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As previously mentioned, this was the last time that any NBA Conference Finals game was not nationally televised. Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Houston was played during the midst of an electrical storm that knocked the picture out for approximately the first six minutes of the fourth quarter.
Although the video was already on the fritz towards the end of the third, CBS announcer Dick Stockton waited for nearly three minutes before adjusting to a radio play-by-play.
With the Finals starting a week later, the awkward long pauses between Games 1 and 2 were no longer required. Also in , the NBA Finals hit a then-record rating of James Brown was the sideline reporter for Games 3 and 4 the latter being the Magic junior skyhook game of the Finals because Pat O'Brien attended the birth of his son Sean Patrick.
O'Brien called Games 1, 2, 5 and 6. In alone, only 13 of the 24 playoff games Games 1—3, specifically in Round 1 aired on TBS or CBS for example, none of the four games from the Seattle — Houston first round series appeared on national television.
Notably, Game 5 of the playoff series between the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers featuring Michael Jordan 's now famous game winning, last second shot over Craig Ehlo was not nationally televised.
CBS affiliates in Virginia elected to show the first game of a second round series between Seattle and the Lakers.
Just hours before the start of the NBA season , Sky Sports has announced a new four-year broadcast deal to exclusively air NBA games in the United Kingdom, making it the destination to catch all the action.
In Los Angeles, the hometown Lakers finished their game started at the same time as the Chicago-Cleveland game just in time for CBS to switch to the Chicago-Cleveland game, where, as it happened, Jordan made his game winner.
Furthermore, CBS only broadcast the fifth game of the first-round series between Atlanta and Milwaukee nationally. Eastern Time.
Perhaps even more confusing, both Game 5 sites Coliseum at Richfield in Cleveland and Omni Coliseum in Atlanta were in the Eastern Time Zone, so differing local start times were not a factor. The Lakers and Celtics, two iconic teams in large television markets, rose to prominence during the period; many credit the theatrics of Bird and Johnson to boosting the overall popularity of the NBA especially during the tape delay era of NBA telecasts.
Eastern Time on Sundays. After ratings bottomed out in and , coinciding with CBS airing tape-delayed coverage, the network decided to scrap the regional telecasts.
In , CBS' regular season ratings earned an abysmal by the standards of the time 26 share on Sunday afternoons. The next highest-rated playoff game in prime time only ranked th. Ratings fell to a level where, as mentioned before, CBS began airing games on tape delay.
The NBA Finals set the standard for futility, with an average rating of 6. With the rebirth of the Lakers—Celtics rivalry , ratings improved, especially in the three NBA Finals that the two teams played in. This meant that he wanted more than 15 games a year shown on network television.
The Pistons won the game 92—90 to clinch their second consecutive World Championship. This is our last game as many of you may know.
For every member of our broadcast team and I mean technicians, and cameramen, production people, the terrifically talented folks in the truck, where it all happens, and of course We've seen Michael Jordan take flight.
All the players actually We know we leave the NBA in good hands. So long! Brent Musburger[ edit ] Musburger was involved in every NBA Final either as a play-by-play announcer or as a host from to with being the lone exception , and was the lead voice for NBA games on CBS for much of that period.
In , he and Bill Raftery were the secondary announcing team on playoff games , working the Western Conference Final games that were broadcast on CBS. Working with Tom Heinsohn who was criticized  by the media and viewers for being too biased to the Boston Celtics, a team he once played for and later coached from to , Stockton called some of the most memorable NBA Finals in league history.
Other personalities[ edit ] CBS employed many NBA greats during its 17 years as the lead network carrier; Bill Russell was an analyst for several years, mainly in the s and early s.
Elgin Baylor was an analyst during CBS' inaugural year in — , and was fired during that year's playoffs due to what CBS considered a lackluster performance. Bender asked Barry, "Who do you think that is in the picture?
Russell stayed on with new play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton for two seasons before giving way to former Celtics teammate Tom Heinsohn  for the —84 season. She joined CBS Sports part-time in before joining full-time in When she was part-time with CBS, she still worked for the Boston Globe , as she had many diverse assignments with the newspaper.
Visser became the first female NBA beat writer in , when she was assigned to cover the Boston Celtics. Visser resigned from the Globe in late List of broadcasters[ edit ].