The Oklahoma City Thunder is continuing to dominate the local NBA TV ratings, posting the highest local ratings in at least two years.
According to a story this week in the Sports Business Journal, the Thunder is averaging an 8.6 rating on Fox Sports Oklahoma, more than 45 percent higher than second-place San Antonio, which is averaging 5.9 on Fox Sports Southwest. The Spurs' ratings are down 41 percent from the 2010-11 season, the NBA's last full season.
Miami is third with a 5.7 on Sun Sports, followed by Utah, 4.7 on Root Sports, and the Los Angeles Lakers, 4.3 on TWC SportsNet.
The Thunder's 8.6 rating is up 207 percent from the rating for the 2010-11 season.
“The formula is simple: The Thunder are one of the best teams in the league, Kevin Durant is one of the most marketable stars in the league, and the Thunder is the only professional sports team in Oklahoma,” FSOK general manager Jon Heidtke told Sports Business Journal. “I'm not surprised by the TV ratings they're pulling in.”
KSBI EXAMINES TEENAGE SUICIDE
KSBI's local sports show, “OK SportsWrap,” will address the growing concern of teenage suicide in Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The segment will include a report from the Mount St. Mary baseball team.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of attempted suicides among teenagers has increased from 6.3 percent in 2009 to 7.9 percent in 2011.
“We hope to educate students on the indicators of teenage suicide, create greater awareness and help our community reduce these numbers,” said JaNiece Cranmer, producer of the “OK SportsWrap.”
— ESPN will have the same broadcast crew — play-by-play announcer Dave Pasch, analyst Jon Barry and reporter Heather Cox — for its Thunder telecasts at 7 p.m. Friday (Minnesota) and 8:30 p.m. Sunday (Chicago) from Chesapeake Energy Arena. FSOK also will broadcast both games with its crew of Brian Davis, Grant Long and reporter Lesley McCaslin.
— The OSU and OU men's basketball teams will be on ESPN networks Saturday. OSU travels to West Virginia at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 (Jon Sciambi and Fran Fraschilla) and OSU hosts Baylor at 4 p.m. on ESPNU (Brad Sham and Bob Valvano).
— KSBI-52 plans to carry the Texas Rangers' Friday night TV package again this season.
— Fox's coverage of the Daytona 500 at noon Sunday will include the use of Gyro-Cams, in-car cameras mounted in the center of the cockpit that rotate as the cars enter the speedway's 31-degree banked turns, keeping its view level with the horizon at all times. Mike Joy will call the race with analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds.
— Michael Phelps is the next line of athletes to be tutored in golf on “The Haney Project.” The new season, which Phelps said might be the funniest of the series, debuts at 8 p.m. Monday on the Golf Channel.