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NBA on TBS Theme Song (1996-1999)
NBA on TBS Theme Song (1996-1999)
Published: 2016/03/26
Channel: Jordan Genesis
TBS NBA Tuesday theme intro - Run-DMC (2000-2002)
TBS NBA Tuesday theme intro - Run-DMC (2000-2002)
Published: 2010/04/28
Channel: arenateam
NBA on TBS Intro: Game 1, 1985 WC 1st Round; Lakers/Suns
NBA on TBS Intro: Game 1, 1985 WC 1st Round; Lakers/Suns
Published: 2015/11/29
Channel: gamelovercommercials
12/23/1988 NBA on TBS Intro:  Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Hornets
12/23/1988 NBA on TBS Intro: Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Hornets
Published: 2014/05/16
Channel: thacozzman2
NBA on TBS - Lakers @ Celtics - Intro
NBA on TBS - Lakers @ Celtics - Intro
Published: 2008/06/09
Channel: barkingclam
NBA Live
NBA Live '95 Remake Series - NBA on TBS
Published: 2017/02/13
Channel: Hokupguy
NBA on TBS premiere ad (1985)
NBA on TBS premiere ad (1985)
Published: 2008/05/29
Channel: dadsoldtapes
NBA on TBS Theme (1994-1995)
NBA on TBS Theme (1994-1995)
Published: 2017/05/29
Channel: Jordan Genesis
Inside The NBA: 11/17/99
Inside The NBA: 11/17/99
Published: 2016/12/27
Channel: LJE3
NBA WTBS "At The Hoop"
NBA WTBS "At The Hoop"
Published: 2012/05/03
Channel: Grant Cummings
NBA on TBS Superstation promo - "Higher Ground" (1999-2000)
NBA on TBS Superstation promo - "Higher Ground" (1999-2000)
Published: 2010/04/28
Channel: arenateam
TBS In the House basketball (2000)
TBS In the House basketball (2000)
Published: 2013/11/14
Channel: Hugh MacEachern
NBA Press Conference Fashion Is Getting Insane - CONAN on TBS
NBA Press Conference Fashion Is Getting Insane - CONAN on TBS
Published: 2017/03/29
Channel: Gray Jack S.
NBA 1998 01 09 Bulls@Knicks
NBA 1998 01 09 Bulls@Knicks
Published: 2014/06/12
Channel: Reggie Miller
NBA on TBS
NBA on TBS
Published: 2015/08/18
Channel: KM Entertainment
NBA 2K16 #TBS BLACKTOP
NBA 2K16 #TBS BLACKTOP
Published: 2017/07/02
Channel: Superman Playz
NBA on TBS Superstation promo
NBA on TBS Superstation promo
Published: 2014/11/14
Channel: Phoebe Terese
1997 NBA on TBS/TNT Promo (NBA Playoffs: Longer Version)
1997 NBA on TBS/TNT Promo (NBA Playoffs: Longer Version)
Published: 2014/09/03
Channel: HamptonRoadsTVFan
NBA Press Conference Fashion Is Getting Insane - CONAN on TBS
NBA Press Conference Fashion Is Getting Insane - CONAN on TBS
Published: 2012/06/07
Channel: Team Coco
10 Athletes Who Shaped Modern NBA  | TBS Digital
10 Athletes Who Shaped Modern NBA | TBS Digital
Published: 2016/07/14
Channel: TBS
TBS Sports: Hawks vs. Pistons (circa 1992)
TBS Sports: Hawks vs. Pistons (circa 1992)
Published: 2016/07/29
Channel: VHS Time Capsule
Michael Jordan | NBA on TBS Intro | Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat | 1997
Michael Jordan | NBA on TBS Intro | Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat | 1997
Published: 2016/07/23
Channel: Analog Indulgence
2000
2000's TBS NBA Intro - Ft. Shaq, AI, J Will, Vince Carter!!
Published: 2016/11/14
Channel: pennyccw
Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley's Inside the NBA Debut - Oct. 31, 2000
Published: 2014/12/01
Channel: NBAHoopsLover
1997 NBA on TBS/TNT Promo (NBA Playoffs: Short Version)
1997 NBA on TBS/TNT Promo (NBA Playoffs: Short Version)
Published: 2014/09/03
Channel: HamptonRoadsTVFan
NBA on TBS - Lakers at Celtics, December 1987 - 3/3
NBA on TBS - Lakers at Celtics, December 1987 - 3/3
Published: 2008/07/23
Channel: barkingclam
Bulls vs 76ers promo on Superstation TBS (1988)
Bulls vs 76ers promo on Superstation TBS (1988)
Published: 2016/05/12
Channel: John Sellars
Draymond Green: Kevin Hart Sucks At Basketball  - CONAN on TBS
Draymond Green: Kevin Hart Sucks At Basketball - CONAN on TBS
Published: 2016/09/14
Channel: Team Coco
NBA on TBS Theme 1984-1988 (The Dogg
NBA on TBS Theme 1984-1988 (The Dogg's 8-bit remix)
Published: 2010/02/26
Channel: JMDogg
Kenny Smith Almost Killed Shaq  - CONAN on TBS
