Clippers will have 26 nationally-televised games next season

With the excitement surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers after signing Kawhi Leonard and trading for Paul George, you knew that we would see a lot of their games on national television. The L.A. Clippers tip off the 2019-20 NBA regular season, pon Tuesday, October 22 at STAPLES Center, hosting the Los Angeles Lakers at 7:30 p.m. P.T. on TNT. This game marks the first of the Clippers’ franchise-high 26 nationally-televised games across ABC, ESPN, and TNT.

The Clippers will play seven of their first 10 regular season games at home, highlighted by Opening Night, as well as match-ups against the Milwaukee Bucks (Nov. 6) and the Portland Trailblazers (Nov.7).

The Clippers’ 26 nationally-televised games are comprised of four ABC broadcasts, 11 TNT broadcasts and 11 ESPN broadcasts including the Clippers’ Christmas Day bout against the Los Angeles Lakers.

This season, L.A. will play 13 back-to-back games and travel a total of 46,333 miles, including the team’s longest road trip, a six-game, eleven-day trip from January 18-28. The longest homestretch for the team is five games from October 31-November 11.

The Clippers face every team in the Western Conference a total of four times (two home and two away), with the exception of the Dallas Mavericks, the Denver Nuggets, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Portland Trailblazers, who they play three times each.

The L.A. Clippers 2019-20 regular season schedule can be found HERE.

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Cavs announce regular season schedule

The Cleveland Cavaliers will open the 2018-19 campaign on Wednesday, Oct. 17 on the road against the Toronto Raptors, marking the first time Cleveland will tip off the season on the road since 2015-16 and just the third time in the past 11 seasons. Cleveland’s home opener at Quicken Loans Arena will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21 versus the Atlanta Hawks at 6:00 PM. The Cavaliers are slated to host 18 home weekend games comprised of five Friday games, eight Saturday games and five Sunday games.

Highlights of the home schedule include two matchups with Cleveland’s 2018 Eastern Conference Finals opponent, the Boston Celtics, on Feb. 5 and March 26, two games each versus the Toronto Raptors (Dec. 1 and March 11) and Indiana Pacers (Oct. 27 and Jan. 8), a matchup with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 21, a visit from the world champion Golden State Warriors on Dec. 5, a Sunday contest versus the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 16 and a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee game against the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 21 at 1:00 PM. Cleveland will make two national television appearances on ESPN on Wednesday, Nov. 21 versus the Lakers and Wednesday, Feb. 13 versus Brooklyn.

Additional marquee opponents coming to Cleveland only once this season include the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 7, the Houston Rockets on Saturday, Nov. 24, the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, Feb. 25 and the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, April 7.

Cleveland will match up against each Eastern Conference opponent four times with the exception of Atlanta (two home, one road), New York (two home, one road), Orlando (one home, two road) and Philadelphia (one home, two road). Each Western Conference opponent will play the Cavaliers twice – once at The Q and once on the road.

FOX Sports Ohio will broadcast 81 of Cleveland’s 82 regular season games on television, with the exception of the Nov. 21 matchup versus the Los Angeles Lakers, which will be carried exclusively on ESPN. All 82 Cavs games will again be broadcast on flagship radio stations WTAM 1100, FM 100.7 WMMS and the Cavaliers Radio Network, as well as La Mega 87.7 FM (Spanish).

Other ‘stats’ on Cleveland’s 2018-19 schedule include:

  • 14 sets of back-to-back games, including four home-road sets (Oct. 24-25Nov. 13-14Jan. 8-9 and March 11-12), two road-home sets (Nov. 23-24 and Nov. 30-Dec. 1), three home-home sets (Dec. 7-8Jan. 4-5 and March 2-3) and five road-road sets (Dec. 18-19Dec. 28-29Jan. 18-19Feb. 8-9 and April 4-5).
  • Three matinee games at home this season, which include Sunday, Dec. 16 vs. Philadelphia (3:30 p.m. ET), Monday, Jan. 21 vs. Chicago (1:00 p.m. ET) and Sunday, April 7 vs. San Antonio (3:00 p.m. ET).
  • Cleveland’s longest homestand consists of five games over 15 days (including All-Star break) from Feb. 11-25featuring contests versus the New York Knicks (Feb. 11) and Brooklyn Nets (Feb. 13) before the break and Phoenix (Feb. 21), Memphis (Feb. 23) and Portland (Feb. 25) after the break. Including those three post-All-Star break contests, Cleveland will have five of their next six games at The Q following the break (Feb. 21-March 3).
  • The team’s second-longest homestand is four games over seven days from Jan. 2-8 and includes matchups with Miami (Jan. 2), Utah (Jan. 4), New Orleans (Jan. 5) and Indiana (Jan. 8).
  • The Cavs also have five three-game homestands (Oct. 27-Nov. 1Dec. 5-8Dec. 12-16Jan. 29-Feb 5 and March 18-22) and four two-game homestands (Oct. 21-24Nov. 24-26March 2-3 and April 7-9).
  • Their longest road trip, spanning six games over 11 days from Jan. 9-19, includes trips to New Orleans (Jan. 9), Houston (Jan. 11), L.A. Lakers (Jan. 13), Portland (Jan. 16), Utah (Jan. 18) and Denver (Jan 19).
  • The Wine and Gold will travel 35,670 miles throughout the season.
  • The Cavaliers will play eight home games in December, their most contests at The Q in a single month for the season. They will play eight road games each in November, December, January and March, tied for their most away games in a single month during 2018-19.
  • The Cavs’ final road game will be against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on April 5.
  • Cleveland will close out the regular season at home versus the Charlotte Hornets on April 9.

Here is the complete schedule below:

Cavaliers 2018-19 Printable Schedule

Photo/courtesy: Cleveland Cavaliers

76ers announce regular season schedule

 The Philadelphia 76ers announced today its schedule for the 2018-19 regular season, including the Kia NBA Tip-off 2018 matchup in Boston against the Celtics on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. It is one of 27 regular-season games the team will play on national TV across ABC, ESPN and TNT, up from 14 last season. Philadelphia will also play 12 times on NBA TV.

The 76ers open the home schedule two days later on Thursday, Oct. 18 at The Center against the Chicago Bulls at 8 p.m. on TNT.

Philadelphia and Boston then meet again Christmas Day in Beantown (5:30 p.m., ABC) before two games in Philadelphia on Feb. 12 (8 p.m., TNT) and March 20 (7 p.m., ESPN) to close the season series.

Other notable highlights include:

  • 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons and the 76ers host ROY runner-up Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz on Nov. 16 (7 p.m.).
  • Philadelphia welcomes 2018 NBA Most Improved Player Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers to The Center on Dec. 14 (7:30 p.m., ESPN) and March 10 (3:30 p.m., ABC).
  • The 76ers play Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors at The Center on Dec. 22 (7:30 p.m.) and Feb. 5 (8 p.m., TNT).
  • The 76ers host 2018 NBA MVP James Harden and the Houston Rockets on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 21) at 8 p.m. on TNT. Two days earlier, Philadelphia will play the Oklahoma City Thunder at The Center on Jan. 19 (3:30 p.m., ABC).
  • The 76ers welcome LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers to The Center on Feb. 10 (3:30 p.m., ESPN).
  • The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors visit Philadelphia on Saturday, March 2 at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.
  • The 76ers will have 19 weekend games at The Center.
  • Philadelphia will play six games on ABC this season.

Philadelphia’s final regular season game is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 at The Center against the Bulls.

BREAKDOWN BY MONTH:

OCTOBER: 8 games (4 home, 4 road)

NOVEMBER: 16 games (9 home, 7 road)

DECEMBER: 13 games (6 home, 7 road)

JANUARY: 15 games (7 home, 8 road)

FEBRUARY: 10 games (6 home, 4 road)

MARCH: 14 games (7 home, 7 road)

APRIL: 6 games (2 home, 4 road)

Here is the complete schedule below:

76ers 2018=19 Schedule

Complete Thursday Night Football schedule

NFL Network and FOX announced the Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light primetime broadcast schedule for the 2018 NFL season today.

The 13-game Thursday Night Football schedule features 11 games on FOX which will be simulcast on NFL Network, and two NFL Network exclusive games.

The 2018 Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off Week 2 when the Baltimore Ravens visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, September 13 in an AFC North divisional matchup exclusively on NFL Network. All Thursday Night Football games will kick off at 8:20 PM ET.

The 2018 Thursday Night Football slate of games on FOX and simulcast on NFL Network begins Week 4 when the Los Angeles Rams host the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, September 27 in a matchup of two playoff teams from 2017. This year marks the first year of a five-year partnership with FOX to broadcast Thursday Night Football games.

In addition to the 13 Thursday Night Football games, NFL Network will televise a Week 8 International Series matchup from London (Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars), a Week 15 Saturdaydoubleheader (Houston Texans vs. New York Jets and Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos), and a Week 16 Saturday doubleheader with matchups to be determined.

