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Heat's new TV deal a $100M blockbuster

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08:10 AM ET 06.21 | Success, especially the hint of sustained success in a big market, can be very good for the pocketbook. The Miami Heat are involved in discussions for a blockbuster cable television deal that experts say are being enhanced by the long-term contract the team has with reigning league MVP LeBron James and its run towards a second NBA title. Sources familiar with the negotiations, but who do not have permission to speak about them publicly, peg the value of the long-term deal between $80 million to $100 a a year with Fox Sports Florida. Although the Heat's new deal will only be about half the amount the Los Angeles Lakers are going to get from Time Warner Cable, it will still generate at least over four times the revenue the team currently rakes in.

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June 21, 2012  08:18 AM ET

Let's hope Wade doesn't further age over the summer

June 21, 2012  08:23 AM ET

Good morning everyone. Tonight's the night...does OKC come out mad and swinging or does OKC come out dejected and flat? I am still hoping for a return to OKC for the series.

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June 21, 2012  08:26 AM ET
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Last chance okc........Balls to the walls. ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACKDont have any regrets!

I agree. There is no next game now...leave it all out on the court.

June 21, 2012  08:28 AM ET
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Let's hope Wade doesn't further age over the summer

Win or lose, Wade's not going to be in Miami next year.

If they win, they're going to trade him for pieces to secure a repeat. If they lose, they're going to trade him for pieces to chase after a title!

June 21, 2012  08:28 AM ET

The lakers get 200 millions from Time Warner Cable, but half of that has gone to Kobe LOL

June 21, 2012  08:32 AM ET

How long is this deal? Lebron has an opt-out in the summer of 2014. I wouldn't gamble that kind of money long term on him.

June 21, 2012  08:33 AM ET
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Good morning everyone. Tonight's the night...does OKC come out mad and swinging or does OKC come out dejected and flat? I am still hoping for a return to OKC for the series.

"Never give up. Never surrender!"

- Jason Nesmith (played by Tim Allen in Galaxy Quest)

June 21, 2012  08:39 AM ET
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Let's hope Wade doesn't further age over the summer

I think the Heat might try to trade DWade over the summer...just a hunch.

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June 21, 2012  08:46 AM ET
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They win tonight and OKC will be back. OKC's homecourt is pretty tough to play in. Just win this one first. KD needs to get a technical if the calls don't go their way. He is too nice on the court.

I agree about the technical. If I were Scott Brooks, I would probably already have one or two and a couple of fines to pay also.

June 21, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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I agree about the technical. If I were Scott Brooks, I would probably already have one or two and a couple of fines to pay also.

Good point. That would have been the man lighting a fire under the troops ****!

Do or die tonight!

June 21, 2012  08:51 AM ET
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I agree about the technical. If I were Scott Brooks, I would probably already have one or two and a couple of fines to pay also.

Good point. That would have been the man lighting a fire under the troops ****!

Do or die tonight!

(second attempt)

June 21, 2012  08:51 AM ET

SMH!

June 21, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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SMH!

Stuttering again Eli? LOL Good morning to you sir.

June 21, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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They win tonight and OKC will be back. OKC's homecourt is pretty tough to play in. Just win this one first. KD needs to get a technical if the calls don't go their way. He is too nice on the court.

Yes OKC is a tough place to play, and the Heat went there and took care of business. They are going back to OKC though....alone, and ringless. And why should the calls go "thier way"? Shouldnt the calls just be straight up, like dont give a KD foul to Collison just to keep him in the game, or not call a charge on Harden just cause the quarter was "almost" over...please. Try to just watch the game, dont cry about the calls so much.

June 21, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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Yes OKC is a tough place to play, and the Heat went there and took care of business. They are going back to OKC though....alone, and ringless. And why should the calls go "thier way"? Shouldnt the calls just be straight up, like dont give a KD foul to Collison just to keep him in the game, or not call a charge on Harden just cause the quarter was "almost" over...please. Try to just watch the game, dont cry about the calls so much.

This coming from a Heat fan...of course you don't see it as anything bad. You're team is man handling the other team (no exageration). Of course everything is good. I agree on calling a fair game and that means if you call a charge AGAINST the Thunder on one end, you better dang sure call a charge against Miami on the other end. That is all I am asking for. This series has been lopsided to the heat the whole time. I have watched each and every game. And you and every other fan knows it too. Here's to a good season for the OKC Thunder.

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