Missing basketball already? Well, NBA-TV has a full slate ready for viewers interested in the 2010 FIBA World Championship competition from Sept. 23-Oct. 3. The winner gets the automatic bid to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The station will televise up to nine USA games live, including action in the preliminary, second, quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds from Karlovy Vary and Ostrava in the Czech Republic. Team USA’s action begins at 9 a.m. PST on Thursday when the Americans face Greece in pool play from Ostrava.
The Storm being an international force means Bird and Cash could face three-time MVP Lauren Jackson’s Australia in the later rounds. The Opals are the defending champions. Storm forward Svetlana Abrosimova will represent her native Russia, already proclaiming the squad will “fight till the end!”
Czech Republic native Jana Vesela and Aussie Abby Bishop are the other Storm players involved in the competition. On the local college scene, Gonzaga F Janelle Bekkering made the final cut for her native Canada.
To see them in games not against the Americans, you can check out the FIBA live stream of the tournament. Globally, the World Championships will be broadcast in 150 territories – more than twice as many as 2006, FIBA announced on Wednesday.
The news comes on the back of a very successful men’s FIBA World Championship in Turkey, where the action was aired in 183 countries with a worldwide audience of more than a billion.
Major broadcasters that will show the action from Brno, Ostrava and Karlovy Vary include Czech TV, Direct TV, Fox, CCTV, JSports, Canal+ and Supersport.
“This is proof of the continued growth of basketball as a leading sport for both men and women,” said FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Baumann in a press release.
Here’s a clip from Russia’s preview to the competition, including Abrosimova: