Chinese Basketball Association Coverage Expands to U.S.
Posted Apr 13 2005 9:43AM
CBA and NBA Team Up to Bring Excitement of CBA Finals to Fans in the U.S. on NBA TV
NEW YORK, April 13, 2005 – The excitement of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) will be felt further and wider than ever before as NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour channel, will televise the CBA Finals for the first time to basketball fans in the United States, it was jointly announced today by the National Basketball Association and the CBA.
The opener of the best-of-five series between the defending champion Guangdong Tigers and the Jiangsu Dragons will be shown on NBA TV on Wednesday, April 13 (1:00pm ET, same-day delay) while Games 2 and 3 will air LIVE on Saturday, April 16 (7:30am) and Sunday, April 17 (7:30am), respectively, with re-airings Tuesday, April 19 (1:00pm) and Wednesday, April 20 (1:00pm). Games 4 and 5 are to be determined.
NBA TV will use game feeds produced by Shanghai Media Group, the CBA's official broadcaster in China. SMG announcer Wang Dong will provide English commentary to the NBA TV audience.
“We are delighted to work with the NBA to broadcast the best of Chinese basketball to the U.S. basketball fans. It is indeed an exciting moment for the CBA to have our best teams and players playing at their highest level, showcased on NBA TV in the U.S.,” said CBA Executive Vice President and Secretary General Li Yuan Wei.
The Guangdong Tigers boast a lineup that includes highly-regarded center Yi Jian Lian, forward Zhu Fangyu, guard Li Qun, forward Du Feng and former Liberty University forward Jason Dixon. The Jiangsu Dragons’ lineup includes one of the CBA’s most dominant centers Tang Zhengdong, who leads his team with 24.1 points and 12.1 rebounds per game, guard Hu Weidong, forward Zhang Cheng, guard Hu Xue Feng, the CBA’s assist leader with 6.8 per game, former Cal-Berkeley standout guard Ryan Forehan-Kelly and former NBA forward Jelani McCoy. The CBA Finals will feature seven new members of the Chinese National Team.
Presently in China, the NBA has nearly 20 distribution deals involving NBA content, covering the areas of television (broadcast, cable, and satellite), radio, online and wireless.
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