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    Why are sports seeing a historic dip in ratings and viewership?

    As is the case with all broadcasted content, ratings are extremely important for the survival of sports. They can tell a story about the viewers’ and society’s perception of any given sport. This year, however, viewership for such prominent sports leagues as the NBA, NHL and NFL has come under fire for numbers that strikingly differ from previous years. First off, do ratings even matter? In general? Yes. To sports? Not so much. At least compared to a reality show, they don’t. However, ratings do affect how much money is spent on the sport in advertisements, network choice, and media coverage. They can affect the industry but not to the…

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    The Los Angeles Lakers win most significant NBA Championship in recent memory

    On Oct. 11th, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the 2020 National Basketball Association Finals; a feat that seemed impossible in March. When the world was put on hold due to COVID-19, NBA fanatics wondered what would happen to their beloved sport. After a positive COVID test from Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, the NBA indefinitely postponed the rest of the season on Mar. 11. Many worried that the 2019-20 season would have to be nulled and erased in history as if it never happened. But then, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the NBA would go into a bubble in order to try and…