NBC Sports hopes to make an aggressive bid to bring back the NBA

 
Post new topic    LakersGround.net Forum Index -> General Basketball Discussion Reply to topic
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Basketball Fan
Franchise Player
Franchise Player


Joined: 03 Feb 2004
Posts: 24867

PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2023 4:37 pm    Post subject: NBC Sports hopes to make an aggressive bid to bring back the NBA

https://www.cnbc.com/2023/02/13/nbc-sports-prepared-to-make-nba-bid.html

Quote:

NBC Sports hopes to make an aggressive bid to bring back the NBA, sources say

NBC Sports is prepared to make an aggressive offer to win back NBA rights after more than 20 years without them.
The NBA can’t begin formal negotiations with companies other than Warner Bros. Discovery and Disney before April 2024 unless they waive their exclusive negotiation rights.
Disney is expected to bid on the NBA to keep games on ESPN and ABC.
Apple and Amazon have already expressed interest in buying rights to the NBA, sources said.


Cue up John Tesh’s “Roundball Rock” – “The NBA on NBC” may be returning, if NBC Sports gets its way.

Comcast
’s NBCUniversal is preparing to make a strong bid to win back National Basketball Association broadcast rights more than 20 years after the company lost them to Disney
and Turner Sports, according to people familiar with the matter.

NBCUniversal executives have informed the NBA of their interest, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. NBC Sports wants a package that would include playoff games to air on NBC’s broadcast network, two of the people said. Some regular season games could be exclusive to NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock. The NBA could also decide to force media companies to simulcast all games on streaming to increase reach, the people said.

Apple
and Amazon
have also expressed interest to the NBA in buying carved-out streaming packages, said people familiar with the matter. Amazon currently has a deal with the NBA allowing it to stream games in Brazil.

No formal discussions can take place with non-incumbent bidders unless Warner Bros. Discovery
, which owns Turner Sports, and Disney agree to waive their exclusive negotiation windows, which end in April 2024, according to people familiar with the matter. Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery own the NBA rights until the end of the 2024-2025 season — more than two more years from now. It’s possible the NBA could simply re-up with both existing parties and never open negotiations to outside bidders. That’s what happened in 2014, the league’s most recent renewal.

But that’s not likely to happen this time as streaming has taken over as the dominant distribution method of TV watching, the people said. The NBA is likely to carve out one or two new packages for bidders, pushing their media rights partners from two to either three or four, two of the people said.

Disney is expected to bid on a package of rights for ESPN, ESPN+ and ABC, said the people.

Warner Bros. Discovery’s interest in the NBA is murkier. CEO David Zaslav said in November, “We don’t have to have the NBA.” Turner’s relationship with the league features the long-running “Inside the NBA” studio show, hosted by Ernie Johnson and former NBA stars Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal. Zaslav and Warner Bros. Discovery sports head Luis Silberwasser will likely use this year to decide what type of future relationship they want with the NBA, according to a person familiar with their thinking.

“We know NBA programming has tremendous value and expect there to be significant interest in our media rights from both existing and prospective partners,” said an NBA spokesperson.

Spokespeople for NBCUniversal, Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery and Amazon declined to comment. A spokesperson at Apple couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

NBC’s NBA pitch
It’s possible NBCUniversal will be directly competing with Warner Bros. Discovery to be the league’s second traditional TV partner, along with ESPN. NBCUniversal can offer a broadcast network (NBC) to air NBA games if pay TV providers begin dropping cable networks, such as TNT and TBS, that run mostly reruns of scripted programming when sports aren’t on. Comcast also owns Sky, which could give the NBA another international broadcast outlet.

“What you have today is programmers selling us content at increasingly higher prices and asking us to distribute that to largely all of our customers, and at the same time, selling that exact same content either into streaming platforms or creating a direct-to-consumer product themselves at a much lower cost,” said Chris Winfrey, CEO of Charter, the second largest U.S. cable provider, in comments published by CNBC last week. “Our willingness to continue to fund that for programmers when that content is available for free elsewhere is declining. That means within the linear video construct, you’ll see an increasing number of distributors deciding it no longer makes sense to carry certain content.”

Warner Bros. Discovery can counter with a larger global streaming service — the combined HBO Max/Discovery+ (likely to be called Max) — which launches later this year. Warner Bros. Discovery ended September with about 95 million streaming subscribers, far outpacing Peacock’s 20 million, which are U.S.-only. The NBA has been partners with Turner Sports for nearly 40 years.

Many NBA fans fondly remember “The NBA on NBC” for its dramatic “Roundball Rock” theme song and era-defining broadcasts of the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls winning six titles during the 1990s. NBC aired its last NBA games during the 2002 finals, when the Los Angeles Lakers swept the New Jersey Nets. Games have been split between Disney’s ESPN and ABC and Turner Sports’ TNT and TBS for the last two decades. ABC airs the NBA Finals.

The NBA’s value
The NBA offers live programming that’s valuable to advertisers and routinely commands millions of viewers. Regular season NBA games across ABC, ESPN and TNT are averaging 1.6 million viewers this season. That’s flat from a year ago, even as the total number of U.S. homes that subscribe to cable TV has fallen from 70 million to 62 million, according to NBA data.

NBA rights are coming up for renewal while global media companies are cutting costs, which could pressure the the league to lower its expectations on the size of a price increase. Warner Bros. Discovery laid off thousands of employees and cut billions in content costs last year. Disney announced last week it plans to eliminate 7,000 jobs and cut $5.5 billion in costs, including $3 billion in non-sports content savings. The NFL obtained 40% to 80% increases for its media rights when it renewed its deal for 11 years in 2021.

