Game Four Is Highest Rated NBA Playoff Game For Boston

From ESPN:

Sunday night’s NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 on ESPN – in which Boston defeated Miami in overtime to even their series 2-2 – delivered a 7.9 overnight rating, the highest ever for an NBA playoff game on cable (records back to 2003), according to Nielsen. The game peaked with a 10.7 rating during overtime.

The 7.9 overnight rating is up 39 percent compared to Game 4 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals – Mavericks/Thunder – on ESPN (5.7) and up 30 percent compared to Game 4 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals – Magic/Celtics – on ESPN (6.1).

In Boston, the game generated a 20.7 rating, the highest for an NBA playoff game ever in the market. Additionally, the game posted a 19.8 rating in Miami – the third highest rating for an NBA playoff game on ESPN in the market.

A couple other items:

Q&A with Red Sox Reporter Jenny Dell – The NESN Red Sox reporter talks about how she got her start in the on-air side of the business.

Former Patriot Troy Brown is among those taking part in the Sixth Annual “NFL Broadcast Boot Camp” taking place later this month. A few other players who spent time in New England – Chad Brown, Corey Mays and Kevin O’Connell are also among those taking part.

Maine TV Anchor Reports Last Night’s Heat-Celtics Game Four Ended In A Tie – Um, Yeah.


Three Wednesday Afternoon Items

Just three media-related items that I thought I would pass along…

Sports coverage overdose – Emerson College journalism professor Mark Leccese writes the “Gatekeeper” blog for He touches on a lot of media items, and today his focus is on the saturation of sports media coverage in this area.

I agree with much of what he has to say. Part of what I try to do here is sift through some of that noise and get you the good stuff.

Robert Lee leaves ProJo sports department – I’m not saying this has anything to do with my blind item in yesterday’s post. Nope. Not saying that. But someone might.

The Enterprise mourns passing of former sports writer Win Bates – Longtime (1973-2008) Brockton Enterprise sports writer Win Bates passed away on Tuesday. Bates had covered the Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins in addition to high school and college sports.

Afternoon One-liners

A hockey source just confirmed it: Cam Neely to be named President of the Boston Bruins tomorrow at TD Garden. More at in a bitTue Jun 15 20:02:30 via UberTwitter

  • Glenn Ordway shared this pearl of wisdom with listeners today: It will be much harder for the Celtics to win tonight if they fall behind by 15 points early, than if they keep it close the whole game.
  • Bill Simmons will do another in-game chat on during tonight’s game.
  • As before, CSN’s Celtics Pregame Live will start at 7:30 tonight, and Post Game Line will be on immediately after the game.

Afternoon Quicklinks

A few links to share this afternoon:

Q&A With Patriots LB Tyrone McKenzie – Chris Warner scores an interview with the Patriots third-round pick of a year ago, who was injured in rookie camp, and missed all of 2009. If you’ve forgotten his story, it’s worth reviewing.

No Harm, No Foul With Nomar – My column in the Metro, written yesterday, hoping to get out in front of all the toxic waste spewed this morning.

A Tale of Two Dans – The blog YFSF (YanksFan/SoxFan) weighs in on Shaughnessy.

Do the right thing – ESPN Ombudsman Don Ohlmeyer weighs in on the Tony Kornheiser suspension, and the Tiger Woods coverage.

06.04.09 Afternoon

Due to conflicts with actual work, Bob Ekstrom’s Blog Links will not appear this week…

If you thought that the Patriots/Jets circus would simmer down a little after Eric Mangini was fired, think again. Rex Ryan is hear, and he’s not going to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings. Yes, he actually did say that. Check Patriots Daily for the transcript of the new Jets coach’s interview on WFAN yesterday, plus a little commentary.

After getting the NFL Network on board in its digital classic tier, Comcast has now moved NBA TV there as well. According to Sports Business Daily, this will add 8.8 million subs to the channel’s distribution, pushing it to more than 23 million. NBA Commish David Stern has said he hopes to get the channel to more than 40 million eventually.

The Red Sox are playing the Tigers as well speak. All sorts of ways to keep up with the game, from Dan Shaughnessy on the Extra Bases blog, to Amalie Benjamin on Twitter.  

Mike Reiss had a Patriots chat on today. Reiss, by the way, is scheduled to be an in-studio guest on NFL Network tomorrow.

Don’t forget, tonight is also the season three premiere of Burn Notice. You can still enter to win a Burn Notice giveaway by leaving a comment on Monday’s post.

Three Lunchtime Quick Links

Three columns to check out over lunch:

Curt Schilling goes after Dan Shaughnessy. Again. With great effectiveness.

Gary Andrew Poole with the Columbia Journalism Review has a very interesting piece on how sports writing can recapture its relevance.

Eric Dorval makes the case for Jim Rice’s Hall of Fame candidacy on

And a NESN note:

This Friday is the 30th anniversary of the Bobby Orr Retirement Ceremony when the Bruins raised # 4 to the rafters of the Boston Garden in a pre-game ceremony before an exhibition game against a team from the Soviet Union. The ceremony originally aired on TV 38 on 1/9/1979 and NESN will, for the first time, re-air this half-hour ceremony in its entirety on Saturday, January 10th at 9:00 PM.

Mid-Day Quick Links

A couple of items from the BSMW Network:

John Molori talks to Pat Kirwin of, including quite a bit about the Patriots.

Stephon Marbury to the Celtics? Why Not?

Elsewhere, Bill Simmons looks at the NFL playoffs this week.

Tom E. Curran picks the Chargers and Giants in the Super Bowl.

In Mike Florio vs the Boston Herald, it’s hard to know who to root for.

Tony Massarotti responds to criticism that he hates the Patriots by saying Bill Belichick should’ve won coach of the year.

John Chandler examines whether Boston College’s 12-2 record is for real.