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Chris Paul thinks Hornets should be on national television. At least once.

Jan 28, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

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Voters — wise folks that you are — swept Chris Paul into a starting spot on the Western Conference NBA All-Stars.

When asked about it by Art Garcia at and the Hang Time blog he spit out the usual clichés — then he took a little swing at those setting the television schedule.

“I think it’s big, and I’m unbelievably grateful for the fans for it, because I’ve probably got to be the only All-Star who hadn’t played yet on national TV.”

He’s right. Those national television schedules are set before the season starts with the guys in suits trying to cherry pick games. Last season — with Paul injured for much of it — the Hornets were both bad and not entertaining to watch. They’re in a small market.

So they got shafted. A few teams get shafted every year — this season Minnesota, Detroit, Toronto and New Jersey are the other teams not to have a national game (on ABC, ESPN or TNT). If course, all those teams are well out of the playoff hunt with losing records. The Hornets are 30-16.

So the fans got what the television executives did not. We’ve all seen that play out before, haven’t we?

(By the way, the Hornets are on ESPN March 6.)

  1. zidanevalor - Jan 28, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    I noticed this back in September when I was contemplating buying NBA League Pass (which I did.) I figured out the number of televised games each team had, which is a max of 34 games per season. Since I like Chris Paul as a player, I looked at New Orleans schedule, and they had 1 ESPN game and 6-7 NBA TV games. I was quite stunned at the time.

    Just to add insult to insult, the 1 ESPN game New Orleans got is at Cleveland, which is also Cleveland’s only remaining ESPN game (plus one March 17 at Portland on NBA TV.)

    The 4 remaining NBA TV games for the Hornets are at Thunder (Feb 2), vs. Minnesota (Feb 7), at Phoenix (March 25), and vs. Phoenix (April 8).

  2. thestudiokida - Jan 28, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    I think it’s interesting how every NFL team used to get a quasi-nationally televised game on ESPN Sunday Night Football. Loved those old Carolina Panther games against the Giants, Falcons or whoever. It was exciting for our crappy team to get the spotlight once a year.

    I never knew the details behind why every team got at least one Sunday Night game but I didn’t complain. Maybe that’s why they changed it to NBC… with flex scheduling. Who knows.

  3. jstrizzle - Jan 28, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Yet another example of how they screw up the system. Lets contract all these small market teams because they aren’t real contenders. In the meantime, any big name player should force his way out of said small market team so he can be watched on Television. The players force the problem and then bitch about it. I commend Chris Paul for at least saying something about it.

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