2013-14 NBA Regular Season TV Schedule

Here is every currently-scheduled nationally televised NBA game for the 2013-14 season. The season will tip off on October 29 with the Bulls visiting the Heat and the Clippers playing the Lakers. ABC will start its season with its usual Christmas Day doubleheader as the Thunder play the Knicks and the Heat play the Lakers. “Fan Night” games on Tuesdays will be selected by fan voting with the winner announced on the previous Thursday’s Inside the NBA. Games subject to change.

Countdown Time Net
NBA: Bulls @ Heat 2013-10-29 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 10/29 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Clippers @ Lakers 2013-10-29 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 10/29 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Nets @ Cavaliers 2013-10-30 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 10/30 7:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Lakers @ Warriors 2013-10-30 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 10/30 10:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Knicks @ Bulls 2013-10-31 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 10/31 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Warriors @ Clippers 2013-10-31 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 10/31 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Heat @ Nets 2013-11-1 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/1 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Spurs @ Lakers 2013-11-1 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/1 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Bulls @ 76ers 2013-11-2 19:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/2 7:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Suns @ Thunder 2013-11-3 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/3 7:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Rockets @ Clippers 2013-11-4 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/4 10:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 11/5 TBD NBATV
NBA: Bulls @ Pacers 2013-11-6 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/6 7:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Mavericks @ Thunder 2013-11-6 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/6 9:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Clippers @ Heat 2013-11-7 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/7 7:00 PM TNT
NBA: Lakers @ Rockets 2013-11-7 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/7 9:30 PM TNT
NBA: Knicks @ Bobcats 2013-11-8 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/8 7:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Kings @ Trail Blazers 2013-11-8 22:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/8 10:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Pacers @ Nets 2013-11-9 19:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/9 7:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Nuggets @ Jazz 2013-11-11 21:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/11 9:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 11/12 TBD NBATV
NBA: Knicks @ Hawks 2013-11-13 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/13 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Thunder @ Clippers 2013-11-13 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/13 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Rockets @ Knicks 2013-11-14 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/14 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Thunder @ Warriors 2013-11-14 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/14 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Timberwolves @ Nuggets 2013-11-15 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/15 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Pistons @ Kings 2013-11-15 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/15 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Pistons @ Kings 2013-11-15 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/16 10:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 11/19 TBD NBATV
NBA: Pacers @ Knicks 2013-11-20 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/20 7:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Rockets @ Mavericks 2013-11-20 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/20 9:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Clippers @ Thunder 2013-11-21 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/21 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Bulls @ Nuggets 2013-11-21 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/21 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Spurs @ Grizzlies 2013-11-22 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/22 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Warriors @ Lakers 2013-11-22 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/22 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Mavericks @ Nuggets 2013-11-23 21:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/23 9:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Suns @ Magic 2013-11-24 18:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/24 6:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Bulls @ Jazz 2013-11-25 21:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/25 9:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 11/26 TBD NBATV
NBA: Heat @ Cavaliers 2013-11-27 19:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/27 7:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Knicks @ Clippers 2013-11-27 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 11/27 10:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Warriors @ Thunder 2013-11-29 21:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/29 9:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Nets @ Grizzlies 2013-11-30 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 11/30 8:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Magic @ Wizards 2013-12-2 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/2 7:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 12/3 TBD NBATV
NBA: Spurs v. Timberwolves
(from Mexico City)
2013-12-4 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/4 9:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Knicks @ Nets 2013-12-5 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/5 7:00 PM TNT
NBA: Heat @ Bulls 2013-12-5 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/5 9:30 PM TNT
NBA: Nuggets @ Celtics 2013-12-6 19:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/6 7:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Mavericks @ Blazers 2013-12-7 22:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/7 10:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Nuggets @ Wizards 2013-12-9 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/9 7:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 12/10 TBD NBATV
NBA: Bulls @ Knicks 2013-12-11 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/11 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Mavericks @ Warriors 2013-12-11 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/11 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Clippers @ Nets 2013-12-12 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/12 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Rockets @ Blazers 2013-12-12 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/12 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Lakers @ Thunder 2013-12-13 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/13 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Rockets @ Warriors 2013-12-13 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/13 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Bucks @ Mavericks 2013-12-14 20:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/14 8:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Timberwolves @ Celtics 2013-12-16 19:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/16 7:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 12/17 TBD NBATV
NBA: Pacers @ Heat 2013-12-18 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/18 7:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Bulls @ Rockets 2013-12-18 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/18 9:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Bulls @ Thunder 2013-12-19 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/19 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Spurs @ Warriors 2013-12-19 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/19 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Rockets @ Pacers 2013-12-20 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/20 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Timberwolves @ Lakers 2013-12-20 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/20 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Cavaliers @ Bulls 2013-12-21 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/21 8:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Nuggets @ Clippers 2013-12-21 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/21 10:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Pelicans @ Kings 2013-12-23 22:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/23 10:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Bulls @ Nets 2013-12-25 12:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/25 12:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Thunder @ Knicks 2013-12-25 14:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/25 2:30 PM ABC
NBA: Heat @ Lakers 2013-12-25 17:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/25 5:00 PM ABC
