Cavs Schedule Reveals Change in Cleveland

By: Andrea Cole

Last year, the Cavaliers were on national television 29 times. This year—without LeBron James—the team will have three televised games.

New Look Cavs Will Only Get Three Games on National Television

The Dec. 2 game between the Cavaliers and the Heat in Cleveland will be broadcast on TNT. ESPN will broadcast the March 6 game against the New Orleans Hornets in Cleveland and NBA TV will broadcast the Jan. 9 game in Phoenix against the Suns.

Last year the Cavaliers’ games were featured on ESPN 10 times, on TNT 10 times, on ABC five times (including the Christmas Day game at the Lakers) and on NBA TV four times.

James’ new team, the Miami Heat, is scheduled for 29 national TV games.

The home opener is scheduled for Oct. 27 against the Boston Celtics—and former Cavalier Shaquille O’Neal, who was introduced as the newest member of the team Aug. 10.

According to ESPNBoston.com’s Chris Forsberg, O’Neal said his goal is to win another title. O’Neal has four championship rings from his 18 years in the league.

“Obviously, the franchise has a rich history of winning,” said O’Neal. “For me, it wasn’t really a tough decision to make. I just wanted to be with a great team and I wanted to continue to win.”

And Celtics Coach Doc Rivers hopes O’Neal can be the missing piece to the team’s 18th championship.

“When you see offensive rebound after offensive rebound after offensive rebound, then you see [Shaquille O’Neal] sitting next to you, you feel like, ‘Well, we’ve addressed one of the areas that we can say lost the title for us,” Rivers said in the introductory press conference.

Season ticket packages for the Cavaliers currently are on sale and multi-game ticket packages will be available beginning next week.

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