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Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn Nets’

Twitterverse Coughs Up Logos for Comedian’s Re-Imagined NBA Teams

Only in Bizarro World and on Twitter are there NBA teams with names like the New York Anxiety and Brooklyn Bloggers. The goofy monikers are part of a free-association shared last week by comedian Joe Mande. Now, per Dime magazine, there are team logos.

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Mande, via Twitter, invited folks to design logos. The one above is for his version of the Knicks; the one below, for his version of the Nets.

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Toronto Sportswriter Bemoans City’s Newest Buffoon

MasaiUjiriPicToronto Sun columnist Steve Buffery has wasted no time committing the misdeed of a local sports team GM to the public record. In case you missed it, Raptors exec Masai Ujiri (pictured) was done in today by an Instagram user and had to quickly apologize for rallying local fans, pre-Game One against the Nets, with the cry of “F*** Brooklyn!”

Here’s Buffery’s article intro:

Could Saturday’s NBA playoff opener at the Air Canada Centre against the Brooklyn Nets be any more of an embarrassment for the Raptors and the city of Toronto?

The only thing missing was Rob Ford juggling plates at halftime and then falling on to a coffee table.

In a drunken stupor, of course.

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Dancing Edges Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting as Most Watched Prime Time Show

Holiday regalia is full steam ahead! Office parties are the norm. And another seasonal mainstay is NBC’s tradition of the Christmas tree lightning at home base–Rockefeller Plaza.

The holiday favorite brought throngs in the Christmas spirit to Midtown, and millions to their seats. The show tied for second, according to Nielsen, with an estimated 1.4 million viewers tuned in to WNBC, and a 7.2 rating.

The final 15 minutes of CBS’ NFL coverage also nailed down number two for the week.

But standing atop all others was ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. The celebrity competition had the top spot with last week’s result show (1.4 million/7.4).  Performance night “settled” for fifth place (1.2 million/6.2).

CBS’ 60 Minutes found a home at number four (1.2 million/6.3).

There’s more from the Top 10 after the jump.

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YES Network Rides Nets to Ratings Bonanza

Just how popular are the Brooklyn Nets?

The Nets, who began their rebirth this season within the five boroughs, gave the YES Network its best Nets ratings for a regular season game.

The game in question was Saturday night versus the Heat, making the most-watched and highest-rated non-playoff Nets game on YES.

A look inside the numbers, the game pulled in an average 158,000 households and an average 2.15 average household rating. The Nets lost to the Heat, 102-89.

Delving deeper, the matchup with Miami was the highest-rated and most-watched regular season Nets game, not featuring the Knicks, on a New York regional sports network in 15 years. To find a better showing, you’d have to go back to a Nets/Bulls tilt in January 1998 on Fox Sports New York that averaged 186,000 households and a 2.80 household rating.

Nielsen numbers also show YES with a huge “Brooklyn boost.”

Comparing the first month last year to this year is staggering. Nets’ telecasts are up a whopping 235 percent among all people 25 to 54 and 200 percent with men 25 to 54.

Nets vs. Lakers Most Watched Nets Telecast in Six Years

For some reason, people in this city enjoy the Brooklyn Nets. We’ve never heard of them, but apparently they’re in the NBA just like the New York Knicks, a team with the best record in the league. FishbowlNY’s ignorance aside, the Nets must be doing something right, because last night’s game versus the Lakers was the most-watched and highest-rated regular season Nets broadcast on YES since 2006.

The 10 pm tip-off garnered 125,000 average TV HHs and a 1.69 average TV HH rating, which was also made it YES’ third-most-watched and third-highest-rated Nets telecast ever.

We must find out more about these “Nets.” We’re going to start by Googling, “inferior basketball team in New York” and go from there.

Iconic Sportscaster Marv Albert Reflects on Brooklyn Getting the Nets

Yes! and it counts! That was the plan for Marv Albert, scheduled to be at the mic as the Nets made their official start in Brooklyn last weekend. Fittingly, Albert was to handle the play-by-play opening night against the Knicks for TNT. But Hurricane Sandy canceled that great storyline for the NBA’s preemient voice. Despite the change of plans, Albert, a Brooklyn boy, is part of FishbowlNY’s special series commemorating Brooklyn’s resumption of professional sports.

His homecoming will have to wait as Albert is expected to broadcast from the Barclays Center for TNT two times later this season.

