NBA viewers won't have to listen to local broadcasters during nationally televised NBA playoff games anymore. NBA TV, which reaches about 55 million viewers, has announced it will produce up to eight playoff games this season.
The league channel, managed by Turner Sports, will use NBA TV and TNT broadcasters. Viewers should expect network-quality broadcasts, including coaches being miked, and complete studio shows. In recent seasons, the network has simulcast local broadcasts.
Fox Sports Oklahoma can only broadcast Thunder games for the first round of the playoffs. They will be simulcast with either ESPN, TNT or NBA TV. ABC has exclusive rights for its playoff games.
— CNBC will air a recut version of the documentary “Sonicsgate” at 9 p.m. Friday. The film from Adam Brown and Jason Reid chronicles the steps that led the Seattle SuperSonics to move to Oklahoma City.
— Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson Jr. has been selected in nationwide voting to be on the cover of Madden NFL 13, which will go on sale Aug. 28. Johnson defeated Cam Newton, 52-48 percent, in the finals of the contest.
— ABC delivered its highest-rated and most-viewed NBA regular season ever, averaging a 3.3 household rating and 5,421,000 viewers for its 15 broadcasts, a 10 percent ratings increase from last season.
— ESPN has selected six Big Ten football games for prime-time telecasts on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. They are Boise State at Michigan State on Aug. 31, Notre Dame at Michigan State on Sept. 15, Wisconsin at Nebraska on Sept. 29, Nebraska at Ohio State on Oct. 6, and Ohio State at Penn State and Michigan at Nebraska on Oct. 27.
— HBO's Emmy award-winning reality series “24/7” is coming to TNT, which will air replays of the four-part series “24/7 Mayweather/Cotto” on four consecutive nights, beginning Tuesday. The series will lead up to the HBO pay-per-view telecast on May 5 when Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto battle for Cotto's world super welterweight title.