By Phillip Swann
The TV Answer Man –@tvanswerman
The Boston Celtics’ victory last night over the Miami Heat in game six of their playoff series gives them a chance to be the first team in NBA playoff history to come back from a 3-0 deficit. Game seven is set for tomorrow night (May 29) at 8:30 p.m. at the Boston Garden.
The potentially historic contest could go down as the season’s top-rated NBA game, which raises the question: Who are TV’s biggest winners and losers of the Celtics’ amazing turnaround? Here are our picks:
Just seven days ago, the Turner-owned cable network looked like the industry’s biggest loser as the Heat appeared poised to end the series with a ratings-killing game four clincher. But the Celtics’ wins in games four, five and six will have both rabid and casual fans tuning in tomorrow night. The rating should be huge.
The live streamer, which proclaims that it’s a sports-first service, does not carry TNT (or TBS), which means it cannot show the year’s biggest NBA game to its subscribers. When the Heat-Celtics series looked like a blow-out 10 days ago, Fubo executives must have been exhaling a sigh of relief but now they will have to find a way to soothe a lot of angry fans.
ABC has the broadcast rights to the NBA Finals, and the Celtics’ comeback could mean the legendary franchise will be in against the Denver Nuggets. A Celtics-Nuggets series would generate a bigger rating than a Heat-Nuggets series, to be sure.
Yes, ABC’s sister network is a loser here because it will broadcast Monday night’s game six NHL playoff series between the Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars at 8 p.m. ET. With the Heat-Celtics game seven as competition, the hockey game will draw a much smaller audience.
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— Phillip Swann