It looks like the NBA is returning to NBC after next season and TNT might be on the outside looking in.

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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, the NBA logo is displayed at center court during an NBA first-round playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. NBA training camps open around the league Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020,though on-court sessions will be limited to individual workouts and only for those players who have gotten three negative coronavirus test results back in the last few days. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

NBC has secured the broadcast rights to the NBA, outbidding TNT in the process. This development means that the popular show Inside The NBA will conclude after the upcoming season1. While NBC was reportedly willing to pay as much as $2.5 billion annually for the rights, Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), which owns TNT, has matching rights to retain NBA coverage on their network2. Despite the substantial offer from NBC, it’s not a guarantee that they will obtain the package currently held by TNT. WBD is expected to pull out all the stops to keep the NBA, given the significance of NBA contracts to TNT and TBS’s revenue from cable and satellite operators3Negotiations are still ongoing, but the NBA is likely to announce the new television deals within the next few weeks.

NBA broadcast rights has been intense! While NBC has secured a media rights deal with the NBA, pushing TNT out of NBA coverage for the first time in nearly 40 years1, it’s essential to recognize that the situation was far from straightforward.

Let’s break it down:

NBC’s Aggressive Bid:

    1. The Inside the NBA Crew:

    In the end, the NBA finalized media rights deals with Disney (ESPN/ABC), NBC, and Amazon, leaving TNT out of the picture1. The landscape of NBA coverage is evolving, and fans will witness changes in how games are broadcast. As the dust settles, we’ll see how these new deals impact the way we experience NBA basketball!