NBA TV to Televise Euro Championships
Three Olympic qualifying spots to be determined at Eurobasket 2003
SECAUCUS, NJ – Sept. 9, 2003 – NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour television network, will broadcast live the quarterfinals, semifinals, and Championship of Eurobasket 2003, the European Basketball Championships, beginning Wednesday, September 10th from the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The tournament culminates on Sunday, September 14th with a European champion being crowned and three Olympic qualifying berths being determined.
The NBA TV broadcast schedule is below (*France, Lithuania, Spain, and Greece won their respective groups during the preliminary round and automatically advanced in the tournament):
Eurobasket 2003 features top players from the NBA and European leagues, highlighted by Memphis Grizzlies’ forward and 2002 NBA Rookie of the Year, Pau Gasol of Spain who is leading the entire circuit with 26.7 points per game. Other NBA players dominating European competition include, among others; Utah Jazz F Andrei Kirilenko of Russia (25.7); San Antonio Spurs NBA Champion PG, Tony Parker of France (14.0); Sacramento Kings All Star F Predrag Stojakovic of Serbia & Montenegro (21.7); and Dallas Mavericks F Tariq Abdul-Wahad of France (14.0).
During 2002-03, the NBA featured 65 international players from 34 countries and territories on team rosters. Eight international players were selected in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft.
Five teams are now qualified for the 2004 Summer Games: host Greece, 2002 World Champion Serbia & Montenegro (the former Yugoslavia), Angola from the Africa zone, and the United States, Argentina and Puerto Rico from the Americas. Three Olympic qualifying spots will be determined at this week’s European Championships, while two teams will earn berths from the Oceania zone and one more will qualify from Asia.
Launched in 1999, NBA TV is the most comprehensive and in-depth resource for basketball fans, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, and 365-days-a-year. NBA TV is the first network launched by a professional sports league and features live game action including NBA and WNBA preseason, regular season, and Playoff games, USA Basketball and international competitions, the famous Harlem-based streetball tournament, Entertainers Basketball Classic at Rucker Park, NBA Summer League games, NBDL games, and original programming such as NBA Player Nation, NBA TV: Over Time, and Mind, Body and Spirit with Summer Sanders, interactive and in-studio programs such as the network’s signature nightly show NBA TV Live, Virtual GM – the only program devoted solely to NBA fantasy players – NBA TV Insiders, Hardwood Classics, and NBA Legends. NBA Entertainment, the Emmy Award-winning production and programming division of the NBA and WNBA and one of the largest suppliers of sports television and Internet programming in the world, produces NBA TV programming at its full-service, state-of-the-art facility in Secaucus, NJ.