|26 January 2009|
Fans of women's basketball across Europe and the globe will now have a chance to see the world's best teams and players in the comfort of their own living rooms.
FIBA Europe announced on Monday that sports cable giant Eurosport 2 will broadcast live or on delay a
EuroLeague Women game on each game day from the Eighth Finals onward, including the Final Four from 3rd to 5th April, 2009.
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The action will begin with a game between defending EuroLeague Women champions Spartak Moscow as the play host to ZVVZ USK Prague on 27th January. Three days later the spotlight will be on 2008 Final Four participants Gambrinus Brno as they host perennial French powerhouse Bourge Basket.
"This is a great opportunity for the game of women's basketball to gain exposure across the continent," said FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos.
"Eurosport is the best known sports channel in Europe and we're happy to be working with them."
Eurosport 2 broadcasts to 34 million households in 11 languages across 46 countries in Europe. The EuroLeague Women competitions will also be broadcast outside of Europe by Eurosport Asia Pacific in nations such as Australia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Brunei, Fiji and the Maldives.
Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Asia Pacific are part of the Eurosport Group, Europe's leading sports entertainment group.
"We worked very hard with Eurosport to get this deal done and it's gratifying to know that women's basketball has reached this point," commented FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.
"That there is an interest in broadcasting games from a channel like Eurosport 2 shows the amazing growth of the women's game and of EuroLeague Women."
Visit http://www.fibaeurope.com/ or http://www.eurosport.com/ for updated information on future games to be broadcast.