NBA: Rockets @ Spurs 2013-12-25 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/25 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Clippers @ Warriors 2013-12-25 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/25 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Grizzlies @ Rockets 2013-12-26 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/26 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Clippers @ Blazers 2013-12-26 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 12/26 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Wizards @ Timberwolves 2013-12-27 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/27 8:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Nets @ Pacers 2013-12-28 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/28 7:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Rockets @ Thunder 2013-12-29 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/29 7:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Bulls @ Grizzlies 2013-12-30 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 12/30 8:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 12/31 TBD NBATV
NBA: Nets @ Thunder 2014-1-2 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/2 8:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Knicks @ Rockets 2014-1-3 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/3 8:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Knicks @ Mavericks 2014-1-5 19:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/5 7:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 1/7 TBD NBATV
NBA: Mavericks @ Spurs 2014-1-8 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/8 7:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Lakers @ Rockets 2014-1-8 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/8 9:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Heat @ Knicks 2014-1-9 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/9 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Thunder @ Nuggets 2014-1-9 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/9 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Heat @ Nets 2014-1-10 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/10 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Lakers @ Clippers 2014-1-10 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/10 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Cavaliers @ Kings 2014-1-12 18:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/12 6:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Wizards @ Bulls 2014-1-13 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/13 8:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 1/14 TBD NBATV
NBA: Jazz @ Spurs 2014-1-15 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/15 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Nuggets @ Warriors 2014-1-15 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/15 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Nets @ Hawks
(from England)
2014-1-16 15:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/16 3:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Knicks @ Pacers 2014-1-16 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/16 7:00 PM TNT
NBA: Thunder @ Rockets 2014-1-16 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/16 9:30 PM TNT
NBA: Clippers @ Knicks 2014-1-17 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/17 7:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Warriors @ Thunder 2014-1-17 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/17 9:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Clippers @ Pacers 2014-1-18 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/18 7:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Nets @ Knicks 2014-1-20 14:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/20 2:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Pelicans @ Grizzlies 2014-1-20 17:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/20 5:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Lakers @ Bulls 2014-1-20 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/20 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Pacers @ Warriors 2014-1-20 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/20 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Fan Night 1/21 TBD NBATV
NBA: Bulls @ Cavaliers 2014-1-22 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/22 7:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Thunder @ Spurs 2014-1-22 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/22 9:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Lakers @ Heat 2014-1-23 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/23 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Nuggets @ Blazers 2014-1-23 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/23 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Clippers @ Bulls 2014-1-24 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/24 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Timberwolves @ Warriors 2014-1-24 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/24 10:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Bulls @ Bobcats 2014-1-25 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/25 7:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Timberwolves @ Blazers 2014-1-25 22:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/25 10:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Spurs @ Heat 2014-1-26 13:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/26 1:00 PM ABC
NBA: Lakers @ Knicks 2014-1-26 15:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/26 3:30 PM ABC
NBA: Nets @ Celtics 2014-1-26 18:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/26 6:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Timberwolves @ Bulls 2014-1-27 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/27 8:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 1/28 TBD NBATV
NBA: Thunder @ Heat 2014-1-29 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/29 7:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Bulls @ Spurs 2014-1-29 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/29 9:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Cavaliers @ Knicks 2014-1-30 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/30 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Clippers @ Warriors 2014-1-30 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/30 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Thunder @ Nets 2014-1-31 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 1/31 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Warriors @ Jazz 2014-1-31 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 1/31 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Heat @ Knicks 2014-2-1 20:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/1 8:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Grizzlies @ Thunder 2014-2-3 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/3 8:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 2/4 TBD NBATV
NBA: Pistons @ Magic 2014-2-5 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/5 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Heat @ Clippers 2014-2-5 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/5 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Spurs @ Nets 2014-2-6 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/6 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Bulls @ Warriors 2014-2-6 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/6 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Cavaliers @ Wizards 2014-2-7 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/7 7:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Timberwolves @ Pelicans 2014-2-7 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/7 9:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Nuggets @ Pistons 2014-2-8 19:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/8 7:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Knicks @ Thunder 2014-2-9 13:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/9 1:00 PM ABC
NBA: Bulls @ Lakers 2014-2-9 15:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/9 3:30 PM ABC
NBA: Mavericks @ Celtics 2014-2-9 18:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/9 6:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Rockets @ Timberwolves 2014-2-10 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/10 8:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 2/11 TBD NBATV
NBA: Kings @ Knicks 2014-2-12 19:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/12 7:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Heat @ Warriors 2014-2-12 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/12 10:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Nets @ Bulls 2014-2-13 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/13 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Thunder @ Lakers 2014-2-13 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/13 10:30 PM TNT
NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2014-1-16 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/14 7:00 PM ESPN
NBA All-Star Rising Stars Game 2014-1-16 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/14 9:00 PM TNT
NBA All-Star Saturday Night 2/15 TBD TNT
NBA All-Star Game 2/16 TBD TNT
NBA: Fan Night 2/18 TBD NBATV
NBA: Pacers @ Timberwolves 2014-2-19 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/19 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Rockets @ Lakers 2014-2-19 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/19 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Heat @ Thunder 2014-2-20 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/20 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Rockets @ Warriors 2014-2-20 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/20 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Nuggets @ Bulls 2014-2-21 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/21 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Celtics @ Lakers 2014-2-21 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/21 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Knicks @ Hawks 2014-2-22 19:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/22 7:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Nets @ Warriors 2014-2-22 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/22 10:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Clippers @ Thunder 2014-2-23 13:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/23 1:00 PM ABC
