Plenty of College, Pro Hoops Tonight

Basketball fans may want to keep their remotes handy tonight.

TNT offers a full night of NBA action with Miami Heat v. New York Knicks at 7 p.m. CT, followed by Oklahoma City Thunder v. Denver Nuggets at 9:30.

College coverage includes Memphis at Louisville followed by Arizona at UCLA (ESPN, starting at 6 p.m.). At the same time, ESPN2 will cover Auburn at Mississippi followed by Michigan at Nebraska. Also starting at 6, Fox Sports 1 (FS1) is serving up three back-to-back matches, with DePaul at Butler, Marquette at Xavier and California at Oregon.

TNT, ESPN, ESPN2, and FS1 are available to most Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

ESPN Has NBA, ESPN2 Has College Hoops Tonight

Basketball fans may want to find a comfy seat and the remote. Tonight at 7 p.m. CT, you can flip between NBA action on ESPN with the Chicago Bulls at the Miami Heat and college hoops on ESPN2 with Memphis at Tennessee. At 9:30, stay right where you are for a Los Angeles showdown, as the Clippers host the Lakers on ESPN.

ESPN and ESPN2 are available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

TNT Has Exclusive Coverage of NBA All-Star Events

TNT will air exclusive live coverage of the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend from Orlando, Fla., beginning tomorrow evening and running through Sunday. The network’s 15 hours of coverage tips off on Thursday with doubleheader action: the New York Knicks vs. the Miami Heat, followed by the the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. TNT will also televise the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Friday and the NBA All-Star Night on Saturday. Coverage culminates with the NBA All-Star Game Sunday evening.

TNT is available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.

Despite Lockout, NBA Ratings Are Strong

The NBA lockout, which delayed the start of the 2011–12 regular season and wiped out 16 games, hasn’t tempered fans’ enthusiasm. According to the Media Life website, ratings for games on TNT and ESPN are up substantially for the first 13 games of the year.

According to Nielsen data, games on TNT are averaging 3.1 million viewers, up 67 percent over last year at the same time. On Christmas Day, ESPN’s telecast of the Los Angeles Clippers-Golden State Warriors game earned a 2.3 overnight rating, up 77 percent from a game held in the same time slot last year.

TNT and ESPN are available to all Suddenlink customers who have what is commonly known as Expanded Basic TV service.