1979-80 NBA Season

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As originally posted by Tony Miller:


In 1979-1980, the NBA met cable TV for the first time. The first cable NBA game was also the Pacers’ first full national TV (as opposed to CBS regional TV) appearance, on Thursday, Oct. 18, when Indiana played Atlanta. UA-Columbia televised basketball, as it did baseball, on Thursday nights.

This would be the NBA’s final season as a 22-team league. The Jazz moved to Utah, abandoning the Superdome for the Salt Palace in an exchange of important-sounding buildings. The Jazz moved to the Midwest division to take advantage of a regional rivalry with Denver.

Magic and Bird both debuted this year after facing off in the 1979 NCAA championship: Magic first appeared on national TV in the NBA on Oct. 12, and Bird first appeared Dec. 27. The three-point line also made its debut on Oct. 12.

For those of you reading the listings later in chronological order, CBS no longer regionalized as many as eight games per day. For those of you reading this as I post in reverse-chronological order, we're going to see a lot of unknown announcers in the next few years.

I’ve abbreviated UA-Columbia to UAC in the listings below.

Data transcribed from ”’NBA on CBS’ Regular Season Schedules” and ”NBA on CBS Playoff Games”. Additional listings and significant clarifications on which games have been confirmed came from jtgrace1 and Jeff79.

For the numerous games that are not confirmed, the initials of jtgrace1's guesses are given in parentheses. These are, for the sake of emphasis, GUESSES.

OCTOBER

Friday 10/12:

Lakers-Clippers, 11:30 (taped in MT/PT), CBS. Brent Musburger, Rod Hundley

Thursday 10/18:

Pacers-Hawks, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Bulls-Clippers, 10:30, UAC. Announcers unknown (ed-sj)

Thursday 10/25:

Bucks-Clippers, 10:00, UAC. Announcers unknown (ed-sj)

NOVEMBER

Thursday 11/1:

Cavaliers-Pistons, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Thursday 11/8:

Blazers-Bucks, 9:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Thursday 11/15:

Lakers-Kings, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Nuggets-Warriors, 10:30, UAC. Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

Thursday 11/22:

Warriors-Cavaliers, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Thursday 11/29:

Knicks-Cavaliers, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

DECEMBER

Thursday 12/6:

Warriors-Clippers, 10:00, UAC. Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

Thursday 12/13:

Bullets-Cavaliers, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Rockets-Suns, 10:30, UAC joined in progress (10:00 tip). Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

Thursday 12/20:

Kings-Bucks, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Knicks-Clippers, 10:30, UAC. Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

Tuesday 12/25:

Sixers-Bullets, 12:30, CBS. Gary Bender, Rod Hundley

Thursday 12/27:

Sixers-Spurs, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Celtics-Clippers, 10:30, UAC. Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

JANUARY

Thursday 1/3:

Nets-Hawks, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Clippers-Knicks, 10:30 (taped at 7:30), UAC. Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

Thursday 1/10:

Bulls-Kings, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Sunday 1/13:

Lakers-Celtics, 1:00, CBS. Brent Musburger, Rod Hundley

Thursday 1/17:

Bullets-Pistons, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Spurs-Cavaliers, 10:30 (taped at 8:00), UAC. Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

Sunday 1/20:

Sonics-Celtics, 12:00, CBS. Gary Bender, Rod Hundley, Bill Russell

Thursday 1/24:

Nets-Bullets, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Lakers-Blazers, 10:30, UAC. Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

Sunday 1/27:

Hawks-Spurs, 1:00, CBS regional. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley

Clippers-Celtics, 1:00, CBS regional. Gary Bender, Keith Erickson

Thursday 1/31:

Lakers-Bulls, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Johnny "Red" Kerr

Bucks-Sonics, 10:30, UAC. Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

FEBRUARY

Sunday 2/3:

NBA All-Star Game at Landover, Md. (Washington)

West-East, 1:00, CBS. Brent Musburger, Rod Hundley, Bill Russell

Thursday 2/7:

Sonics-Pistons, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Sunday 2/10:

Lakers-Sixers, 1:00, CBS. Brent Musburger, Rod Hundley, Bill Russell

Thursday 2/14:

Warriors-Bucks, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Nuggets-Sonics, 10:30, UAC. Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

Sunday 2/17:

Celtics-Sonics, 3:45, CBS regional. Brent Musburger, Rod Hundley, Bill Russell

Bullets-Lakers, 3:45, CBS regional. Announcers unknown (GB-KE)

Thursday 2/21:

Suns-Pistons, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Sixers-Clippers, 10:30, UAC. Eddie Doucette, Steve Jones

Sunday 2/24:

Bucks-Kings, 1:00, CBS regional. Brent Musburger, Rod Hundley, Bill Russell

Clippers-Bulls, 1:00, CBS regional. Gary Bender, Keith Erickson

Thursday 2/28:

