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Ten Sports Network to broadcast season 2 of UBA live

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MUMBAI: Zee Entertainment Enterprise Limited's (ZEEL) sports network Ten Sports Network, United Basketball Alliance (UBA) to bring India’s first Professional Basketball League to Ten Sports Network. 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 3 games final from 1st to 3rd April at the Gachibowli stadium in Hyderabad.

Ten Sports has partnered UBA to broadcast 5 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. Announcing the deal, Ten Sports Global CEO Rajesh Sethi  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 Baskbetball 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 programs, the players can reach elite levels,” says Jody Basye, US Coaching Sr. Manager. A documentary titled ‘Inside the UBA’ on the rigorous training camp and the life of these to be stars was filmed and 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 including Abhishek Bachchan, Evelyn Sharma attend matches while Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Telangana State's Honorable Sports Minister, T. Padma Rao were also special guests. 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 2 slots – 16:30 hours and 19:00 hours. 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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