Kenny Smith Almost Killed Shaq - CONAN on TBS
Published: 2015/04/10
Channel: Team Coco
Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard's Freestyle Instagram Rapping - CONAN on TBS
Published: 2014/10/24
Channel: Team Coco
Ankles- NBA 2k13 TBS
Ankles- NBA 2k13 TBS
Published: 2016/03/28
Channel: Gaming Kids 24
NBA 2K (Remake Series ) NBA on TBS Promo 99-00  - Higherground
NBA 2K (Remake Series ) NBA on TBS Promo 99-00 - Higherground
Published: 2016/08/01
Channel: Hokupguy
TBS Nba nba 2k15
TBS Nba nba 2k15
Published: 2016/07/30
Channel: Young Montana
TBS commercials, 11/9/1997 part 1
TBS commercials, 11/9/1997 part 1
Published: 2016/10/16
Channel: VHSgoodiesWA
NBA ON TNT INTRO 2000 JAZZ VS HORNETS
NBA ON TNT INTRO 2000 JAZZ VS HORNETS
Published: 2016/01/16
Channel: Phillip Nguyen
Marv Albert  of NBA on TBS Talks Cavs & Warriors - 10/24/16
Marv Albert of NBA on TBS Talks Cavs & Warriors - 10/24/16
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
NBA on TBS - Lakers at Celtics, December 1987 - 2/3
NBA on TBS - Lakers at Celtics, December 1987 - 2/3
Published: 2008/07/23
Channel: barkingclam
Charles Barkley: Neither Conan Nor I Have Any Rhythm - CONAN on TBS
Charles Barkley: Neither Conan Nor I Have Any Rhythm - CONAN on TBS
Published: 2015/10/29
Channel: Team Coco
NBA on TBS - Lakers at Celtics, December 1987 - 1/3
NBA on TBS - Lakers at Celtics, December 1987 - 1/3
Published: 2008/07/23
Channel: barkingclam
Marv Albert  of NBA on TBS Talks NBA Opening Day & More - 10/24/16
Marv Albert of NBA on TBS Talks NBA Opening Day & More - 10/24/16
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
NBA Mascots That Should Never Dunk 02/11/16  - CONAN on TBS
NBA Mascots That Should Never Dunk 02/11/16 - CONAN on TBS
Published: 2016/02/12
Channel: Team Coco
Marv Albert  of NBA on TBS Talks Vin Scully & Thoughts of Retirement - 10/24/16
Marv Albert of NBA on TBS Talks Vin Scully & Thoughts of Retirement - 10/24/16
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Marv Albert  of NBA on TBS Weighs in on New York Knicks Issues - 10/24/16
Marv Albert of NBA on TBS Weighs in on New York Knicks Issues - 10/24/16
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: The Rich Eisen Show
Interesting NBA Fashions At Playoffs Press Conferences  - CONAN on TBS
Interesting NBA Fashions At Playoffs Press Conferences - CONAN on TBS
Published: 2012/06/05
Channel: Team Coco
Inside the NBA: Shaq
Inside the NBA: Shaq's Foot | NBA on TNT
Published: 2017/05/26
Channel: NBA on TNT
NBA Mascots That Should Never Dunk 2/9/2012 - CONAN on TBS
NBA Mascots That Should Never Dunk 2/9/2012 - CONAN on TBS
Published: 2012/02/10
Channel: Team Coco
Bryant "Big Country" Reeves Commercial (TNT/TBS)
Bryant "Big Country" Reeves Commercial (TNT/TBS)
Published: 2013/07/25
Channel: skforty
TBS Hawks/Pacers promo - 1991
TBS Hawks/Pacers promo - 1991
Published: 2010/05/28
Channel: GloopTrekker
NBA Mascots That Should Never Dunk 10/28/14  - CONAN on TBS
NBA Mascots That Should Never Dunk 10/28/14 - CONAN on TBS
Published: 2014/10/29
Channel: Team Coco
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NBA on TBS
Nba tbs.png
Also known as 'America's Game[1]
America's SuperShootout'
Directed by Tom Smith
Skip Ellison
Mark Goldsmith
Michael Reardon, Jr.
Presented by See commentators section below
Opening theme "Higher Ground" by Run-DMC[2]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 16
Production
Executive producer(s) Don McGuire
Producer(s) Rohan Backfisch
Glenn Diamond
Joel Westbrook
Supervising producer: Bud Wendling
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 180 minutes (varies depending on game length)
Production company(s) Turner Sports
Release
Original network TBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release October 10, 1984 (1984-10-10) – May 13, 2002 (2002-05-13)
Chronology
Related shows NBA on TNT
External links
Website web.archive.org/web/20031217015017/http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/turnersports/nba/

