After brutal ratings in the Orlando bubble last season, the NBA is bouncing back. Sports Media Watch reported that the Game 7s in both Eastern Conference Semifinal matchups were their largest playoff audiences this year and one of the biggest early-round audiences since 2012.
The first do-or-die outing between the Bucks and Nets averaged 6.91 million viewers on TNT. That makes it the largest so far this postseason and the eighth largest early-round mark since 2012. Fans that tuned in got a rare treat.
The Bucks victory became just the seventh Game 7 to go to overtime in league history. It was the first to eclipse 48 minutes since Mavericks-Spurs went to overtime in 2006. The instant classic finished as the second-most-watched game of the season. Mavericks-Lakers holds the top spot with 7.01 million average viewers.
Warriors-Rockets from the 2019 Western Conference Semifinals hold the top spot for early-round viewership. Steph Curry and the Warriors closed out the Rockets in front of 7.33 million average viewers.
Hawks-Sixers on Sunday night wasn’t too far off of the affair in Brooklyn. The matchup averaged 6.16 million viewers on TNT. Slotting it in as the second-highest-rated game this postseason and third overall this season. These were big leaps from last year’s Game 7 numbers in the bubble. Nuggets-Clippers and Raptors-Celtics averaged 5.43 and 4.69 million viewers respectively last year.
Zooming out further and looking at 2019 these games slot into the normal rating metrics the league saw before the pandemic. Sixers-Raptors from that year barely edged out Bucks-Nets with 6.94 million average viewers. But the “KD Foot Game” comfortably outpaced Nuggets-Blazers at 6.34 million average viewers.
This weekend not only brought great games to fans, but a big game feel as well from the crowd. As more stadiums open up, fans are getting back to regular viewing habits.
Broadcasters Can’t Stop Laughing At Knee Scooter Fighter
Nebraska’s Trey McGowens rode over to the altercation with his knee scooter in a video that has been going viral overnight.
There was a hilarious moment in the four overtime thriller between North Carolina State and Nebraska that had broadcasters Mike Couzens and Cory Alexander in stitches.
In the second half of the game, there was an altercation where benches cleared for both sides, and one of the players went over to the skirmish in an unconventional way.
Nebraska’s Trey McGowens, who is out with a broken metatarsal in his foot, rode over to the altercation with his knee scooter in a video that has been going viral overnight.
You can hear Alexander trying to break down the altercation and what is happening on the court while Couzens is losing it, overwhelmed by laughter in a moment that fans at home surely enjoyed.
It didn’t look like McGowens was going over to get involved in the altercation, but regardless you have to respect the effort to ride all the way to the other side of the court to potentially put yourself in harm’s way with a broken foot.
The broadcasters pointed out that McGowens brother, Bryce McGowens, a freshman who also plays on Nebraska was involved in the altercation, so it looks like Trey McGowens was just looking out for his little brother.
The game was one of the best all season, with NC State taking the victory in the fourth overtime, but this moment could have been even better than the game.
Many took to social media after this moment happened to express how funny they thought this was in real time.
Jay Williams Calls Out ESPN For Tweeting His Quote Out Of Context
One of Williams’ quotes taken by the ESPN College Football social media team was taken out of context in a tweet that was deleted by ESPN.
Jay Williams, a part of the trio that makes up Keyshawn, JWill & Max, is not happy with ESPN’s social media team.
The topic of Brian Kelly leaving Notre Dame to become the LSU Tigers new head coach was discussed on the show, and apparently, one of Williams’ quotes taken by the ESPN College Football social media team was taken out of context in a tweet that was deleted by ESPN.
Here is a screenshot of the tweet that was deleted by the ESPN social media team.
Williams responded on social media saying ” Damn @ESPNCFB .. don’t cut my quote short & make it sound this way. I have no problem with him leaving for more money.. this is what I said though: “I think that’s cowardly to not finish the season with your team especially if they make the CFP. You owe the young men that”.
Williams does have a point here. The network could have just as easily made Williams statement in its entirety a post as it is. They could have included a link to the show where he says the statement and posted that on their social media for full context.
This is not an uncommon trend for ESPN as of late. They have been keeping their posts short and sweet without much context. Tom Brady recently took a shot at ESPN on social media for not including a link to the show that he was on.
Erin Dolan Returns To ESPN As Sports Betting Analyst
Dolan will contribute sports betting content across a variety of programs and platforms.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently said that the company has found there is a broader acceptance of sports betting among the general public, and now they are ramping up their sports betting personalities at the company with a familiar face.
ESPN has reached a multi-year contract with sports betting analyst Erin Dolan. Dolan had a previous stint with the company in 2017, and is set to return as a sports betting analyst for her former employer.
Erin Dolan took to social media to express her excitement for her second stint at the company.
She will contribute sports betting content across a variety of programs and platforms. She will be a regular on daily sports betting news and information programs, Daily Wager, ESPN Bet and the Daily Wager podcast, among others. She is set to make her debut this week on Daily Wager.
Prior to rejoining ESPN, Erin Dolan was on-air talent at FanDuel and PointsBet, creating sports betting content across their social channels and various programming.
She also co-hosted a weekly YouTube and Twitch show, “Girls Who Bet,” was part of B/R Betting’s, “The Group Chat,” and hosted “The Early Line” weekdays from 7-9 a.m. ET on SiriusXM.
“During the time I was in college and an active ESPN intern, sports betting was not a career path a broadcast professional would even think of pursuing. It was just too niche,” Erin Dolan said.
“Fast forward more than four years later, sports betting content is exploding and I am entering the doors of ESPN once again, but this time as a sports betting analyst. I am thrilled that I get the opportunity to grow my career at ESPN and I am so grateful they are betting on me.”
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