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Thanks to the new NBA TV deal, fans have to search for games every night

Thanks to the new NBA TV deal, fans have to search for games every night
Thanks to the new NBA TV deal, fans have to search for games every night

1. We have known for months that NBC, ESPN/ABC and Amazon will be the NBA’s new television partners.

On Wednesday, the league and the networks reportedly concluded these contracts, according to The athleteby Andrew Marchand.

We’ve written and talked extensively about TNT losing NBA rights after being a partner with the league since 1984, so let’s put that aside for now and focus on what these new deals mean for you, the viewer.

The biggest advantage is that you have access to numerous NBA games during the regular season, but you have to remember where the games are on each night.

ESPN’s contracts allow games to be broadcast on ESPN and ABC. NBC’s contracts allow games to be broadcast on NBC and Peacock. In addition, the NFL is thwarting the NBA’s television schedule, because in the case of Football on Sunday evening on NBC and Thursday Night Football on Amazon, the NBA has to wait until the NFL season ends to air these spots.

So, if you’re a big NBA fan who enjoys watching regular season action every night, here’s a look at the new schedule starting with the 2025-26 season:

Sunday: NBC, ESPN
Monday: Peacock
Tuesdays: ABC
Wednesday: ESPN
Thursday: Amazon
Friday: Amazon, ESPN
Saturday: ABC, Amazon

This is the trade-off in the new streaming world: it will be harder for fans to find and access games, but you will make $76 billion from new TV contracts.

2. A brand new episode of SI Media with Jimmy Traina was published this morning and contains an interview with Sports Business Journal NFL reporter Ben Fischer.

Fischer covered the antitrust trial in which a jury ordered the NFL to pay $4.7 billion for violating antitrust laws by distributing Sunday afternoon games out of market through a premium subscription service. How much will Sunday Ticket customers get and when? What are the NFL’s chances of winning an appeal? What does the ruling mean for the way the NFL distributes games in the future? Will the NFL ever sell single-team or single-game packages? What revelations came out of the trial?

Fischer also talks about the events at the NFL Network, the discontinuation of the popular All about the NFL Podcast, moving Good morning, football from New York and more.

Following Fischer, Sal Licata of WFAN and SNY joins us for our weekly “Traina Thoughts” segment. This week’s topics include Joe Burrow’s idea for the NFL schedule, criticism of LeBron James for his game with Bronny James, the Yankees’ problems and much more.

You can the SI Media with Jimmy Traina below or on Apple and Spotify.

You can also watch SI Media with Jimmy Traina on the SI YouTube channel.

3. Only two teams remain in the Pac-12: Oregon State and Washington State.

On Wednesday, the “conference” held its media day and it was quite a surreal scene.

4. The Killers played at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday as England recorded a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in their European Championship semi-final.

In a super cool scene, the band showed the last seconds of the game before going straight into “Mr. Brightside.”

5. Cam Newton criticized his former teammate Christian McCaffrey for not inviting him to his wedding to Olivia Culpo, and even speculated that Newton may have been turned down because he made an unflattering comment about McCaffrey’s current quarterback, Brock Purdy.

McCaffrey then responded in Newton’s comments section, revealing that he hasn’t had a text message answered by Newton in four years. That’s rough.

Christian McCaffrey
Christian McCaffrey

6. This is a terrible attitude from Deion Sanders. The reason he is judged on a different scale is because he has a lot to say.

And this is an even worse attitude from Shedeur Sanders.

7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: Here’s some lighthearted George Clooney content since he’s in the news right now. The actor is a funnyman extraordinaire.

Be sure to Check out previous issues of Traina Thoughts and see the Sports Illustrated Podcast moderated by Jimmy Traina on Apple, Spotify or Google. You can also follow Jimmy on Þjórsárden And Instagram.

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