NBA: Bulls @ Heat 2014-2-23 15:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/23 3:30 PM ABC
NBA: Nets @ Lakers 2014-2-23 21:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/23 9:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Mavericks @ Knicks 2014-2-24 19:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/24 7:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 2/25 TBD NBATV
NBA: Pelicans @ Mavericks 2014-2-26 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/26 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Rockets @ Clippers 2014-2-26 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/26 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Knicks @ Heat 2014-2-27 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/27 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Nets @ Nuggets 2014-2-27 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/27 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Warriors @ Knicks 2014-2-28 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 2/28 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Pelicans @ Suns 2014-2-28 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 2/28 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Nuggets @ Blazers 2014-3-1 22:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/1 10:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Knicks @ Bulls 2014-3-2 13:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/2 1:00 PM ABC
NBA: Bulls @ Nets 2014-3-3 19:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/3 7:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Pelicans @ Kings 2014-3-3 22:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/3 10:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 3/4 TBD NBATV
NBA: Knicks @ Timberwolves 2014-3-5 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/5 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Hawks @ Blazers 2014-3-5 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/5 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Heat @ Spurs 2014-3-6 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/6 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Clippers @ Lakers 2014-3-6 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/6 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Grizzlies @ Bulls 2014-3-7 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/7 7:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Pacers @ Rockets 2014-3-7 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/7 9:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Knicks @ Cavaliers 2014-3-8 19:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/8 7:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Heat @ Bulls 2014-3-9 13:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/9 1:00 PM ABC
NBA: Thunder @ Lakers 2014-3-9 15:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/9 3:30 PM ABC
NBA: Pistons @ Celtics 2014-3-9 18:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/9 6:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Suns @ Warriors 2014-3-9 21:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/9 9:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Magic @ Bucks 2014-3-10 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/10 8:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Suns @ Clippers 2014-3-10 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/10 10:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Fan Night 3/11 TBD NBATV
NBA: Nets @ Heat 2014-3-12 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/12 7:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Blazers @ Spurs 2014-3-12 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/12 9:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Rockets @ Bulls 2014-3-13 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/13 7:00 PM TNT
NBA: Lakers @ Thunder 2014-3-13 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/13 9:30 PM TNT
NBA: Lakers @ Spurs 2014-3-14 20:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/14 8:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Nuggets @ Hawks 2014-3-15 19:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/15 7:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Rockets @ Heat 2014-3-16 15:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/16 3:30 PM ABC
NBA: Cavaliers @ Clippers 2014-3-16 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/16 9:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Thunder @ Bulls 2014-3-17 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/17 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Clippers @ Nuggets 2014-3-17 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/17 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Fan Night 3/18 TBD NBATV
NBA: Pacers @ Knicks 2014-3-19 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/19 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Spurs @ Lakers 2014-3-19 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/19 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Spurs @ Warriors 2014-3-22 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/22 10:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Pacers @ Bulls 2014-3-24 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/24 8:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Thunder @ Mavericks 2014-3-25 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/25 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Knicks @ Lakers 2014-3-25 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/25 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Heat @ Pacers 2014-3-26 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/26 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Grizzlies @ Jazz 2014-3-26 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 3/26 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Clippers @ Rockets 2014-3-29 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/29 8:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Grizzlies @ Blazers 2014-3-30 21:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/30 9:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Spurs @ Pacers 2014-3-10 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 3/31 7:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Rockets @ Nets 2014-4-1 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/1 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Blazers @ Lakers 2014-4-1 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 4/1 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Nets @ Knicks 2014-4-2 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/2 7:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Spurs @ Thunder 2014-4-3 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/3 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Mavericks @ Clippers 2014-4-3 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 4/3 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Nuggets @ Grizzlies 2014-4-4 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/4 7:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Thunder @ Rockets 2014-4-4 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 4/4 9:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Raptors @ Bucks 2014-4-5 20:30:00 GMT-04:00 4/5 8:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Knicks @ Heat 2014-4-6 13:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/6 1:00 PM ABC
NBA: Lakers @ Clippers 2014-4-6 15:30:00 GMT-04:00 4/6 3:30 PM ABC
NBA: Grizzlies @ Spurs 2014-4-6 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/6 7:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Nets @ Heat 2014-4-8 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/8 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Rockets @ Lakers 2014-4-8 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 4/8 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Heat @ Grizzlies 2014-4-9 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/9 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Thunder @ Clippers 2014-4-9 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 4/9 10:30 PM ESPN
NBA: Spurs @ Mavericks 2014-4-10 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/10 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Nuggets @ Warriors 2014-4-10 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 4/10 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Pacers @ Heat 2014-4-11 19:30:00 GMT-04:00 4/11 7:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Warriors @ Lakers 2014-4-11 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 4/11 10:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Bucks @ Wizards 2014-4-6 19:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/12 7:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Bulls @ Knicks 2014-4-13 13:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/13 1:00 PM ABC
NBA: Thunder @ Pacers 2014-4-13 18:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/13 6:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Grizzlies @ Lakers 2014-4-13 21:30:00 GMT-04:00 4/13 9:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Spurs @ Rockets 2014-4-14 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/14 8:00 PM NBATV
NBA: Timberwolves @ Warriors 2014-4-14 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 4/14 10:30 PM NBATV
NBA: Knicks @ Nets 2014-4-15 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/15 8:00 PM TNT
NBA: Nuggets @ Clippers 2014-4-15 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 4/15 10:30 PM TNT
NBA: Hawks @ Bucks 2014-4-16 20:00:00 GMT-04:00 4/16 8:00 PM ESPN
NBA: Warriors @ Nuggets 2014-4-16 22:30:00 GMT-04:00 4/16 10:30 PM ESPN
2014 NBA Playoffs begin April 19

