NEW YORK, June 8, 2006 The 2006 NBA Finals will tip off on Thursday, June 8 and will feature the Miami Heat vs. the Dallas Mavericks in their first Finals appearance. ABC Sports is the exclusive home of The Finals with Mike Breen and Basketball Hall-of-Famer Hubie Brown calling the action. The Finals will be televised in 205 countries, through a record 112 telecasters and an all-time high of 46 languages.

Following is a look at activities in Dallas and Miami by the numbers:

German-born Dirk Nowitzki is pumped to showcase his Mavs to the world during The NBA Finals.
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Global Reach

  • More than 156 international media from 20 countries and territories will cover the Finals
  • 205 countries will receive complete live television coverage of The Finals
  • Record 112 telecasters will broadcast The Finals
  • The Finals will be broadcast in a record 46 languages
  • 38 international television broadcasters will be on site in Dallas and Miami
  • Five customized NBA television shows will be on site: NBA Jam (China, Shanghai TV), NBA Jam (China, Beijing TV), Eddy Time (France), Hoopark (China) and NBA Jam (Philippines)

    NBAE Production and Video

  • 400,000 feet in film, video and high-definition tape will be shot by NBAE camera crews
  • 35,000 feet in film will be shot by NBAE camera crews
  • More than 400 hours of The Finals coverage will air on NBA TV, league's 24-hour channel
  • 12 NBAE video crews will cover each game
  • 10 NBA Entertainment-produced shows on site, including: NBA Inside Stuff (ABC), NBA Matchup (ESPN), NBA TV live coverage, NBA Action, NBA Jam (Distributed around the world), NBA TV Insiders, Live at the Finals with Ahmad Rashad, Digital video elements gathered for, NBA TV World Feed

  • 30 million visitors will log on to during The Finals
  • 53% of all visits to during The Finals will come from NBA fans living outside the U.S. with the highest concentration of international visits coming from China (20% of all visits). Overall, receives more international visits than any other U.S.-based sports Web site
  • More than 225,000 hours of video will be viewed on NBA TV Broadband during Finals
  • Up to 12 different live audio broadcasts on will allow fans around the world to hear The Finals games in Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Flemish and English

    NBA Photos

  • 10,000 new photographic images will be generated each game
  • 3,000 print and Internet media outlets will receive real-time digital photos from NBA Photos, which will also provide live digital coverage posting of several hundred digital photos to the NBAE Photos Forum for use by International media, teams and business partners
  • 150 rolls of film per game will be used by NBAE photographers
  • 40 conventional and digital still cameras will be used in the arena every game day. Digital images give fans an opportunity to purchase via the on-line NBA Photo Store action photos from each of the games which will be available immediately following the game
  • 15 NBAE still photographers will be on site

    Network Television

  • 25 cameras-all HD. This year marks the first all HD Finals on ABC
  • 75 microphones, including those embedded in the court
  • 20 miles of camera and microphone cable

    NBA Marketing/ Merchandising

  • NBA marketing partners are activating during the Playoffs and The Finals
  • 180 limited edition Finals commemorative basketballs by Spalding featuring
  • The Finals logo and team names will be available for fans while supplies last