The NBA on TBS was a presentation of NBA regular season and playoff game telecasts that aired on the American cable and satellite network TBS. The games were produced by Turner Sports, the sports division of the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of Time Warner, TBS's corporate parent.

The network obtained rights to air NBA games beginning with the 1984-1985 season[3] (replacing the ESPN and USA Network as the National Basketball Association's national cable partners) under a four-year contract, in which TBS shared the NBA television package along with CBS.

Coverage[edit]

Atlanta Hawks[edit]

For many years beginning when the station assumed rights to the team's game telecasts in the late 1970s, WTBS (channel 17) in Atlanta – which served as the originating feed of the national TBS cable channel from December 1976 to October 2007 – aired some regular season games from the Atlanta Hawks (which was also owned by Ted Turner at the time), which also aired nationally on WTBS's superstation feed;[4] TBS aired the games nationwide until the telecasts became subjected to NBA blackout restrictions within 35 miles of the home team's arena, resulting in many Hawks away games televised by the network being unavailable to cable providers within the designated market area of the opposing team (this restriction was dropped when TNT gained the right to be the exclusive broadcaster of any game that it chose to carry).

National coverage[edit]

When it began to televise games from NBA teams other than the Hawks beginning with the 1984-85 season, TBS maintained a package of approximately 55 regular season NBA games annually[5] on Tuesday and Friday nights. TBS also carried numerous NBA Playoff games as well as the NBA Draft[6][7] from 1985-1989.

Playoff coverage[edit]

TBS was also allowed to televise 20 early round conference playoff games beginning with the 1985 NBA Playoffs. In 1986, TBS (as well as CBS) did not carry Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, relegating the broadcast of that game to television stations in the team's designated market areas; this would be the last time that an NBA Conference Finals game was not televised on a national network. During the 1989 NBA Playoffs, only 13 of the 24 games (comprising Games 1-3 of each series) in the first round aired on TBS or CBS. For example, none of the four games from the Seattle-Houston first round series appeared on national television.

All-Star Weekend[edit]

Beginning in 1986, TBS televised the various contests from the NBA All-Star Weekend. In 1987, the slam dunk contest was televised live for the very first time on the network.

Partnership with TNT[edit]

In the summer of 1987, the Turner Broadcasting System signed a new joint broadcast contract between TBS and TNT[8][9] effective with the 1988-89 NBA season; beginning that season, TBS and TNT split broadcast rights to televise NBA games. TNT held rights to broadcast the NBA Draft and most NBA regular season and playoff games, while TBS only aired single games or double-headers once a week.

Both networks continued to expand their NBA coverage during the late 1990s;[10][11] by this time, TBS only aired games on Wednesday nights, while TNT ran games on Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights. By 1994, the opening round of the playoffs featured overlapping doubleheaders on both TBS and TNT on the first two nights of each series.

