Report: NBA to Expand Christmas Day Slate to Five Games

Posted by | November 29, 2011 at 10:03 PM

The NBA will add to games to the Christmas Day schedule, according to a report by the New York Times.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that the abbreviated 2011-12 NBA regular season will begin with five games on Christmas Day, instead of the original three. TNT will air the first game at 12 PM ET, followed by an ABC doubleheader at 2:30 and 5 PM and an ESPN doubleheader at 8 and 10:30 PM.

The report appears to confirm what the New York Daily News reported earlier Tuesday — that the Celtics/Knicks Christmas Day game originally slated for 12 PM on ESPN would remain on the schedule but move to TNT.

The Daily News also indicated that Heat/Mavericks and Bulls/Lakers would remain as scheduled.

It was not immediately clear who would play in the two new games.

The primetime games will undoubtedly be annihilated in the ratings by the NFL Bears/Packers regular season game on NBC, the first Christmas Day NFL game on broadcast since 2006. In each of the past two years, the Christmas night doubleheader on ESPN has been comfortably defeated by primetime NFL action on NFL Network.

The Christmas Day games and the entire 2011-12 season are contingent on the owners and players ratifying a tentative collective bargaining agreement. NBA owners locked out the players in July, formally cancelling the first six weeks of the season.

The lockout will remain in place until the tentative CBA is ratified. This is the fourth work stoppage in NBA history, with all four being owner-imposed lockouts.

(Tuesday’s news from the New York Times)

  • Damon

    Bad choice, just stick with the 3 games.

  • Andrea Cavalli

     I’m fine, as long as the Orlando Magic aren’t involved. I don’t want to see Stan Van Gundy complaining again about having to play on Christmas Day (after an 8-month break from his team’s last game no less).

    • JakeFrankie

      The other game is Magic vs OKC lol

      • Andrea Cavalli

         There you go  :P

  • JakeFrankie

    I don’t think the purpose of the NBA putting up 2 more “night” games to beat Packers-Bears which it wouldn’t of course.

    Orlando is one of the worst draws the NBA has for national ratings, I really believe that. Even with Dwight Howard I know he’s not a mega star like Shaq was but they never draw any big numbers unless there playing a big team.

    On Another note if Chris Paul or Dwight Howard go to the Clippers (All Trade rumors). Clippers without a doubt will be one of the biggest draws in the NBA that’s my opinion. Blake Griffin is already a huge mega star (with youtube videos,commericals, highlights), I really hope Clippers land one of them.

  • Andrea Cavalli

    According to a report, Warriors/Clippers will be one of those additional Christmas Day games.

    The other one, in my opinion, will be Thunder/Grizzlies.