03 Aug 21
Brazil had three wins by 20+ points until the final game, where the German national team got the 75-64 triumph and the ticket to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after a real dogfight. Moritz Wagner with 28 points on 9/12 FG led the charge for the winning side, getting help from Robin Benzing (13 p.), Maodo Lo (10 p.), and Johannes Voightmann (8 p. 11 r.). The Germans did it without having available Lakers guard Dennis Schroder for the qualifiers.
NBA TV viewership dropped significantly in the U.S. during its playoffs — finals ratings were down 49% year-over-year — but the league’s continued investment in international markets helped buoy its popularity. The Philippines drew the largest viewership of any international market for the NBA, averaging 1.3 million viewers through the playoffs and 4.1 million viewers during the finals. NBA awareness in the Philippines is nearly 98% and there are 2 million participants in the country’s Jr. NBA program. Typically, China is the league’s biggest market outside the U.S. As a result of ongoing disputes with the country, NBA games were not on China’s state-run TV network CCTV until Game 5 of the finals. CCTV drew an estimated 25 million viewers per game for the 2019 NBA Finals. Top 5 International NBA League Pass Markets: Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, Spain.