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TV Ratings Show America Still Likes Basketball More Than Hockey

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Sure, it's a far cry from a few years ago, when hockey wasn't even on America's radar, but the NBA still dominates the NHL when it comes to TV ratings. John Ourand from Sports Business Journal has the staggering numbers:

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NBA playoff ratings dominate. TNT's SAS/DAL Sun was cable's most watched sports event (2.86M homes) followed by ESPN's MIA/BOS Sat (2.84M).

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NBA rates even with late starts. TNT's POR/PHO Sun (2.25M homes) and ESPN's JAZZ-DEN Sat (2.18M) were in cable's top 70 with 11p starts.

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On the other hand, the highest-rated NHL telecast (last Saturday's Capitals-Canadiens tilt), reached just 549,000 homes, according to Ourand. Not bad, but not anywhere close to the NBA. (Note: Obviously, this doesn't include the local broadcasts).

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Of course, this didn't stop one supposed former NBA fan from saying that "the NHL has now officially surpassed the NBA as the better league when playoff time rolls around." To prove his point, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post uses the classic "bathroom break" defense.

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You can take bathroom breaks during the action in NBA playoff games, and know you'll be fine as long as you're there for a few minutes in the fourth quarter. Then, the home team makes its last little run, the other team quits and, voila, a few minutes of garbage time.

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In the NHL, you've got to hold it if you have to go. You can't miss a minute of an NHL playoff game, because that could be the moment the game turns.    

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NO ONE DENIES THIS!

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(Well, except the 2.5 million homes that have NBA Playoff games on their TV).