NBA on SNI
The NBA on SNI refers to National Basketball Association television coverage on the now defunct television network known as Sports Network Incorporated (later known as the Hughes Television Network). Coverage began in the 1962-63 season (after the NBA's deal with NBC ended) and lasted through the 1963-64 season (when the NBA entered an agreement with ABC).
For 1962–63, SNI did two games. The first one being the All-Star Game at Los Angeles with Chick Hearn and Bud Blattner on the call. The second game was the sixth and deciding game of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers with Bob Wolff on the call.
For 1963–64, SNI broadcast a series of Thursday night games starting January 2. The broadcast teams during the regular season were Marty Glickman and Carl Braun for games in the Eastern Division and Bud Blattner and Ed Macauley for games in the Western Division. The Thursday night series was shown on channel 9 in New York; some of the playoff games may not have been carried in New York due to conflicts with Mets telecasts.
SNI broadcast at least four playoff games starting on March 28 with St. Louis at Los Angeles with Jerry Gross on play-by-play and Ed Macauley on color commentary. The other games (all involving Marty Glickman on play-by-play) included:
- Cincinnati at Boston on April 9
- St. Louis at San Francisco on April 16
- Boston at San Francisco on April 24
- Sarmento, Mario R. "The NBA on Network Television: Historical Analysis".
- Adams, Val (November 16, 1963). "Steel Official Prevents Showing Of His Art Collection by NBC". The New York Times. p. 41.