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Why five games on Christmas day? Because you watch them.

Dec 25, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

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One year ago, the NBA season tipped off.

After an ugly and protracted lockout that should have driven away fans, the NBA opened with five games on Christmas Day — and four of them set ratings records. You watched.

So if you want to know why there are five Christmas Day games this year that’s why — ratings. Television and the money it brings in. The NBA is a business first and foremost. Don’t ever forget that.

We may be a third of the way through the season, but for a lot of casual sports fans Christmas is the unofficial start of the NBA season, when they start really paying attention. So you put together a good slate of games — including a finals rematch and New York against Los Angeles) and watch the fans tune in. Or stream on their mew iPads.

It’s like a second opening day — no NFL, no college bowl games to compete with. Just NBA games and its biggest teams and stars.

This year it tips off at Celtics and Nets at noon (eastern) then the action shifts to Los Angeles where the hot Knicks take on a Lakers team with Steve Nash in the fold but trying to find an identity.

Then the finals rematch — Thunder at Heat. LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant.

Two of the more interesting games are that night — Rockets and Bulls, then the Nuggets visit the Clippers.

It’s a showcase day for the NBA and so there are five games. If you think that’s too many, don’t watch and the NBA will change it. But right now, you’re watching and they are playing.

  1. therealgts - Dec 25, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Dear god Kurt. I know it’s Christmas but take some pride. Mew iPads? Don’t every for get that? Random parentheses?

    • goraidersgospurs - Dec 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Attacking Kurt on Christmas!!! The poor guy was in a rush to play with
      his new toys!!!

  2. larrydavid7000 - Dec 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM


  3. andrejohnsonforpresident - Dec 25, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    hey kurt, been awhile. glad to see you’re writing articles. have a merry christmas

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 25, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      Let me guess: A classmate of yours in remedial typing?

  4. nelszz - Dec 25, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    You deleted my comment yesterday about your grammatical and spelling errors kurt, but you didn’t learn
    …. Would it kill you to just read through it once and catch your mistakes? If you are going to write it, at least write it right.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 25, 2012 at 6:53 PM

      From what I’ve seen he either never bothers to look at if after typing it or else he just can’t tell the difference.

  5. goldstar4robotboy - Dec 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    “Why five games on Christmas Day? Because The Man wouldn’t give us six!”

    /Nat X

  6. jerdogthompson - Dec 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Clippers 98

    Denver 87
    Knicks 103

    Lakers 92

    Mark it down.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 25, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      Oh for one and headed to the night cap. Hope you “mark it down” with a pencil ’cause you’ll need your eraser.

  7. freemantowilliams - Dec 25, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    It looks like Kurt is giving out some presents to the grammar nazis

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 25, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      I’ve got his writing-lump-of-coal here, but don’t know where to send it. Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that you left off a period. Sieg Heil!

  8. pjm1120 - Dec 25, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    “Don’t every for get that.”

    Sounds like someone was indulging in some Christmas egg nog.

  9. ndrick731 - Dec 25, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Didn’t watch nor do I plan to. If watching nba on Christmas is a priority for you don’t bother to celebrate the holiday. Also if you feel the need watch old games cause these guys stink.

    • eventhorizon04 - Dec 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      “If watching nba on Christmas is a priority for you don’t bother to celebrate the holiday.”
      Pretty sure it’s possible to celebrate Christmas AND watch a couple of hours of TV.

      “Also if you feel the need watch old games cause these guys stink.”
      If you think the current NBA “stinks,” why do you read a blog dedicated to the current NBA?

      • manchestermiracle - Dec 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM

        Not to worry, e.h., Scrooge there probably crapped in his kids’ stockings, too.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      ndrick: I think you put an unnecessary “r” in your name. Anyway, even the Catholic Church has admitted that Christianity picked 12/25 for their savior’s birthday in order to co-opt a pagan holiday. Get over yourself. If Jesus were still around he’d be sporting a Pete Maravich jersey and praying the refs don’t blow too many calls.

      • badintent - Dec 26, 2012 at 3:02 AM

        “Pistol Pete sure is neat”. I watch the Pete at LSU, on national TV, miss him, he and his Dad ( Head coach ) were 2 of a kind. Great for the game, still can see Pete shooting those 2 hand set shots from 40 feet out.My best friend was a ball boy for the Jazz ABA team. He told me Pete was the nicest guy he ever met.One of the best passers in NBA history and could shoot lights out too after his rookie season. Thanks for reminding all of us of Maravich. He died too young.

  10. deadeyedesign23 - Dec 25, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    I hope you realize that the 25th of December is christmas whether you believe that sort of thing or not. Also if its a priority for you to read and post on PBT that day don’t bother celebrating because apparently every synapse you fire that day should be to praise your Sheppard.

  11. stillbleedingblue - Dec 26, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    Jesus, re-read your freaking post.

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