The 2013 Mid-Major Conference

Refer to this post if you don’t know what this is about or to catch up on the rules.

This year, five conferences produced multiple bids to the NCAA Tournament: the MWC, A-10, West Coast, MVC, and Sun Belt. These conferences are guaranteed one spot each in the Mid-Major Conference.

Three teams reached the Sweet 16, all from different conferences. Florida Gulf Coast did not come from a multi-bid conference, but the other two did. Although Saint Mary’s won their “First Four” game, Gonzaga was the only team to win a game in a full-size round. Colorado State and San Diego State each won their first game and lost their second, and no team from the Sun Belt won a game in the NCAA tournament. Colorado State and San Diego State split their regular season games and each lost in the semifinals of the conference tournament; Middle Tennessee lost in the conference semifinals and had to play in the “First Four”, but swept Western Kentucky in the regular season.

This leaves three spots in the MMC to be determined by my discretion, with one of them coming from the Mountain West.

Without further ado, the eight members of the 2012 Mid-Major Conference:

La Salle (Atlantic 10)
Wichita State (Missouri Valley Conference)
Gonzaga (West Coast Conference)
Middle Tenn. St. (Sun Belt)
Colorado State (Mountain West Conference)
Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun)
Memphis (Conference USA)
Belmont (Ohio Valley Conference)

With Memphis and Belmont being at-large contenders (the decision might have been much harder had Middle Tennessee not made the field as a sort-of questionable at-large), the only real decision I had to make actually involved the first-ever conference-restricted discretionary selection since I started doing this. San Diego State might have been more deserving, but I had to reward Colorado State’s best season in decades, if not ever. Florida Gulf Coast robbed SDSU of their MMC spot on top of getting one of their own; of course, if I had counted the SEC as a mid-major instead of the Mountain West, I wouldn’t have had to make any decision, because Florida would have gotten the automatic spot. Moreover, depending on what the new Big East and “American” conferences look like, this might well be the last year I ever do this, so let’s give a warm round of applause for what may be the last MMC ever.

