The NBA D-League regular season games will air on VERSUS on Saturday nights at 11 p.m. ET, beginning Jan. 16, when the Fort Wayne Mad Ants meet the Sioux Falls Skyforce. VERSUS will tip off NBA D-League playoff coverage on April 10. All regular season and postseason games will be presented in HD.
“We are very excited to announce this new partnership with the NBA D-League and to have the opportunity to showcase the league’s future stars to a national audience,” said Marc Fein, Executive Vice President of Programming, Production and Business Operations for VERSUS. “As we do with all of our partners, we also look forward to super-serving basketball fans by surrounding the high-paced NBA D-League game action with many hours of complementary NBA programming.”
“Teaming up with VERSUS provides us with another great outlet to showcase the incredible talent of the NBA D-League throughout the season,” said Dan Reed, President of the NBA D-League. “Last season, 20 percent of NBA players had NBA D-League experience and, through this agreement with VERSUS, more fans than ever will have the opportunity to see many future NBA players in action.”
VERSUS’ NBA D-League coverage will provide fans with even more access to the game and the players including micing players and coaches during the games, in game interviews, airing locker room and pre-game, halftime and post-game speeches, and increased camera angles.
In addition to VERSUS’ 16 NBA D-League games in 2010, the network will air 25 hours of exciting NBA programming. Some of the programming will include profiles of the league’s top players as well as former iconic players and coaches. Other additional specials will highlight historic moments from recent regular seasons and playoffs. The complete schedule for the additional programming will be made available on www.VERSUS.com.
VERSUS’ COMPLETE REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE OF NBA D-LEAGUE GAMES INCLUDES:
January 16-- Fort Wayne Mad Ants at Sioux Falls Skyforce
January 23-- Fort Wayne Mad Ants at Iowa Energy
January 30-- Bakersfield Jam at Idaho Stampede
February 6-- Reno Bighorns at Rio Grande Valley Vipers
February 20-- Dakota Wizards at Sioux Falls Skyforce
February 27-- Bakersfield Jam at Austin Toros
March 13-- Tulsa 66ers at Rio Grande Valley Vipers
March 20-- Dakota Wizards at Erie BayHawks
March 27-- LA D-Fenders at Rio Grande Valley Vipers
April 3-- Erie BayHawks at Maine Red Claws
Schedule subject to change
VERSUS celebrates real competition across all platforms (VERSUS.com, VERSUS on Demand and VERSUS HD) and is the national cable home of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the IZOD IndyCar® Series as well as best-in-class events such as The Tour de France, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Professional Boxing. The network also offers collegiate sports featuring nationally-ranked teams from top conferences such as the Pac-10, Big 12, Mountain West and Ivy League. VERSUS features the best field sports programming on television and is a destination for sports fans, athletes and sportsmen to find exclusive, competitive events and original programs, such as Sports Soup and Sports Jobs with Junior Seau that audiences can't find elsewhere. 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 2009-10 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2008-09 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 season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.