Thursday, June 07, 2007
So one of my favorite times of the year is here as the NBA Finals are upon us. As much grief as I've been giving the NHL Playoffs' ratings....the NBA Playoffs have been just as bad.
Last night's Stanley Cup Game 5 took in a 2.5 which is down 14% from last year. Last year's Stanley Cup finals went all the way to game seven which doesn't make it a fair comparison....buuuuut.....The NBA Playoffs are down a whopping 23.7% with the only highly watched game being the Pistons-Cavs Game 6 (5.8 rating).
So what does this have to do with Lebron? Well, to begin with...I don't know if you can expect the numbers for Game 1 to be significantly higher than last year's Finals average of 5.5. In fact they might not top that at all. So the big issue is...what happens if Lebron just completely blows it tonight? Answer....the NBA Finals' ratings are cooked. It's that simple.
There's no reason for the average American to watch if he and the Cavs aren't in the Series. The only thing the NBA has going for it is the 2-3-2 format. While most can't stand it....it's perfect for TV. Close Series will always rate higher than they normally would, and three home games in a row can get a team right back in the contest.
So here's the question.....Do the Cavs steal one of these first two? Do you agree with the pressure being put on Lebron by both the Cavs and the League? And lastly, who ya got and in how many???
AA is unfortunately going with the Spurs in 5 and the ratings being terrible. I'm a glass half empty guy though, so try and change my mind.