NBA Finals media notebook: Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 sets cable ratings record

ESPN telecast earns 9.1 overnight record, the highest for an NBA game ever on cable.
by Mel Bracht Published: June 11, 2012

"We also have the ability to interrupt during network breaks," he said. "Certainly we will be sensitive to the game and viewers, who need life-threatening weather information."

Hensley is expecting huge finals ratings that "will rival OU and OSU football ratings."

‘Thunder Live' to air after games

Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37 and 722) will continue to follow the team in the NBA Finals with special “Thunder Live” postgame shows after every finals' game.

Fox Sports Oklahoma Thunder announcers Brian Davis, Grant Long and Kelly Crull will be joined by “Thunder Live” analyst Stephen Howard and anchors Dana Larson and John Rhadigan to break down the games and offer a local perspective.

Bayless picks Heat

Skip Bayless, an Oklahoma City native who is a commentator on ESPN2's “First Take,” predicted the Heat would win the NBA Finals in six games. Stephen A. Smith, Bayless' sidekick on “First Take,” picked the Thunder to win in six games.


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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