cable news affects network television. Cable news ratings are up 37% from a year ago. Network primary time ratings are down 47%.
Despite all of these factors, the league should be concerned about the lack of rating juice in the finals, especially with the Lakers and LeBron James.
I don’t need to tell you that this was a far cry from a traditional season, and the games are played differently without the fanatical atmosphere of an NBA crowd without fans building on TV.
Since this is such an extraordinary season, you may have made the argument that the NBA may throw this year’s ratings out the window and focus on next season, but the number of spectators for the last two games is so bad, they should worry.
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