ESPN2 And ESPN Classic To Televise FIBA Americas Championship 2007

Basketball announced a comprehensive television broadcast plan for the USA
Men’s Senior National Team and the FIBA Americas Championship 2007. Included in
the plans, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic will show live all of the USA Basketball
Men’s Senior National Team’s games through the semifinals; NBA TV will televise
40 FIBA Americas Championship 2007 games; and Fox Sports Net will present 12
games, including the Sept. 2 gold and bronze medal games.

Americas Championship, featuring 10 national teams from North America, South
America, Central America and the Caribbean, is one of five FIBA Olympic
qualifying zone tournaments and will determine the two men’s teams from the

Americas zone
who will earn a qualification spot for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Americas Championship is being held Aug. 22-Sept. 2 in

Las Vegas,
and will feature the top two ranked teams in the FIBA world rankings and all 10
teams competing rank among FIBA’s top 40. Countries competing include 2004
Olympic gold medal champion Argentina, the 2007 Pan America Games champion
Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, host
United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

ESPN2 HD, ESPN Classic and will televise live all of the
USA games through the semifinals and NBA TV will
replay the

games on a tape delayed basis.

Fox Sports
Net will broadcast 12 games, including the gold and bronze medal games on
Sunday, Sept. 2, starting at 4 p.m. (EDT). FSN’s coverage will tip off when
Canada meets

Brazil on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at
8:30 p.m. (EDT).

will televise a total of 40 FIBA Americas Championship 2007 games beginning on
Wednesday, Aug. 22, when it presents four match ups tipping off with
Uruguay against

Panama at 3:30 p.m. (EDT). NBA TV
will also simulcast all of the FSN televised games, including the bronze and
gold medal games.

The event
is expected to showcase numerous NBA stars, including possible USA Team members
Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), LeBron
James (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Jason Kidd (New Jersey Nets); Carlos Delfino
(Toronto Raptors) of Argentina; Leandro Barbosa (Phoenix Suns) of Brazil; Carlos
Arroyo (Orlando Magic) and Jose Juan Barea (Dallas Mavericks) of Puerto Rico; Raja
Bell (Phoenix Suns) of the U.S. Virgin Islands; Samuel Dalembert (Phoenix Suns)
of Canada, and Esteban Batista (Atlanta Hawks) of Uruguay.

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