The National basketball Association is North Americas professional basketball league and is one of the main professional sports leagues of North America. The NBA consists of twenty nine teams from North America and has 1 team from Canada. It is also a part of the USAB, which in turn is regarded as the National Governing Body for basketball by the International Basketball Federation. Created in 1946, in New York City, NAB was initially called the Basketball Association of America. The name changed post their merger with the National Basketball League in 1949.
NBA began making major sports news in the 1980s when the “Magic” Johnson era began. Bringing in additional sports fans to 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 together with the Lakers being led by Magic Johnson.
The growing fascination with the league was further propelled when Michael Jordan joined the Chicago Bulls in 1984. The NBA fever continued to rise 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 moved 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 beginning in the month of April. ESPN is among the television partners for the NBA carrying news regarding the games as well as the players.
The “NBA on ESPN” journey began in 1983 when 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 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 viewed on ESPN of Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. NBA Exclusive edition program is telecast for the days when ESPN hasn’t aired a game or for the holidays.
ESPN in addition airs one Conference Final each year that is a part of the NBAs tactic to make them very popular on cable TV. The playoffs are telecast on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Apart from this ESPN also broadcasts the NBA Draft Lottery and the NBA Draft.
ESPNs main competitor for the NBA games is TNT. TNT airs most of the major NBA games on the other week nights trying to take 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 regular season ratings are almost identical with both sports news providers.