Kevin Harlan: TNT crews will call games from Atlanta studio

TNT call games from Atlanta
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This is one way to keep the bubble small.

When the NBA restarts games in Orlando, broadcast crews for TNT will call games from an Atlanta studio, at least until the conference finals, according to Kevin Harlan. The veteran NBA broadcaster talked about TNT’s plan and how that will sound and feel on SiriusXM NBA Radio, which Richard Deitsch of The Athletic covered in his Media Circus column (hat tip Awful Announcing).

“What I’ve heard from the folks at TNT is we will be in the studios in Atlanta and they will set up as close to possible a broadcast table like we would have courtside,” Harlan said.

“The one thing I have heard is that not until the conference finals would there be any consideration for broadcasters being in this setting. That might be the first time that an actual broadcaster might be on-site, doing a conference final, and of course, the NBA Finals.”

This isn’t as unusual as some may think, for some international basketball events taking place in China or other parts of Asia, American crews call the game from a stateside studio. With the coronavirus changing the sports landscape,

There may be some camera operators inside the Orlando bubble, although those can be operated remotely as well.

The media arrangements for the NBA’s restart in Orlando have yet to be made public. However, it’s unlikely many members of the press will be allowed to live and work inside the bubble. Whatever the media arrangements look like, this is going to be different than the standard conference finals and NBA finals when thousands of media members from all over the globe descend upon host cities to cover the games. Nobody knows exactly what the league’s plan for media coverage will be, but it’s not going to be the overcrowded event the NBA finals usually are.