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April 15, 2014 Updates

Because why not. The chart below summarizes game length by broadcast network (another readily available field in the stats.nba.com data). As you can see, with the exception of NBA TV, nationally broadcast games take 15 minutes longer than local broadcasts. The extra length is presumably due to additional commercials. An examination of the detailed data verifies this presumption, with the biggest gap in length between national and local broadcasts occurring when NBA rules require mandatory timeouts. Inpredictable.com

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ESPN.com's FiveThirtyEight recently revealed that the Lakers were the most searched for NBA team on Google in the last decade by a landslide. The Clippers were 16th. "I don't think you change anything in one year," D'Antoni explained. "The Lakers have been the most dominant thing the last 50-60 years. That doesn't erase overnight, either. It would be a long (process), and I don't think it will ever erase. That's just the way it is. The Lakers are always going to be special and hopefully can get back there sooner than later." ESPN.com

It’s not surprising to see the Lakers on top, but the extent to which they lap the field is striking: The Lakers are about as popular as the Knicks and Heat combined. (Keep in mind that this data dates back 10 years. In the past 12 months, during which time the Lakers have stunk, the Heat have been searched far more often.) FiveThirtyEight

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Minnesota business magnate Glen Taylor has made a formal offer to acquire the Star Tribune, which would add the state’s largest newspaper to his holdings of more than 80 companies. Taylor said in an interview Tuesday that he made a cash offer as an individual without any other investors. He declined to say how much he has offered to pay. “It isn’t that I’m interested in going around and buying papers in other parts of the country,” Taylor said. “I’m interested in this one because it’s a Minnesota paper.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

If Taylor acquires the Star Tribune, he said he won’t take on a managing role with the company, although he might put a family member on the board. He also said the management would remain the same. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Rondo, at his own behest, stepped into the world of broadcast journalism as the color analyst for Comcast SportsNet New England’s broadcast of Monday’s Celtics game in Chicago. The point guard was available to participate on air as he rested his surgically-repaired right knee in the second night of a back-to-back. He played the role of analyst during the network’s pregame show and for the entirety of the first half. “I think it went OK,” Rondo said after the game as he discussed his first on-air performance. “Obviously room for improvement, but first time out I think I did a pretty good job.” NBA.com

Rajon Rondo wasn’t in the Celtics lineup Monday against the Bulls, but he did manage to stay engaged during Boston’s 94-80 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Rondo joined the telecast as color commentator, providing analysis, insight, and popcorn everywhere. For The Win

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Fans have bailed on the Los Angeles Lakers during their miserable 2013-14 season, with local TV ratings down sharply from last year. Looking at Nielsen’s “Live plus same-day” ratings for the 2013-14 season, the 57 telecasts of Lakers games on Time Warner Cable SportsNet have averaged 199,000 viewers — down a whopping 49% from last year at this time (390,000). The team has been without stars Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash for just about all of the season, and has one of the worst records in basketball at 22-44 this season. Variety.com

March 17, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Association's (NBA) San Antonio Spurs have expanded their partnership with local broadcaster KENS-TV. The CBS free-to-air Texan affiliate has agreed a multi-year extension to its deal with team owner Spurs Sports & Entertainment that will allow it to screen up to 14 of the team's games each season. The partnership between the two parties dates back to the 2000/01 NBA season. Sportspromedia.com

OK, Peter—since you’re as blunt a writer as they come, I’m going to be blunt. I attended the Basketball Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies when you were honored in 2011. I sat for your speech the night before—and I hated it. I just hated it. I thought it was mean, arrogant, condescending … etc. It wasn’t as bad as Michael Jordan’s brag-a-thon, but it was (in my meaningless opinion) petty. That said, I thought about it later, and wondered whether, perhaps, you were uncomfortable, nervous, whatever. You’d spent much of your career covering those in attendance, and maybe the moment didn’t work for that reason. Tell me, Peter. Am I off? Am I being too harsh? Or, in hindsight, were you like, “Um, that sucked?” PETER VECSEY.: It sucked, no debate. A rambling wreck. Shame on me for being so ill prepared and for careening out of control and jumping the divider on tangents into traffic. Still, not a single lie was told. I probably should have listened to instincts and rejected induction, on principle. As stated, in all immodesty and objectivity, induction was ten years or more overdue. Vindictiveness reigned behind the annual selections by a decision maker(s) with an ax to grind and wield. Many (some anyway) enshrined before (and after) greatly devalue the ‘honor’. I was pissed and made no attempt to hide it. Jeff Pearlman

Athletes struggle terribly in retirement. T-e-r-r-i-b-l-y. You left the Post in 2012. How have you adjusted to no longer having the column? No longer being on TV? Are you bored? Fidgety. How do you fill the time? Peter Vecsey.: Retirement is a mind trip. I do not miss deadline pressure and the everyday grind, or the travel. I do miss the process of compiling info and breaking stories. I miss most being able to salute the old timers while they’re alive and when they die. I tried to do that as much as possible and was really proud of the finished product. I left a cavity in that area that will never be filled. I also miss the paychecks, a lot. I don’t miss TV a bit. I don’t know how doing it for 20 years, while writing a column three times a week, didn’t kill me. Or I didn’t kill an editor or eight. My wife and I keep rather busy caring for rescue animals, horses, dogs and cats. Total currently is down to 21. Jeff Pearlman

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