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SNL parodies origin of NBA on NBC theme song, ‘Roundball Rock’ (VIDEO)

Apr 14, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

It’s an obscure topic for sketch comedy in 2013, considering that the broadcast partnership between the NBA and NBC ended in 2002. But it turned out to be gold once executed by the cast of Saturday Night Live.

SNL takes us back to 1990, and gives us an idea of what the initial meeting between John Tesh (and his brother Dave) and the suits at NBC might have been like as they pitched the now iconic theme song, Roundball Rock.

As with all good bits, this one goes in an unexpected (and hilariously absurd) direction.

  1. Gordon - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    How was that funny? Oh that’s right, because its on NBC, your parent network.

    It was painful, not funny.

  2. crohrbaugh - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:14 PM


  3. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    This reminds me of Chappelle’s Wayne Brady sketch where a seemingly innocuous guy is revealed to be nihilistic and frightening… except it was 100X’s funnier with Chappelle & Brady. Still a decent sketch. I love John Tesh.

  4. moseskkim - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    The song was awesome. I’m always hoping that that song may be used for espn. Espn intro song sucks big time.

  5. melkipershero - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    ESPN just sucks period now. Between the Heat and Lakers 24/7 and Teos coverup they lost me.

  6. crosberries - Apr 14, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Wondering when the hoop height is going to change after the dramatic increase in player size over the years. Looks like teenagers playing on mini hoops. Is dunking really that incredible when your two feet from the hoop?

    • eventhorizon04 - Apr 14, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      …So you think the NBA is bigger now than it was back when Shaq, Ewing, Robinson, Mourning, Olajuwon, etc. roamed the courts in the 1990’s?

      Most people believe that the NBA has actually gotten *smaller* over the years, hence more teams embracing “small-ball” since there aren’t many true 7-footers who can punish teams that play a natural power-forward at center…

  7. melkipershero - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Much smaller
    Much more athletic

  8. tommyshih - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    The original is actually funnier due to Jon Lovitz in a in a revolutionary war coat violin battling Nick Saban in a Mel Gibson wig on electric guitar.

    • tommyshih - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      For those who haven’t seen the original video this is referencing:

  9. broncobeta - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Is it just me, or do the custom video players big companies like NBC use suck.

    Just use YouTube. Don’t try to control your content. You’re the 5th place network. More people watch Univision.

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