The NBA Finals have been televised in the UK for the past decade, but in 2017 it was finally possible to catch the game live on BBC One.
The broadcast was the first time the game was broadcast on television outside the US, but it was only the second time it had been done in the US in a decade.
In 2019, the NBA Finals were broadcast in the United States on ESPN2.
The next year, the event was rebranded to the NBA Western Conference Finals and the US version of the event on the same channel was renamed the NBA World Series.
However, this time the games were shown in the same building as the NBA regular season, meaning that fans could watch both.
The series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Oklahoma City Clippers was also rebranded the NBA All-Star Game in 2020, and the NBA playoffs were shown on ESPN3.
The NBA has always been a huge draw in the West, but the West Coast, the Pacific and the Northeast were the biggest markets for the US Finals and they were often the only ones who got to see it live.
And while the NBA has made strides in bringing live basketball games to more and more cities in the last few years, the series has still had an overwhelmingly positive reaction from fans.
“The series was the biggest event in sports in the world and that’s why it became so popular in the USA,” says Mike Staveley, a sportswriter who covers the NBA for USA Today.
“It’s such a unique phenomenon.
You never see a sports event like this in America.
People have been following the sport for so long and the series is a big reason why.”
It wasn’t until 2017 that the NBA announced plans to broadcast its 2017 All-Stars game in New York.
It was a move that many NBA fans hoped would be an opportunity to see the All-stars play in their home cities.
But when the games first began airing, it was the NBA that felt the brunt of the backlash.
“Fans were really angry about the whole thing,” says Stavely.
They were really pissed that they had been put in the position of having to watch two games, two different cities, and two different teams.” “
But when it was announced, fans were not pleased.
They were really pissed that they had been put in the position of having to watch two games, two different cities, and two different teams.”
There was even some concern that the game would cause an increase in ticket sales for the NBA’s regular season and playoffs, as some fans would be interested in seeing their teams compete.
“I was just very surprised,” says Alex Stolz, a sports journalist who covers sports for USA TODAY.
“To see it all play out in one place, in the building they would’ve been sitting in, and to be the one to watch it on TV was a really strange experience.”
“There was even a rumor going around that there would be boycotts of the All Stars game, which wasn’t really true,” says Michael Sohn, a former NBA star who now runs an online sports blog.
“If there’s ever a time for fans to feel like they’re getting something they paid for, it’s in the All Star game.
I was in Oklahoma for the game and it was really tough. “
There are a lot of people who didn’t really want to be part of it.
I was in Oklahoma for the game and it was really tough.
It felt like it was happening all over the place.”
The backlash was so intense that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was forced to resign from his post, and his replacement, Ben Lesnick, has since become the league’s chief operating officer.
The Thunder won the NBA championship, the first since 1996, and Stavele believes that the series was a big factor in this.
“For the first six months, there was a lot going on with the AllStars,” he says.
We had to get rid of the commissioner, the president, the league executive committee, and I think the players really felt that it was a terrible idea.” “
Then it was kind of just a huge embarrassment to the league.
We had to get rid of the commissioner, the president, the league executive committee, and I think the players really felt that it was a terrible idea.”
A similar reaction was witnessed in 2017 when the NBA chose not to show the NBA Draft, which was a major event in many NBA markets.
“This is the first year we have to go to New Orleans for the draft, which is huge for the league,” says Anthony Morrow, a writer and former NBA executive.
“We’re just getting the game on.
I mean, we’ve got the league president, I think it was Phil Jackson, and we’ve just got the draft.
We have a chance to make history.
The draft is going to go down in history.
It’s going to have an impact on the league and the game. We