How Sports TV Ratings Have Fared in Return From Pandemic Shutdowns

NBA and NHL in late-summer makes comparisons complicated

During the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, when sports had been relegated to the sidelines, it was common belief that whenever the games returned, fans would rush back to their TV sets.

The virtual NFL draft in April and five weeks of reliving ’90s NBA nostalgia led to record ratings — and that was before most major professional sports in the U.S. returned to the field.

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Tim Baysinger

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