It has been nearly a decade since ESPN stood before the desert Saturday night network television had become and saw beachfront sports property.

It began in 2006 with college football on ABC and since has spread to almost every other sport and every other broadcast network.

Now it's the NBA's turn. ESPN announced that starting Jan. 23, 2016, it would take some of its previous Sunday doubleheader games and create a new, eight-week series called "Saturday Night NBA on ABC."

The move will give ESPN/ABC four days a week of NBA games - Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Hey, it's better than the meager entertainment offerings that night on the broadcast networks.

It has been mentioned before and here it is again: Saturday nights were not treated this way back in olden times.

CBS' Saturday night slate in 1973-74, arguably the best in TV history: "All in the Family," "M*A*S*H," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Bob Newhart Show," "The Carol Burnett Show."

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And we didn't even have DVRs to record them if we went out!