Release Date: 10/25/2012
NBA TV’s 96-Game Regular Season Schedule Tips Off Oct. 31 with
Doubleheader Featuring the Debut of No. 1 Draft Pick Anthony Davis and New Orleans Hornets, Followed by New-Look Los Angeles Lakers
Network’s Signature Franchises NBA GameTime and Fan Night Presented by Sprint Return
NBA Digital Cross-Platform Content Includes Enhanced Video Offerings and Expanded Social Integration Across NBA.com and League Mobile Sites
NBA TV will tip off its 96-game NBA regular-season schedule – the most games by any network – Wednesday, Oct. 31, with a doubleheader when the New Orleans Hornets and overall No. 1 NBA Draft pick Anthony Davis host the San Antonio Spurs at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the new-look Los Angeles Lakers and off-season acquisitions Dwight Howard and Steve Nash visiting the Portland Trail Blazers and LaMarcus Aldridge at 10:30 p.m.
The network’s live game coverage will continue Saturday, Nov. 3, with the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry visiting the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul and Blake Griffin at 10:30 p.m.
NBA TV will build on a record-setting 2011-12 season, the network’s most-viewed ever, with a 2012-13 regular-season schedule featuring 19 doubleheaders and up to eight appearances by the Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves; up to seven appearances by the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and the Utah Jazz; and up to six appearances by the NBA Champion Miami Heat, Hornets and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
NBA TV’s deep roster of commentators includes hosts Ernie Johnson, Matt Winer, Vince Cellini, Rick Kamla and Jared Greenberg, analysts Chris Webber, Greg Anthony, Steve Smith, Dennis Scott and Brent Barry, reporters David Aldridge and Craig Sager and social media correspondents Sekou Smith and Rashan Ali. Analyst Rick Fox will be joining the NBA GameTime crew regularly throughout the season. TNT analysts Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith will make regular appearances on NBA GameTime on Wednesdays.
NBA GameTime & Fan Night presented by Sprint
NBA TV’s signature franchises – NBA GameTime and Fan Night presented by Sprint – will return for the upcoming season. NBA GameTime, the network’s signature studio show, will continue to offer highlights, analysis and the latest news from around the league daily throughout the season. The show will once again feature special editions of the show each Wednesday throughout the season with host Cellini, analysts Scott and Anthony previewing NBA TV’s game telecasts and providing updates. Winer will host post-game coverage Wednesday nights on NBA GameTime with O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Anthony. During immediate postgame analysis, Hyundai will serve as the presenting sponsor for NBA GameTime, while State Farm is presenting sponsor for the show Friday and Saturday nights.
NBA TV’s NBA GameTime will also preview NBA on TNT Thursday night coverage each week rotating hosts between Cellini and Winer, who will be joined by analysts Steve Smith and Scott and regular appearances by the TNT analysts. NBA GameTime, with Winer and analysts Webber and Fox, will offer a special one-hour preview Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. in advance of TNT’s blockbuster opening week matchup when the Brooklyn Nets host the New York Knicks at 7 p.m.
NBA TV’s popular Fan Night presented by Sprint will return for its fifth season Tuesday, Nov. 6. Fans are given the opportunity to vote online via NBA.com, NBA’s Facebook page, Yahoo.com and, for the first time via Twitter, each week for the match-up they most want to see televised on NBA TV. Johnson will continue to host Fan Night presented by Sprint with analysts Webber and Anthony.
The Association: Brooklyn Nets
NBA TV’s The Association: Brooklyn Nets will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the historic season for the Nets and their move to Brooklyn. The Association, the first-ever series to go behind the scenes with a major American professional sports team throughout the regular season, will be televised Fridays at 6:30 p.m. throughout November. The cross-platform series will include multiple shows on NBA TV and original webisodes on NBA.com during the 2012-13 NBA season.
Additional NBA TV Content
NBA TV’s season-long shows also include The Beat, a 30-minute weekly show hosted by Cellini which covers news and storylines across the league with regular contributors Aldridge, social media correspondent Smith and other reporters from across the country, airing each Monday evening at 6 p.m. The network will also televise NBA.com Fantasy Insider Mondays at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. with host Kamla and analyst Scott providing the latest fantasy insight. NBA.com Fantasy Insider will debut live on NBA.com each Monday at noon prior to the NBA TV telecast. Additionally, NBA TV will feature The Jump with host Greenberg and analysts Barry and Scott with regular contributor SLAM’s Lang Whitaker, each Tuesday at 3 p.m. on NBA.com and 6 p.m. on NBA TV. The show provides insight into the upcoming week's games and interacts with NBA fans who submit questions and comments via NBA.com, Facebook and Twitter.
NBA.com’s redesigned home page has incorporated expanded video features and enhanced social integration for the upcoming season. Through the new elements, fans can fully leverage their social connections across the site while staying up-to-date on their favorite teams and players. Additional features:
• Social Spotlight: NBA.com will showcase the best tweets, photos and videos from players, fans and NBA.com writers through NBA.com’s Social Spotlight, a dynamic mosaic which flips every few seconds to highlight the most pertinent conversation in the social space.
• NBA.com's Pulse: The interactive social media application allows users to track conversations, vote on poll topics, and share NBA content in real time.
• NBA.com Advanced Stats – Fans will have access to the NBA.com Advanced Stats, the official analysis tool of the NBA. The one-of-a-kind tool, sponsored by SAP, allows fans to easily navigate through the interactive application and develop deep, custom stats on NBA players, teams and match-ups. NBA Advanced Stats (http://www.nba.com/advancedstats/) is developed using official NBA play-by-play data that is tracked courtside during every game.
NBA Mobile highlights
NBA Digital mobile sites for NBA.com and all 30 teams have been completely refreshed with expanded video offerings, a new social ticker allowing fans to follow league news in real time and more features to keep fans connected to their favorite teams and league news.
• NBA GameTime Mobile Application – NBA Game Time, available through the App Store and Google Play, provides fans with access to game scores, standings, schedules, and customizable team notifications. New this year, fans will receive video alerts, close game alerts and player alerts. Also, fans can browse social media postings related to every live game. The app will offer an upgrade feature allowing fans to purchase NBA LEAGUE PASS Mobile and NBA Game Time Plus for exclusive access to live games, on-demand video and in-depth statistics and standings.
NBA LEAGUE PASS highlights
NBA LEAGUE PASS is the fully integrated out-of-market live game package, providing fans with access to more than 40 live NBA regular games each week through television, broadband, mobile, tablets and connected devices. Each package provides fans with unique features including live game and on-demand access, DVR functionality, audio broadcasts, stats, schedules and standings.
About NBA Digital
NBA TV is a part of NBA Digital, the NBA's extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com, and WNBA.com.
Visit the Turner Sports online pressroom for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR. Follow NBA TV on Twitter at @NBATV.
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