FOX will produce all 18 games on NFL Network this season, which feature 10 playoff teams from 2017, including the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles.

2018 NFL NETWORK SCHEDULE

Week 2: Thursday, September 13 (NFL Network)

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals

Week 3: Thursday, September 20 (NFL Network)

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns

Week 4: Thursday, September 27 (FOX/NFL Network)

Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams

Week 5: Thursday, October 4 (FOX/NFL Network)

Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots

Week 6: Thursday, October 11 (FOX/NFL Network)

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Week 7: Thursday, October 18 (FOX/NFL Network)

Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals

Week 8: Thursday, October 25 (FOX/NFL Network)

Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans

Week 8: Sunday, October 28 (NFL Network)

Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars (London)

Week 9: Thursday, November 1 (FOX/NFL Network)

Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers

Week 10: Thursday, November 8 (FOX/NFL Network)

Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 11: Thursday, November 15 (FOX/NFL Network)

Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks

Week 13: Thursday, November 29 (FOX/NFL Network)

New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys

Week 14: Thursday, December 6 (FOX/NFL Network)

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans

Week 15: Thursday, December 13 (FOX/NFL Network)

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 15: Saturday, December 15 (NFL Network)

Houston Texans at New York Jets

Week 15: Saturday, December 15 (NFL Network)

Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos

Week 16: Saturday, December 22 (NFL Network)

TBD

Week 16: Saturday, December 22 (NFL Network)

NFL announces pre-season schedule; Cowboys-Cardinals play in Hall of Fame Game

The Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals will kick off the pre-season schedule as they play in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH on Thursday, August 3rd.

Here is the complete pre-season schedule below:

2017 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

DATE GAME NETWORK (TIME)
Thursday, August 3 NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH:

Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals

NBC (8:00 PM)
Preseason Week 2 (August 17-21)
Thursday, August 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars ESPN (8:00 PM)
Monday, August 21 New York Giants at Cleveland Browns ESPN (8:00 PM)
Preseason Week 3 (August 24-27)
Friday, August 25 Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks CBS (8:00 PM)
Saturday, August 26 Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams CBS (8:00 PM)
Sunday, August 27 Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans FOX (1:00 PM)
Sunday, August 27 Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins FOX (4:30 PM)
Sunday, August 27 San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings NBC (8:00 PM)

2017 PRESEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 3

Dallas vs. Arizona (NBC, 8/3)

WEEK 1 – AUGUST 10-14

Atlanta at Miami

Dallas at LA Rams

Denver at Chicago

Detroit at Indianapolis

Houston at Carolina

Jacksonville at New England

Minnesota at Buffalo

New Orleans at Cleveland

Oakland at Arizona

Philadelphia at Green Bay

Pittsburgh at NY Giants

San Francisco at Kansas City

Seattle at LA Chargers

Tampa Bay at Cincinnati

Tennessee at NY Jets

Washington at Baltimore

WEEK 2 – AUGUST 17-21

Atlanta at Pittsburgh

Baltimore at Miami

Buffalo at Philadelphia

Carolina at Tennessee

Chicago at Arizona

Denver at San Francisco

Green Bay at Washington

Indianapolis at Dallas

Kansas City at Cincinnati

LA Rams at Oakland

Minnesota at Seattle

New England at Houston

New Orleans at LA Chargers

NY Giants at Cleveland (ESPN, 8/21)

NY Jets at Detroit

Tampa Bay at Jacksonville (ESPN, 8/17)


WEEK
 3 – AUGUST 24-27

Arizona at Atlanta

Buffalo at Baltimore

Carolina at Jacksonville

Chicago at Tennessee (FOX, 8/27)

Cincinnati at Washington (FOX, 8/27)

Cleveland at Tampa Bay

Green Bay at Denver

Houston at New Orleans

Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

Kansas City at Seattle (CBS, 8/25)

LA Chargers at LA Rams (CBS, 8/26)

Miami at Philadelphia

New England at Detroit

NY Jets at NY Giants

Oakland at Dallas

San Francisco at Minnesota (NBC, 8/27)


