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Detroit Pistons 2009-10 schedule

The NBA released the 2009-10 schedule today. The Cavs lead all teams with 25 appearances on national TV -- that's over 30% of their schedule -- but apparently the suits aren't expecting much excitement in Detroit this year: the Pistons are scheduled to play only four games on ESPN and zero on TNT or ABC. Just for reference, they played 15 on ESPN/ABC/TNT in 2007-08 and 14 in 2008-09. Out-of-town fans aren't completely out of luck, though; four more games will be televised on NBATV.

Update: Sports Media Watch provides at least one reason why the Pistons (and almost every other team) will have so few nationally televised games.

Unless there are major changes, ABC will air its fewest amount of NBA games since 2002-03.

ABC is currently scheduled to air only 15 NBA telecasts during the 2009-10 season, the minimum amount of regular season games the network is contractually obligated to air, and the fewest NBA games on the net since 2002-03.

[...] ABC will only air games involving 8 teams next season -- the aforementioned Lakers, Celtics, Cavaliers and Magic, and the Spurs (3 appearances), Nuggets (3 appearances), Suns (1 appearance) and Blazers (1 appearance).

October
Wed, Oct 28 Detroit at Memphis 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Oct 30 Oklahoma City at Detroit 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Oct 31 Detroit at Milwaukee 8:30 PM ET

November
Tue, Nov 03 Orlando at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Wed, Nov 04 Detroit at Toronto 7:00 PM ET
Fri, Nov 06 Detroit at Orlando 7:00 PM ET
Sun, Nov 08 Philadelphia at Detroit 1:00 PM ET
Wed, Nov 11 Charlotte at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Sat, Nov 14 Detroit at Washington 7:00 PM ET
Sun, Nov 15 Dallas at Detroit 6:00 PM ET
Tue, Nov 17 Detroit at L.A. Lakers 10:30 PM ET
Wed, Nov 18 Detroit at Portland 10:00 PM ET
Sat, Nov 21 Detroit at Utah 9:00 PM ET
Sun, Nov 22 Detroit at Phoenix 8:00 PM ET NBATV
Wed, Nov 25 Cleveland at Detroit 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Nov 27 L.A. Clippers at Detroit 8:00 PM ET
Sun, Nov 29 Atlanta at Detroit 1:00 PM ET

December
Wed, Dec 02 Detroit at Chicago 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Dec 04 Milwaukee at Detroit 8:00 PM ET
Sun, Dec 06 Washington at Detroit 6:00 PM ET NBATV
Wed, Dec 09 Detroit at Philadelphia 7:00 PM ET ESPN
Thu, Dec 10 Denver at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Sat, Dec 12 Golden State at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Tue, Dec 15 Detroit at Houston 8:30 PM ET
Wed, Dec 16 Detroit at New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Dec 18 Detroit at Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET
Sun, Dec 20 L.A. Lakers at Detroit 6:00 PM ET
Tue, Dec 22 Detroit at Charlotte 7:00 PM ET
Wed, Dec 23 Toronto at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Sun, Dec 27 Detroit at Toronto 1:00 PM ET
Tue, Dec 29 New York at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Thu, Dec 31 Chicago at Detroit 3:00 PM ET

January
Tue, Jan 05 Detroit at Dallas 8:30 PM ET
Wed, Jan 06 Detroit at San Antonio 8:30 PM ET
Sat, Jan 09 Philadelphia at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Mon, Jan 11 Detroit at Chicago 8:00 PM ET
Tue, Jan 12 Detroit at Washington 7:00 PM ET
Fri, Jan 15 New Orleans at Detroit 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Jan 16 New York at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Mon, Jan 18 Detroit at New York 1:00 PM ET
Wed, Jan 20 Boston at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Fri, Jan 22 Indiana at Detroit 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Jan 23 Portland at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Wed, Jan 27 Memphis at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Fri, Jan 29 Miami at Detroit 8:00 PM ET NBATV
Sun, Jan 31 Orlando at Detroit 6:00 PM ET

February
Tue, Feb 02 Detroit at New Jersey 7:30 PM ET
Fri, Feb 05 Detroit at Indiana 7:00 PM ET
Sat, Feb 06 New Jersey at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Tue, Feb 09 Detroit at Milwaukee 8:00 PM ET
Wed, Feb 10 Sacramento at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Tue, Feb 16 Minnesota at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Wed, Feb 17 Detroit at Orlando 7:00 PM ET
Fri, Feb 19 Milwaukee at Detroit 8:00 PM ET
Sun, Feb 21 San Antonio at Detroit 6:00 PM ET
Tue, Feb 23 Detroit at Sacramento 10:00 PM ET
Wed, Feb 24 Detroit at L.A. Clippers 10:30 PM ET
Fri, Feb 26 Detroit at Denver 9:00 PM ET
Sat, Feb 27 Detroit at Golden State 10:30 PM ET

March
Tue, Mar 02 Boston at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Wed, Mar 03 Detroit at New York 7:30 PM ET
Fri, Mar 05 Detroit at Cleveland 7:00 PM ET ESPN
Sun, Mar 07 Houston at Detroit 6:00 PM ET
Wed, Mar 10 Utah at Detroit 7:30 PM ET NBATV
Fri, Mar 12 Washington at Detroit 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Mar 13 Detroit at Atlanta 7:00 PM ET
Mon, Mar 15 Detroit at Boston 8:00 PM ET ESPN
Tue, Mar 16 Cleveland at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Fri, Mar 19 Detroit at Indiana 7:00 PM ET
Sun, Mar 21 Detroit at Cleveland 8:00 PM ET ESPN
Tue, Mar 23 Indiana at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Fri, Mar 26 Detroit at New Jersey 8:00 PM ET
Sun, Mar 28 Chicago at Detroit 6:00 PM ET
Wed, Mar 31 Miami at Detroit 7:30 PM ET

April
Fri, Apr 02 Phoenix at Detroit 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Apr 03 Detroit at Atlanta 7:00 PM ET NBATV
Tue, Apr 06 Detroit at Philadelphia 7:00 PM ET
Wed, Apr 07 Atlanta at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Fri, Apr 09 Detroit at Miami 7:30 PM ET
Sat, Apr 10 Detroit at Charlotte 7:00 PM ET
Mon, Apr 12 Toronto at Detroit 7:30 PM ET
Wed, Apr 14 Detroit at Minnesota 8:00 PM ET