Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

I couldn't help but notice last week that the Jazz's November 12 game was to be televised on ESPN. As a Jazz fan living outside of the Beehive State, I mark these games on my calendar. But as I sat down with my bowl of popcorn and my big foam finger, ESPN pulled the game . . . which made me wonder, how do the Jazz match up when it comes to nationally televised games (TNT, ESPN, and ABC)? Here is the breakdown of Playoff contenders in the West:
  • Lakers - 23 nationally televised games
  • Suns - 22 nationally televised games
  • Mavs - 18 nationally televised games
  • Spurs - 16 nationally televised games
  • Hornets - 12 nationally televised games
  • Nuggets - 12 nationally televised games
  • Rockets - 11 nationally televised games
  • Blazers - 10 nationally televised games (did not make the playoffs last year)
  • Jazz - 9 nationally televised games (once you subtract the November 12 game)
So let it be written, the Jazz are the only playoff contenders in the West who dip into single digits when it comes to nationally televised games.

NO, THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED!

2 comments:

Pasty Gangsta said...

Sadly, television has very little to do with how good you and a lot do with what kind of ratings you pull. And the Jazz don't rate. I am a bit surprised we're only on nine times though. Those midweek ESPN regular season games are really for diehards who you'd think would be a bit more interested in watching a good game than anything else.

booner said...

And I have heard the whole "small market" argument until I am blue in the face, but 9 games? COME ON!