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Ten Sports to broadcast five seasons of India’s Professional Basketball League

Season 2 of the UBA Pro Basketball League broadcast live on Ten Sports Network Channels. The league culminates at the games in Hyderabad between April 1 and April 3

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai| March 22, 2016

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Sports broadcaster, Ten Sports Network, has partnered with United Basketball Alliance (UBA) to bring India’s first Professional Basketball League to the Ten Sports Network. Ten Sports will broadcast five seasons of the league.

Season 1 of the league was played in Hyderabad in July and saw participation from India’s best basketball players. A grand opening for Season 2 of the UBA was held in Pune and broadcast live on Ten Sports Network channels.

The league will span over a month, kicking off in Pune and then moving to Hyderabad for the playoffs and the semi-finals. The league will culminate with a best of three games final from April 1 to April 3, at the Gachibowli stadium in Hyderabad.

Ten Sports has partnered with UBA to broadcast five seasons of the League. Season 2 will have a minimum of 36 live matches with international quality HD production. Broadcast veterans Paul Crane and Victor Howell will lead the broadcast coverage for Season 2 on Ten Sports.

[caption id="attachment_67169" align="alignleft" width="150"]Rajesh Sethi Rajesh Sethi[/caption]

Announcing the deal, Rajesh Sethi, Global CEO of Ten Sports, said, “We are delighted to partner with UBA for India’s first Professional Basketball League. I am confident that UBA will change the face of Indian Professional Basketball forever. There is a lot of participation in basketball among younger audiences and through the UBA, Ten Sports will offer the best of Indian basketball to our viewers. With increased opportunity to take up the sport professionally and with the training camps, we will see more talent coming through the ranks which will enhance the quality of play. Ten Sports will offer the best of programming on UBA through live broadcasts, studio and wrap-around shows and other educational content.”

The UBA Pro League sees participation from eight franchisees – Bengaluru Beast, Chennai Slam, Delhi Capitals, Haryana Gold, Hyderabad Sky, Mumbai Challengers, Pune Peshwas and Punjab Steelers. Chennai Slam was the winner of Season 1, defeating Pune Peshwas in the final. Nine top players from Season 1 were taken to the USA for a training camp where they trained among present and former NBA stars.

“The players were trained just as pro athletes train in the US, every day with very little time off.  The first week they struggled, but in the second week, their strength and ability saw significant increases.  We know with continued programmes, the players can reach elite levels,” said Jody Basye, US Coaching Sr. Manager.

A documentary titled ‘Inside the UBA’ on the rigorous training camp and the life of the to- be stars was filmed and is airing on Ten Sports Network channels. The UBA plans to make these training camps for the best players an annual affair and provide them the much-needed exposure to improve the standard of the game in India.

UBA Season 1 saw celebrities like Abhishek Bachchan and Evelyn Sharma attend matches, while Union minister of state for parliamentary affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Telangana State's sports minister, T. Padma Rao, were special guests. The UBA will continue working towards involving celebrities in the game and the league.

Tommy Fisher, President of Fisher Industries and CEO of UBA, said, “The response of Bollywood, local and central government agencies has been extremely positive.  In the weeks, months and years ahead, we plan on working hand in hand to help develop basketball as a superior sport and form of entertainment in India.”

Matches are broadcast live on Ten Action and Ten HD on two slots, at 4.30 PM and 7 PM. Primetime coverage on Ten Sports Network channels will ensure maximum coverage and reach for the UBA Pro League.

