List of 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 11 (ABC; now WXIA)
WTCG/WTBS 17 (Ind; now WPCH)
WVEU/WUPA 69 (Ind/UPN)
WGNX 46 (Ind; now WGCL)
WATL 36 (Fox/WB)
WHOT 34 (Ind; now WUVG)
19681972
19721994
19841986, 20012006
19861993
19941999
19992001
Boston Celtics WNAC-TV 7 (CBS; now WHDH)
WBZ-TV 4 (NBC)
WHDH-TV 5 (ABC/CBS)
WIHS 38 (Ind; now WSBK)
WKBG 56 (Ind; now WLVI)
WSMW 27 (Ind; now WUNI)
WBZ-TV 4 (NBC)
WLVI 56 (Ind)
WFXT 25 (Fox)
WSBK-TV 38 (Ind/UPN)
WABU 68 (Ind; now WBPX)
1948
19491954
19601965
1965–1966
19661969
19701973
19731985; 1993–1994
19851990
19901993
19931998
1998–1999
Brooklyn Nets WPIX 11 (Ind/CW)
WOR 9 (Ind/UPN/MNTV; now WWOR)
WNYW 5 (Fox)
WPXN-TV 31 (Ind/Pax)
WLNY-TV 55 (Ind)
1970–711972–73; 2014–15–present
1973–741991–92; 2005–062013–14
1992–931996–97
1997–981998–99
1999–002004–05
Charlotte Hornets WCCB 18 (Fox)/WACH 57 (Fox; Columbia, South Carolina)/WOLO-TV 25 (ABC; Columbia, South Carolina)
WJZY 46 (Ind/UPN)/WFVY 55 (Ind/WB; now WMYT)
WAXN-TV 64 (Ind)/WMMP 36 (UPN; now WCIV; Charleston, South Carolina)
WJZY 46 (UPN)
WMYT-TV 55 (MNTV)
19881992
19921998
19982002
20042006
20062008
Chicago Bulls WGN-TV 9 (Ind/WB/CW)
WSNS-TV 44 (Ind)
WFLD 32 (Ind/Fox)
WCIU-TV 26 (Ind)
WPWR-TV 50 (MNTV/CW)
19661973; 197685; 1989–90-present
197376
198589
c. 1999–200014
2014–present
Cleveland Cavaliers WEWS-TV 5 (ABC)
WJW/WJKW 8 (CBS; now WJW)
WUAB 43 (Ind/UPN/MNTV/CW)
WOIO-TV 19 (Fox)
19701973
19731980
19801987; 1994-present
19871994
Denver Nuggets KWGN-TV 2 (Ind)
KTVD 20 (UPN)
1978–79
?-2004
Dallas Mavericks KTXA 21 (Ind)/WFAA-TV 8 (ABC)
KTVT 11 (Ind)
KTXA 21 (UPN)/KTVT 11 (CBS)
early 1980s
mid-1980s–early 1990s
late 1990s
Detroit Pistons WJBK 2 (CBS)
WKBD 50 (Ind/Fox/UPN)
WDIV 4 (NBC)/WMYD 20 (WB/MNTV)
?-1972
19722005
20052008
Golden State Warriors KTVU 2 (Fox)
KPIX-TV 5 (CBS)
KBHK 44 (Ind; now KBCW)
KICU-TV 36 (Ind)
1962–63; 19681981; 19972002
19871992
19801985
19892002
Houston Rockets KIAH 39 (Ind/WB)
KTXH 20 (Ind/UPN/MNTV)
KTBU-TV 55 (Ind)
KNWS-TV 51 (Ind; now KYAZ)
KUBE-TV 55 (Ind)
mid-1970s–1982; late 1990s–c. 2000
1983–late 1990s; 200812
c.; shown half of the 2001–02 season;

shared duties with KIAH-TV 39 for 2002–03 season; 20022007
2012–present

Indiana Pacers WTTV 4 (Ind/UPN/WB)
WXIN 59 (Fox)
19671988; 19912006
19881991
Los Angeles Clippers KTTV 11 (Ind)
KTLA 5 (Ind/WB/CW)
KCOP-TV 13 (Ind/UPN/MNTV)
KCAL-TV 9 (Ind)
1984–85
198591; 20022009
19911996; 2011–present
19962001
Los Angeles Lakers KCAL-TV 9 (Ind)
KTTV 11 (Ind)
KTLA 5 (Ind)
1960–611963–64; 19772012
1964–651966–67
1967–681976–77
Memphis Grizzlies WPXX-TV 50 (Pax)
