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.
— Fox kicks off a stretch of eight consecutive Saturday prime-time baseball games this weekend. KOKH-25 will air Houston at Texas, which will go to 13 percent of the nation (Kenny Albert and Tom Verducci). Tulsa sportscaster Bob Carpenter, a Nationals TV announcer, will make his Fox debut calling Baltimore at Washington with Billy Ripken.
— TBS will air the AL and NL wild card games in 2012 and 2013. Major League Baseball also announced the MLB Network will air two divisional playoff game each of the two years.
— ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to present 12 WNBA regular-season games, beginning with the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx hosting the Phoenix Mercury at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Terry Gannon and Pam Ward will serve as play-by-play announcers, working with analysts Rebecca Lobo and Carolyn Peck.
— ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 will combine as the coverage home to the NCAA Division I softball tournament with up to 62 games. Coverage begins with games from three regional sites — Louisville, Ky.; College Station, Texas; and Tucson, Ariz. — on Friday.
— Fox will air the UEFA Champions League final at 1 p.m. Saturday as German club Bayern Munich hosts England's Chelsea FC.