Posted Jan 17 2012 5:33PM
The NBA announced Tuesday it will host its first-ever NBA Chinese New Year Celebration Jan 21-28. The comprehensive, week-long NBA Chinese New Year Celebration 2012 will pay tribute to the league's Chinese fan base with live games, customized coverage and a variety of NBA-themed events in China and the U.S.
The NBA, with the support of its television and digital partners in China, will recognize and celebrate the Year of the Dragon with customized coverage of 21 games across CCTV 5, BTV, GDTV, GZTV, NowTV, NBA TV, Sina, and Tencent. NBA China marketing partners Boshiwa International Holding Limited, Dongfeng Aeolus and PEAK Sports are co-presenting partners of the NBA Chinese New Year Celebration 2012.
During the celebration, Chinese fans will be able to watch top NBA teams, including the 2010-11 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks, featuring Chinese player Yi Jianlian, as well as the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
To tip off Chinese New Year and continue throughout the week, the Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors will host in-arena celebrations on Jan. 23 and Jan. 28 respectively. Fans in attendance will experience a variety of elements and activities that pay tribute to Chinese culture. In addition, the players will wear specially designed Chinese New Year shooting shirts from adidas, the league's official on court apparel outfitter, which will be available for fans worldwide at NBAStore.com.
Fans in China will be able to vote for the most valuable player of all games broadcast on Sina and Tencent on the official NBA microblogs on Sina, Tencent and Tencent Q zone.
"Chinese New Year is a fun time of year and we wanted to join in the festivities and show appreciation to our fans," NBA President of International Heidi Ueberroth. "With the help of our great partners, we will celebrate the Year of the Dragon with exciting matchups, customized content, and a variety of Chinese New Year-themed fan activities in China and the U.S."
"We are pleased to provide our viewers with a special week of NBA games as they enjoy the Spring Festival holidays with their families," said Jiang Heping, CCTV 5 Head of Sports.
There will be special programming, features and player greetings throughout the week on NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA.com/China and NBA Zhizao, an NBA lifestyle program that airs throughout China.
To tip off the 21-game schedule, CCTV 5 will televise the Jan. 21 game between the Minnesota Timberwolves, led by the league's reigning Most Improved Player, Kevin Love, and rookie Ricky Rubio, and the Los Angeles Clippers featuring the 2010-11 NBA Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin and All-Star guard Chris Paul.
To wrap up the festivities, the league will host a fan viewing party in Beijing on Jan 28.
|NBA CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 2012|
|All dates and times are Beijing time|
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