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Game 7 most-watched NBA Finals game since Jordan’s last title

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LeBron James, majority owner Dan Gilbert and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate Sunday after winning the NBA title. PHOTO: GARY A. VASQUEZ/REUTERS

LeBron James, majority owner Dan Gilbert and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate Sunday after winning the NBA title. PHOTO: GARY A. VASQUEZ/REUTERS

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — Game 7 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors on Sunday has drawn the highest TV rating of any NBA Finals broadcast since Michael Jordan won his last championship.

The Cavaliers’ 93-89 nail-biting victory over the defending champion Warriors helped deliver the city of Cleveland its first professional sports championship of any kind in more than a half-century, and the viewership of the game averaged a 15.7 rating with nearly 30.8 million tuning in on ABC Sunday. ESPN said Monday those numbers are the best and highest since Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, where Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won their sixth ring.

Must-see TV is familiar territory for Cavaliers star LeBron James — Game 7 between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat three years ago was the second most watched NBA Finals Game 7 ever, and the second most watched NBA game ever on ABC since the network began broadcasting the series in 2003. The most watched NBA game on ABC was previously the 2010 NBA Finals Game 7 between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics — that pulled in 28.2 million viewers. With viewing numbers that high, it’s no surprise that betting on basketball is a hot topic, if you’d like to try your hand at making an extra buck or two, you may want to head over to betting.com.

Sunday’s game peaked in the closing moments — 44.5 million tuned in to watch the final minutes of the Cavaliers victory, including President Barack Obama, who delayed his exit from Air Force One to watch the result of the game.

The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to battle back from a 3-1 series deficit and emerge victorious in the NBA Finals.

Ratings represent the percentage of U.S. homes with televisions tuned to a program. The game earned a 46.3 rating in the Cleveland area. Additionally, 598,000 viewers streamed the game on the WatchESPN app, the company said.

 

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Bucks bycott Game 5 in wake of Jacob Blake shooting, NBA season now in limbo

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Milwakee Bucks issue a statement

ORLANDO, Florida (Diya TV) — As the video of George Flyod’s killing spread across social media, the Black Lives Matter movement grew stronger & folks took to the streets to protest against police brutality. The NBA’s coronavirus-halted season resumed last month in Orlando. This Sunday, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a police officer shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, seven times in the back.

Outraged, the Milwaukee Bucks players, decided to boycott Game 5 of the playoff series against the Orlando Magic. They forfiet the game, but the Magic refused to accept the Bucks’ forfeit and instead, both teams stood united, and the Bucks called Wisconsin’s Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor during “game time”.

The news spread quickly and other teams followed suit, notably the Rockets and Thunder, after Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul discussed the boycott.

Coincidently, four years ago today, former 49er Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the national anthem. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally said that he that he wished they “had listened to Kaepernick earlier.” Kaepernick, who was essentially exiled from the league, has been receiving a lot of praise after today’s boycott.

The players took the “game time” to call the Attorney General Josh Kaul & Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

Twittersphere saw a barrage of reactions from players, coaches to former president Barack Obama

The 29-year-old, Jacob Blake was shot repeatedly in the back as he attempted to get into his car, while his three children sat inside. Protests have erupted in Kenosha since the shooting, with two people killed after a teenager opened fire on demonstrators with an assault rifle on Tuesday.

After the historic walkout, a players meeting was organized that continued past midnight in Orlando & sources say there was some frustration in the meeting among the players with the Bucks blindsiding everyone with their walk-out plan. Bucks’ guard, George Hill admitted he first sparked conversation pregame to boycott and his teammates supported.

As the teams voted on the status of the season, the LA Clippers & LA Lakers voted to boycott the NBA season, with LeBron James walking out of the meeting. He was soon followed by all the players from the LA teams.

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India, Pakistan spar over women’s rights in Kashmir

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NEW YORK (Diya TV)  — At the United Nations, both India and Pakistan’s representatives took shots at their counterpart over women’s rights. Islamabad’s outgoing envoy to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said the women in Jammu and Kashmir were suffering due to the communication blackout in the state. India’s First Secretary to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said, without naming Pakistan, these “baseless statements” were ironic given the amount of honor killings that take place there annually.

Rajeev Majumdar is the new president of the Washington State Bar Association, becoming the first state bar president of South Asian descent in the United States.

For the first time, India entered the ranks of the top ten countries sending visitors to the United States, with tourists from India spending nearly $16 billion in the U.S. in 2018 alone.

And while the Kings and Pacers played two entertaining games in Mumbai, their legacy will include supporting five under-resourced schools in and around the region, outfitting them with Smart Classrooms, STEM training and new basketball courts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Gandhi 150th birth anniversary noted around the world

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) —  Celebrations for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary have been ongoing for the past year, but culminated with a ceremony in New Delhi featuring Prime Minister Modi and another in Washington at the Library of Congress. And France’s government worked with the Indian Embassy there to issue a stamp in honor of his birth anniversary.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal are meeting this week to continue the US-India discussion on trade and investment.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb came to New Delhi to strengthen ties between the Hoosier State and India. Infosys has already made a large commitment there. Holcomb is part of a large delegation of Americans now heading Mumbai to take in the first-ever NBA preseason games in India featuring the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings.

Bollywood turned Hollywood actor Anupam Kher came to the Bay Area to keynote the Akshay Patra annual fundraising gala that helps feed children in India a hot meal during the school year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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