2 years of the Sports TV wars, and the coming Year of Fox

Year Three of the sports TV wars will be when they start to kick off in earnest with the pending launch of Fox Sports 1, and not only is Fox making a huge push for the launch, they’re not giving up their regional sports network hegemony without a fight. Over the past month and a half, Fox has bought portions of the YES network and SportsTime Ohio, the RSN run by the Cleveland Indians.

It wasn’t that long ago that we were talking about Fox no longer having any presence whatsoever in any market larger than Dallas should Time Warner Cable win the rights to the Dodgers (though TWC SportsNet’s chances are still very much alive at the moment), about the launch of Fox Sports 1 representing the final abandonment of the FSN concept and that Fox would cannibalize FSN’s national programming to fill time on its new national networks. Now Fox has an owned-and-operated presence in the top two media markets, and if they win Dodgers rights they’ll be very hard to kick out of either one.

What might be sustaining FSN’s continued interest in acquiring existing RSNs, including a rumored bid for the MASN network co-owned by the Orioles and Nationals? It may be a clause in Fox’s new baseball contract that only recently came to light: apparently, Fox can fill up its lineup of games on FS1 by cannibalizing them from RSNs it owns – a clause that might be a remnant of the early days of the national FSN experiment when FSN would air a “national” game every Thursday. Owning a piece of YES allows Fox to fill up FS1’s lineup of games with far more Yankees games than, say, Mets games.

This suggests Fox might also be thinking about making a run at NESN and its associated Red Sox rights, and why Dodgers rights will be far more valuable, at least to Fox, than has already been suggested. As much as basketball can move the needle, baseball’s lack of a salary cap and some quirks in its revenue sharing model have made the local sports TV wars especially competitive regarding, and lucrative for, baseball teams, long higher-rated as a whole than basketball games anyway (notwithstanding national interest). If Fox has this added motivation driving them to acquire baseball rights specifically, don’t be surprised to see the values climb into the stratosphere, especially in competitive markets. In particular, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fox absolutely break the bank on the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, and Detroit Tigers in their next contracts, even without obvious competition; even the Florida teams could rake in the dough if Fox fears Comcast or Bright House coming calling.

Most speculation on national networks beyond Fox Sports 1 has settled on Fuel becoming Fox Sports 2, with Fox Soccer remaining as is, which has never made much sense to me given Fuel’s smaller reach and Fox Soccer’s loss of its best, most consistent programming. But Fox may have in mind transitioning Fox Soccer out of the sports market entirely. The LA Times reported earlier this week that Fox is considering relaunching Fox Soccer into a general entertainment network, effectively an “FX2”. That seems a substantially riskier move than turning it into Fox Sports 2; if your company runs multiple entertainment networks, it’s usually critical to make sure they have their own identity so as not to cannibalize one another (for example, TBS being all about comedy while TNT stresses its dramas), especially when the channel is starting with relatively little distribution – Fox Soccer is in about 50 million homes, better than a lot of startups but not enough to launch a big-time network and vulnerable to cable company defections, especially when many cable operators currently put it on sports tiers. To explicitly market it as a “lesser” channel to FX smacks of borderline suicide, and something no general entertainment channel I know of does.

If Fox is going to do this, I would suggest either marketing it as a comedy network (FX is primarily known for dramas though it does have more than a few comedies), marketing it towards women, or create a kids network powered by the old Fox Kids block that entertained so many kids during the 90s (though the rights to many of those cartoons may be owned by other entities). Fox could also market to niche genres, like with NBC Universal’s Cloo and Chiller channels, or pick up the geek crowd disenchanted with the state of SyFy and G4. An outside-the-box possibility could be to convert Fox Soccer into an international version of the Fox News Channel; Fox Soccer already occasionally airs the general “Sky News” from Britain. Ultimately, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if Fox decided that turning Fox Soccer away from sports risked losing too much existing distribution for too little gain to be viable and the only feasible option would be to convert it, not Fuel, into Fox Sports 2, getting that network off the ground that way. (I continue to maintain that Fuel doesn’t feel like a sports channel in the same way as the others to me; it may be about “extreme” sports beyond its UFC coverage, but, well, those are marginally “sports” at best.)

