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 National Basketball Association broadcasts 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
19681972
19721994
19841986, 20012006
19861993
19941999
19992001
Boston Celtics WNAC-TV
WBZ-TV

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

1948
19491954
19601965
1965–1966
19661969
19701973
19731985; 1993–1994
19851990
19901993
19931998
1998–1999
Brooklyn Nets WPIX
WOR
WPXN-TV
WLNY-TV
1970–711972–73; 2014–15–present
1973–741985–86; 2005–062013–14
1997–981998–99
1999–002004–05
Charlotte Hornets WCCB/WACH (Columbia, South Carolina)/WOLO-TV (Colombia, South Carolina)
WJZY/WFVY
WAXN-TV/WMMP (Charleston, South Carolina)
WJZY
WMYT-TV
19881992
19921998
19982002
20042006
20062008
Chicago Bulls WGN-TV
WSNS-TV
WFLD
WCIU-TV
WPWR-TV
19661973; 197685; 1989–90-present
197376
198589
c. 1999–200014
2014–present
Cleveland Cavaliers WEWS-TV
WJW/WJKW
WUAB
WOIO-TV
19701973
19731980
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
19722005
20052008
Golden State Warriors KTVU
KPIX-TV
KBHK
KICU-TV
1962–63; 19681981; 19972002
19871992
19801985
19892002
Houston Rockets KIAH
KTXH
KTBU-TV
KNWS-TV
KUBE-TV
mid-1970s–1982; late 1990s–c. 2000
1983–late 1990s; 200812
c.; shown half of the 2001–02 season;

shared duties with KIAH-TV for 2002–03 season; 20022007
2012–present

Indiana Pacers WTTV
WXIN
19671988; 19912006
19881991
Los Angeles Clippers KTTV
KTLA
KCOP-TV
KCAL-TV
1984–85
198591; 20022009
19911996; 2011–present
19962001
Los Angeles Lakers KCAL-TV
KTTV
KTLA
1960–611963–64; 19772012
1964–651966–67
1967–681976–77
Memphis Grizzlies WPXX-TV
WMC-TV
20012005
20012007
Miami Heat WBFS-TV/WTOG (Tampa)
WAMI-TV
WBFS-TV/WFOR-TV
198899 (25 games on WBFS/12 games on WTOG)
1999–2000
200004
Milwaukee Bucks WITI-TV
WISN-TV
WVTV
WCGV
19681971
19711976
19761988; 19941999
19881994; 19992007
Minnesota Timberwolves KSTP-TV/WFTC
KARE/WFTC
KARE/WUCW
KMSP-TV/WFTC
KSTC-TV
198992
1993–1994
19952001
2001–022004
200410
New York Knicks WOR
WBIS
19651989
1996–97
Oklahoma City Thunder KSBI 20082010
Orlando Magic WKCF
WRBW
19891999
19992007
Philadelphia 76ers WPHL-TV
WKBS
WGTW-TV
WPSG
1978–791982–83
1983–84
1995
1996-present
Phoenix Suns KTAR/KPNX
KNXV
KUTP
19681980
19801987
19872011
Portland Trail Blazers KPTV
KOIN-TV
KGW
19701976
19761996
1996-present
Sacramento Kings KOVR
KMAX-TV
KXTV
1985–861987–88
1988–892001–02
2002–03-present
San Antonio Spurs KMOL
KSAT
KABB
KRRT/KMYS
KENS-TV
1978–79
?-?
?-?
19962000, 2001-present
2000-present
Toronto Raptors CFTO
CBLT
19952001
20072010
Utah Jazz KUTV
KSTU-TV
KSL-TV
KJZZ-TV
19791987
19871990
19901993
19932009
Washington Bullets/Wizards WDCA
WDCW
19732007
2007-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 19631973
Buffalo Braves WBEN
CFTO (Toronto)
1970–711977–78
1971–721974–75
Capital Bullets WDCA 1973–74
Chicago Packers/Zephyrs WGN 19611963
Kansas City Kings KMBC-TV
KBMA
KZKC
197275
197584
1984–85
Minneapolis Lakers KSTP-TV 1959–60
New Orleans Jazz WGNO 1978–79
Philadelphia Warriors WCAU 19511962
Rochester/Cincinnati Royals WHAM (Rochester)
WCPO-TV (Cincinnati)
19501957
19571972
Seattle SuperSonics KTNT
KIRO-TV
KONG-TV
KING-TV/KSKN (Spokane)
early 1970s-1975
197578
2000–012001–02
2001–02
St. Louis Hawks KPLR-TV 195968
Syracuse Nationals WHEN 19491963
Vancouver Grizzlies CHAN-TV/CHEK 19952001

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": 6–8. CiteSeerX: 10.1.1.26.1281. 

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