The National Basketball Association (NBA) and SONY SIX today announced NBA Jam will launch in India in September with stops in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai. The traveling interactive basketball festival is a free event that combines 3-on-3 basketball, performances from top musical artists, authentic NBA entertainment, and experiences for fans of all ages.
Two-time defending NBA Champion and eight-time All-Star Chris Bosh, of the Miami Heat, was on hand to help announce the 2013 NBA Jam schedule as part of a four-day trip to Mumbai during which he is participating in a number of activities to help grow basketball in India.
“NBA Jam is a great event that brings the excitement and energy of the NBA to fans in India,” said Bosh. “It is exciting to see so much passion for basketball here and I look forward to working with youth during my visit.”
Commenting on this new initiative, N P Singh COO, MSM said “NBA Jam is the rise of a new gameplay in the world of sports. It is an exciting platform that pushes the envelope of sports from a mere competition to a cultural extravaganza. We at SONY SIX along with NBA are bringing this exceptional initiative to India for all sports aficionados. With a remarkable format, NBA Jam will not only boost Basketball participation in the country, but also strengthen the footprint of sports and drive viewership for NBA programs available exclusively on SONY SIX”.
The 3-on-3 tournament will see nearly 500 teams participate, up from 400 last year, and will include women’s divisions for the first time. In each city, 120 teams will compete across two age divisions for men and women, 16-18 and 19-23. Winning teams from each city will be invited to the National Finals in Mumbai, where they will play in a small-scale replica NBA arena. An NBA legend, dance team, mascot, and dunk team will all attend the National Finals, delivering the excitement of the NBA in-arena experience to fans in India.
SONY SIX, the league’s broadcast partner in India, will create content around each event stop, integrating celebrities from the network’s top shows, and will air a 60 minute program showcasing the National Finals.