1999–2001[edit]

For the 1999-2000 NBA season, TBS shifted its primetime game telecasts from Wednesdays to Mondays.[12] For the 2000-2001 NBA season, the broadcasts were moved to Tuesdays, while TNT assumed rights to Wednesday and Thursday evening games.

Starting in 2000, the NBA spread out telecasts of games from the Eastern Conference and Western Conference playoff series so that only two series would play on their scheduled game days (so as to avoid scheduling conflicts and ratings competition between TNT and TBS). TNT would air doubleheaders on most weekdays, while TBS would air one doubleheader each week.

2001–2002[edit]

The 2001-2002 season would ultimately mark TBS's final year of NBA coverage. Turner Sports signed a new NBA television contract in which TNT would assume rights to the company's NBA package, while TBS would discontinue game coverage altogether; ESPN assumed TBS's half of the league's cable television rights. During 2002, TBS aired doubleheaders every Tuesday night of the playoffs until the Conference Finals. The final NBA game ever to be regularly televised on TBS aired on May 13, 2002, when the San Antonio Spurs faced the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the Western Semifinals. In that last game, Robert Horry hit a key three-pointer that won the series four games to one for the Lakers to move on to the Western Conference Finals.

Coverage anomalies[edit]

On May 3, 1992, the broadcast of Game 4 of the playoff series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz was moved to TBS from NBC, creating a problem as the game was now required to be blacked out within the Los Angeles television market. The game was only available in the Los Angeles area through SportsChannel Los Angeles, a regional sports premium cable service (as opposed to TBS, which operates as a basic cable channel and at the time, a superstation). SportsChannel Los Angeles chose not to unscramble its signal and as a result, viewers complained in letters to the Los Angeles Times and other sources that the game should have been made available to all cable subscribers as a public service.

On isolated occasions (typically during the playoffs) since TNT assumed partial cable rights to the NBA, TBS has served as an overflow feed for certain games. In 2003, TBS aired a doubleheader of first round Game 6 matchups (the Indiana Pacers-Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs-Phoenix Suns series). On May 22, 2006, due to Game 7 of the San Antonio Spurs-Dallas Mavericks series going into overtime, TBS aired part of the Game 7 Western Conference playoff match between the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns. On May 14, 2004, the same situation arose, as Game 5 of the New Jersey Nets-Detroit Pistons playoff series lasted three overtimes. However, due to scheduling conflicts with TBS, TNT had to air part of the Sacramento Kings-Minnesota Timberwolves game that was supposed to follow on NBA TV. The first few minutes of Game 4 of the 2007 Western Conference Semifinal between the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs were shown on TBS, due to the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New Jersey Nets running past the former's 9:30 p.m. Eastern start time.

The above situations are not unlike those that have been encountered during TBS telecasts of Major League Baseball Division Series games since 2007; at times, due to certain games running over their scheduled end time, TNT had to air the first few minutes of games that TBS was supposed to cover starting from a certain time.

In 2011, TBS began airing games from the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship during March Madness, sharing the cable television rights with Turner-owned sister networks TNT and TruTV, with CBS holding the broadcast television rights.

Since 2015, TBS started simulcast the NBA All-Star Game on TNT.

Ratings[edit]

Ratings for NBA games televised by TBS as well as TNT rose from 6.6 percent in 1985-86 to 7.3 percent in 1989-90.[13]

The first game of Michael Jordan's second comeback (a game against the New York Knicks that aired on TBS opposite the 2001 World Series) scored a rating share between a 3.0 and 4.0.

