Who wants to watch the Los Angeles Clippers? We’ll have to wait for the official numbers to see if it’s the rest of the NBA viewing public; but for the time being executives at national television networks seem to think they will. And that is a pretty impressive place to start for the hapless Clippers franchise.
Why does every Clippers discussion have to start with how they are supposed to be bad? It’s because they have been. . .forever. We can’t just examine the 2013-14 Clippers in a time vacuum and gush over how JJ Reddick is such an incredible addition to a dynamic roster. It’s the whole picture.
For baseball fans, the Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t a great story because Andrew McCutchen is a great player. He is a great player. But he is one on a team that’s had 20 consecutive Clippers, err rather, losing seasons.
The traditionally hapess Clippers will play 29 nationally televised games per their press release
The Clippers 29 nationally televised games is the second-highest number in franchise history, with the team scheduled to appear twice on ABC, 10 times on TNT, nine times on ESPN and eight times on NBA TV.
The TV exceutives are betting that the Clippers compelling voyage from the deepest depths of NBA obscurity to crest somewhere near the top of the league will put eyes on their TV channels.
The Clippers will also be regionally broadcast on Fox Sports Prime Ticket for 73 of the their regular season games.
“The Voice of the Clippers,” Ralph Lawler, returns for his 35th year as the Clippers play-by-play announcer alongside 12-year color analyst and former Clipper player Michael Smith.
At least equally relieved as Clippers fans that the Clippers will be the best basketball team in LA is Fox Sports. They would have to have had some terrible, terrible, bad business juju to lose the Lakers and Dodgers broadcast rights and still have to broadcast the sorry Clippers again.
Any residual bad karma has been funneled into retaining the unspectacular analyst Mike Smith. At least there are 29 scheduled breaks from Mike Smith for the 2013-14 season.