Pelicans opener in Las Vegas breaks record for TV rating at summer game

by Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer

LAS VEGAS – Whether it was the line of fans that snaked around both arenas on UNLV’s campus, or the sold-out crowds for both Day 1 and 2 of the NBA Summer League, there were indications everywhere this weekend that the annual July event has never been more popular. Another sign that this was an unprecedented week in Las Vegas? A new all-time single-game record for TV ratings.

Friday’s summer debut for New Orleans No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson and New York’s third choice, R.J. Barrett, netted a 1.2 rating on ESPN, which is a 33 percent greater audience than the previous record (set during a ’17 matchup between the Celtics and Lakers).

Among local markets throughout the U.S., New Orleans had the highest rating at 7.0, followed by Memphis at 3.0, Norfolk at 2.4 and Raleigh-Durham at 2.3.

GAME RECAP: Knicks-Pelicans game cancelled

Due to an earthquake that registered in the Los Angeles area spanning to Las Vegas, the Knicks-Pelicans game was stopped to be postponed.

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GAME RECAP: Knicks-Pelicans game cancelled

Due to an earthquake that registered in the Los Angeles area spanning to Las Vegas, the Knicks-Pelicans game was stopped to be postponed.
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Zion Williamson finishes the 1st quarter with a nice baseline dunk off the inbounds.
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Zylan Cheatham gets the block vs the Knicks
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Frank Jackson had a productive 1st half, putting up 14 points vs the New York Knicks
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Frank Jackson goes coast-to-coast and finishes with a strong dunk vs the New York Knicks
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The Pelicans separated themselves in the 3rd quarter against the New York Knicks
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