Are NBA TV Ratings Really 'Big Trouble' for Basketball?

President Trump attacked the NBA last week, saying the league is in “big trouble” and blaming its supposedly poor ratings on the players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

The Golden State Warriors, a team which no NBA fan needs reminding has dominated the league in recent years, and their eye-catching brand of basketball didn’t even make it to the bubble.

Steph Curry and co. have been a reliable ratings banker for half a decade, but their miserable 15-50 season has surely cost the league ratings-wise, both before and after lockdown.

Having no crowd at the games and low stakes for seeding places hasn’t necessarily made the NBA the kind of must-watch TV that it has been at times over the past few years.

Dallas Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” star Mark Cuban, who has been engaging in Twitter spats with Travis and other conservatives on the subject, countered by pointing out the NBA season would have been over almost exactly three months ago by now.

“You do realize that was the day Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris,” Cuban added in another tweet, referencing Travis’ comparison between Hannity and the Blazers-Mavs game.

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