NEW YORK , June 7 -- The 2005 NBA Finals will tip off on Thursday, June 9 and will feature the San Antonio Spurs and defending champion Detroit Pistons. ABC Sports is the exclusive home of The Finals with Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Al Michaels and Basketball Hall-of-Famer Hubie Brown calling the action. The Finals will also be televised in 205 countries in 45 languages and reach more than 3.1 billion people globally through NBA Entertainment’s television, Internet, film and digital technologies.

Following is a look at activities in San Antonio, Texas and Detroit, by the numbers:

Global Reach

  • More than 150 international media from 27 countries and territories will cover the Finals
  • 205 countries will receive complete live television coverage of The Finals
  • 106 telecasters will broadcast The Finals
  • The Finals will be broadcast in 45 languages, including Hindi, Tagalog, Arabic and Mandarin
  • Record 42 international television broadcasters will be on site in San Antonio and Detroit
  • Nine customized NBA television shows will be on site: Eddy Time (France), NBA Magazine (Japan), NBA Jam (China), NBA Total (Spain), La Magia de la NBA (Latin America), NBA Jam (Philippines), NBA Jam (Taiwan), NBA Max (U.S-Telemundo) and Rafaga (Mexico)
  • Two national Spanish language network partners, ESPN Deportes and Telemundo, will provide comprehensive coverage of the Finals
  • Finals record seven players from overseas will be competing for the championship

 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.com, NBA TV World Feed

NBA.com

  • 26 million visitors will log on to NBA.com during The Finals
  • 53% of all visits to NBA.com during The Finals will come from NBA fans living outside the U.S. with the highest concentration of international visits coming from China. Overall, NBA.com receives more international visits than any other U.S.-based sports Web site.
  • 20% of all visits to NBA.com come from fans in China
  • Up to 15 different live audio broadcasts on NBA.com will allow fans around the world to hear The Finals games in Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew, Flemish, Portuguese, Serbian 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 broadcast cameras, including 22 HDTV cams, will be used by ABC to televise The Finals
  • 75 microphones, including those embedded in the court
  • 20 miles of camera and microphone cable

NBA Marketing/ Merchandising

  • 21 NBA marketing partners are activating during the Playoffs and The Finals
  • The Larry O'Brien Trophy will adorn more than 230,000 t-shirts, hats, headbands and other NBA products
  • 177 limited edition Finals commemorative basketballs by Spalding featuring The Finals logo and team names will be available for fans while supplies last