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JWalk126
03-30-2008, 01:40 PM
Source: Euroleague.net (http://www.euroleague.net/news/i/28370/180/nba-europe-live-2008-announced) (for more info {teams, dates etc} click on the source link)
NBA TEAMS TO TOUR EUROPE FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR AS PART OF 2008 NBA EUROPE LIVE PRESENTED BY EA SPORTS

-- Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Washington Wizards Will Compete in Preseason Games in France, Germany, Spain and the U.K. --

LONDON -- March 27, 2008 – The Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Washington Wizards will play preseason games in Barcelona, Berlin, London and Paris in October as part of NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS™, the National Basketball Association and EA SPORTS announced today.

“Our third consecutive year of NBA Europe Live is another step in our ongoing effort to bring the excitement of the NBA to our growing fan base,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern. “Through the support of our partners, including EA SPORTS, the Heat, Nets, Hornets and Wizards will compete and extend our global commitment to community service in four European cities where basketball's popularity is increasing.”

Following NBA Europe Live 2008, NBA teams will have played 48 games in 18 different cities in Europe over the past two decades. Last year’s seven NBA Europe Live games drew more than 10.3 million viewers, 75,000 spectators, and were supported by 23 marketing partners.

“NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS creates an authentic platform for fans of all ages across Europe to enjoy real life and virtual basketball experiences on a grand stage,” said Peter Moore, President, EA SPORTS. “We’re excited to extend our partnership, which helps expand the NBA’s global footprint and allows European fans to access the emotion of sport through our NBA LIVE franchise.”

NBA Europe Live 2008 will include the 2006 NBA champion Heat taking on the Nets at the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy in Paris on Oct. 9. The teams will then travel to London for their second contest on Oct.12 at The O2 Arena.

The O2 World in Berlin, Germany will host the match up between the Hornets and the Wizards on Oct. 14. The arena will open this fall and mirrors the groundbreaking O2 Arena in London. Following the game in Berlin, the two teams will play the final game on the tour in Barcelona on Oct. 17 at the Palau Sant Jordi.

Euroleague Basketball will once again serve as a partner in NBA Europe Live, which it has since 2006. EA SPORTS, adidas, Champion and The Coca-Cola Company will all return as pan-European marketing partners for 2008 tour, and Spalding, the official basketball of the NBA, will again serve as an official supplier. They will conduct a variety of NBA-themed promotional activities to reach NBA fans in Europe.

“Euroleague Basketball is always seeking to participate and help in making the sport of basketball grow across the globe and, for the third consecutive year, we are happy to be participating and making the bridges between Europe and the USA stronger,” said Jordi Bertomeu, CEO of Euroleague Basketball. “The NBA Europe Live program offers fans the possibility of watching great basketball, and is one in a series of ideas that can bring basketball to the forefront of world sports.”

In addition to the basketball action, the NBA will also conduct a variety of community events and programs in each of the NBA Europe Live 2008 host cities as part of its NBA Cares initiative. Since 2000, the NBA family has helped create, build and establish more than 400 places where kids and families can live, learn or play around the world, including 11 total in Europe as part of the 2006 and 2007 NBA Europe Live tours.

JWalk126
09-18-2008, 08:14 PM
Euroleague fans are already disappointed since no Euroelague teams will play a NBA team this summer. We still don’t know any reasons for this decision by the Euroleague / NBA since it would be good competition this year, right?

Since the Euroleague is still not the most interesting league for the average Basketball fan, people are really interested in seeing their stars from the United States. As we know and reoprted a few months ago, the Washington Wizards, New Orleans Hornets, Miami Heat and New Jersey Nets will come to Europe to play each other.

Here are the tour dates again:

Paris, Thursday, October 9th: Miami Heat - New Jersey Nets

London, Sunday, October 12th: New Jersey Nets - Miami Heat

Berlin, Tuesday, October 14th: Washington Wizards - New Orleans Hornets

Bacrelona, Friday, October 17th. New Orleans Hornets - Washington Wizards

Especially the second pair of the Wizards and the Hornets seems to be a interesting game, since people and NBA fans get to see a great point guard and another great player and of course personality: Gilbert Arenas!

