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NBA Finals Game 5 Viewership Crashes Nearly 70% from 2019


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The NBA was hoping for a Finals to remember, as league executives foresaw a supposedly sports-starved population turning to the Association for desperately needed entertainment relief.

Instead, it has been a Finals the NBA would love to forget.


Friday night’s Game 5 drew 5.7 million viewers, according to TVLine. While that very low number is actually very good compared to the viewership numbers earned by the first three games in the series, it represent a nearly 70 percent decline from the 18.22 million viewers who tuned-in for Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals when the Golden State Warriors took on the Toronto Raptors.

That’s right, Game 5 of the 2020 Finals (which includes LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers) drew over 12.5 million fewer viewers than a game which included a team from Canada.:snip:

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Mark Cuban Tells Megyn Kelly China Is An NBA Customer: ‘I’m OK Doing Business With China’

Madeline Osburn

October 12, 2020


“So basically, you’re saying that nobody should do business with China ever?” Cuban asked.

“Why would the NBA do that?” Kelly asked again, referring to the NBA’s profitable business with China.

“They are a customer. They are a customer of ours. And guess what, Megyn? I’m okay with doing business with China,” Cuban said. “You know, I wish I could solve all the world’s problems, Megyn. I’m sure you do too. But we can’t. And so we have to pick our battles. And while you’d like to get proclamations so you can create a clip that says, ‘Look what I got Mark to say,’ you don’t want to deal with the actual action item.”

Cuban said he condemns all human rights violations, but when Kelly pressed him to specifically condemn China, he pointed to his work with the State Department in trying to expand visas for asylum-seekers in the United States from China and all over the world.

Kelly recounted for listeners the backlash the NBA face after Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted his support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. China also responded by refusing to broadcast any NBA games and canceling games scheduled to be played in China. Last week, China began airing the NBA finals games, the first games broadcast in over a year, citing “good will continuously expressed by the NBA.”


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