Basketball

tall-blacks-logoHaving dominated the NBL for the last three years thanks to the New Zealand Breakers, NZ Basketball is in pretty good shape.  You’d have to be pretty siding with the Kiwi’s to take out this series though, for sure.

The New Zealand Breakers got the party started early with an impressive three-peat, Steven Adams got scooped up by one of the best NBA teams in the league and now the Tall Blacks are playing at home for the first time in four years – 2013 is shaping up to be a great year for basketball in New Zealand. Continue reading »

skysport_logo_rebuild5_CMYKSky Sport has announced it will be airing the New Zealand NBL semi-finals and final live this month.

Some of New Zealand’s best basketball players, including current and former New Zealand Breakers, will be on display during the New Zealand NBL finals and SKY Sport has LIVE coverage of these pivotal matchups.

Oklahoma City Thunder player Steven Adams’ former team Wellington Saints, face a strong Southland Sharks side which includes former New Zealand Breakers players Kevin Braswell and Leon Henry as well as new Breaker Reuben Te Rangi. Current Breakers player Corey Webster and ex-Breakers player Dillon Boucher are also in the Wellington Saints squad, as well as SKY Sport basketball commentator Casey Frank. Continue reading »

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The second consecutive NBL title for the New Zealand Breakers on Tuesday night saw them draw an average audience of 286,160 viewers on Sky Sport 3.

The win over the Perth Wildcats was ahead of the Hurricanes vs Crusaders game (252,840) and the Kiwi’s vs Kangaroos match (238,760).

 

SKY’s coverage of the Breakers vs Wildcats FINAL – Game 2 from Perth on Friday night is 11.00pm and not 11.30pm as previously listed.

Breakers v Wildcats                Friday April 20            SKY Sport 2                  11.00pm                      LIVE

Thursday 3 November 2011, 8.30 pm on Maori Television

Maori Television are thrilled to bring you all the glory and all the slam dunking action from the NBA.

Thursday 10 November 2011, 8.30 pm on Maori Television

Maori Television is pleased to bring you all the glory and all the slam dunking action from the National Basketball Association (NBA).

SKY Television announced today that it will show live and uninterrupted coverage of all New Zealand based Breakers NBL games for the up-coming 2011/2012 season.

As ANBL 2011 title holders, it will be with much anticipation that Breakers fans look forward to the start of their season on October 7th.

October 28th will see the Breakers first match played in New Zealand at Vector Arena, Auckland. SKY Sport will produce all New Zealand games, three of which will be at the Vector Arena with other games being played at the Breaker’s home court at the North Shore Events Centre. At least seven of the club’s away games will also be shown on SKY.

SKY’s Director of Sport Content, Richard Last welcomed the deal saying, “It’s great to be showing the Breakers live on SKY Sport again, their recent success should ensure a dedicated and passionate audience will follow them this coming season”.

SKY Sport will feature LIVE coverage of the New Zealand Men’s Basketball team as they contest Russia, China and Angola at the 2011 FIBA Continental Stankovic Cup in China.

The prestigious competition, which has been held annually in China since 2005, pays homage to the Serbian Borislav Stankovic, who is the emeritus secretary general of FIBA for his contribution in the development of basketball in the world.

TALL BLACKS vs Russia LIVE on SKY Sport 3 (SKY Channel 032) from 6pm on Saturday 6th  August

TALL BLACKS vs China LIVE on SKY Sport 1 (SKY Channel 030) from 11.30pm on Sunday 7th August

TALL BLACKS vs Angola LIVE on SKY Sport 1 (SKY Channel 030) from 1.30am on Tuesday  9th August

3rd/4th Place Playoff LIVE on SKY Sport 3 (SKY Channel 032) from 11.30pm on Tues 9th August

FINAL and Presentation LIVE on SKY Sport 3 (SKY Channel 032) from 1.30am on Wednesday 10th August

 

After the Stankovic Cup, the Tall Blacks travel on to Europe, before returning home later in the month to prepare for their Olympic Qualifiers against Australia, with those games LIVE on SKY Sport in September.

LIVE coverage of the Tall Blacks at the FIBA Stankovic Cup in China on SKY Sport from Saturday August 6th.

Alcatraz series picked up by Fox

J.J. Abrams new project revolving around the island prison of Alcatraz has been picked up by Fox, who will produce a pilot for the series. The series is described as “a show about mysteries, secrets and the most infamous prison of all time: Alcatraz”.

Lost actor joins Criminal Minds

Former Lost actor Sterling Beaumon will guest star on an upcoming episode of Criminal Minds. The 15-year-old, who played the young Benjamin Linus in Lost, will feature in the crime procedural as a young boy who is suspected of murdering his family.

SNL star to guest on The Middle

Saturday Night Live’s Norm MacDonald will appear on the second season of The Middle, in the comedy’s Thanksgiving episode. MacDonald will play Mike’s (Neill Flynn) brother in the episode.

Aussie uproar over “racist” ad

The Australians are up in arms over a new advertisement for the upcoming NBL basketball season which is allegedly racist towards African Americans. Take a look for yourself.

Sky Sport have the coverage of New Zealand’s premier basketball competition, the NZNBL. Maori TV have coverage of the ANBL, which covers a Thursday night game per week, usually featuring the NZ Breakers. I was wondering if anyone knows home much coverage will be shown of the NZNBL for 2010? In 2009, I was disapointed that New Zealand’s top Basketball competition only recieved one LIVE televised match per round and LIVE coverage of the QF, SF and Finals. I hope Sky Sport will do better in 2010 and show more matches each round. Does anyone know of the details or where I could find out?

 

Thanks!