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NEW YORK, Oct. 19, 2005 – The National Basketball Association has unveiled its most comprehensive fantasy line-up for the upcoming 2005-06 NBA Season, including the first-ever "All-NBA First Team - Fantasy" Award, which will mark the first time a professional sports league has recognized the all-stars and best fantasy players around the world.
At the conclusion of the NBA fantasy season, the five top fantasy players in NBA.com’s Fantasy Basketball Salary Cap Challenge will be named to the "2005-06 All-NBA First Team - Fantasy." As part of an exclusive First Team prize package, the winners will have the unique opportunity to meet with an NBA GM to see how the pros do it.
As the definitive source of fantasy basketball, the NBA’s online Fantasy Resource Center will provide players with unprecedented fantasy elements including access to 130 NBA player statistical categories on NBA.com, groundbreaking NBA fantasy games available in Chinese and Spanish, NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Magazine, a new fantasy ticker on NBA TV and many other new features across the league’s various assets.
Throughout the season, NBA fantasy players will also receive exclusive fantasy insight and expertise on NBA.com and NBA TV from the award-winning "The Talented Mr. Roto" Matthew Berry, who joins NBA.com as their newest fantasy guru, and Rick Kamla, fantasy expert and host of "NBA TV Fantasy Hoops," a nightly fantasy show that has become the ultimate guide for fantasy basketball players.
"Fantasy basketball isn’t just a game – it’s a way of life, every bit as much as basketball is a way of life for our players, coaches and general managers," said Brenda Spoonemore, Senior Vice President of Interactive Services for NBA Entertainment. "By creating a fan fantasy award platform and making the same insider resources and analysis available that our coaches and GM’s use, fantasy players will be more competitive and closer to the game than ever before."
The NBA’s fantasy elements will include:
NBA.com -- 130 NBA Player Statistical Categories:
For the first time, fantasy players will have all the stats and inside numbers that coaches, scouts and GM’s have – and all for FREE. Need to know how a player performs on a certain number of days rest between games? How they perform against certain teams, by quarter or even on a certain day of the week? With NBA.com’s enhanced player statistical categories, offering 80 new statistical categories and 130 overall, fantasy players will have everything they need to know about any NBA player.
NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Magazine
This year, and for the first time ever, the NBA is providing fantasy basketball players with access to the most comprehensive fantasy basketball magazine, NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Magazine. The new magazine, sponsored by Toyota and available on newsstands throughout the country, will be an exclusive draft guide, offering players everything they need to know for drafting their team including an exclusive fantasy NBA rookie impact report by legendary NBA Director of Scouting Marty Blake.
NBA.com Fantasy Game in Chinese and Spanish
NBA.com will unveil NBA High Scorers Challenge, a groundbreaking new fantasy game available in both Spanish and Chinese. The game will mark the first time a professional sports league has offered fantasy players a game in multiple languages.
With his well-rounded play, Kirilenko is a valuable asset for your fantasy team.
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NBA.com Fantasy Basketball: RSS Feeds
Another first for NBA fantasy, players will be able to have the latest NBA.com fantasy news delivered directly to their computer desktop through a special fantasy-specific RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed.
NBA Wireless: NBA Fantasy Five 2006
The NBA continues to provide players with fantasy on their mobile phone. The league’s latest mobile fantasy game, NBA Fantasy Five 2006, allows players to put their GM skills to the test and select their own “fantasy” team of five NBA players that are rewarded points based on their real-life performances each night.
NBA.com FREE Fantasy Games
During the 2005-06 season, players will have the opportunity to participate in three free NBA fantasy games offered on NBA.com that will include:
• NBA.com Fantasy Basketball League Manager: The ultimate fantasy manager for real fantasy players. Participate in a public league and test your skills against fantasy players around the world or create a private league and play with family, friends and work colleagues. Fantasy players will always know where their team stands with live scoring updates.
• NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Salary Cap Challenge: Start the season with 35million to invest in a six-player NBA squad. Fantasy players must then guide their team by investing well in players, spotting bargains and making sure they are putting out the best team with available funds.
• Fantasy NBA The Rookies: As an extension of the T-Mobile NBA Rookie program, fantasy players can pick the rookie that they think is going to perform the best each night.
NBA Fantasy Podcasts
This season, players will have access to daily NBA fantasy podcasts taken directly from NBA TV’s daily fantasy show “NBA Fantasy Hoops.” Players can download the fantasy podcasts from NBA.com and onto their MP3 player.
NBA.com Premium Content
NBA.com will provide fans with access to two new premium fantasy services NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Draft Kit ($9.99) and NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Premium Scouting Report ($19.99), which offers exclusive fantasy analysis throughout the season.
NBA TV Fantasy Ticker and Programming
Fantasy players will receive comprehensive fantasy coverage on NBA TV throughout the season including daily NBA fantasy statistical information through the NBA TV ticker. The league’s 24 hour network will also feature “NBA TV Fantasy Hoops,” a nightly fantasy show that will be expanded to a full hour this season with fantasy expert and host, Rick Kamla and “The Talented Mr. Roto” Matthew Berry.
Additionally, fans will have access to a special free weekly email newsletter - NBA.com Fantasy Basketball Weekly, and daily fantasy content and columns from fantasy experts on NBA.com.