Tag: TNT

Orlando Magic's Howard guards Boston Celtics' Garnett along with Magic's teammate Anderson during their NBA basketball game in Boston

Video: Kevin Garnett says Celtics won “a bar fight”


Kevin Garnett was a little amped after the Celtics came from 27 points down to beat the Orlando Magic. Really amped. Which made for a great interview on TNT where he asks Craig Sager if he has ever been in a bar fight, then realizing the impossibility of that tells him to ask Charles Barkley what it is like.

Plus, the required compliment of Sager’s suit.

KG had a monster game, looking like himself of five years ago as he defended Dwight Howard for stretches. If Boston coming back to form means more of these interviews, everybody wins.

Video: Shaq sings his intro into TNT, so get ready

Shaquille O'Neal

Usually I am a fan of the “don’t mess with a good thing” school of thought. But sometimes you take something good like waffles, combine it with fried chicken and you get something better.

Or, if you take Charles Barkley and the TNT crew and mix in Shaquille O’Neal, maybe you improve the best game-night NBA show out there.

We’ll see how it goes starting on Christmas Day. But for now, Shaq singing. Enjoy.

NBA’s television partners scramble to fill slots, appease advertisers

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Great, more “CSI: New York.”

Among the many left scrambling without the NBA are television networks that normally would be beaming regular season games into our homes. They have to fill the space and they have to try and keep the advertisers who buy that space happy. National networks like TNT are forced to bring us more how-done-it crime dramas and offer advertisers other options, and regional sports networks are digging into their vaults for historic games.

In the end this will be about the money, eventually the league and teams are going to have to pay some people back. But right now it’s about filling the airtime. Everything is explained well in a New York Times story today.

Big media companies are likely to feel the chill, with months of empty television time that would typically be filled with N.B.A. games. ESPN and ABC, owned by the Walt Disney Company, and Time Warner’s Turner Sports pay a combined $1 billion a season for the rights to games. The N.B.A. drives ratings in the coveted 18- to 34-year-old male demographic that advertisers pay a premium to reach. And it gives cable networks leverage in negotiating carriage fees, or the price cable companies pay in order to offer subscribers a network.

The N.B.A. said on Tuesday that at the end of the current season it would discuss repayment to networks for fees associated with canceled games. If the entire season is wiped out, the league could add an additional year to Turner and Disney’s contract, which runs through the 2016 season….

The lockout could have a disproportionate impact on regional sports networks that rely on a hometown team’s games to bring in viewers and local advertisers. The MSG network, owned by the Madison Square Garden Company, typically has Knicks games three nights a week. It will now rely on shows that mix archival Knicks games with player interviews. MSG will still have live National Hockey League games.

TNT is giving us more “CSI: New York” right now. If they start having to give us a lot more “Leverage” that’s when we will all feel the pain.