HoopsHype India rumors

March 4, 2014 Updates

Karan Madhok: I don’t believe that India yet has the infrastructure to support an NBA game, even an exhibition (http://hoopistani.blogspot.jp/2013/09/an-nba-exhibition-game-in-india-next.html). But Vivek Ranadive, the Indian owner of the Kings, has expressed interest in bringing the Kings to India for a pre-season game sometime soon. Whenever it happens, I expect Ranadive and the Kings to be involved. Ed Odeven Reporting

January 2, 2014 Updates

National Basketball Association (NBA) team the Sacramento Kings have signed a partnership with The Krrish Group, an Indian real estate company. The Kings are owned by Indian-born Vivek Ranadive (left in picture), who previously revealed plans to build the team's brand internationally. Sportspromedia.com

October 28, 2013 Updates

NBA announces plans to expand broadcast partnership in India: Some quotes from the press release the league sent out this morning on expanding their television reach in India... Prasan Krishnan, head of business at Sony Six: “Sport is flourishing around the world with basketball leading the way due to its broad appeal and accessibility to viewers everywhere. This enhanced offering will give the fans a chance to watch their favorite team and stars consistently throughout the season. We are confident that our approach will open up an enormous opportunity in the ‘Breakfast’ time space for capturing viewership.” Sulia

October 11, 2013 Updates

And it's only natural to wonder when the Kings might play in India, considering principal owner Vivek Ranadive has stated he wants to make center DeMarcus Cousins a superstar in India, Ranadive's birthplace. Coach Michael Malone would not be surprised to see the Kings play in India in the coming years. "(Ranadive has) said many, many times he wants to be a global brand," Malone said. "With his background in India, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Sacramento Kings playing a game there in the foreseeable future. It's an untapped market." Sacramento Bee

August 30, 2013 Updates

Summer vacation for NBA players isn’t always just about sun, fun and luxury accommodations. Sometimes there is a different element involved. Sometimes a trip can provide a deeper understanding of things, some enlightenment, if you are up for it. Miami Heat Chris Bosh and his family were game for just that when they traveled Mumbai, India, this summer. It was a journey captured on video by the two-time NBA champion, who mixed a little NBA business with pleasure on his trip (#NAMASTE Part I): NBA.com

August 23, 2013 Updates

NBA Legends Horace Grant, Ron Harper and Peja Stojakovic, who collectively have won 10 NBA Championships, will participate in NBA Jam. The event will feature the largest 3-on-3 tournament ever held in India and include a National Finals televised on SONY SIX. The traveling interactive basketball festival combines exciting on-court competition with concerts by well-known local musicians and authentic NBA entertainment and experiences for fans of all ages. India Times

July 21, 2013 Updates

Bosh has been to China several times, as an Olympian and with the Heat, as well as on promotional tours. A renaissance man whose curiosity ranges far from the court, he was intrigued by the prospect of experiencing the other Asian giant. "I'm always interested in traveling the world, and any opportunity that comes up to spread the game of basketball and travel, I think that is the best of both," Bosh said in a phone interview with the Sun Sentinel during his four days in Mumbai as special emissary of the NBA. "People are aware [of basketball.] Not as aware as China, but I think the love of the game is growing here. A lot of people here are interested in basketball. There are a lot of Heat fans. They were watching the Finals. They asked me a lot of questions about LeBron [James]. You can just tell that the game has a chance to really grow here." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

July 9, 2013 Updates

Two-time defending National Basketball Association (NBA) Champion and eight-time All-Star Chris Bosh, of the Miami Heat, will travel to Mumbai, India from July 16-19 to conduct a variety of events to continue the growth of the game and connect with NBA fans locally. Bosh will be the 22nd NBA or WNBA player or legend to travel to India since 2006. “I am excited for the chance to visit India and help build interest in the game I love,” said Bosh. “The NBA is a global game and I hear that basketball is becoming pretty popular over there so I am looking forward to teaching kids that may end up in our league one day.” NBA.com

