BAKERSFIELD, NOVEMBER 4, 2010
— Catch the Bakersfield Jam on VERSUS as they visit the Idaho Stampede on February 26.
VERSUS today announced expanded coverage of the 10th season of the NBA Development League, the NBA’s official minor league, as it presents 2010-11 regular-season and postseason action. The second straight year of competition on VERSUS will include 11 regular-season games as well as six playoff games, including the 2011 Finals. In addition, for the first time, VERSUS will air one live game from the annual NBA D-League Showcase as well as the new Showcase slam dunk and three-point contests, which will take place in South Padre Island, Texas, Jan. 10 through 13.
The NBA D-League is home to world-class basketball and 20 percent of players on NBA rosters at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, including Shannon Brown (L.A. Lakers), Aaron Brooks (Houston Rockets), Will Bynum (Detroit Pistons), JJ Barea (Dallas Mavericks), Marcin Gortat (Orlando Magic), and Reggie Williams (Golden State Warriors).
The network’s NBA D-League coverage will again provide fans with the most access to the game and the players. Some of the enhancements include an increased number of camera angles, micing players and coaches during both games and in-game interviews, and coverage of locker-room and pregame, halftime, and postgame speeches.
VERSUS will also air 25 hours of exciting NBA programming, including profiles of the league’s top players, former iconic players, and coaches, as well as other specials highlighting historic moments from recent regular seasons and playoffs.
VERSUS’ Complete Regular-Season NBA D-League Schedule (subject to change):
Nov. 18 Texas Legends at Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Jan. 12 Rio Grande Valley Vipers at Erie BayHawks (at NBA D-League Showcase)
Jan. 15 NBA D-League Showcase Slam Dunk and Three-Point Contests
Jan. 22 Austin Toros at Utah Flash
Jan. 29 Re-air of NBA D-League Showcase Slam Dunk and Three-Point Contests
Feb. 5 Tulsa 66ers at Texas Legends
Feb. 12 Dakota Wizards at Iowa Energy
Feb. 26 Bakersfield Jam at Idaho Stampede
March 5 New Mexico Thunderbirds at Utah Flash
March 12 Austin Toros at Texas Legends
March 19 Springfield Armor at Fort Wayne Mad Ants
March 26 Reno Bighorns at Sioux Falls Skyforce
April 2 Maine Red Claws at Erie BayHawks
With the exception of the Nov. 18 and Jan. 12 matchups, all games will air on a same-day delay. For complete schedule information, visit www.VERSUS.com
VERSUS will announce its postseason schedule when information becomes available.
VERSUS prides itself on super-serving passionate sports fans across all platforms (VERSUS.com, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD). Now in more than 75 million homes, the network is the cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Professional Bull Riders (PBR). VERSUS also airs NASCAR, NBA, UFC, college football and college basketball programming. The network is home to the best outdoor programming on television and airs original programs not available anywhere else, including The Daily Line and The T.Ocho Show. VERSUS, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.