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It's no secret that NBA Saturday night was fairly lackluster this year. Many of the events failed to deliver those memorable moments that would be replayed year after year. In fact, a number of NBA All-Star Saturday nights have been that way over the past 5-10 years, with a couple of exceptions. 


Surprisingly or not, this showed in the television ratings for this year's Skills Competition, 3-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest. The NBA's premier night of viewing that doesn't involve any actual games being played had a worse rating than the MLB's Home Run Derby, which is baseball's closest equivalent to these events/night.

This used to not be the case, but as the Home Run Derby has made a comeback in popularity over the past few years, NBA's Saturday night has seemed to go the opposite direction, at least in terms of fan interest. 

The MLB has done a great job of putting some of its biggest stars into the Home Run Derby, while the NBA has failed miserably in doing exactly that in the dunk contest. Until that changes, the NBA can't expect the ratings to increase. 


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