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Media notes: Thunder ratings drop 20 percent for Game 2 of Western Conference Finals

Nationally, ratings on TNT are up 24 percent from last year
by Mel Bracht Modified: May 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm •  Published: May 22, 2014

Thunder ratings drop 20 percent for Game 2

TNT’s coverage of the NBA Western Conference Finals, which has included two lopsided wins by the Spurs over the Thunder, is averaging 6,038,000 viewers and a 3.9 rating, up 28 percent and 24 percent, respectively, over last year’s two-game average for the Western Conference Finals (Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies — 4,620,000 viewers; 3.1 rating), which aired on ESPN.

After earning a 26.1 rating in Oklahoma City for Game 1, ratings for Game 2 — a 35-point Spurs romp — dropped 20 percent to 20.8. The average ratings are up 10 percent from the first two games of the 2012 Western Conference Finals between the same teams (25.6, 18.0).

In Tulsa, this year’s finals are averaging a 13.3 (14.5, 12.1).


Jessica Mendoza, a two-time Olympic softball medalist, will team with Beth Mowins to call the Norman Super Regional in the NCAA women’s softball tournament. Game 1 of the Tennessee-OU series will air at 6 p.m. Friday on ESPN2, with Game 2 at 4 p.m. Saturday. An if-necessary game would air at 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.

Earlier this month, Mendoza announced her retirement from softball at age 33. She has two small children at home and a blossoming broadcast career. She told that she felt compelled to put softball third behind family and professional opportunities.

“I always thought when I’d stop playing that it would be like I’m just done playing because either physically I can’t play anymore or because my heart isn’t in it,” Mendoza said. “Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.”

ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU will combine to televise up to 24 Super Regional games from eight sites. Jennie Finch, a former national champion and Olympic gold medalist, has joined ESPN’s roster of analysts to call the Lafayette Super Regional.


Former PGA golfer Notah Begay has recovered from a heart attack and will rejoin the Golf Channel as an on-course reporter for its coverage of the NCAA Division I men’s golf championships next week from Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. OSU is seeded No 2, and OU is No. 13. The Golf Channel will air coverage from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Golf Central, the network’s franchise news show, also will air from Prairie Dunes.

Begay said he was excited to resume his reporting duties.

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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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