In any case, if Fox only creates two networks that means the chances are borderline at best that it shuts down Fox College Sports entirely, but recent events have still suggested it should rethink what role FSN takes when acquiring college rights – people in the Bay Area have been scrambling to watch Cal and Stanford basketball games FSN holds the rights to since the area’s Comcast SportsNet networks aren’t showing FSN programming.

I haven’t spoken about conference realignment in a while (partly because the whole thing has just gotten too depressing for me), but Fox is also the reported leader in the clubhouse for the rights to the so-called “Catholic 7”, the non-football-playing members of the Big East who finally figured out that the depleted remnants of the football half of the conference weren’t going to command a contract anywhere near as good as what commissioner Mike Aresco was trying to make them believe, especially with the Big East losing its privileged BCS status. (Once Tulane became a viable Big East member, it became clear that this was essentially Conference USA 2.0, with only UConn being a true “Big East” school – and they, not Louisville, probably should have been the school the ACC called when Maryland left for the Big Ten.) Fox has been reported to be offering something in the neighborhood of $300 million, an astonishing number for a non-football conference and hopefully a wake-up call for all the other actors in conference realignment that football itself is not what powers the money machine, but sports people want to watch.

Fox is a rather odd choice to go after the Catholic 7, but unless its existing Big 12 and Pac-12 contracts have limited at best basketball inventory for FS1 their only other option to truly establish their basketball bona fides is the Big Ten contract in a few years, which admittedly I’d be shocked if they don’t snag. But until purchasing YES Fox had very little RSN presence in the Catholic 7 territory; RSNs in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Ohio, but Marquette might be the only school in any of those states. YES puts them in St. John’s backyard, and the Catholic 7 might be going after the likes of Butler, Dayton, Xavier, and Saint Louis (and Virginia Commonwealth, which might bring FS South/SportSouth into play as well), so they have that going for them.

But considering how much the Big East and ESPN have meant to each other, and the fact that the Catholic 7, to me, are the true inheritors of the Big East’s legacy regardless of whether they actually win the name (a basketball conference with the likes of Memphis, Temple, Cincinnati, and UConn may be a very good mid-major, but still a mid-major), I cannot believe that ESPN would let them blithely walk away to Fox so easily. I have to imagine ESPN will make a big run for at least a piece of the Catholic 7, probably sublicensing some games to CBS – the first real competition between ESPN and Fox since the World Cup rights came up. (Pre-split, NBC was considered a favorite to snag Big East rights and a major reason Aresco kept hyping how much money the conference would make from the sports TV wars – but at this point, which half they go after depends on whether NBC wants to keep piling up mid-majors in football or establish their basketball bona fides. Considering the Mountain West was literally the only FBS conference at their disposal last season, I would lean towards the latter at this point; the only major football conference they have a shot at for several years at this point is the Big Ten, and that shot is very remote.)

Last year saw Fox establish the foundation for Fox Sports 1 with its baseball and NASCAR contracts, while NBCSN settled into a third-place groove (and potentially started to establish a niche for themselves) by acquiring the Premier League, driving the final nail into Fox Soccer’s coffin. While this year will see the fight for the Catholic 7 and the awarding of the other half of the NASCAR package, and the NBA rights might come up for negotiation as well, for the most part the stage for the sports TV wars will move away from acquiring rights and towards what the contenders, especially Fox, do with them. FS1 is likely coming in August, and that is when the Wars will start in earnest.

A modest proposal (I really need to stop overusing that particular phrase, this is serious):

So David Stern wants to make the Olympic basketball tournament an under-23 affair like the soccer tournament, partly to increase the prominence of FIBA’s World Cup of Basketball, formerly the World Championships. That would greatly minimize the number of NBA players who went to the Olympics.

Baseball got kicked out of the Olympics mostly because no MLB players would leave their teams in the middle of the season to go to the Olympics.

So why not expressly make the Olympic baseball tournament an under-23 affair?

Granted, it’s still the middle of the baseball season, and players are even more likely to go to the majors early in baseball – I don’t know if baseball and especially the Angels and Nationals would particularly like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper leaving their teams in the middle of the season to play for Team USA, though it would certainly spike interest in the tournament…

Things are about to get even better for the NBA Champions…

Apparently Fox can compete for local team rights in a competitive, high-value market as well.

