NBA Launches New Products in Europe for NBA Europe Live Presented by EA Sports™
New NBA Game Ball, NBA LIVE 07 and Limited Edition Jerseys to Debut in Europe
NEW YORK and PARIS – Oct. 2, 2006 – The NBA announced today three new consumer products to debut this month in Europe in conjunction with NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS™. The event represents the NBA’s most ambitious international initiative and features the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Phoenix Suns.
The products -- the new NBA Game Ball, the NBA LIVE 07 video game, and limited edition team jerseys – will be available at various retailers throughout Europe. The NBA Game Ball and limited edition jerseys will be available in the arenas in Barcelona, Spain; Paris; Rome; Lyon, France; Moscow; and Cologne, Germany, where NBA Europe Live games will be played, as well as online at NBAStoreEurope.com. NBA LIVE 07 will be available at Game Stop retail locations in Barcelona, Rome and Cologne as well as at other retail locations throughout Europe.
NBA Game Ball: NBA Europe Live presented by EA marks the first time the new Game Ball will be used in the NBA preseason or international competition. The ball features a new design and material that combine to offer a better grip, feel, and consistency compared with the traditional leather ball. This is the first change to the ball in over 35 years and only the second in 60 seasons. The new material is a microfiber composite with moisture management that provides superior grip and feel throughout the course of a game. The ball features Spalding’s Cross Traxxion™ technology, which is comprised of two interlocking, cross-shaped panels rather than the eight oblong panels found on traditional basketballs. Additionally, the composite material eliminates the need for a break-in period, which was necessary for the old leather ball, and provides consistency from ball to ball.
NBA Europe Live presented by EA will be the first time the new game ball will be available for fans in Europe. The ball will be available to fans in North America on Oct. 31 to coincide with the start of the 2006-07 NBA season.
NBA LIVE 07: NBA LIVE 07 plays as good as it looks by introducing the next generation of basketball gameplay through EA SPORTS Total Freestyle Control, a new feature that delivers gameplay realism like never before by providing users more control over athletes than ever.
The cover athletes on NBA LIVE 07 include the Suns' Boris Diaw (France), the Memphis Grizzlies' Pau Gasol (Spain), the Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady (North America/Europe), the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki (Germany), and the Spurs' Tony Parker (France).
To celebrate the top European NBA players, NBA LIVE 07 provides users the opportunity to select a team of European All-Stars. The team is outfitted in special jerseys and is comprised of Diaw, Gasol, Nowitzki, and Parker, as well as the Toronto Raptors' Andrea Bargnani (Italy), the Cleveland Cavaliers' Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Serbia and Montenegro), the Utah Jazz’s Andrei Kirilenko (Russia), the New Jersey Nets' Nenad Krstic (Serbia and Montenegro), the New Orleans Hornets' Mehmet Okur (Turkey), the Golden State Warriors' Mickael Pietrus (France), the Los Angeles Lakers' Vladimir Radmanovic (Serbia and Montenegro), the Hornets’ Peja Stojakovic (Serbia and Montenegro), the Orlando Magic’s Hedo Turkoglu (Turkey), the Spurs' Beno Udrih (Slovenia), and the Lakers' Sasha Vujacic (Slovenia).
Additionally, with a new, more intuitive Artificial Intelligence system, advancements to fan-favorite features like All-Star Weekend and Dynasty Mode™, and, for the first time, ESPN Motion and streaming ESPN radio podcasts, NBA LIVE 07 continues to deliver its award-winning gameplay experience to fans worldwide. NBA LIVE 07 is available on the Xbox 360™ and Xbox® video game systems from Microsoft, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, mobile and PC.
Electronic Arts, EA, EA SPORTS and Dynasty Mode are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
NBA Europe Live presented by EA Limited Edition Jerseys: The Spurs, Clippers, 76ers, and Suns will wear their team road uniforms, which have special design enhancements commemorating the respective country in which each team is training. The Spurs will wear their black road uniforms enhanced with blue, white and red vertical stripes down the sides of the jerseys to pay tribute to the French national flag. The Clippers will wear their blue road uniforms with white, blue and red horizontal stripes down the sides of the jerseys to honor the Russian national flag. The 76ers will wear their black road uniforms with local colors on the shoulders of the jerseys to celebrate the team playing in Spain. The Suns will wear their purple road jerseys with green, white and red vertical stripes down the sides of the jerseys to pay homage to the Italian national flag.
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