Erie’s January 12 Showcase matchup to be aired live
Erie, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, November 2 – The Erie BayHawks will have two games broadcast nationally on the VERSUS network this season, including a live broadcast from the NBA D-League Showcase on January 12 and a tape-delay of the team’s final regular season home game on April 2.
Erie’s games are part of the second straight year of competition on VERSUS that was announced today. The league’s full package includes 11 regular-season D-League games as well as six playoff games, including the 2011 league Finals.
Erie’s January 12 live broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET when they face the Rio Grande Valley Vipers from the site of this year’s NBA D-League Showcase in South Padre Island, Texas. The game is the first Showcase game to be aired live by VERSUS and just the second league game to ever be aired live by the network. In addition, VERSUS will air the new Showcase slam dunk and three-point contests live during the three-day event.
Erie’s final regular season home game, in which they play the Maine Red Claws, will be aired on tape-delay.
“This is another exciting opportunity for us and our fans, to not only host another game on VERSUS this season, but also to have a chance to watch our team live in primetime at the Showcase,” said BayHawks team president Matt Bresee.
Last season the BayHawks were part of two tape-delayed VERSUS broadcasts, one at home on March 20 versus the Dakota Wizards and the other being the team’s season-finale against the Maine Red Claws.
The NBA D-League season will tip off on VERSUS when the network presents live coverage of the Texas Legends against the 2009-10 NBA D-League Champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the head coaching debut of Legends coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, the first female to serve as the head coach of an NBA-affiliated team, on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET
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 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.
The BayHawks open the season on Friday, November 19 when they face the Springfield Armor at 7:00 pm at the Tullio Arena. Season tickets and group fan experience packages can be purchased by contacting the team at 814-790-5600. Individual game tickets can be purchased at the Tullio Arena box office or at ticketmaster.com.
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.
NBA Development League
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2010-11 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Texas Legends. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, which tips off Thursday, Nov. 18, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.