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The NBA revealed that it will return to London with its third regular-season game in Europe featuring the three-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons and the two-time champion New York Knicks. NBA London Live 2013 will take place on Jan. 17 at The O2, which will host its seventh NBA game, including four preseason games, since '07 (NBA). REUTERS wrote that Knicks Head Coach Mike Woodson "cannot wait to cross the Atlantic." He said, "For Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler to return to the city where they helped Team USA win the Gold makes it even more special for our team" (REUTERS, 10/4).
HEADING OVERSEAS: The NBA is set to embark on a comprehensive int'l preseason tour that includes six NBA teams traveling to seven cities in six countries as part of the league’s 2012 int'l preseason schedule. The schedule includes three different int'l tours: NBA Europe Live presented by BBVA, 2012 NBA Mexico Game presented by BBVA Bancomer, and NBA China Games 2012. All seven games will air live on NBA TV in the U.S. and will be televised to fans in 215 countries and territories. In Greater China, fans can watch NBA China Games on television networks and websites including: CCTV5, BesTV, Guangdong TV, Ningxia Satellite TV, Now Sport, cntv.cn, Sina.com, QQ.com, and Funshion.com. Local partners televising NBA Europe Live in each of the countries hosting games include D-Smart in Turkey, Sport1+ in Germany, Sky Sport 2 in Italy, and Canal+ Deportes in Spain. In addition, the games in Europe will be carried for the first time by the following television and radio stations: OTE Sport 3 (Greece), Dolce Sport 2 (Romania), SABC 1 (South Africa), and KTXA (U.S.). ESPN Dos and TV Azteca will broadcast NBA Mexico Game (NBA).
2012 NBA Int'l Preseason Schedule
Games Date Arena City NBA Europe Live 2012 Presented By BBVA
Boston Celtics vs. Fenerbahce Ulker Oct. 5 Ulker Sports Arena Istanbul Dallas Mavericks vs. Alba Berlin Oct. 6 The O2 World Berlin Boston Celtics vs. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano Oct. 7 Mediolanum Forum Milan Dallas Mavericks vs. FC Barcelona Regal Oct. 9 Palau Sant Jordi Barcelona NBA Mexico Game 2012
Presented By BBVA Bancomer
New Orleans Hornets vs. Orlando Magic Oct. 7 Mexico City Arena Mexico City NBA China Games 2012
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat Oct. 11 MasterCard Center Beijing Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat Oct. 14 Mercedes-Benz Arena Shanghai
BIKERS WELCOME: Circuit of The Americas revealed that the world’s premier motorcycle racing world championship, MotoGP, will join its roster of racing events next spring with the three-day series set for April 19-21. With the addition of the MotoGP series, the new circuit will be the first North American racing venue to host both two-and four-wheeled world championship events in one year’s time (Circuit of The Americas).
Dubai will host the first round of the new IRB Women's Sevens World Series at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, according to GULF NEWS. Dubai is "the first of four global stops on the inaugural women’s series," which pits the best sevens teams from around the world against each other ahead of qualification for the 2016 Rio Games. The first round "will be played over two days on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, forming part of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens," the three-day festival of rugby which attracts almost 100,000 fans every year. The "system mirrors the men’s HSBC Sevens World Series," with each 12-team event featuring six core teams who will play across all four events and six teams who will be invited based on regional tournament rankings. The six core teams for the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series are Australia, Canada, England, Netherlands, New Zealand and USA (GULF NEWS, 10/4).
The Int'l Ski Federation (FIS) has "plans to host a World Cup Ski Jumping event" at the recently opened football stadium in Warsaw, Poland, according to SKISPRINGEN.com. Ski Jumping Race Dir Walter Hofer visited the stadium this week and "seems convinced of the idea." Hofer said, "It fits our plan of extending the winter season for one or two weekends. In this context we are looking for options to have an earlier season opening." A FIS requirement for World Cup Ski Jumping events is the presence of snow. Hofer said, "Technical upgrading is possible in order to implement such an event at that time." Hofer also said that the "competitive aspect of the event has to be unaffected and that is has to be possible to install a suitable hill size and take-off ramp inside the stadium." He added: "This is a technical question that we are currently working on." Polish media outlets reported that FIS Ski Jumping Committee Member Jan Kowal "has already come up with concepts that include hill sizes from K65 to K100." A possible date for the inaugural event at the stadium in Warsaw could be the World Cup opener of the '13-14 Olympic winter season (SKISPRINGEN.com, 10/4).