As the Golden State Warriors get set to debut a new roster in a new arena, their TV home NBC Sports Bay Area announced new additions for the upcoming season.
Less than a month away from their first regular season telecast, NBC Sports Bay Area added Chris Mullin, Jennifer Azzi and Brian Shaw to its roster of studio analysts. The trio will split time in the studio, also rotating as fill-ins for the broadcasts color commentator, Kelenna Azubuike.
NBC Sports Bay Area will televise 70 regular season games for the Warriors, along with three preseason contests. Longtime play-by-play announcer Bob Fitzgerald will be joined by former Warrior, Kelenna Azubuike as the broadcast’s new lead analyst. Azubuike joins the call after previously serving as a studio analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area, now replacing Fitzgerald’s longtime broadcast partner, Jim Barnett who moves to the Warriors flagship radio station, 95.7 The Game. Kerith Burke will return to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warrior telecasts as the crew’s sideline reporter.
NBC Sports Bay Area has not announced a schedule for their new studio hosts, but former Warriors great and basketball Hall of Famer, Chris Mullin is expected to work all 41 home games. Mullin, who resigned as head coach of the St. John’s University men’s basketball team in the spring, has prior broadcast experience with ESPN.
“This will be a little different, I think. Obviously, you know, just really focusing on the Warriors,” Mullin told NBC Sports Bay Area about his previous ESPN experience compared to his new gig. “I’m kind of looking forward to really just locking in on the Warriors and just one opponent, as opposed to covering the whole league on a nightly basis. I think it’ll be a lot more fun.”
Former WNBA player, Jennifer Azzi brings an extensive resume to the network that includes an Olympic gold-medal, also previously serving as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco. Also joining the NBC Sports Bay Area studio is Brian Shaw, a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers and more recently, the Denver Nuggets head coach from 2013 – 15.
NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors coverage will tip off on Saturday October 5th in their first preseason game.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
NFL Ratings on CBS Off to Best Start Since 2010
That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season.
The NFL of CBS is behemoth to start the 2022 season. This past weekend saw the more massive ratings for the network.
Sunday’s national game window, which was led the Patriots-Packers overtime game, averaged 24.647 million viewers which was the most-watched Week 4 window on CBS since 1998, when the NFL returned to CBS. It’s also a ratings increase of 8% from last season.
That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season, CBS‘ best start to a season since 2010.
ESPN Asked NHL For More Games on Linear TV
“It’s something that ESPN pushed for. But to the extent that ESPN was looking to make an adjustment for Year 2, we’re pleased to have the ongoing exposure.”
The 2021-2022 NHL season was the first of a new media rights deal that saw the league’s games air nationally on ESPN and TNT.
The 2022-2023 season will see more games on linear television, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says that’s from ESPN’s insistence.
When asked by Sports Business Journal‘s Alex Silverman about a noticeably larger linear television schedule for the upcoming season, Bettman said “We’re happy to have it, but it’s something that ESPN pushed for. But to the extent that ESPN was looking to make an adjustment for Year 2, we’re pleased to have the ongoing exposure. Although, last year and the way things were balanced was a terrific year for us. Ratings were up, viewership was up, connectivity on all platforms for our fans was up. And ESPN and Turner have done an incredible job, and we’re grateful to be with them.”
Last season, ESPN and ABC only aired 28 games on linear television, 18 airing on ESPN or ESPN2 and 10 on ABC. 75 regular season games were exclusive to ESPN+ and Hulu.
This year, 52 games will air between the two networks with 37 games on ESPN or ESPN2 and 15 games on ABC. The Walt Disney Company has exclusive rights to 103 NHL broadcasts during the 2022-2023 season, including the opening night double header, the All-Star Skills Competition and All-Star Game, and the NHL Stadium Series.
FOX Ends MLB Regular Season Coverage With Highest Audience of Season
FOX reeled in 2,657,000 viewers for its two game slate (Rays-Astros or Mets-Braves).
FOX’s regular season coverage of MLB ended so strongly that it featured the best Saturday night baseball telecast on the network all season.
FOX reeled in 2,657,000 viewers for its two game slate (Rays-Astros or Mets-Braves). The Mets-Braves series was a battle of two teams trying to win the National League East division.