Game Four Is Highest Rated NBA Playoff Game For Boston

From ESPN:

Sunday night’s NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 on ESPN – in which Boston defeated Miami in overtime to even their series 2-2 – delivered a 7.9 overnight rating, the highest ever for an NBA playoff game on cable (records back to 2003), according to Nielsen. The game peaked with a 10.7 rating during overtime.

The 7.9 overnight rating is up 39 percent compared to Game 4 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals – Mavericks/Thunder – on ESPN (5.7) and up 30 percent compared to Game 4 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals – Magic/Celtics – on ESPN (6.1).

In Boston, the game generated a 20.7 rating, the highest for an NBA playoff game ever in the market. Additionally, the game posted a 19.8 rating in Miami – the third highest rating for an NBA playoff game on ESPN in the market.

A couple other items:

Q&A with Red Sox Reporter Jenny Dell – The NESN Red Sox reporter talks about how she got her start in the on-air side of the business.

Former Patriot Troy Brown is among those taking part in the Sixth Annual “NFL Broadcast Boot Camp” taking place later this month. A few other players who spent time in New England – Chad Brown, Corey Mays and Kevin O’Connell are also among those taking part.

Maine TV Anchor Reports Last Night’s Heat-Celtics Game Four Ended In A Tie – Um, Yeah.

Three Wednesday Afternoon Items

Just three media-related items that I thought I would pass along…

Sports coverage overdose – Emerson College journalism professor Mark Leccese writes the “Gatekeeper” blog for Boston.com. He touches on a lot of media items, and today his focus is on the saturation of sports media coverage in this area.

I agree with much of what he has to say. Part of what I try to do here is sift through some of that noise and get you the good stuff.

Robert Lee leaves ProJo sports department – I’m not saying this has anything to do with my blind item in yesterday’s post. Nope. Not saying that. But someone might.

The Enterprise mourns passing of former sports writer Win Bates – Longtime (1973-2008) Brockton Enterprise sports writer Win Bates passed away on Tuesday. Bates had covered the Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins in addition to high school and college sports.

Afternoon One-liners

A hockey source just confirmed it: Cam Neely to be named President of the Boston Bruins tomorrow at TD Garden. More at CSNNE.com in a bitTue Jun 15 20:02:30 via UberTwitter

  • Glenn Ordway shared this pearl of wisdom with listeners today: It will be much harder for the Celtics to win tonight if they fall behind by 15 points early, than if they keep it close the whole game.
  • Bill Simmons will do another in-game chat on ESPN.com during tonight’s game.
  • As before, CSN’s Celtics Pregame Live will start at 7:30 tonight, and Post Game Line will be on immediately after the game.