Stampede Playoff Game To Be Televised Nationally
BOISE, Idaho (April 17, 2007) – The Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League announce that their home playoff game during the 2007 Championships, presented by Delta Air Lines, on Friday, April 20 will be televised live on NBATV. It will be the first-ever live national broadcast of a Stampede game at home in Qwest Arena.
“We are very excited to be able to showcase the Idaho Stampede, Qwest Arena and the Treasure Valley on a national level,” said Stampede General Manager Steve Brandes. “We encourage everyone to come out to the game this Friday and wear their red to show the nation how great fans are in Idaho.”
The Stampede earned a first round bye in the post-season by winning the Western Division, and will play the winner of the first round match up on Wednesday between the Albuquerque Thunderbirds and Colorado 14ers.
The 2007 NBA D-League semifinal game will also be a “Red Out” Night, as all fans are encouraged to wear red to support the team. 500 red Stampede t-shirts will be given to the first 500 fans through the gate. In addition, 2,000 thunderstix will be distributed to fans, courtesy of Delta Air Lines.
This will be the seventh nationally televised game during this season for the Stampede. Four games were broadcast via tape-delay, and two were aired live during the NBA Development League MLK Showcase in January from Sioux Falls, SD.
For individual playoff tickets, call the Qwest Arena box office at (208) 331-TIXS (8497) or visit idahostampede.com. Season ticket holders and group leaders can call the Stampede front office at (208) 388-4667 for more information.
Listen to all Idaho Stampede basketball games on AM 630 KFXD, part of the D-League Radio Network. Watch all Stampede home games live and on-demand at www.idahostampede.com via Fiberpipe Internet Services. Each webcast includes not only great basketball, but also zany on-court promotions and halftime acts.
The NBA Development League includes the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (N.M.), Anaheim Arsenal (Calif.), Arkansas RimRockers (Little Rock), Austin Toros (Texas), Bakersfield Jam (Calif.), Colorado 14ers (Broomfield), Dakota Wizards (Bismarck, N.D.), Fort Worth Flyers (Texas), Idaho Stampede (Boise), Los Angeles D-Fenders (Calif.), Sioux Falls Skyforce (S.D.) and Tulsa 66ers (Okla.). Expansion teams for the 2007-08 season have already been announced in Orem, Utah, the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, Des Moines, Iowa and Fort Wayne, Ind.
The D-League continues to develop talent from across all disciplines for the NBA’s 30 teams and the entire NBA umbrella. In addition to the assignment of 24 players to D-League affiliates, there have also been 22 GATORADE Call-Ups from the D-League to the NBA this season. Additionally, every referee hired by the NBA since 2002 has worked in the D-League, while coaches, athletic trainers and front office executives are also being developed.
Established to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the D-League also offers fun, family entertainment at affordable prices. For additional information on the NBA Development League, visit D-LEAGUE.com.