MEDIA WATCH: NBA brawl shoots to the top of the news

Even in a year of "wardrobe malfunctions" and locker-room visitors dropping towels in prime time, the near-riot that broke out in the stands during the November 19 Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons game was one of the most widely covered broadcast news stories.

Even in a year of "wardrobe malfunctions" and locker-room visitors dropping towels in prime time, the near-riot that broke out in the stands during the November 19 Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons game was one of the most widely covered broadcast news stories.

The fights, which led to the suspension of a combined nine players from both teams, for a total of more than 135 games, was recognized worldwide as one of the worst sports brawls in US history. Most frequent messages 1. Pacer Ron Artest attacked a fan in the stands who he thought hit him with a drink 2. Artest was suspended for the rest of the NBA season - costing him several million dollars 3. Artest is appealing the ruling, but said that he wishes he had not gotten into the fight 4. The fan that threw the cup at Artest will likely be banned from the arena for life 5. The event has raised concerns over NBA fans being able to sit so close to the floor Based on analysis of approximately 10,000 radio and TV broadcast news programs from November 19-23 Evaluation and analysis by VMS

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