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San Antonio Spurs top local NBA ratings, Cavs plummet

Should it be surprising that San Antonio, home of one professional sports team in the four major sports (and a pretty good one at that) should score a local TV rating that was more than double the Miami Heat’s? Probably not. Tim Duncan and the Spurs posted the best record in the Western Conference this year and finished the season with a 10.19 local rating for its games on FS Southwest, up 52 percent from last year’s mark, according to Sports Business Daily.

The Spurs’ local TV rating more than doubled that of the high-profile Miami Heat, which saw its local ratings on Sun Sports nearly double to a 4.94 average, third-best in the league. Thanks largely to the arrival of superstar LeBron James, the Heat posted a whopping 99 percent increase in its average rating from last season. The Utah Jazz posted the No. 2 average rating, at 5.60, up 1.8 percent from last year. Conversely, the team James left, the Cleveland Cavaliers, saw the biggest yearly ratings drop in at least seven years. Last year’s local ratings leader, the Cavs saw ratings on FS Ohio drop 54 percent. The team’s 3.93 average rating still was seventh highest in the league.

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