NBA D-League to Deliver More Than 350 Games Live on YouTube
NEW YORK, November 7, 2013 – The NBA Development League will deliver more than 350 live games on YouTube for the 2013-14 season, making it the most comprehensive live game offering on YouTube by a major professional sports league.
For the second consecutive season, fans will be able to watch the NBA’s official minor league live on the NBA D-League YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/nbadleague), as well as via the NBA D-League Center Court mobile app – the league’s free mobile application providing fans with access to NBA D-League content on the Android Market and the Apple App Store.
“Teaming up with YouTube has solidified the NBA D-League as a true global brand,” said Dan Reed, NBA D-League President. “We’re thrilled to extend a partnership that enables millions of basketball fans around the world to watch our elite level of basketball and top NBA prospects, on any device, via YouTube’s worldwide reach.”
“With the NBA D-League streaming live on YouTube for a second year, the NBA is again bringing fans unique and innovative access to their games. The NBA is continuing to make its YouTube channel into a daily destination for basketball fans around the world,” said Claude Ruibal, Global Head of Sports for YouTube.
Fans will also be able to access NBA D-League games on the league’s YouTube channel through all of the league’s 17 team websites. Archived versions of the live games to view on demand will be available shortly after the conclusion of the contests. Along with live NBA D-League games this season, fans can access additional content through the NBA D-League YouTube Channel, including nightly highlights and player features.
Last season, viewers of the NBA D-League on YouTube saw 41 percent of the 2012 NBA Draft class compete alongside other elite NBA prospects for the NBA D-League championship and a promotion to the NBA. At the conclusion of the 2012-13 NBA season, 30 percent of NBA players were alumni of the NBA D-League, including 82 players who played in both leagues during the season.
The NBA D-League season will tip off on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. ET when the Maine Red Claws host the rival Springfield Armor and the Erie BayHawks host the Canton Charge. Opening night continues with three 8 p.m. ET games: Reno Bighorns at Sioux Fans Skyforce, Iowa Energy at Tulsa 66ers and Fort Wayne Mad Ants at Texas Legends. The Bakersfield Jam travels to face the Idaho Stampede at 9 p.m. ET, while the season’s first night concludes with the Santa Cruz Warriors hosting the Austin Toros at 10:30 p.m. ET.