Historical NBA over-the-air television broadcasters

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Television broadcasting started around the 1950s and has continued to grow and become more sophisticated. When the NBA broadcast first aired they were broken down into four categories including; pre game, halftime, post game, and game coverage. Pregame casting usually covered a summary of predictions, key factors, and injuries. Halftime covered what happened in the first half, and the post game covered the game as a whole and the outcome. The game broadcast was a live game announcing that gave a play by play.[1]

Local[edit]

Team Stations Years
Atlanta Hawks WQXI
WTCG/WTBS
WVEU/WUPA
WGNX
WATL
WHOT
1968-1972
1972-1994
1984-1986, 2001-2006
1986-1993
1994-1999
1999-2001
Boston Celtics WNAC-TV
WBZ-TV

WHDH-TV
WIHS
WKBG
WSMW
WBZ-TV
WLVI
WFXT
WSBK-TV
WABU

1948
1949-1954
1960-1965
1965-1966
1966-1969
1970-1973
1973-1985; 1993-1994
1985-1990
1990-1993
1993-1998
1998-1999
Brooklyn Nets WPIX
WOR
WPXN-TV
WLNY-TV
1970-71-1972-73
1973-74-1985-86; 2005-06-present
1997-98-1998-99
1999-00-2004-05
Charlotte Hornets WCCB/WACH (Columbia, SC)/WOLO-TV (Colombia, SC)
WJZY/WFVY
WAXN-TV/WMMP (Charleston, SC)
WJZY
WMYT-TV
1988-1992
1992-1998
1998-2002
2004-2006
2006-2008
Chicago Bulls WGN-TV
WSNS-TV
WFLD
WCIU-TV
WPWR-TV
1966-1973; 1976-85; 1989-90-present
1973-76
1985-89
c. 1999-2000-14
2014-present
Cleveland Cavaliers WEWS-TV
WJW/WJKW
WUAB
WOIO-TV
1970-1973
1973-1980
19801987; 1994-present
19871994
Denver Nuggets KWGN-TV
KTVD
1978-79
?-2004
Dallas Mavericks KTXA/WFAA-TV
KTVT
KTXA/KTVT
early 1980s
mid-1980s–early 1990s
late 1990s
Detroit Pistons WJBK
WKBD
WDIV/WMYD
?-1972
1972-2005
2005-2008
Golden State Warriors KTVU
KPIX-TV
KBHK
KICU-TV
1962-63; 1968-1981; 1997-2002
1987-1992
1980-1985
19892002
Houston Rockets KIAH
KTXH
KTBU-TV
KNWS-TV
KUBE-TV
mid-1970s–1982; late 1990s–c. 2000
1983–late 1990s; 2008-12
c.; shown half of the 2001-02 season;

shared duties with KIAH-TV for 2002-03 season; 2002-2007
2012-present

Indiana Pacers WTTV
WXIN
1967-1988; 1991-2006
1988-1991
Los Angeles Clippers KTTV
KTLA
KCOP-TV
KCAL-TV
1984-85
1985-91; 2002-2009
1991-1996
1996-2001
Los Angeles Lakers KCAL-TV
KTTV
KTLA
1960-61-1963-64; 1977-2012
1964-65-1966-67
1967-68-1976-77
Memphis Grizzlies WPXX-TV
WMC-TV
2001-2005
2001-2007
Miami Heat WBFS-TV/WTOG (Tampa)
WAMI-TV
WBFS-TV/WFOR-TV
1988-99 (25 games on WBFS/12 games on WTOG)
1999-2000
2000-04
Milwaukee Bucks WITI-TV
WISN-TV
WVTV
WCGV
1968-mid-1970s
1970s
mid-1970s-1988; 1994-1999
1988-1994; 1999-2007
Minnesota Timberwolves KSTP-TV/WFTC
KARE/WFTC
KARE/WUCW
KMSP-TV/WFTC
KSTC-TV
1989-92
1993-1994
1995-2001
2001-02-2004
2004-10
New York Knicks WOR
WBIS
19651989; 2010-present
1996-97
Oklahoma City Thunder KSBI 2008-2010
Orlando Magic WKCF
WRBW
1989-1999
1999-2007
Philadelphia 76ers WPHL-TV
WKBS
WGTW-TV
WPSG
1978-79-1982-83
1983-84
1995
1996-present
Phoenix Suns KTAR/KPNX
KNXV
KUTP
1968-1980
1980-1987
1987-2011
Portland Trail Blazers KPTV
KOIN-TV
KGW
1970-1976
1976-1996
1996-present
Sacramento Kings KOVR
KMAX-TV
KXTV
1985-86-1987-88
1988-89-2001-02
2002-03-present
San Antonio Spurs KMOL
KSAT
KABB
KRRT/KMYS
KENS-TV
1978-79
?-?
?-?
1996-2000, 2001-present
2000-present
Toronto Raptors CFTO
CBLT
1995-2001
2007-2010
Utah Jazz KJZZ-TV 1993-2009
Washington Bullets/Wizards WDCA
WDCW
1978–79
?-present

See also[edit]

1ABC owned television station.

2CBS owned television station.

3Fox owned television station.

4NBC owned television station.

5Superstation (bold indicates former superstation).

Former teams[edit]

Team Stations Years
Baltimore Bullets WJZ-TV 1963-1973
Buffalo Braves WBEN
CFTO (Toronto)
1970-711977-78
1971-721974-75
Capital Bullets WDCA 1973-74
Chicago Packers/Zephyrs WGN 1961-1963
Kansas City Kings KMBC-TV
KBMA
KZKC
1972-75
1975-84
1984-85
Minneapolis Lakers KSTP-TV 1959-60
New Orleans Jazz WGNO 1978-79
Philadelphia Warriors WCAU 1951-1962
Rochester/Cincinnati Royals WHAM (Rochester)
WCPO-TV (Cincinnati)
1950-1957
1957-1972
Seattle SuperSonics KTNT
KIRO-TV
KONG-TV
KING-TV/KSKN (Spokane)
early 1970s-1975
1975-78
2000-012001-02
2001-02
St. Louis Hawks KPLR-TV 1959-68
Syracuse Nationals WHEN 1949-1963
Vancouver Grizzlies CHAN-TV/CHEK 1995-2001

Local Cable[edit]

National[edit]

Network Years
DuMont 1953-1954
NBC 1954-55 to 1961-62
1990-91 to 2001-02
SNI 1962-63 to 1963-64
ABC 1964-65 to 1972-73
2002-03 to present (at least through 2024-25)
CBS 1973-74 to 1989-90

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sarmento, Mario R. (December 1998). "The NBA on Network Television: A Historical Analysis". pp. 6–8. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 

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