NBA: As Miami Heat streaks toward record, remaining games to be nationally televised

The league is adjusting coverage with its TV partners. The NBA's decision that allowed ESPN to air the Heat's game at Orlando on Monday night will place the Heat over the league-maximum 10 network appearances for the season.
by Mel Bracht Published: March 25, 2013
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Expect the Miami Heat's remaining games as it attempts to break the Los Angeles Lakers' record 33-game winning streak to be nationally televised.


The NBA's decision that allowed ESPN to air the Heat's game at Orlando on Monday night will place the Heat over the league-maximum 10 network appearances for the season. ESPN already had been scheduled to have only one more Heat telecast — at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Chicago, which will give it 11 appearances on ESPN.

“Fans should expect other upcoming games to be televised nationally,” said a source with knowledge of the league who spoke on conditions of anonymity. “Obviously, this win streak is historic and it is captivating fans across the country.”

The additional network games will be blacked out in the local markets, the source said.

If the streak continues through Wednesday, NBA TV or ESPN likely would pick up the Heat's 7 p.m. Friday game at New Orleans.

“We're working closely with the NBA to explore additional opportunities,” ESPN spokesman Ben Cafado said.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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