TORONTO – The NBA today announced that Sportsnet and TSN television networks will simulcast NBA All-Star 2016 broadcasts in Canada, in association with Turner Sports’ exclusive coverage on TNT in the United States. This marks the first time the two Canadian networks will simulcast NBA All-Star events domestically.
Simulcast coverage of NBA-All Star 2016 on Sportsnet ONE and TSN will begin with the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at 9 p.m. ET. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will air on Sportsnet and TSN beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 13. The coverage will culminate on Sportsnet ONE and TSN with the 65th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. ET, at the Air Canada Centre.
“Some of the world’s greatest athletes are coming to Canada to showcase their skills on our home court during this exciting event,” said Sportsnet Senior Vice President Bart Yabsley. “Basketball is on the rise in Canada, and we’re thrilled to partner with the NBA to be a part of this global celebration and share it with Canadians all across the country.”
“With NBA All-Star traveling north of the border for the first time, we are thrilled to have every minute of the action on TSN,” said TSN President Stewart Johnston. “It will be an unforgettable weekend for fans across the country, and an excellent addition to TSN’s package of the best in basketball that also includes the Toronto Raptors, the NBA Playoffs, and NCAA® March Madness®.”
“Sportsnet and TSN simulcasting NBA All-Star underscores the significance of this global celebration of basketball coming to Canada,” said NBA Canada Vice President and Managing Director Dan MacKenzie. “This February marks the first time that NBA All-Star will take place outside of the U.S. and the fact that Canada’s two largest sports channels are airing the weekend’s events demonstrates the enormous appetite that Canadians have for NBA basketball.”
NBA All-Star 2016 will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the birth of basketball. Toronto also hosted the first game in NBA history on Nov. 1, 1946, at Maple Leaf Gardens. NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto is the first NBA All-Star to be held outside of the United States.
About NBA All-Star 2016
NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto – the first All-Star to be held outside of the U.S. – will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The 65th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Centre, will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game in the U.S. for the 14th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 31st year of All-Star coverage. The Air Canada Centre will also host the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 12 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 13. Other events at NBA All-Star 2016 include the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory.