TNT Had A Right To Switch From Bucks Game & Bucks Fans Have a Right To Be Mad
Milwaukee Bucks laid the hammer down on the Miami Heat. They won by nearly 50 points in one of the biggest wins of Bucks’ history. The NBA has more blowouts than usual to start their season. It’s been ugly. Why that’s happening, I’m unsure. Both of the nationally televised had blowouts of 30 points or more. But in the Bucks case, they switched their game from Milwaukee being prominently featured to an NBA red zone. This left Bucks’ fans very mad and some Bucks fans made it seem like it’s another case of the ‘Bucks versus everybody’. In short, that’s not that what happened. Both sides are right and of course, the WOAT Sinclair Broadcasting is why everyone is so mad.
Let’s start with Bucks fans. They were upset because they did not get to watch their team run up the score and try to break a record. Personally, I’m less inclined to watch a blowout. I happen to have a significant other who allows me to watch a good amount of sports, but when I see a window where I can switch it to something she wants to watch, I take it versus watching a meaningless blowout. If that makes me a bad fan, fine, but it also makes me smart. TNT should have localized their coverage and kept the Bucks on the Milwaukee and Miami DMAs. Similar to what we see in football when a blowout happens. Why can the NFL figure that out and not the NBA?
Turner and the NBA likely thought that since this game is being broadcast locally that it wouldn’t be a problem. The league is either in the dark and doesn’t care that most cord-cutters cannot watch a local broadcast at this point. It’s a real issue that needs to be addressed more by Adam Silver, owners, and others involved. The NBA fan is being put through hoops time and again.
We shouldn’t blame Turner for this move, guys. If you recall, the NBA had a ratings issue last year. To keep people watching, they moved to a red zone style viewing experience that featured commentary from Charles Barkley, Shaq, and Kenny Smith. That was pretty fun to watch honestly. And non-Bucks fans likely appreciated that viewing experience versus watching a blowout. This had nothing to do with it being Bucks but rather having a full slate of games to circle through.
At the end of the day, we need Sinclair to stop acting like their RSNs are this golden goose and put it on cord-cutting systems.