NBA Offers 2006 NBA Playoffs on the iTunes Music Store
Posted May 9 2006 6:49PM
NBA Fans Can Now Download NBA Playoffs and The Finals to iPod
NEW YORK, May 8, 2006 -- The NBA has teamed up with Apple to bring the 2006 Playoffs to the iTunes® Music Store (www.itunes.com) providing basketball fans the ability to download full game recaps of every remaining NBA Playoffs and Finals game broadcast by all NBA networks including ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBATV to their computer or iPod® within 24 hours after games conclude.
In addition to the 15 to 20 minute full game recaps available for each 2006 Playoffs game, during The Finals, fans will also be able to purchase complete game replays of every Finals game the day after they air on ABC.
ABC, ESPN and TNT Sports join the NBA in the launch of the service. TNT Sports will provide more than 15 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning studio show, Inside the NBA on TNT that will feature exclusive off-camera footage and interaction between Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson. Episodes will also include guest appearances by TNT analysts Reggie Miller and Magic Johnson and the host of NBA players and legends who visit the set throughout the Playoffs.
The “2006 NBA Playoffs on iTunes” content will be promoted across ESPN and ESPN.com, TNT and NBA TV and will provide fans with an unprecedented new way of following the NBA Playoffs leading up to and throughout The Finals on ABC starting on June 8.
Fans will be able to access the NBA content on iTunes through several download options including a first of its kind “Follow Your Team” package which provides fans to receive automatic downloads of each of their favorite team’s games.
Fans can choose from the following options:
2006 NBA Playoffs: Follow Your Team
Inside the NBA on TNT
Individual Games or Episodes
“The NBA Playoffs and The Finals showcase the best athletes in the world competing for the ultimate prize and now fans can catch up and relive the excitement by downloading every remaining game and series through iTunes,” said Brenda Spoonemore, Senior Vice President of Interactive Services, NBA Entertainment. “Tech-savvy NBA fans want more ways to experience the passion of the NBA and together with our television partners, we’re happy to make this first ever playoff download package available.”
“We’re thrilled to be offering basketball fans this unique opportunity to follow NBA Playoffs on iTunes,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes. “With the new ‘Follow Your Team’ feature, fans automatically receive full game recaps of every game their favorite team plays from the Conference Semifinals through The Finals.”
The NBA has long been a leader in unveiling groundbreaking features that utilize the latest technologies enhancing the overall NBA game experience for fans. The NBA was the first major professional sports league to feature a live Webcast of a game in streaming video (April 2001 on NBA.com), launch a 24-hour television channel (NBA TV in November 1999) and unveil language-specific international destinations on the Internet (NBA.com/japan in June 1999).