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TV Shows - NBA on ABC

ABC's Coverage of the NBA, known as NBA Sunday on ABC since 2007, is a weekly presentation of National Basketball Association games on ABC television network in the United States, replacing the NBA on NBC. NBA Sunday typically airs on afternoons at 1:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. ET. During the NBA Finals, ABC presents games in prime time, mostly at 9:00 p.m. ET. Since its return to ABC in 2002, the show has been produced by sister network ESPN, and since 2006 has transferred all of its operations to ESPN, when ABC Sports became ESPN on ABC. Since then, it has been an ESPN program, and only has been identified as ABC's coverage of the NBA on ESPN. The program is sponsored by Hertz. This is the second time NBA games have aired on ABC; from 1962 to 1973, ABC was the main carrier of the NBA.

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1 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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2 Pathetic theme music Rob Thomas & The Pussycat Dolls. Really?
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3 Same four teams shown Same boring teams, week after week.
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4 Al Michaels Al Michaels calling basketball games? Come on.
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5 Never Boned Still rocks.
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1 There's no comparison between the NBA on ABC today and the NBA on CBS/NBC from the 80s and 90s. First off, the NBA was in its golden age in the 80s up until the mid 90s. Bird, Magic, MJ, Barkley, Malone, Stockton, Isiah, Ewing, Robinson, Olajuwon, Drexler, Pippen etc. Today's NBA is ruled by Kobe and LeBron. Sure, we hear about Nash, Nowitzki, Wade, Duncan, etc, but TV and analysts emphasize these two players, and sorry, they just don't have the same aura that players like Magic, Bird and MJ had. Also, the game is watered down now. In the 80s and 90s players played team ball with fundamentals, tough work ethics, and never back down attitudes. Today the players are too buddy buddy with each other, complain too much about calls, showboat, and the rules have made the game softer with more focus on the refs and calling fouls. Some of this has to do with players being allowed into the NBA right after high school and not playing college ball and getting strong there (which they switched, thank God), but some of this also has to do with Stern. He rode the coat tails of Magic, Bird and MJ making the NBA a gold mine, but after MJ retired teams have moved and the game isn't the same. Most true sports fans I know could care less about the NBA, except for maybe the Lakers and Celtics. NBA coverage is terrible now. I hate Stuart Scott. He makes me long for Bob Costas and his dramatic build ups. They don't have a theme song that works. There aren't many games over the season. The same four teams play every weekend. Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are trying to revive the whole Bill Walton-Snapper Jones dynamic, but it doesn't work as well this time. Mike Breen, a holdover from the NBA on NBC, is good, but Al Michaels sounded about as bored as a kid in a library on a summer afternoon. I think it's a good thing he's no longer doing it. The NBA when it was on NBC/CBS was just more likable, dramatic, and fun to watch. It just isn't that way anymore. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on July 18, 2010, 6:01 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
2 While the NBA has become much more watered down in the past decade or so, the quality of the television coverage has dropped significantly as well. ABC's NBA broadcasts completely pale in comparison to NBC's. They lack the drama that was a strong element of NBC's broadcast, as well as the great theme music, which has been replaced with the pop artist du jour (Rob Thomas, the Pussycat Dolls, etc.). Muting the crowd noise, showing the same four teams over and over again (look at their regular season broadcast schedule...it's the Cavs, Fakers, Heat, Mavs and almost no one else). And the sharply reduced broadcast schedule is terrible. Look at the 2009 playoffs and the extremely minimal amount of games televised on ABC...and the teams which were selected. Boring mismatches were selected over exciting series just because of the teams involved...Fakers, Cavs, etc. We just had a three-day weekend. Back in the day, NBC would have aired one game per day. ABC aired one game total (Fakers, of course), because showing reruns of Ugly Betty or Desperate Housewives is *far* more interesting than the NBA playoffs, as we all know. -- Submitted By: (neo11) on May 25, 2009, 11:53 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 NBA is woefully watered down. Lebron, Kobe. Kobe, Lebron. Lebron, Kobe. Kobe, Lebron...and on, and on, and on... -- Submitted By: (dirk713) on May 25, 2009, 1:09 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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