NEW YORK – NBA All-Star 2016, the first NBA All-Star to be held outside of the United States, will provide fans in 215 countries and territories with access in 49 languages on their televisions, computers, mobile phones and tablets. This includes the 65th NBA All-Star Game, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, and the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, as well as behind-the-scenes coverage and interviews throughout the week.
Below are international highlights of this year’s global basketball celebration:
- 336 international media members from 40 countries and territories are heading to Toronto to cover NBA All-Star 2016.
- 17 international television and radio networks from countries including Canada, China, France, Dominican Republic, Japan, the Philippines and Poland will do live onsite commentary.
- 13 television networks in countries including Azerbaijan, Belgium, Dominican Republic, Latvia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uruguay will broadcast NBA All-Star remotely for the first time.
- Tencent will become the first international partner to do live onsite commentary at the NBA All-Star 2016 Celebrity Game presented by Mountain Dew, as Canadian-Chinese singer and actor Kris Wu will become the first Chinese-born participant in the Celebrity Game. Wu will also serve as a guest commentator for Tencent during Verizon Slam Dunk and the 65th NBA All-Star Game.
- Fans globally can participate in the All-Star experience through NBA LEAGUE PASS and the NBA App. NBA TV international will take fans in 105 countries and territories behind the scenes during the week’s events.
- The NBA and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) will conduct the second annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp Feb. 12-14 at Mattamy Athletic Centre, with Nike serving as the official partner. Fifty-two high-school-age campers from 27 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe will have the opportunity to learn directly from NBA and FIBA players and coaches, including NBA Legend Yao Ming (China) and former BWB campers Bruno Caboclo (Toronto Raptors; Brazil; BWB Americas 2013), Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets; Italian senior men’s national team; BWB Europe 2003), and Greivis Vasquez (Milwaukee Bucks; Venezuelan senior men’s national team; BWB Americas 2004).
- For the second consecutive year, the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge will have a USA vs. World format, featuring 10 players each from the U.S. and abroad.