Bad news for NBA fans from days of yore. According to Sports Media Watch, NBC, for unknown reasons, has decided to not bring back its popular NBA on NBC theme for its coverage of basketball at the Olympics.
The song, officially known as "Roundball Rock," debuted in 1990 but was sent to the vault after NBC's broadcasting partnership with the league ended in 2002. However, the network dusted off the timeless, upbeat song for basketball at the 2008 Olympics, leaving many to hope the same would be done for the upcoming London games.
Former TV personality John Tesh created the New Age tune, which has become more synonymous with the Peacock's coverage of the Association than Bob Costas or Ahmad Rashad or any of Marv Albert's classic calls are. To this day, it remains one of the most beloved sports themes. We're sad to hear NBC decided to snub it in favor of what's maybe going to be some Rihanna or LMFAO song.
Alas, as a consolation, please enjoy this video of Tesh discussing the background of the song and performing it live:
H/T Awful Announcing