WMC-TV 5 (NBC)
20012005
20012007
Miami Heat WBFS-TV 33 (Ind/UPN)/WTOG 44 (Ind/UPN; Tampa)
WAMI-TV 69 (Ind)
WBFS-TV 33 (UPN)/WFOR-TV 4 (CBS)
198899 (25 games on WBFS/12 games on WTOG)
1999–2000
200004
Milwaukee Bucks WITI-TV 6 (ABC)
WISN-TV 12 (CBS)
WVTV 18 (Ind/WB)
WCGV 24 (Fox/UPN/MNTV; now WVTV-DT2)
19681971
19711976
19761988; 19941999
19881994; 19992007
Minnesota Timberwolves KSTP-TV 9 (Ind)/WFTC 29 (Fox)
KARE 11 (NBC)/WFTC 29 (Fox)
KARE 11 (NBC)/WUCW 23 (WB)
KMSP-TV 9 (UPN/Fox)/WFTC 29 (Fox/UPN)
KSTC-TV 45 (Ind)
198992
1993–1994
19952001
2001–022004
200410
New York Knicks WOR 9 (Ind; now WWOR)
WBIS 31 (Ind; now WPXN)
19651989
1996–97
Oklahoma City Thunder KSBI 52 (Ind) 20082010
Orlando Magic WKCF 18 (Ind/WB)
WRBW 65 (UPN/MNTV)
19891999
19992007
Philadelphia 76ers WPHL-TV 17 (Ind)
WKBS 48 (Ind)
WGTW-TV 48 (Ind)
WPSG 57 (UPN/CW)
1978–791982–83
1983–84
1995
1996-present
Phoenix Suns KTAR/KPNX 12 (NBC)
KNXV 15 (Ind/Fox)
KUTP 45 (Ind/UPN/MNTV)
19681980
19801987
19872011
Portland Trail Blazers KPTV 12 (Ind)
KOIN-TV 6 (CBS)
KGW 8 (NBC)
19701976
19761996
1996-present
Sacramento Kings KOVR 13 (ABC)
KMAX-TV 31 (Ind/WB/UPN)
KXTV 10 (ABC)
1985–861987–88
1988–892001–02
2002–03-present
San Antonio Spurs KMOL 4 (NBC; now WOAI)
KSAT 12 (ABC)
KABB 29
KRRT/KMYS 35 (UPN/WB/MNTV/CW)
KENS-TV 5 (CBS)
1978–79
?-?
?-?
19962000, 2001-present
2000-present
Toronto Raptors CFTO 9
CBLT 5
19952001
20072010
Utah Jazz KUTV 2 (NBC)
KSTU-TV 13 (Fox)
KSL-TV 5 (CBS)
KJZZ-TV 14 (Ind/UPN/MNTV)
19791987
19871990
19901993
19932009
Washington Bullets/Wizards WDCA 20 (Ind/UPN/MNTV)
WDCW 50 (CW)
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 13 (ABC) 19631973
Buffalo Braves WBEN 4 (CBS; now WIVB)
CFTO 9 (Toronto)
1970–711977–78
1971–721974–75
Capital Bullets WDCA 20 (Ind) 1973–74
Chicago Packers/Zephyrs WGN 9 (Ind) 19611963
Kansas City Kings KMBC-TV 9 (ABC)
KBMA 41 (Ind; now KSHB)
KZKC 62 (Ind; now KSMO)
197275
197584
1984–85
Minneapolis Lakers KSTP-TV 5 (NBC) 1959–60
New Orleans Jazz WGNO 26 (Ind) 1978–79
Philadelphia Warriors WCAU 10 (CBS) 19511962
Rochester/Cincinnati Royals WHAM 8 (NBC; now WROC; Rochester)
WCPO-TV 9 (ABC/CBS; Cincinnati)
19501957
19571972
Seattle SuperSonics KTNT 11 (Ind; now KSTW)
KIRO-TV 7 (CBS)
KONG-TV 16 (Ind)
KING-TV 5 (NBC)/KSKN 22 (WB; Spokane)
early 1970s-1975
197578
2000–012001–02
2001–02
St. Louis Hawks KPLR-TV 11 (Ind) 195968
Syracuse Nationals WHEN 5 (CBS; now WTVH) 19491963
Vancouver Grizzlies CHAN-TV 8/CHEK 6 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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