AUSTIN AND NEW YORK – June 6, 2018 – The National Basketball Association (NBA), FloSports, and ELEVEN SPORTS today announced that seven Jr. NBA World Championship U.S. Regional competitions will be shown live and on-demand on FloHoops.com, with select games also airing live on ELEVEN SPORTS.
The competitions will bring together the top 13- to 14-year-old boys and girls teams to compete in their respective regions. The winning teams will then advance to the Jr. NBA World Championship, a first-of-its kind global youth basketball tournament taking place Aug. 7-12, 2018 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.
FloHoops will live-stream from six courts during each three-day event, totaling more than 800 regional games. Fans can access live and on-demand coverage of the U.S. Regional competitions through FloHoops.com as well as the FloSports’ iOS, Roku, and Apple TV 4 apps, and one of the six courts will also be broadcast on the ELEVEN SPORTS’ television network.
The Jr. NBA World Championship U.S. Regional competition schedule is as follows:
|*Southeast Regional||Spartanburg, SC||June 1-3|
|Central Regional||Lawrence, Kan.||June 8-10|
|Midwest Regional||Westfield, Ind.||June 15-17|
|South Regional||Frisco, Texas||June 15-17|
|Mid-Atlantic Regional||King of Prussia, Pa.||June 22-24|
|Northeast Regional||Ardsley, N.Y.||June 29-July 1|
|Northwest Regional||Salem, Ore.||June 29-July 1|
The regional boys and girls team winners will receive all-expenses-paid trips to compete at the Jr. NBA World Championship. The culminating event will be separated into U.S. and international brackets that feature round-robin competition followed by single-elimination boys and girls tournaments. The winners of the U.S. and international brackets will go on to play in the championship games on Aug. 12.
All Jr. NBA World Championship competitions will align with the NBA and USA Basketball Youth Guidelines, which promote player health and wellness and age-appropriate rules and standards. Participants in both the regional competitions and the World Championship event will also receive life skills education off the court, often alongside current and former NBA and WNBA players.
The Jr. NBA World Championship adds to FloHoops’ year-round calendar of top college and prep basketball, which currently includes exclusive live coverage of the 2018 boys and girls Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) and the upcoming AAU Boys National Championships and Super Showcases. This past season, FloHoops aired top high school tournaments and showcases, such as the Hoophall Classic, City of Palms Classic, and Les Schwab Invitational, as well as Big Ten basketball and the Paradise Jam and Junkanoo Jam preseason college events. Recently, FloHoops inked a multiyear deal with EuroLeague Basketball to be the EuroCup’s official distribution partner in North America.
ELEVEN’S presentation of the Jr. NBA World Championship follows its recent coverage of 2017-18 NBA G League regular-season. It also holds live NBA rights in Belgium, Luxembourg, Singapore and Taiwan.
The Jr. NBA World Championship regional games will be shown live in four of ELEVEN’S markets – the U.S., Belgium, Luxembourg, and Singapore. Showcasing the Jr. NBA World Championships aligns with ELEVEN’S strategy to reach dedicated fans, bringing them closer to the action and creating a go-to destination, where a community of passionate fans can access a range of content that is tailor-made for them. In the U.S., ELEVEN SPORTS is available on DIRECTV channel 623, Verizon Fios channel 597 and AT&T U-verse channel 1665. The games will also be streaming on ELEVEN’s new digital channel ELEVEN NEXT on twitch.tv. In addition, ELEVEN can be found on various other cable and OTT providers.
Fans can access live and on-demand coverage of the Jr. NBA World Championship by visiting FloHoops.com and becoming a monthly or annual PRO subscriber. Either subscription provides access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. Watch the games on your big screen by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Roku, or Apple TV 4.
For more information, visit www.FloSports.tv. More information about the Jr. NBA World Championship can be found at www.jrnba.com/worldchampionship. More information about ELEVEN SPORTS can be found at http://elevensportsusa.com.