Fox is breaking the bank and is about to at least quadruple the money they pay the Miami Heat – only the reigning and future NBA Champions and the most-talked-about team in the second-most demo-friendly league – closer to the per-viewer average the Lakers are getting from Time Warner Cable. This in a market where Comcast could have conceivably swooped in and snapped up the rights if they wanted to. Certainly there’s room for it – Florida, like Los Angeles, is a market where Fox runs two regional sports networks.

To be fair, though, this is an extention of a deal that still had three years left on it, so this is more of a case of Fox using its incumbent status to lock up a team without giving anyone else a chance in an open market. It doesn’t mean Fox has a massive advantage when it comes to locking up Dodgers rights…

@sportsguy33, the Sonics, and me

I have a confession to make. When the Sonics were stolen from Seattle? I was kind of apathetic about it.

Part of the reason was that the Sonics were in a lengthy phase ranging from mediocrity to sucking. Part of it may have been that even then, I was developing into more of a national sports fan than a local one, or a fan of any particular team. Part of it was the aura of inevitability surrounding the notion of Oklahoma City getting an NBA team after the Hornets’ post-Katrina exile there, even though, of all the teams it could have been, why did it have to be the Sonics? Why couldn’t the Hornets have just stayed there?

Whatever it was, I couldn’t get myself too worked up about what was happening to the Sonics, even though like everyone else I could see it coming.

These days? These days I simply cannot refer to the Western Conference champions directly. The closest I come is to call them the “Sonics-in-exile”. It’s hard for me even to refer to the city they play in.

What changed? Bill Simmons. While Clay Bennett was still holding the city hostage, Simmons started repeatedly harping on the issue in his columns, pointing out what an asshole Bennett was being and how David Stern was falling asleep on the job. After the team moved, Simmons refused to refer to it by name, coming up with a wide variety of euphemisms to refer to it.

But the funny thing is, as time went on, even as Simmons’ outrage was affecting me, he seemed to be becoming less outraged. He regularly referred to the team as “Oklahoma City” with “Zombie Sonics” becoming the only euphemism used. He praised the team, Kevin Durant, the city. And in yesterday’s column, he basically announces he doesn’t hold a grudge against OKC, while noting at the end he still doesn’t like the situation in Seattle (complete with “Thunder” in the title!). I’ve been ginned full of outrage I never felt in the first place by someone who doesn’t feel as much of it himself anymore.

Honestly, even before that column I wasn’t sure how I felt. I wasn’t sure whether I should root against the Sonics-in-exile, because they stole our team, or for them, because… hey, if they win, it’s really the Sonics winning! The general consensus around here seems to be to root against them, and I do already have reason to root for the Heat, and I’m not sure I’m ready to live in a world where the Sonics-in-exile have a championship after leaving Seattle. But if they do, I hope Seattle throws them a faux “championship parade”, if only to give one last reminder to the rest of the country where they came from.

Why I’m rooting for LeBron James

I think I might be a pretty weird sports fan. While most people root for the underdog, I root for the favorite.

Now don’t get me wrong. I get as much of a rise out of upsets in the NCAA Tournament as anyone else. But at some point, when the theoretical gap between the two teams gets beyond a certain point, my rooting interest shifts in the other direction. When one team becomes so dominant, so fantastic, I root for them to get their just reward for their effort. Maybe it’s my experience in the trenches of the college football playoff debate (where a lot of people don’t actually want to see March Madness in football) speaking, but I root for history, I root for greatness, and where appropriate, I root for perfection. And I root against history and justice being hijacked in order to film a real-life sports movie.

But even discounting my own neuroses, when you look at it purely objectively… how can you not feel for LeBron James?

Much of it has already been chronicled to death. He’s one of the great talents in the history of the league, but has never been able to take advantage of it when it matters most. He’s been paying his penance for “The Decision” for the past two years. He’s under pressure to live up to his own promise to win more championships than anyone in history, after having already blown one chance. The blame inevitably falls on him whenever the Heat lose, even if Dwyane Wade would get a pass in the same situation. He gets booed every single time he leaves Miami, forced into the role of the villain even against his will.

One thing and one thing only can lift, if not all of it, at least the greater portion of it off his shoulders. An NBA championship.

