An average of 4.73 million people watched the LA Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors last night on TNT, just hours after the NBA slapped Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban and fined him $2.5 million in the wake of racist comments he made in a phone conversation with his mistress. That makes it the most watched game so far this playoff season, and about double the crowd playoff games were clocking at same point last post-season.
The game was dramatic, but for what was going on around the court, not on it. Many attendees came dressed in black — including the cheerleaders — in a show of support for the team, and audience members were encouraged to hold up their signs of protest/support, which were put up on overhead screens. (more…)