Unless you’ve been under a rock since the 1960s, you know Albert’s amazing resume and, of course, his ties to New York. He called Knicks games, either or radio or TV, for almost 40 years. In 2005, Nets began his association with the Nets as lead play-by-play announcer on the YES Network. Albert has always maintained his legendary break neck pace, but wasn’t able to keep the Nets games on his full plate after last season.

“CBS came to me with the NFL. It was at the time right after Turner and CBS had put together the college basketball deal where I ended up doing Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games on CBS,” Albert admits. “It was something I just felt I couldn’t pass up. I knew I would end up doing major games in Brooklyn for Turner. It would have been just too much. I could have stayed and done a partial schedule, and that was the thought, but it would have been just too many games.”

Now, though, Albert is able to wax nostalgic about his childhood.

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MSG Network Previews Knicks Season Amid Brooklyn Nets Groundswell

The folks at MSG Network had a full court press last night to usher in the Knicks 2012-13 season. A media party was held at Walt “Clyde” Frazier‘s Wine and Dine just blocks away from Madison Square Garden.

There are likely several reasons for the excitement. For starters, there is an entire NBA season on the schedule. Last season’s lockout kept games scrubbed until Christmas Day. MSG announcers, who were in attendance with the exception of lead TV play-by-play voice Mike Breen, and occasional Knicks studio host Bill Pidto, are excited about this season.

Alan Hahn, a longtime beat writer, starts his second full-time season as MSG studio analyst. He declared last night that there are no more “next years” for the Knicks. He said there is anticipation that “next year” is finally here.

And the other reason for the Knicks buildup is the elephant in the room. This town belongs to the Knicks, but the Nets have owned the press. They made the highly publicized move from New Jersey to Brooklyn during the off-season. Fittingly, the Nets open their Brooklyn digs with their regular season opener Thursday night on TNT, of course against the Knicks.

Frazier sat down with FishbowlNY. Here are his thoughts about the Nets overshadowing the Knicks.
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MSG Set to Televise 70 Regular Season Knick Games

While all eyes are locked on the Nets arrival in Brooklyn, there is another team ready to start the season.

The Knicks kick off the 2012-13 edition of the NBA schedule and, of course, MSG is the home to most of the action. The regional sports network will televise 70 regular season games starting with the Knicks’ home opener vs. the World Champion Heat November 2.

In addition to the home opener, MSG carries 13 games in November, eight featuring playoff teams from last season.

Mike Breen will return to courtside with long-time partner, Knicks analyst Walt “Clyde” Frazier. Knicks cablecasts on MSG will also include courtside reporter Tina Cervasio and Jill Martin as feature reporter and host of halftime’s “A New York Minute.” Al Trautwig will serve as host of Knicks telecasts for home games and Bill Pidto will handle host responsibilities for road games. Alan Hahn returns for his second season as a Knicks studio analyst.

MSG will also cover the entire six game pre-season schedule starting with the Knicks at the Wizards in Washington on October 11.

TNT has the opening night matchup as the Knicks travel across the East River to face the Nets, the first major league team in Brooklyn since 1957.

YES Network Beefs Up Brooklyn Nets Coverage

As the Nets are about the history heading across the Hudson River, the YES Network has hired a new reporter to cover the team.

Sarah Kustok has been named the Brooklyn Nets reporter on YES games. Kustok will be seen within broadcasts and on the pre- and post-game shows.

She’ll also participate in Nets Magazine and other Nets programming on the cable network. In addition, Kustok’s YES duties expand beyond the Barclays Center, to include studio work and from remote locations.

Kustok, a former star basketball player at DePaul University, most recently worked for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, where she was a Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and Chicago Blackhawks reporter.

“Sarah has proven herself to be extremely versatile throughout her career and has excelled at a wide variety of assignments,” said John Filippelli, president of production and programming at YES.  “Sarah has talent, personality, a love of sports and a quick wit. We have given our viewers yet another reason to tune in to watch the new-look Brooklyn Nets on YES.”

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Brooklyn Nets Schedule to be Released Tonight

The dream is about to move a step closer to reality, as the Brooklyn Nets unveil the team schedule tonight at 7. In honor of the first of many historic moments, the Nets will hold its first ”broadcast” on its Website, brooklynnets.com, right after the schedule is released.

“We are excited to introduce the first call from Brooklyn in dramatic fashion,” said Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark. “The stage is set for Opening Night and we are thrilled to share this historic moment with the borough and NBA fans worldwide.”

We already know the Nets will open this inaugural season at the Barclays Center against the Knicks November 1 in a nationally televised game.

With the Nets move from Newark, they become the first major sports franchise in Brooklyn since the beloved Dodgers bolted for Los Angeles after the 1957 season.