Rockets-Bullets, 7:30, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Spurs-Knicks, 10:30 (taped), UAC. Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

MARCH

Sunday 3/2:

Lakers-Suns, 1:00, CBS. Gary Bender, Keith Erickson

Bucks-Clippers, 3:45, CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley

Thursday 3/6:

Nets-Bullets, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Blazers-Jazz, 10:30, UAC joined in progress (10:00 tip). Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

Sunday 3/9:

Sixers-Spurs, 1:00, CBS. Brent Musburger, Rod Hundley, Bill Russell

Thursday 3/13:

Pacers-Knicks, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Nuggets-Clippers, 10:30, UAC. Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

Sunday 3/16:

Suns-Lakers, 2:00, CBS regional. Brent Musburger, Rod Hundley, Bill Russell

Knicks-Bullets, 2:00, CBS regional. Gary Bender, Keith Erickson

Kings-Bucks, 2:00, CBS regional. Tim Ryan, Jon McGlocklin

Thursday 3/20:

Celtics-Pistons, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Nuggets-Kings, 10:30 (taped at 8:30), UAC. Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

Friday 3/21:

Suns-Blazers, 11:30 (taped in MT/PT), CBS. Brent Musburger, Rod Hundley, Bill Russell

Sunday 3/23:

Knicks-Sixers, 1:00, CBS regional. Brent Musburger, Rod Hundley, Bill Russell

Nets-Celtics, 1:00, CBS regional. Dick Stockton, Jon McGlocklin

Spurs-Hawks, 1:00, CBS regional. Gary Bender, Keith Erickson

Thursday 3/27:

Sixers-Knicks, 8:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Blazers-Clippers, 10:30, UAC. Announcers unknown (ED-sj)

Friday 3/28:

Clippers-Lakers, 11:30, CBS. Brent Musburger, Rod Hundley, Bill Russell

Sunday 3/30:

Celtics-Sixers, 1:00, CBS. Brent Musburger, Rod Hundley, Bill Russell

APRIL

Friday 4/4:

West 1st rd, g2: Suns-Kings, 8:30, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

West 1st rd, g2: Sonics-Blazers, 11:30, CBS (taped MT/PT except Seattle/Portland). Brent Musburger, Bill Russell

Sunday 4/6:

East semis, g1: Hawks-Sixers, 1:00, CBS. Gary Bender, Rod Hundley

West 1st rd, g3: Blazers-Sonics, 3:30, CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell

Tuesday 4/8:

West semis, g1: Suns-Lakers, 11:00, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Steve Jones

Friday 4/11:

East semis, g2: Rockets-Celtics, 7:30, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

West semis, g3: Lakers-Suns, 11:40 (taped MT/PT), CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley

CBS aired Masters highlights from 11:30-11:40, creating unusual start time for LAL-PHX.

Sunday 4/13:

East semis, g3: Celtics-Rockets, 1:00, CBS.  Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley

Friday 4/18:

East finals, g1: Sixers-Celtics, 7:30, UAC. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

West semis, g6: Sonics-Bucks, 11:30 (taped 9:00), CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley

Live in Seattle.

Sunday 4/20:

East finals, g2: Sixers-Celtics, 1:00, CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry

West semis, g7: Bucks-Sonics, 3:30, CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley

Wednesday 4/23:

West finals, g2: Sonics-Lakers, 11:30, CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley

Friday 4/25:

West finals, g3: Lakers-Sonics (at U. of Wash.), 11:30, CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley

Sunday 4/27:

East finals, g5: Sixers-Celtics, 1:00, CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry

West finals, g4: Lakers-Sonics (at U. of Wash.), 3:30, CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley

Wednesday 4/30:

West finals, g5: Sonics-Lakers, 11:30, CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley, Rick Barry

MAY

Sunday 5/4:

NBA Finals, g1: Sixers-Lakers, 3:30, CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley, Rick Barry

Wednesday 5/7:

NBA Finals, g2: Sixers-Lakers, 11:30, CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley, Rick Barry

Saturday 5/10:

NBA Finals, g3: Lakers-Sixers, 3:30, CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley, Rick Barry

Sunday 5/11:

NBA Finals, g4: Lakers-Sixers, 3:30, CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley, Rick Barry

Wednesday 5/14:

NBA Finals, g5: Sixers-Lakers, 11:30, CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley, Rick Barry

Friday 5/16:

NBA Finals, g6: Lakers-Sixers, 11:30 (taped 9:00), CBS. Brent Musburger, Bill Russell, Rod Hundley, Rick Barry

(note: LA, Philadelphia, Seattle and Portland showed g6 live)