Adam Silver: LeBron James moving west 'clearly' hurt NBA playoff ratings

 
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 7:43 pm    Post subject: Adam Silver: LeBron James moving west 'clearly' hurt NBA playoff ratings

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/adam-silver-lebron-james-nba-playoffs-ratings-003108732.html

"With the Western Conference finals already over and the Eastern Conference finals already on Game 4, it’s getting hard to deny that the NBA is struggling in the ratings department.

Playoff ratings started out on a weak note and haven’t become much better thanks to a Milwaukee Bucks-Toronto Raptors series to decide the East. This all comes after a regular season of relatively low ratings and an All-Star Game watched by record-few fans.

Obviously, that is all of great concern for NBA commisioner Adam Silver. The NBA is widely seen as a growing league relative to its competitors, so what does it mean that fewer fans are tuning in to watch the league’s biggest stars?

Well, Silver pointed to just a single man as the cause of the ratings dip: Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.

Is LeBron James’ Lakers move to blame for the NBA’s low ratings?
Speaking with the “Today Show”’s Craig Melvin in an interview released Tuesday, Silver touched on a number of topics, from Zion Williamson to the WNBA to mental health. The most eyebrow-raising comments came around the 20:13 mark, when Melvin brought up the dip in playoff ratings.

Silver bluntly explained that it was hard for the NBA to keep viewers around for an entire game when the league’s most famous player is on a team that both missed the playoffs and regularly begins games after 9 p.m. ET. He also pointed to the cord-cutting trend among younger consumers:
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 7:49 pm    Post subject:

I'm sure he doesn't want Kawhi,Beale or Irving moving west and wants AD moving east
Zion was another dagger
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 7:49 pm    Post subject:

Thank you for the #4 pick, Adam.

You know what to do...”Basketball reasons.”
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 7:51 pm    Post subject:

Well Adam u we're stupid enough to give 1/2 picks to the worst moneymakers for u so stop complaining

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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 7:59 pm    Post subject:

games at 6 pm in LA on weekdays? is he serious
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 8:03 pm    Post subject:

Warriors coasting to another NBA Finals probably has something to do with it as well. Too many people have seen the movie and know the ending.
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 8:07 pm    Post subject:

Well played, NBA fans... well played.
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 8:08 pm    Post subject:

Just remember David Stern's response when asked about his ideal NBA Finals matchup (maybe 15 years ago): "The Lakers versus the Lakers." I'm sure Silver would not say the same thing today, but there's no doubt that a Lebron-led Lakers team going deep in the playoffs would be fantastic for ratings.
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 8:41 pm    Post subject:

He sounds serious about moving up the time for West Coast games....appears he places a higher value on tv ratings than game attendance. I wonder how West Coast team owners think about 6 PM games?
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 10:03 pm    Post subject:

Nnamdi21 wrote:
games at 6 pm in LA on weekdays? is he serious


Most of the population of the US lives on the east coast. This is why a lot of major TV events are eastern time zone friendly. Sucks for people on the west coast but it is what it is.
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 3:35 am    Post subject:

So what.
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 4:21 am    Post subject:

Being a fan from Brazil, games starting at 6:30 PST would make me very happy
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 5:25 am    Post subject:

Rephrase that Silver... LeBron James missing the playoffs 'clearly' hurt NBA playoff ratings
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 8:12 am    Post subject:

I wonder how much it cost the NBA to have Zion go to a smaller market like New Orleans as opposed to New York or Chicago?
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 8:20 am    Post subject:

lakerlynx wrote:
I wonder how much it cost the NBA to have Zion go to a smaller market like New Orleans as opposed to New York or Chicago?


Not much. Lebron went to Cleveland yet the NBA's growth has been unprecedented since. Zion will be the face of the NBA just like how Lebron was. When you're a bonafide star, it doesn't matter which team you go to (unless your team fails to make the playoffs like the Lakers just did), it's going to be good for the entire league.
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 8:23 am    Post subject:

Really? The EC playoffs have been really good this year. Other than the Warriors/Rockets, I found the WC playoffs boring.

Mr. Silver better hope some of the stars move back to the West to give the Warriors more competition.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 11:31 am    Post subject:

NBA doesn’t deserve a single dime. I’m glad they are being hurt by the move.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 11:34 am    Post subject:

Us being trash hurts the ratings.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 11:59 am    Post subject:

They can have him back, give us Kawhi or the Greek Freak.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 12:48 pm    Post subject:

numero-ocho wrote:
Really? The EC playoffs have been really good this year. Other than the Warriors/Rockets, I found the WC playoffs boring.

Mr. Silver better hope some of the stars move back to the West to give the Warriors more competition.


The Blazers in the first 2 rounds were really entertaining.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 12:51 pm    Post subject:

Least coast fans are wack.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 5:49 pm    Post subject:

if Silver is serious and dedicated about this issue, there is one thing he can do...the ANTI-veto...which the NBA owes us.

SO what does the ANTI-veto do? get us AD and Kyrie and Durant. make it happen. I dont care about the salary cap or rules whatever. that's why it's an anti-veto. get us 2 legit stars, not fake ones like LBJ, and we'll be on our way to playoffs and good ratings. So DO IT SILVER!
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