It’s too early to say how much the NBA will be able to increase revenue from its new TV deal, but initial suggestions of a 200% increase from about $25 billion to more than $70 billion over nine years are probably too optimistic, according to people familiar with the matter. An annual increase closer to 100% may be more likely, given secular declines in the linear pay TV and streaming businesses that are still losing billions of dollars each year, two of the people said.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Reply with quote
aprevo15
Star Player
Star Player


Joined: 08 Jun 2010
Posts: 6019

PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2023 5:35 pm    Post subject:



I hope so. We all have good memories from when nba was on nbc.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Reply with quote
Vancouver Fan
Franchise Player
Franchise Player


Joined: 17 Apr 2006
Posts: 17751

PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2023 9:31 pm    Post subject:

This would be epic.
_________________
Music is my medicine
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Reply with quote
Trevacious2
Starting Rotation
Starting Rotation


Joined: 14 Jun 2017
Posts: 311

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2023 6:20 pm    Post subject:

Is Marv Albert truly-retired?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Reply with quote
JUST-MING
Retired Number
Retired Number


Joined: 23 Jun 2005
Posts: 44392

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2023 7:28 pm    Post subject:

Mixed feelings. NBC has had the Olympics, but they aggressively went after content creators with copyright strikes. You can’t really find highlights from the Olympics on youtube. I can find a few since I know where to look but good luck with a general search. I fear it would get into NBA content, like, the only videos you could find are 2K and “reaction” videos. It could be the end for house of highlights and other channels like it.

NBC of the 90’s is not the NBC of the last 20 years.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Reply with quote
jonnybravo
Retired Number
Retired Number


Joined: 21 Sep 2007
Posts: 30889

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2023 8:26 pm    Post subject:

Vancouver Fan wrote:
This would be epic.


It sounds good on paper but I highly doubt the dynamite cast (Costas, Vecsey, Walton and Jones) are going to be coming back. Costas and Vecsey maybe. Walton has trouble just sitting through a game due to back injuries and Snapper Jones passed away 5 years ago.

Really depends on who they got but you can't manufacture chemistry as you can see from ABC/ESPN's feeble attempts at it.
_________________
KOBE
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Reply with quote
lakersken80
Retired Number
Retired Number


Joined: 12 Aug 2009
Posts: 39001

PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2023 11:33 pm    Post subject:

JUST-MING wrote:
Mixed feelings. NBC has had the Olympics, but they aggressively went after content creators with copyright strikes. You can’t really find highlights from the Olympics on youtube. I can find a few since I know where to look but good luck with a general search. I fear it would get into NBA content, like, the only videos you could find are 2K and “reaction” videos. It could be the end for house of highlights and other channels like it.

NBC of the 90’s is not the NBC of the last 20 years.


Too much time has passed and the personalities have retired or left NBC. It will resemble little like the last time they held the TV rights. Also ESPN/ABC have heavily built their content based around the NBA so it would be hard to see them leaving.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Reply with quote
Hammett
Star Player
Star Player


Joined: 20 Dec 2008
Posts: 9563

PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2023 12:00 pm    Post subject:

Theseus ship. They can call it NBA on NBC but it won't have the same magic as the 90's, early 2000s feel.

If they could stream some games on Peacock that would be friggin awesome but corporate greed and whatnot says no.
_________________
Lakers. Built different.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Reply with quote
lakez34
Star Player
Star Player


Joined: 24 Apr 2001
Posts: 6134

PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2023 6:32 pm    Post subject:

Hammett wrote:
Theseus ship. They can call it NBA on NBC but it won't have the same magic as the 90's, early 2000s feel.

If they could stream some games on Peacock that would be friggin awesome but corporate greed and whatnot says no.


I agree corporate greed will ruin the related product (internet access, streaming access, game highlights online) but the live game itself would be pretty solid. I actually enjoyed watching the production quality of some of the Olympic basketball games that NBC presented.

Of course what will suck is they won't actually air it on NBC, and only on some premium add-on to their existing streaming product, just to get people to buy the streaming product PLUS an add-on.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address Reply with quote
The Nightbringer
Starting Rotation
Starting Rotation


Joined: 28 Mar 2011
Posts: 652
Location: Lakersfield!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2023 2:33 pm    Post subject:

I think there's an almost guaranteed chance that Disney will retain rights. But if NBC actually acquired the rights, hooo man.

I remember 2 years ago during the delayed olympics, they played the theme again prior to the basketball games! I even made a thread on it

It's nice to see that even after all these years, even NBC knows that theme hits hard.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Reply with quote
lakersken80
Retired Number
Retired Number


Joined: 12 Aug 2009
Posts: 39001

PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2023 4:30 pm    Post subject:

The Nightbringer wrote:
I think there's an almost guaranteed chance that Disney will retain rights. But if NBC actually acquired the rights, hooo man.

I remember 2 years ago during the delayed olympics, they played the theme again prior to the basketball games! I even made a thread on it

It's nice to see that even after all these years, even NBC knows that theme hits hard.


They play that theme song during the college basketball games on FOX, so I'm guessing there are a lot of fans of John Tesh's work.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Reply with quote
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic    LakersGround.net Forum Index -> General Basketball Discussion All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Page 1 of 1
Jump to:  

 
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum






Graphics by uberzev
© 1995-2018 LakersGround.net. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy. Terms of Use.
LakersGround is an unofficial news source serving the fan community since 1995.
We are in no way associated with the Los Angeles Lakers or the National Basketball Association.


Powered by phpBB