I had always thought that the reason there weren't many NBA games on tv was because there are so many games and you couldn't get networks to continually bump their regularly scheduled programming. I thought in response to this the NBA came out with league pass and NBA tv as sort of a "screw you we will televise our own games." I have recently gotten cable (it came with my apartment!) and am beginning to doubt my assumptions. Since my wonderful new life with cable has begun I am estimating that, with the help of channel flipping, I could watch an average of 4 college games a night. Not even local games but schools I've never even heard of.
So obviously finding space on the dial is not that big of in issue so my questions are:
-are even non local crap bag college games more popular than the NBA?
-does the NBA charge a ton of money to put their games on?
-is the NBA deliberately limiting cable time to get people to sign up for league pass and NBA tv?
My fear is that the answer to number 3 is yes. I've been following professional sports for a while and have learned that just because you can afford a team doesn't mean you are a business genius. I'm worried that the quest for short term profit will hurt long term. Look at the examples of boxing and football. Football is on network tv every week and makes I forget how many billions of dollars. Boxing used to be huge then they said "hey if we make this pay per view everyone will pay us and we'll make more money" but what ended up happening was people just stopped caring. There was a time when people knew who the heavy weight champion of the world was. I heard about buster douglas beating mike tyson as a 4 year old living in Europe. I have never heard about boxing again, I'm not sure I could name a current fighter. I'm worried the nba is short term greeding itself, not to death, but to injury. Thoughts? Is this the business model or am I missing something? I feel like if College hoops can get 4 games a night the nba could get more than two a week. Also to any NBA executives, could you stop putting national televised games almost exclusively on friday and saturday nights. Because you know what I'm doing Friday night? Things. Also while I have your ear. Were you aware that times existed BEFORE 10pm? have you considered starting a game during one of those?