June Sports Action

| May 31, 2016 | |

NBA Finals 

The NBA Finals tips off June 1 – where the defending champion Golden State Warriors will take on Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers – a repeat of last year’s final.  While ABC is the official carrier of the NBA Finals, ESPN3 will be simulcasting it and you can view it on the WatchESPN app as well.

Of note is that cable channel TNT’s exclusive presentation of 2016 NBA Western Conference Finals Game 7 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors averaged 15.9 million total viewers and an 8.8 U.S. HH rating to deliver cable television’s most-viewed NBA telecast of all time and TNT’s most-watched program in the 28-year history of the network, based on Fast Nationals. The Warriors series clinching victory peaked with 19.8 million total viewers and a 10.9 U.S.

Additional highlights for the 2016 NBA Western Conference Finals and NBA Playoffs on TNT:

  • TNT’s Warriors/Thunder Game 7 garnered the most-viewed sports program on cable television since April, when Turner presented the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across TBS, TNT and truTV.
  • Turner’s TV Everywhere platforms netted all-time records for the Warriors/Thunder Game 7 including 1 million uniques, 1.7 million video starts and 23 million minutes of video consumption.
  • Content published via NBA on TNT’s Facebook and Twitter accounts generated more than 2 billion social media impressions for this year’s NBA Playoffs, up 46% over last year. Turner’s accounts have netted more than 161 million video views, up 151% vs. 2015.
  • Overall, TNT’s coverage of the 2016 NBA Playoffs averaged 4.7 million total viewers and a 2.9 U.S. HH rating for its 42-game schedule, up 16% and 12% — along with increases across all key male and adult demos — vs. 2015’s comparable coverage.

French Open

The first week of the French Open had its surprises, as always, but the best and brightest have mostly stayed on course. Will Novak Djokovic finally win the clay-court major? Will Serena Williams finally tie Steffi Graf’s Open-era major-title record? The final week will tell.

Until the final weekend, The Tennis Channel gets the TV eyeballs of American tennis fans. The channel also offers internet streaming for subscribers. NBC Sports, which will air the men’s and women’s finals, also offers some live streaming. Note that the Tennis Channel offers replays every day. Link to schedule here.

NCAA College Baseball Wold Series

The field of 64 teams competing for the 2016 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship was announced on May 31 by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee. The national top eight seeds are Florida (47-13), Louisville (47-12), Miami [FL] (45-11), Texas A&M (45-14), Texas Tech (41-16), Mississippi State (41-16-1), Clemson (42-18) and LSU (42-18). View entire field here.

As background, the tournament begins with 16 four-team regionals hosted by the highest seeded teams. One winner advances from each double-elimination regional to the super regionals. The super regionals are hosted by the eight national seeds if those teams advance. The super regionals are a best-of-three format. The eight winners of the super regionals advance to the College World Series, which will be held June 18-June 28 in Omaha, Neb.

Games will be broadcast on a variety of cable channels – learn more here.

PGA Events 

Memorial Tournament

The Memorial will be played June 2 – 5 in Dublin, Ohio. This year’s event has a stacked field with 21 of the top 30 in the world rankings teeing it up.


  • Thursday: 2:30-5:30 p.m. CT (Golf Channel)
  • Friday: 2:30-5:30 p.m. CT (Golf Channel)
  • Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CT (Golf Channel), 2-5 p.m. (CBS)
  • Sunday: noon-2 p.m. CT (Golf Channel), 1:30-5 p.m. (CBS)


U.S. Open

This year’s U.S. Open will be held June 16-19 at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh for a record 9th time!


The first and second rounds (June 16-17) can be seen on FS1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fox from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The third round will air June 18 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fox, and the final round will be shown June 19 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fox. If needed, an 18-hole playoff will air June 20 from noon to 4 p.m. on Fox. The tournament also can be streamed online at http://usga.usopen.com.

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