If there’s one thing that annoy pro basketball athletes it’s their NBA 2K ratings. Give any one of them a bad rating like a 70 dunk rating and they’ll be a over Twitter in a heartbeat.
It’s just one of those things you don’t mess with. So, to the developers of NBA 2K, feel free to give everyone a reason to be annoyed.
But what I’d like to talk about are not the 2K ratings but a different type of rating.
Finals TV ratings. If you’ve been hiding under a rock, they’re awful.
If you compare it to last year’s finals, which to be honest, was one of the highest in decades, this year was a bit, meh. If you know what I mean.
It was not just on the court where the Cavs took a drubbing. Comparing it to last year, early numbers showed a decrease in viewership by up to 30%.
What does this tell us?
Does the public think that Warriors vs Cavs 4 is too much? Or are the Warriors too dominant that everyone expects them to win every year as long as they stay together?
The Warriors seem to be sticking together though so, we’ll be seeing more of them in the years to come.
How will the NBA bring interest back?
Overall though, the playoffs fared really well with several nail-biting game sevens. Ratings for the whole playoffs was up it’s just the finale that’s the problem.
If a LeBron-led East team other than the Cavs make it, will the ratings fare better? What if a LeBron-less Celtics or Sixers make it to the finals against the Warriors, will things work out?
We’ll just have to wait and see. First, we’ll want to know where LeBron will end up then we’ll wait for another year of basketball.
One thing’s for sure, we’ll be looking at those juicy 2K ratings during the offseason and see who fires the first shot on Twitter.