April 8, 2013 Updates

With an increasing number of foreign players making to the top in the professional basketball league, National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner David Stern Monday said an Indian hoopster could be seen playing in the league in the next five years. "We already had a woman (Geetu Anna Jose) try out for WNBA and we would expect to have men and women showing up for each of our professional leagues. If you need a specific answer, I would say five years," Stern told reporters here on his maiden visit to India. CNN-IBN

April 7, 2013 Updates

Wilkins, the Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer who accompanied the Atlanta Hawks on their tour of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, believes popularizing the sport in India will be more incremental than explosive. "I went with Basketball Without Borders for its first visit in 2008," said Wilkins, "and it was a very different experience than the Soviet Union of 30 years ago. Russia, even when the wall was coming down, all the Cold War stuff, was much more familiar with the game. But then when I went back to India again two years ago, I definitely could sense a difference. It's not leaps and bounds, but I think the access to information, social media, the Internet, getting more NBA games on television is changing things." Sacramento Bee

March 29, 2013 Updates

Silver, 50, said Stern was planning a trip to India next month. "Another country of over a billion people with a young population that loves basketball." He said the NBA is working with Brooklyn Nets Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov and the Russian government to further grow basketball there as well as projects to develop the game more on the continent of Africa. Silver said he believed establishing teams outside the United States was part of the NBA's future, but remained in the conceptual stage. "When we do expand, we'd need to expand probably with multiple teams, so that you wouldn't have an orphan team in Europe, but that you'd potentially have a division so those teams could play each other more often and NBA teams presumably traveling in Europe could have more teams to play when they're over there," said Silver. "It's still a concept, but I'm comfortable with it." Reuters

January 20, 2013 Updates
November 7, 2012 Updates

The National Basketball Association has signed a three-year exclusive carriage deal in India with MSM's sports channel Sony Six, which launched in April. ESPN Star Sports was the NBA's broadcast partner in India until 2010. After that agreement expired, the NBA split the rights between Taj Television's Ten Sports and MSM's Sony Pix. Variety.com

March 5, 2012 Updates
January 20, 2012 Updates

United States' National Basketball Association (NBA) is planning to establish a professional league in India, it has been learnt. NBA Commissioner David Stern has held talks with executives at IMG Worldwide Inc., on the matter, according to reliable sources. Indiatimes

January 19, 2012 Updates

National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern has held talks with executives at IMG Worldwide Inc. about establishing a professional league in India, two people with knowledge of the discussions said. IMG, the New York-based sports-management agency that represents Roger Federer, and Reliance Industries Ltd., the company controlled by Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man, formed IMG Reliance in 2010 to develop sports and entertainment in the world’s second-most populous nation behind China. The company signed a 30- year contract with the Basketball Federation of India that allows for the start of a professional league. Bloomberg

May 31, 2011 Updates

The National Basketball Association (NBA) said Tuesday it was hoping to win more fans in India through a partnership with the country’s largest media company as it seeks to replicate its success in China. The NBA has tied up with Times Group to provide news, scores, videos, photos and other content from the basketball league on the flagship Times of India newspaper’s website, www.timesofindia.com. The league reaches its climax with Dallas Mavericks taking on Miami Heat in the start of the title series. Indian journalists will cover the games for the new venture, the NBA said in an emailed statement. The game will also be broadcast live on Indian television from 6:30am (0100 GMT) Wednesday, according to the Ten Sports channel schedule. Inquirer.net

May 25, 2011 Updates

Bucks guard Brandon Jennings has been a jetsetter since the age of 18, playing professionally in Italy after high school and visiting China last summer for a charity basketball game. His passport continues to collect stamps as he just returned from India. Jennings was overseas with the NBA to promote and grow the sport of basketball. He is one of 16 NBA or WNBA players/legends to travel to India in the last three years as part of the league’s continued commitment to grow the game. Jennings was in India until from May 13-May 18, hosting basketball clinics in Mumbai and Pune, making him the first NBA player to ever host an event in Pune. He also attended the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Skills Challenge Finals in Mumbai. NBA.com

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