Streaming Wars For Live Sports, Entertainment, and Gambling

Let’s recall, as commented in March in this thread, this is the very same Adam Silver who commented that the fallout from the failure of the Regional Sports Networks was going to be no big deal.

You decide whether Adam Silver or Gary Bettman deserves harsher karma for all their folly!

Now this site tries to make broader claims because NBA politics do not match their heavy slant to the right as do not most sports leagues anyway, but let’s just leave it at cord cutting and awful financial planning by the league executives on this front.

Opening night television ratings reached a nine-year low, with Tuesday’s doubleheader on TNT averaging just 2.78 million viewers, according to Sports Media Watch. That figure also marked the second least watched opening night in the past 15 years. Compared to 2022’s disastrous ratings, it was a 16% decline.

Even putting the star power of LeBron and the Los Angeles Lakers, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors and Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in primetime wasn’t enough to get eyeballs. Quite simply, the NBA is struggling.

And in the face of these atrocious numbers, a new interview with Adam Silver reveals that the league is going to shoot for a $7-8 billion media rights deal in upcoming negotiations. That represents a 3x increase from their current TV deal. For what?

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