Friday, 20 August 2010

Hot off the wire ! TSN2 to broadcast all Canadian FIBA World Championship games

This issue had been up in the air for a while however chalk up another milestone for Wayne Parrish as Canada Basketball announced moments ago that TSN2 will feature all Team Canada games at the FIBA 2010 World Championships.  Coverage begins on Saturday, August 28th with Canada vs. Lebanon at 11:30 AM ET live from Turkey.

Note:  Canada Basketball advises that TSN2 will be picking up the FIBA feed for play-by-play and colour commentary.

TSN2’s broadcast schedule for the 2010 FIBA World Championship
Saturday, Aug. 28 – Canada vs. Lebanon at 11:30 a.m. ET
Sunday, Aug. 29 – Canada vs. Lithuania at 9 a.m. ET
Tuesday, Aug. 31 – Canada vs. France at 11:30 a.m. ET
Wednesday, Sept. 1 – Canada vs. New Zealand at 9 a.m. ET
Thursday, Sept. 2 – Canada vs. Spain at 9 a.m. ET
Additional games to be confirmed.

“The FIBA World Championship is one of the premiere international basketball events featuring many of the world’s best players,”
"We are thrilled that TSN2 will have all of the action from Team Canada as it looks to put its mark on the international stage."

Stewart Johnston, Vice-President, Programming, TSN.

"Following on the heels of our recent domestic series, this is a major step as we continue to build the profile of Canada Basketball, our national teams and the international game across the country,"  "Canada has a strong and vibrant basketball community, and we couldn't be more delighted than to have TSN2 recognize that with a multi-year commitment to broadcast our major championships. Now, basketball fans from coast to coast can experience the passion, pride and excitement of international basketball starting with the biggest global basketball events of 2010 – the FIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and the FIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN."
Wayne Parrish, Executive Director and CEO, Canada Basketball.


Anonymous said...

Oh swell...TSN2 will cover the tournament.
The problem is, I don't get TSN2, and neither does many other folks.
And I'll be damned if I am going to kow tow to those greedy bastards at Rogers and buy an additional package I don't want just to get TSN2.

Anonymous said...

Cry us a river.

The reality of TV today is that basic cable will no longer cut it when it comes to expanded sports coverage. If you are fine only watching the stuff that draws the big numbers (NHL, World Juniors CFL, Blue Jays, curling) then stick defiantly to your basic package and quit whining.

OTOH, if you want take advantage of the fact that almost everything is available for broadcast somewhere on the dial then you're going to have to pay a bit extra.

If you would stop gazing at your navel for a few moments you would realize that something like the FIBA World Championships is of little interest to the vast majority of Canadians and so it isn't going to be featured lower on your dial. It's TSN2 (or Rogers One, or the Rogers regional package, or Fox Sports World, or Setanta) or nothing for many of these events. That's certainly better than a decade ago when much of this wasn't available...period.