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Breaking down the new NBA TV deal with Disney, Amazon & NBC

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The NBA’s TV landscape is about to shift.

According to a report published by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, the NBA is nearing an 11-year, $76 billion TV deal that would see ESPN, Amazon, and NBC acquire broadcast rights following the 2024-25 season.

This would mean that if the deal is finalized, longtime NBA partner TNT, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, will likely lose its share of games—including the beloved Inside the NBA program that features Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith.

The Wall Street Journal‘s Joe Flint joined The Carmichael Dave Show with Jason Ross on Friday to shed some light on the negotiations, contemplate where the TNT crew could land if they become media free agents, and much more.

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Topics Discussed

  • Is TNT getting a “last-minute life preserver” to keep Inside the NBA alive?
  • “I think the odds are against it… I think the NBA would be slicing the pie pretty thin.”
  • Is this TV deal a win for the NBA?
  • Flint says that the big winner in this deal is the NBA
  • “I question how much NBC Universal is going to spend in order to boost its Peacock service.”
  • How did Warner Bro. Discovery (parent company of TNT) get to this point?
  • Flint says the NBA always wanted to be in business with Amazon
  • How coveted will the Inside the NBA group me if they become media free agents?
  • Could NBC bring Shaq, Charles, and Kenny to their network?

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More on the NBA TV deal with NBC, Amazon & Disney (ESPN)

On May 22nd, The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Friend reported that the NBA’s TV deal was entering its final stages. ESPN’s parent company, Disney, new partner Amazon, and the returning NBC will take over the share of nationally broadcasted games following the 2024-25 season.

The NBA is formalizing written contracts with Disney, NBC, and Amazon this week, with sources calling it the final stage of media rights negotiations that may inevitably lead incumbent Warner Bros. Discovery to take legal action

The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Friend – May 22, 2024

Friend’s report indicates that if WBD doesn’t up its bid to $2.8 billion, NBC will gain the rights to broadcast NBA games for the first time since 2002.

Part of the NBA on NBC partnership would include Basketball Night in America, similar to the network’s Sunday night coverage of the NFL, Football Night in America.

Negotiations are ongoing–with potential lawsuits on the way but the NBA’s three-decade run on TNT could end after the 2024-25 season.

When is the next Sacramento Kings off-season date of interest?

The NBA Draft is now a two-night event.

Wednesday, June 26th, will act as the first night of the 2024 NBA Draft, where the Sacramento Kings will make their first-round selection (13th). The second round of the draft will be held on Thursday, June 27th, where the Kings will use its 45th overall pick.

Sacramento hasn’t had a first-round pick since 2022, when it selected Iowa product Keegan Murray with the fourth overall pick.

Stay locked into Sactown Sports for all of your Kings draft coverage, including player profiles, reports regarding pre-draft workouts, draft night coverage, and much more.

NBA Offseason Schedule

  • Wednesday, June 26-Thursday, June 27th – 2024 NBA Draft
  • Sunday, June 30th – Free Agent negotiating window opens (3 PM PST)
  • Saturday, July 6th – Free Agents can officially sign contracts
  • July 12-22nd – Las Vegas Summer League
  • July 27-August 11th – 2024 Olympic Games
  • Friday, September 27th – NBA training camps begin

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