 
Schedule of UBA Pro Basketball League 2016 (Season 2)
Match No. Date Time Match Venue Live/Delay
Regular Season
1 Thursday, 18 February 2016 16:30 Punjab Steelers v Delhi Capitals Pune Ten Action/HD
2 Thursday, 18 February 2016 19:00 Mumbai Challengers v Haryana Gold Pune Ten Action/HD
3 Friday, 19 February 2016 16:30 Chennai Slam v Hyderabad Sky Pune Ten Action
4 Friday, 19 February 2016 19:00 Bengaluru Beast v Pune Peshwas Pune Ten Action/HD
5 Saturday, 20 February 2016 16:30 Delhi Capitals v Haryana Gold Pune Ten Sports/HD
6 Saturday, 20 February 2016 19:00 Hyderabad Sky v Pune Peshwas Pune Ten Action
7 Sunday, 21 February 2016 16:30 Chennai Slam v Bengaluru Beast Pune Ten Sports
8 Sunday, 21 February 2016 19:00 Punjab Steelers v Mumbai Challengers Pune Ten Action (Delay)
9 Monday, 22 February 2016 16:30 Punjab Steelers v Chennai Slam Pune Ten Action
10 Monday, 22 February 2016 19:00 Bengaluru Beast v Pune Peshwas Pune Ten Action
11 Wednesday, 24 February 2016 16:30 Mumbai Challengers v Bengaluru Beast Pune Ten Action
12 Wednesday, 24 February 2016 19:00 Delhi Capitals v Hyderabad Sky Pune Ten Sports/HD
13 Thursday, 25 February 2016 16:30 Hyderabad gold v Punjab Steelers Pune Ten Action/HD
14 Thursday, 25 February 2016 19:00 Delhi Capitals v Mumbai Challengers Pune Ten Action/HD
15 Friday, 26 February 2016 16:30 Chennai Slam v Pune Peshwas Pune Ten Action/HD
16 Friday, 26 February 2016 19:00 Hyderabad Sky v Bengaluru Beast Pune Ten Sports/HD
17 Saturday, 27 February 2016 16:30 Punjab Steelers v Delhi Capitals Pune HD (Live)/Ten Action (Delay)
18 Saturday, 27 February 2016 19:00 Mumbai Challengers v Haryana Gold Pune Ten Action
19 Sunday, 28 February 2016 16:30 Chennai Slam v Hyderabad Sky Pune Ten Action/HD
20 Sunday, 28 February 2016 19:00 Pune Peshwas v Haryana Gold Pune Ten Action/HD
Break
21 Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:30 Hyderabad gold v Delhi Capitals Hyderabad Ten Action/HD
22 Wednesday, 23 March 2016 19:00 Mumbai Challengers v Punjab Steelers Hyderabad Ten Action/HD
23 Thursday, 24 March 2016 16:30 Pune Peshwas v Hyderabad Sky Hyderabad Ten Action/HD
24 Thursday, 24 March 2016 19:00 Chennai Slam v Bengaluru Beast Hyderabad Ten Action/HD
25 Friday, 25 March 2016 16:30 Punjab Steelers v Haryana Gold Hyderabad Ten Action
26 Friday, 25 March 2016 19:00 Delhi Capitals v Mumbai Challengers Hyderabad Ten Action/HD
27 Saturday, 26 March 2016 16:30 Chennai Slam v Pune Peshwas Hyderabad Ten Action
28 Saturday, 26 March 2016 19:00 Hyderabad Sky v Bengaluru Beast Hyderabad Ten Action
Playoffs
29 Sunday, 27 March 2016 16:30 2nd Place (North) v 3rd Place (North) Hyderabad Ten Action/HD
30 Sunday, 27 March 2016 19:00 2nd Place (South) v 3rd Place (South) Hyderabad Ten Action/HD
Semi Finals (Best of 3 Games)
31 Monday, 28 March 2016 16:30 Winner 2v3 (South) v 1st Place (South) Hyderabad Ten Action/HD
32 Monday, 28 March 2016 19:00 Winner 2v3 (North) v 1st Place (North) Hyderabad Ten Action/HD
33 Tuesday, 29 March 2016 16:30 Winner 2v3 (South) v 2nd Place (South) Hyderabad Ten Action
34 Tuesday, 29 March 2016 19:00 Winner 2v3 (North) v 2nd Place (North) Hyderabad Ten Action/HD
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:30 Winner 2v3 (South) v 3rd Place (South)* Hyderabad
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 19:00 Winner 2v3 (North) v 3rd Place (North)* Hyderabad
* if Necessary
Final Championship (Best of 3 Games)
35 Friday, 01 April 2016 19:00 North Winner v South Winner Hyderabad Ten Action/HD
36 Saturday, 02 April 2016 19:00 North Winner v South Winner Hyderabad Ten Action/HD
Sunday, 03 April 2016 19:00 North Winner v South Winner* Hyderabad
* if Necessary
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