All eyes will be on Team Canada as it battles for its place at the 2008
TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - Score Media Inc. (TSX: SCR) announced today that
its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Score Television Network Ltd, will have the
exclusive live broadcast rights to Team Canada and Team USA games from the
2007 FIBA Americas Championship of Basketball for Men to be played in Las
Vegas, Nevada. The FIBA Americas Championship, featuring 10 men's national
teams, is one of five FIBA Olympic qualifying zone tournaments to determine
the two men's teams from the Americas zone who will earn a qualification spot
for the 2008 Olympic Games that are being held Aug. 8-24 in Beijing, China.
The Score's broadcast will begin on August 22, 2007.
"We are extremely pleased to be bringing this important tournament to
Canadian audiences," said David Errington, SVP and General Manager, The Score
Television Network. "We pride ourselves as being the home for basketball, from
college to the professional level; this competition certainly reinforces that
title. Basketball has a loyal fan base in Canada and we see this broadcast as
giving us another opportunity to provide the hardcore fans with access to the
game they love."
To support its coverage of the FIBA Americas Championship, The Score will
air a five part series, "The Rebirth of Canada Basketball", taking a
behind-the-scenes look at the building of this year's senior men's team. The
series will air nightly, through to August 17th, during To the Point with Greg
Sansone and Score Tonight with Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro on The Score. The
entire series will also be available via online video at thescore.ca.
"This is great opportunity for Canada Basketball and our players to have
exposure across the country, and to give basketball fans access to our
national team athletes and their desire to represent Canada on the world
stage," said Leo Rautins, Head Coach to Canada's senior men's national team.
"The Score has been involved with NBA telecasts for years with the Raptors,
and with college basketball. The coverage of the FIBA Americas Olympic
Qualifiers is just a natural extension of this relationship, and further
solidifies their commitment to promoting the game of basketball in the
The television broadcast schedule of games to air on The Score is as
Wednesday 8/22/07 8:30 PM Canada v. Brazil
Wednesday 8/22/07 11:00 PM USA v. Venezuela
Thursday 8/23/07 6:00 PM Canada v. Venezuela
Thursday 8/23/07 11:00 PM USA v. Virgin Islands
Friday 8/24/07 6:00 PM Canada v. Virgin Islands
Saturday 8/25/07 6:00 PM USA v. Canada
Sunday 8/26/07 11:00 PM USA v. Brazil
Monday 8/27/07 8:30 PM(No.) Canada v. TBD(*)
Monday 8/27/07 11:00 PM(&) USA v. TBD(*)
Tuesday 8/28/07 6:00 PM Canada v. TBD(*)
Tuesday 8/28/07 11:00 PM USA v. TBD(*)
Wednesday 8/29/07 3:30 PM Canada v. TBD(*)
Wednesday 8/29/07 11:00 PM USA v. TBD(*)
Thursday 8/30/07 7:00 PM Canada v. TBD(*)
Thursday 8/30/07 12:00 AM USA v. TBD(*)
Saturday 9/1/07 7:00 PM USA v. TBD(*)
Saturday 9/1/07 9:30 PM Canada v. TBD(*)
Sunday 9/2/07 4:00 PM TBD v. TBD(xx)
Sunday 9/2/07 7:00 PM TBD v. TBD(xxx)
(*) Elimination round (Teams TBD) (Only will televise if Canada or USA
(xx) Bronze Medal Game (Teams TBD) (Only will televise if Canada or USA
(xxx) Gold Medal Game (Teams TBD) (Only will televise if Canada or USA
(No.) To be aired via tape-delay at 2 a.m. EDT on July 28th and re-
broadcast at 1:30 p.m. EDT on July 28th
(&) To be aired via tape-delay at 11:30 a.m. EDT on July 28th
Note that start times in the Elimination round are subject to change.
Third, fourth and fifth place finishers in this tournament will qualify
for the 12-team 2008 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, July 7-13,
2008, at a site to be determined, that will qualify the final three teams for
the 2008 Olympics.
Games from the tournament featuring teams other than Team Canada and Team
USA will be broadcast live on Raptors NBA TV beginning on August 22nd.
About Score Media Inc.
Score Media Inc. (TSX: SCR) is a media company committed to creating
consumer value through creative solutions, technology, and innovation in
response to sports fans' growing desire for increased participation in their
consumption of sports content. Score Media's main asset is The Score
Television Network, a national specialty television service providing sports,
news, information, highlights and live event programming, available across
Canada in more than 6.2 million homes. Score Media also operates Hardcore
Sports Radio, a Satellite radio network available across North America on
SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and other interactive assets including TheScore.ca,
Score Mobile, and Score Poker.
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