The five-time, reigning, defending Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors are off to their worst season start since the P.J. Carlesimo days, trudging through a painfully slow rebuilding season.
And according to several sources, the NBA is taking steps to shield the nation from watching this terrible basketball.
The dumping of Warriors' national TV games has begun. NBA announces switches for Dec. 13 and 18 on ESPN, both removing Golden State games.— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) December 4, 2019
The Warriors are getting flexed out of national games (as they should be) pic.twitter.com/rbMYbLIxwb— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) December 4, 2019
League beginning its shift away from the Warriors’ crashing season. They just had their next two national TV games — Dec 13th at Utah, Dec 18th at Portland — moved off ESPN. More likely to come.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 4, 2019
Really? After delivering seven straight seasons of playoff appearances, and the single most watched pro basketball game since the Jordan-era, are the Warriors being taken off of national broadcasts just because all their superstars are injured and their “The Bay” jerseys are blindingly neon yellow??
This takes Dub Nation back to the dark days when the team was so terrible, any Warriors game on TNT or ESPN felt like Christmas.
But at least the Warriors are getting support from their home fans in the Bay Area...
Oh wait, that’s dropped precipitously as well?
At the bottom of that tweet from Sports Business Daily (you may have to click to expand it), it states, “Without Steph Curry, Klay Thompson or Kevin Durant, ratings for Warriors game are down 51% on NBC Sports Bay Area”.
HALF of Golden State’s home viewership has plummeted? Now I know that it’s a combination of an overall trend of NBA viewership dropping, combined with the team’s awful play this season. But still, that’s a drastic drop.
There’s only one way to salvage the ratings: bring back the “It’s a Great Time Out!” ad campaign from franchise’s dark days during the early-2000s.
Hang in there Warriors, at least you know GSoM will be tuning in!