Commentators[14][edit]

Play-by-play[edit]

Color commentators[edit]

Contributors[edit]

Studio hosts[edit]

Studio analysts[edit]

Sideline reporters[edit]

Christmas Day broadcasters[edit]

Year Teams Play-by-play Color commentator(s)
1984 New Jersey @ New York Rick Barry Bill Russell
1985 Los Angeles Clippers @ Portland Rick Barry Bill Russell
1986 Washington @ Philadelphia Bob Neal Rick Barry
1987 Atlanta @ Philadelphia Skip Caray Steve Jones
1988 Washington @ Philadelphia

Conference Finals broadcasters[edit]

Year Conference Play-by-play Color commentators
1989 Eastern (Games 2, 5)
Western (Games 2–3)
Skip Caray
Bob Neal
Rick Barry (Game 2) and Steve Jones (Game 5)
Steve Jones
1988 Eastern (Games 1–2, 5)
Western (Games 1–3)
Skip Caray
Bob Neal
Rick Barry
Steve Jones
1987 Eastern (Games 1–2, Game 5), Western (Game 3)
Western (Game 2)
Bob Neal
Mel Proctor
Doug Collins
Bill Russell
1986 Eastern (Game 2)
Western (Game 2)
Skip Caray
Rick Barry
John Andariese
Bill Russell
1985 Eastern (Games 2, 5)
Western (Game 2)
Skip Caray
Rick Barry
John Andariese
Bill Russell

Music[edit]

At the end of its 1987 playoff coverage, TBS used Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business"[18] as the soundtrack for the closing credits sequence during the game telecast. TBS used Run-DMC to perform and compose its theme during the early 2000s. The song included a version of the Stevie Wonder song "Higher Ground."

Contract history[19][edit]

Seasons Network Amount
1984-85 to 1985-86 TBS $20 million/2 years
1986-87 to 1987-88 TBS[20] $25 million/2 years
1988-89 to 1989-90 TBS/TNT $50 million/2 years
1990-91 to 1993-94 TNT $275 million/4 years
1994-95 to 1997-98 TNT/TBS $397 million/4 years
1998-99 to 2001-02 TNT/TBS $840 million/4 years

References[edit]

  1. ^ NBA 1987 playoffs Game 5 "Celtics - Pistons" (part 1) on YouTube
  2. ^ TBS NBA Tuesday theme intro - Run-DMC (2001-2003) on YouTube
  3. ^ June 6, 1984—TBS announces exclusive two-year NBA cable contract (extension through 1988 announced in February 1986 and extension through 1990 announced in November 1987).
  4. ^ July 12, 1989—SuperStation TBS announces plans to air NBA Atlanta Hawks package, showcasing 25 regular season Hawks games during the 1989-90 season.
  5. ^ Farhi, Paul (Sep 11, 1988). "TV Sports Coverage Vaults to Profitability; NBC Wins Its Gold Before". Washington Post. p. h.01. 
  6. ^ Lindquist, Jerry (Jul 1, 1988). "STRAYHORN LEAVING WXEX FOR NEW HAVEN". Richmond Times-Dispatch. p. D-5. 
  7. ^ "THE SOVIETS WILL BE COMING TO THE NBA SOON". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Sep 25, 1988. p. 12D. 
  8. ^ Schwartz, Jerry (Jul 16, 1988). "Turner Is Hopeful on New Cable Network". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ "Turner Is Hopeful on New Cable Network". The Atlanta Journal. Sep 13, 1988. p. E/1. 
  10. ^ "NBA Schedule on TBS Superstation (1997-1998)". Archived from the original on December 24, 1997. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  11. ^ "NBA Schedule on TBS Superstation (1998-1999)". Archived from the original on February 20, 1999. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  12. ^ "TBS NBA Monday 2000 Schedule". Archived from the original on March 1, 2000. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  13. ^ "THE NBA ON NETWORK TELEVISION: A HISTORICAL ANALYSIS". Retrieved September 9, 2016. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Turner Sports NBA Announcers". CNN. 
  15. ^ For the next seven years he was the main studio anchor for Atlanta Braves baseball, Atlanta Hawks basketball, NBA basketball, SEC College football and the Sunday night Coors Sports Page highlight show, as well as a contributor to CNN and Headline News.
  16. ^ Hickman previously anchored TBS Superstation's Wednesday night NBA studio show in 1995
  17. ^ Paul Ryden - Sports Host - NBA Halftime Show
  18. ^ NBA 1987 playoffs Game 5 "Celtics - Pistons" (part 24) on YouTube
  19. ^ NBA TV Contracts
  20. ^ Martzke, Rudy (November 3, 1988). "ESPN scoops Brown's remarks about Kansas". USA Today. 

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