Gray Ensures Cavaliers Get OTA Coverage Beyond Cleveland


On February 13, Gray Television confirmed that its affiliate for The CW Network in Cleveland, WUAB-43, is teaming up with the Cleveland Cavaliers for five home games.

With coverage scheduled to commence on Tuesday evening, the company has secured three partnerships that will bring Cavs over-the-air coverage to four other DMAs within the National Basketball Association’s footprint.

An arrangement with TEGNA will bring Gray’s coverage of the Cavaliers to WBNS-10 in Columbus, Ohio. A March 20 matchup will be seen on WBNS-10.2, while the April 6 and 7 telecasts will be seen on WBNS-10.

What about March 8 and March 29? In a unique twist, those telecasts will air on Nexstar Media Group‘s NBC affiliate, WCMH-4.

A similar split affiliate relationship has also transpired in Dayton, Ohio. Here, Cox Media Group has obtained the broadcast rights to the April 6 and April 7 telecasts, and will air them on MeTV-affiliated WHIO-7.2.

The three other games will appear on Nexstar-owned WBDT-26, the market’s home for The CW Network.

Nexstar has also ensured that fans in the Steubenville, Ohio market, which is shared with Wheeling, W. Va., has access via WTRF-7.2, a MyNetwork TV affiliate.

Lastly, it is Nexstar-owned WYTV-32.2 in Youngstown-Warren, Ohio, that will air the five Cavaliers games originating from Gray’s Cleveland stations.

“We are excited to share that in addition to airing these five games on Gray’s WUAB in Cleveland and WXIX in Cincinnati, Gray has partnered with local television broadcasters to expand the coverage of Cavaliers basketball throughout the region,” said Matt Moran, Senior Managing Vice President for Gray Television. “These agreements will offer an exceptional viewing experience with unparalleled reach. This is a significant victory for the Cavaliers and sports fans throughout the region.”