We did this two years ago with Major League Baseball, and we’ll be revisiting MLB later this year. Last year, we had our readers grade the national NFL broadcast teams. We’re also going to be dipping our toe into the NHL world, likely sometime in the fall. But right now, the NBA season is in full swing, and we’re going to ask our readers to grade their favorite and least favorite NBA broadcast teams.
There are few things that basketball fans agree on. And throughout this series of rating the local TV announcers, we’re probably going to have quite a bit of divergent opinions. Homerism will likely also be in full swing, but we implore you to try to keep your own personal biases out of the equation.
Over the next week, we’re going to ask you, the Awful Announcing readers, for your thoughts about each local NBA television broadcast team. All you need to do is choose a letter grade for each broadcasting team, and if you feel strongly in either direction about a team, let us know what you really think in the comments section and on Twitter and Facebook. When all 30 teams have been rated, we’ll tally the scores, rank each team from #1-30, and include your comments.
Polls will begin today, and we’ll be running two divisions each day on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week. The voting will be open on each division for 48 hours.
A few quick notes – national teams won’t be included, so you won’t get to spew your hatred (or pour out your praise) for Mark Jackson, Reggie Miller, Jeff Van Gundy and so on. If you have a preconceived notion about a team but haven’t listed to them in awhile, watch a game to refresh your mind. We’ll also be considering the broadcast teams as a whole, so if you like the color commentator but not the play-by-play broadcaster, adjust your ratings accordingly. Also, the voting will take place division by division so hopefully we can gain the perspective of each broadcast team’s fanbase and their rivals as well.
If any other concerns arise, we’ll take care of them as they happen. Soon it will be time for you to sound off about who you love, and who you hate.