NBA Season TV Advertising Recap

Inside the Report

On the heels of two pandemic-shortened seasons, the NBA was back to its normal 82 games on the calendar for 2021-22. The result: a 12.1% increase in TV ad impressions during the regular season and +26.3% during the playoffs. And from the season openers on Oct. 19 through the last game of the Finals on June 16, NBA games accounted for an estimated $1.3+ billion worth of national TV ads.

Which brands were the biggest beneficiaries from the NBA’s impressions surge? And which games and playoff series delivered the most impressions for advertisers? Download iSpot’s NBA TV Advertising Recap to dive into the biggest takeaways, trends and top performers from the 2021-22 season.

Report highlights include:

  • During this regular season, 25% more TV ad airings were delivered on ABC than last year during NBA games
  • Golden State Warriors played in 9 of the top 25 NBA regular season games by TV ad impressions, and 15 of the top 25 during the playoffs
  • Ads airing during NBA games had an Interruption Rate of just 1.67% (vs. 1.83% across all of TV during the timeframe)
  • During the regular season, NBA games delivered 7.23% of Taco Bell TV ad impressions (third for the brand)
  • Ruffles’ TV spot starring Boston Celtics’ star Jayson Tatum was the most likeable creative among the league’s sponsors