NBA and FOX Sports Announce Multi-Year Relationship to Broadcast Jr. NBA World Championship
– Coverage of Inaugural Global Youth Basketball Competition for Boys and Girls to Include Live Games and Original Programming Across FOX and FS1 Networks –
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and FOX Sports announced a multi-year relationship in which FOX and FS1 will televise the Jr. NBA World Championship, a first-of-its kind global youth basketball tournament for elite 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world. The inaugural event will take place at the state-of-the-art ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. from Aug. 7-12.
FOX Sports will air 16 games totaling 20 hours of programming. On Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12, there will be more than 10 hours of programming on FOX that includes the boys and girls U.S. and international championship games as well as the World Championship games between those winners. Select domestic and international pool play and elimination games will air on FS1. All games will be simulcast on the FOX Sports app, which now provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content through iOS and Android devices.
“We jumped at the opportunity to partner with the NBA on this unique event,” said Mark Silverman, President, National Networks at FOX Sports. “The NBA’s stars of tomorrow – the next Dwyane Wade or Candace Parker – might get their first big turns in the spotlight with us, right here at FOX Sports.”
FOX Sports will also highlight the important off-court culture of the tournament in its ancillary coverage. As part of the event, outside of competition, boys and girls from dozens of countries around the world will participate in activities – often alongside current and former NBA and WNBA players – including life skills education, physical and mental wellness programming and NBA Cares community service projects.
“We are thrilled to partner with FOX to provide national coverage of the first-ever Jr. NBA World Championship,” said Kathy Behrens, NBA President, Social Responsibility and Player Programs. “FOX shares our commitment to showcasing the event’s exciting on-court competition as well as the impactful off-court programming which will showcase our core values that will help set a new standard for youth basketball competitions.”
The Jr. NBA World Championship features both boys and girls divisions, each comprised of eight U.S. and eight international teams, separated into U.S. and international brackets that include round-robin and single-elimination competition. The winning boys and girls teams from eight newly-created U.S. regional tournaments (Central, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, South, Southeast and West), as well as teams representing eight international regions (Africa & Middle East, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, India, Mexico and South America), will compete in the Jr. NBA World Championship in August.
The event will align with the NBA and USA Basketball Youth Guidelines aimed at improving the way children, parents and coaches experience the game, with a specific emphasis on promoting player health and wellness and age-appropriate rules and standards. The Youth Guidelines include recommended and maximum participation amounts that will limit youth participating in the Jr. NBA World Championship to one or, at maximum, two games per day over the course of the tournament. Additionally, rules and standards detail age-and stage appropriate equipment and court specifications, game structure, playing tactics, and rules.