WEEK 4 – 
AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 1

Arizona at Denver

Baltimore at New Orleans

Cincinnati at Indianapolis

Cleveland at Chicago

Dallas at Houston

Detroit at Buffalo

Jacksonville at Atlanta

LA Chargers at San Francisco

LA Rams at Green Bay

Miami at Minnesota

NY Giants at New England

Philadelphia at NY Jets

Pittsburgh at Carolina

Seattle at Oakland

Tennessee at Kansas City

Washington at Tampa Bay

2017 PRESEASON TEAM-BY-TEAM SCHEDULE

AFC

Buffalo                               Miami                              New England                   NY Jets
Minnesota                           Atlanta                             Jacksonville                      Tennessee
at Philadelphia                    Baltimore                         at Houston                         at Detroit
at Baltimore                        at Philadelphia                 at Detroit                            at NY Giants
Detroit                                 at Minnesota                    NY Giants                         Philadelphia

Baltimore                           Cincinnati                       Cleveland                        Pittsburgh
Washington                        Tampa Bay                       New Orleans                     at NY Giants
at Miami                              Kansas City                     NY Giants (ESPN)            Atlanta
Buffalo                                at Washington (FOX)       at Tampa Bay                    Indianapolis
at New Orleans                  at Indianapolis                  at Chicago                         at Carolina

Houston                             Indianapolis                   Jacksonville                     Tennessee
at Carolina                          Detroit                              at New England                 at NY Jets
New England                      at Dallas                          Tampa Bay (ESPN)           Carolina
at New Orleans                  at Pittsburgh                    Carolina                             Chicago (FOX)
Dallas                                 Cincinnati                         at Atlanta                            at Kansas City
Denver                               Kansas City                    LA Chargers                     Oakland
at Chicago                          San Francisco                 Seattle                                at Arizona
at San Francisco                at Cincinnati                     New Orleans                      LA Rams
Green Bay                          at Seattle (CBS)              at LA Rams (CBS)             at Dallas
Arizona                               Tennessee                       at San Francisco                Seattle
NFC
Dallas                                 NY Giants                       Philadelphia                      Washington
vs Arizona * (NBC)             Pittsburgh                        at Green Bay                     at Baltimore
at LA Rams                        at Cleveland (ESPN)       Buffalo                                Green Bay
Indianapolis                        NY Jets                            Miami                                  Cincinnati (FOX)
Oakland                              at New England               at NY Jets                          at Tampa Bay
at Houston

Chicago                             Detroit                             Green Bay                        Minnesota
Denver                                at Indianapolis                 Philadelphia                       at Buffalo
at Arizona                           NY Jets                            at Washington                   at Seattle
at Tennessee (FOX)          New England                   at Denver                           San Francisco (NBC)
Cleveland                           at Buffalo                         LA Rams                            Miami

Atlanta                               Carolina                          New Orleans                   Tampa Bay
at Miami                              Houston                           at Cleveland                     at Cincinnati
at Pittsburgh                       at Tennessee                   at LA Chargers                 at Jacksonville (ESPN)
Arizona                               at Jacksonville                 Houston                           Cleveland
Jacksonville                        Pittsburgh                        Baltimore                          Washington

Arizona                              LA Rams                         San Francisco                 Seattle
vs Dallas * (NBC)               Dallas                              at Kansas City                  at LA Chargers
Oakland                              at Oakland                       Denver                              Minnesota
Chicago                              LA Chargers (CBS)         at Minnesota (NBC)          Kansas City (CBS)
at Atlanta                            at Green Bay                   LA Chargers                      at Oakland
at Denver

Fixing the sitting of NBA stars

“Silver, we have a problem.” Another prime time Saturday night NBA game was sullied by the sitting of stars. Last week, it was Steph, Klay, and Draymond; this week, it was LeBron, Kyrie, and Love. Something has to give!

 I have three ways to fix it:

-Reduce the amount of games from 82 to 60. 82 games is just way too much. Because they’re too many games, some teams feel they have no choice but to rest players throughout the course of the season. The regular season is being devalued. Only way to fix it is to limit the amount of games.

-Next, start the season on Christmas Day. The NBA season starts in late October. During that time, the NBA is competing with the NFL. The NFL is king, and is kind of untouchable. So, if you start the season in December, you do not have to compete as much with the NFL, which brings more attention to the NBA.

-Lastly, extend the season into early August. In July and August,  the only sport the NBA would be competing with is MLB. Not much is going on in sports during that time. Also, you do not have to worry about the NFL because pre-season starts in early August. The current NBA season goes from late October-June. Under my plan, the season would go from December 25th-August. The draft would be in mid-August. Summer/fall league would be August into September, and training camp would start in November. Pre-season would start in December, and the season would begin on December 25th. 

It might be radical, but these changes would end the issue of players sitting out. Also, it would drive more fans to the NBA. Will the league reduce games? No! Will the league push the season back? Probably not!