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OKC Thunder shatters local TV ratings record in Game 2 of Lakers series

Media notebook: TNT telecast gets 30.3 rating in Oklahoma City
by Mel Bracht Published: May 17, 2012

The Oklahoma City Thunder shattered its local TV ratings record, set in Game 1 of the Lakers series (27.1), with a 30.3 for Game 2, an 11 percent increase. The telecast topped at 33.8 at 10:30 p.m. Both games aired on TNT.

Tulsa posted a 24 percent increase from Game 1 (9.8) with a 12.2, topping at 16.4 at 11 p.m.

With 9:30 p.m. starts on Friday and Saturday, it's unlikely the record will fall again this weekend. ABC/ESPN's top NBA broadcast team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salters will call Game 3 Friday on ESPN. Steve Kerr will join Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller and reporter Craig Sager in calling Game 4 Saturday on TNT.


— Former NBA star Dennis Rodman talks about life after basketball and allegations that he's an alcoholic for a segment of ESPN's “Outside the Lines” at 8 a.m. Sunday. At 51, and now a dozen years removed from his last NBA rebound, the former Southeastern State star boasts he hasn't had a steady job since being waived by the Dallas Mavericks in 2000.

— The second season of ESPN's award-winning film series “30 for 30” will return in October. Among the films announced include “Broke,” a look at retired pro stars such as Keith McCants, Bernie Kosar, Leon Searcy and Andre Rison, who have struggled financially after getting out of the game; “Bo Knows,” a look at Bo Jackson and the marketing campaign that shaped his legacy; and “The Season of Their Lives,” a look at North Carolina State's run to the 1983 NCAA basketball championship.

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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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