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Why are there no NBA games on Thanksgiving? NFL goes unchallenged on Thursday night

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Why are there no NBA games on Thanksgiving? NFL goes unchallenged on Thursday night

Sorry, NBA followers. You are all going to need to spend Thanksgiving — deep breath right here — speaking to your households as an alternative of watching basketball games.

After a 13-game slate on Wednesday night, there will probably be zero games performed on Thursday. Teams will return to motion on Friday, however why does each NBA participant get the identical day without work so early within the season? Certainly some of us would sit down and watch hoops whereas annihilating recent turkey and mashed potatoes.

Well, the reply to that query is definitely fairly easy.

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Why are there no NBA games on Thanksgiving?

The NBA has by no means formally said why it stopped scheduling Thanksgiving games, nevertheless it’s not laborious to land on the logical clarification: The NFL exists.

Yes, soccer has owned the fourth Thursday of November for a number of years now. The NBA simply is not fascinated by getting right into a scores battle with the NFL, because the latter league has continued to ship monstrous numbers.

From Sports Media Watch’s analysis of the 2020 NFL Thanksgiving games:

Even with sports activities scores down, Thanksgiving traditions discouraged, a sport postponed, and never a single crew at .500, the NFL’s Thanksgiving games generated huge viewership.

The Washington-Dallas NFL Thanksgiving Day sport averaged a 12.0 ranking and 30.33 million viewers on FOX, rating as tv’s most-watched program for the reason that Super Bowl. Washington’s win averaged extra viewers than any non-NFL program for the reason that 2017 Academy Awards (32.9M) and any non-NFL sporting occasion since Game 7 of the 2016 World Series (Cubs-Indians: 40.05M). …

Earlier within the day, Texans-Lions averaged 23.39 million on CBS — the least-watched Thanksgiving afternoon sport since 2009 (Packers-Lions: 21.99M) however nonetheless the fourth-most watched sport all season (not together with Sunday’s games).

The NBA has employed a similar strategy in the case of the award-winning “NBA on TNT” present, selecting to keep away from exhibiting games on the community this season similtaneously the NFL’s “Thursday Night Football” broadcasts.

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NBA post-Thanksgiving schedule

Don’t fear. NBA motion will probably be again quickly. Here’s the total schedule for the weekend.

Friday, Nov. 26

Game Time (ET) National TV
Pistons vs. Clippers 3:30 p.m.
Timberwolves vs. Hornets 7 p.m.
Suns vs. Knicks 7 p.m.
Bulls vs. Magic 7 p.m.
Raptors vs. Pacers 8 p.m.
Hawks vs. Grizzlies 8 p.m.
Wizards vs. Thunder 8 p.m.
Celtics vs. Spurs 8:30 p.m.
Bucks vs. Nuggets 9 p.m. NBA TV
Pelicans vs. Jazz 9 p.m.
Trail Blazers vs. Warriors 10 p.m.
Kings vs. Lakers 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 27

Game Time (ET) National TV
Timberwolves vs. 76ers 6 p.m.
Knicks vs. Hawks 7:30 p.m.
Suns vs. Nets 7:30 p.m. NBA TV
Magic vs. Cavaliers 8 p.m.
Heat vs. Bulls 8 p.m.
Hornets vs. Rockets 8 p.m.
Wizards vs. Mavericks 8:30 p.m.
Pelicans vs. Jazz 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 28

Game Time (ET) National TV
Warriors vs. Clippers 3:30 p.m.
Bucks vs. Pacers 5 p.m.
Celtics vs. Raptors 6 p.m.
Kings vs. Grizzlies 6 p.m.
Pistons vs. Lakers 9:30 p.m.

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