NBA Playoffs and NHL Playoffs Hitting Three Major Cities
Three of the nation’s largest television markets are enjoying the benefits of having both the NBA and NHL showcased in their respected cities. New York City, the number one t.v. market in the country, has both the New York Rangers and New York Knicks in the playoffs.
In the east, the #7 seated Knicks are in the first round of the NBA Playoffs with the #2 seated Miami Heat. Down two games to none, the Knicks are headed back to the Big Apple for games 3-4 at Madison Square Garden.
New York’s NHL team, the #1 seated Rangers are tied up 1-1 with the #7 Washington Capitals, as their series heads down to D.C. for games 3-4 at the Verizon Center.
Los Angeles, the nation’s number two t.v. market, has the #3 seated Lakers and #5 seated Clippers in the NBA Playoffs and the #8 seated Kings in the NHL Playoffs. The Lakers, L.A.’s most notable sports franchise, has a 1-0 lead over #6 Denver Nuggets in the first round series out west, with game 2 at the Staples Center tonight. That means that the #5 Clippers with a 1-0 lead of their own over the #4 Memphis Grizzlies are in Memphis tomorrow for game two in their first series out west. They’ll swap out days with the Lakers and the #8 Kings of the NHL, as they have a 2-0 lead over #2 St. Louis Blues. The Kings return to L.A. tomorrow for game 3.
Philadelphia, the number four t.v. market, has the Flyers and the 76’ers playing in playoff series of their own. The #5 seated Flyers, which upset their in state rival Pittsburgh Penguins, have a 1-0 lead over the #6 N.J. Devils and are home tonight for game three. In the NBA, the #8 seated Sixers are down 1-0 to the #1 Bulls and are in Chicago tonight and don’t return home until May 4th.
Is this getting confusing yet? Could you imagine working for the Staples Center, The Garden or the Wells Fargo Center and scheduling the games? What if all three L.A. teams advance?