If it weren’t playing out in real life, it’d be a sports movie in its own right, wouldn’t it? The star quarterback under enormous pressure, taking criticism from all sides, earning redemption by coming through in the big game. We’re the ones getting on his back about his past failings, but if we were looking at it from the outside, we’d be rooting for him to overcome it all. LeBron just won, I believe, his third MVP award. There’s a form of history he’s on the verge of making he doesn’t want: everyone else who won that many MVP trophies also had at least one championship ring by the end of that season. I don’t want that on his record; I don’t want him to be one of the greatest who ever played the game in the regular season who let it all slip away in the playoffs. I don’t want him to confirm his reputation as someone who can’t get it done in the clutch. I want this to work out. I want this to all be worth it.

I don’t want five, not six, not seven. For LeBron’s sake, I’d settle for one. Just one to vindicate himself against all the doubters. I don’t want the history books to look back on everything, on “The Decision”, on the next night in Miami, on all the hatred and drama, and say that it amounted to nothing, that it all ended after two years, that LeBron hadn’t won anything going in and hadn’t won anything going out.

I’m worried that even if they come back, maybe Miami no longer deserves the title, that they can’t just flip a switch and become the best team in the NBA. Then again, maybe no one left deserves the title, if only because I refuse to accept a world in which the Seattle Supersonics have a title, potentially the first of many, when they’re no longer the Sonics or in Seattle anymore. I don’t know if Miami can come back, win Game 6 in Boston, win Game 7 in Miami, and go on to beat the Sonics-in-Exile for the title.

But I have this feeling… I have this nagging feeling in the back of my mind… that LeBron is about to deliver one of the classic performances of all time.

And one day, we may look back on it… and realize we were all playing our roles in his ongoing drama all along.

Cox, the Hornets, and the local sports TV wars

Fox may be losing its regional sports dominion to Comcast and Time Warner Cable, but that doesn’t mean it’s shrinking elsewhere, and for that it has Cox to thank. Fox was able to set up an FSN network in San Diego largely because then-rightsholders Cox pulled out of the bidding for Padres rights, and history appears to have repeated itself in New Orleans, where Cox, whose regional sports networks have had trouble getting carriage on non-Cox systems, has decided the best way to save itself from rising sports rights fees isn’t to join the party, but to do the opposite, give Fox a monopoly and hope that means Fox can shortchange the team on rights fees and pass the savings on to Cox.

My impression is that Cox can only do this because ESPN and CBS aren’t in the regional sports network business. (NBC is, but their RSNs are tied to Comcast’s cable business.) If there were multiple RSN groups that weren’t tied to cable operators, Fox wouldn’t be able to set the price for local sports rights, and Cox wouldn’t have any other options. If Root Sports were at all interested in expanding outside the three regional sports networks it already has, Fox wouldn’t be able to escape competition anywhere. That they are not could have a number of causes, from DirecTV not wanting to go head-to-head with the organization that spawned it to only holding those three regional sports networks until they can spin them off to someone else like Comcast. But Cox could find itself inside a nightmare if ESPN or CBS decided to take a piece of Fox’s RSN pie.

Comcast SportsNet has become a money-making machine, but I can’t help but wonder whether Time Warner Cable might find itself going the same route as Cox. If its new Southern California networks have trouble getting carriage on non-TWC carriers, they may decide they were better off on the other end of those carriage disputes. On the other hand, the Lakers are a far bigger deal than the Padres or Hornets, and other RSNs for big-name teams like YES managed to survive early carriage disputes, so Cox’s struggles might have more to do with the teams involved than anything else. Certainly Fox isn’t likely to be able to count on other cable operators having Cox’s generosity anytime soon.

The Sports TV Wars Come Back to Life

There was a dead period of a little over a month in the sports TV wars, but some contracts are starting to get signed again.

CBS Sports Network is starting to become home to all the bottom-of-the-barrel detritus none of the other contenders want – both professional lacrosse leagues, and rumor has it the UFL will be looking to them as their savior. At least they share the PBR with NBC Sports Network. It’s even starting to spread to the college coverage that originally built the network and continues to provide its best programming; the Great Alaska Shootout, floundering since being abandoned by ESPN and putting together a patchwork of regional TV coverage, has gotten back on “national” television with the CBS Sports Network. As the Wars develop, I have a feeling you’ll see people start to say “that league is so far down they’re on the CBS Sports Network!” The challenge posed to CBS is if they can avoid that fate of becoming the network of last resort.

Of more substance, but not much, is the Ivy League expanding its relationship with NBC Sports Network, which already shows several football games, but will now show basketball and lacrosse for the next two years as well, and could sublicence some games to other entities.

Again, not a whole heck of a lot, but the big prizes of MLB and NASCAR are coming up very, very quickly. In fact, the NASCAR contract may be done in less than two weeks.

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