Turner Sports Inks Deal With ABA
Sports, a division of Turner Sports, and the American Basketball Association (ABA)
announced an agreement to provide online streaming of the league’s games
on an exclusive
broadband channel beginning with the 2007-08 season. Throughout the season,
which begins November 10th, select regular season and playoff games will be
available both live and on-demand via the broadband channel, marking the first
time that the ABA will offer online streaming of its basketball games. Web
streaming of the games will be on a subscription basis and will initially
include approx. 300 games featuring
ABA teams in
Mexico. All games will be available
internationally. Additional details regarding the schedule and teams will be
available upon the start of the season.
American and international teams that comprise the
ABA are known for both their spirited play
and athleticism. We are thrilled to expand the PlayON! Sports portfolio with
give basketball fans around the world access to the excitement of the league
from the comfort of their computer,” said Phil Sharpe, SVP/GM of the
are very pleased and proud to be a part of Turner Broadcasting and are excited
that we can bring the live action of
basketball games worldwide,” said Paul Riley, VP of ABA Media. “Fans
will be able to see virtually every team in the league, and once they do, they
will realize why the
has grown as it has. It is fast-paced and exciting basketball – and now the
world can see it.”
ABA joins an expanding
portfolio of PlayON! Sports properties including the Atlantic Coast Conference
(ACC), Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun) and United Soccer League (USL). PlayON!
Sports is a division of Turner Sports which operates and manages new media
businesses for sports properties, including NASCAR.com, PGATOUR.com, PGA.com.
Sports, Inc., a Time Warner company, presents some of the best and most popular
sporting events worldwide and is a leader in televised sports programming. With
events airing on TBS and TNT, Turner Sports’ line-up includes the NBA, NASCAR
and NASCAR.COM, Major League Baseball, college football, professional golf,
PGATour.com and PGA.com.
Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news,
entertainment and sports products around the world and the leading provider of
programming for the basic cable industry.