Well, not so fast.

As it is reported, Gilbert won’t play in Berlin, Barcelona the Wizards training camp and even the first month of the NBA regular season. Once again Gilbert had to have surgery on his knee.

I don’t know about you, but I would have loved to see Gilbert in action and not again on the sidelines. I am sure the official partner adidas is not excited about this either, since Gilbert is under contract with them and the last try of Gilbert to promote his sneakers failed badly - again because he was hurt…

http://www.ballineurope.com/us-basketball/nba/nba-europe-fans-sorry/

JWalk126
10-12-2008, 06:25 PM
NBA Europe plans scaled back
Source: Yahoo! Sports UK (http://eurosport.yahoo.com/10102008/58/nba-nba-europe-plans-scaled.html)
The NBA has been weathering the global financial crisis by cutting the number of pre-season games in Europe this year.

"We anticipated the economic slowdown so we tried to limit our exposure while at the same time accomplishing our goals," NBA commissioner David Stern said. "To us, four countries is a good thing and we were probably trying to do too much in past years."

This year the league is playing only four games in four European cities, down from seven in six cities in 2007.

The New Jersey Nets beat the Miami Heat 100-98 in overtime on Thursday at Bercy Arena in Paris, and will meet again on Sunday night at London's O2 Arena.

The Washington Wizards will take on the New Orleans Hornets in Berlin on October 14, and again in Barcelona on October 17.

Stern said the financial meltdown will eventually affect all professional sports, including the NBA.

"I think there will be a negative impact of some kind, but we haven't seen it yet," he added.

However, weakness in the US economy is being blamed for lower season-ticket sales ahead of the league's 63rd regular season starting this month, Adam Silver, NBA deputy commissioner, said last week.

The NBA has already begun searching for cost savings, revisiting operational budgets set as recently as August.

Stern said the league's loan limits and salary caps will "work well to limit the exposure" of individual teams.

There are plans to return to Europe next year but Stern said the NBA was not looking to play regular season games here.

"It's nice to talk about but logistically it's not a practical idea, at least at the current time," he said.

cambovenzi
10-13-2008, 03:27 PM
"Euroleague fans are already disappointed since no Euroelague teams will play a NBA team this summer. We still don’t know any reasons for this decision by the Euroleague / NBA since it would be good competition this year, right?"

thats a shame.
i would actually tune in to watch those.
not just some rando preseason game.

i know the NBA wants to lure people to just the NBA,
but wouldnt numerous blowouts of euro teams really show the fans in europe how much greater the NBA is?

i guess the counter would be the teams wont really try to win the games, as ots the preseason.
and it might make the league look bad if they lose.
it also would bring european fans to root AGAINST the nba teams, in support of their own.

JWalk126
10-13-2008, 04:37 PM
"Euroleague fans are already disappointed since no Euroelague teams will play a NBA team this summer. We still don’t know any reasons for this decision by the Euroleague / NBA since it would be good competition this year, right?"

thats a shame.
i would actually tune in to watch those.
not just some rando preseason game.

i know the NBA wants to lure people to just the NBA,
but wouldnt numerous blowouts of euro teams really show the fans in europe how much greater the NBA is?

i guess the counter would be the teams wont really try to win the games, as ots the preseason.
and it might make the league look bad if they lose.
it also would bring european fans to root AGAINST the nba teams, in support of their own.

no, the fans know that 90% of the time the best team in Europe might struggle to play against the worst team in the NBA.

but thats not always true, yes Moscow lost to Orlando by 28 pts... but 2 or 3 summers ago they beat the Clippers after that good season they had by 19 pts

since its exhibition, sometimes you could see that both sides can care less about the game