Toronto, ON (August 20, 2010) – TSN2 and Canada Basketball have reached a
comprehensive agreement making TSN2 the exclusive broadcaster for the
upcoming 2010 FIBA World Championship.  As part of the two-year
agreement, TSN2 will also be the exclusive Canadian broadcaster for the
and the 2011 FIBA AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN.  TSN2’s 2010 FIBA World Championship coverage will feature all Team
Canada games along with the playoffs and finals.  Coverage begins on
Saturday, Aug. 28 with Canada vs. Lebanon at 11:30 a.m. ET live from

“The FIBA World Championship is one of the premiere international basketball events featuring many of the world’s best players,” said Stewart Johnston, Vice-President, Programming, TSN.  "We are thrilled that TSN2 will have all of the action from Team Canada as it looks to put its mark on the international stage."

"Following on the heels of our recent domestic series, this is a major step as we continue to build the profile of Canada Basketball, our national teams and the international game across the country," said Wayne Parrish, Executive Director and CEO of the sport's national governing body.  "Canada has a strong and vibrant basketball community, and we couldn't be more delighted than to have TSN2 recognize that with a multi-year commitment to broadcast our major championships.  Now, basketball fans from coast to coast can experience the passion, pride and excitement of international basketball starting with the biggest global basketball events of 2010 – the FIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and the FIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN."

TSN2’s broadcast schedule for the 2010 FIBA World Championship is as follows:

  •     * Saturday, Aug. 28  – Canada vs. Lebanon at 11:30 a.m. ET

  •     * Sunday, Aug. 29  – Canada vs. Lithuania at 9 a.m. ET

  •     * Tuesday, Aug. 31 – Canada vs. France at 11:30 a.m. ET

  •     * Wednesday, Sept. 1 – Canada vs. New Zealand at 9 a.m. ET

  •     * Thursday, Sept. 2 –  Canada vs. Spain at 9 a.m. ET

Additional games to be confirmed.

Team Canada’s journey to the 2010 FIBA World Championship began on home soil with a rigourous schedule including training camp and domestic exhibition games.  The Senior Women’s National Team (SWNT) tipped off the season in July with a four-game friendly featuring two matches versus national teams from Sweden and Chile, respectively.  The Senior Men’s National Team (SMNT) followed up in August with the Jack Donohue International Classic.  Canada’s SMNT hosted the Chinese National Team for one game in Vancouver, BC. and played a two-game series against Team France in Toronto, ON.  Both the SWNT and SMNT successfully swept all their respective matches and remain undefeated in 2010 domestic competition.

TSN and TSN2 are also official broadcasters of the Toronto Raptors and the NBA in Canada with more live games than any other Canadian broadcaster.

About TSN2

TSN2, a division of CTVglobemedia, brings Canadian sport fans a jam-packed line-up of major league sports action, with exclusive live events and encore telecasts of key sporting events. TSN2’s roster features an exciting line-up of sports and events, including the NHL, NBA, MLB, Curling, International Hockey, Golf, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, IndyCar Series, Grand Slam Tennis, Boxing and NCAA Football and Basketball.  Also available in High Definition, sports fans can access TSN2 through television service providers across the country. For more information on TSN2 and a complete list of participating television providers, visit



About Canada Basketball and FIBA

Canada Basketball (


) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that is committed to the growth of the sport in Canada.  Just as important, Canada Basketball is focused on the development and preparation of Canada’s national teams for the Olympic; Pan American and FISU Games as well as the World Championships.  The aspiration of Canada Basketball is to instill the pride, commitment, passion and respect that Canadians personify into the development of basketball across the country and internationally.



The world governing body for basketball, is an independent association formed by 213 National Federations of basketball throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Canada is one of only six nations to qualify for all four 2010 FIBA World events including the inaugural U17 World Championships for Men and Women.  The biggest basketball names in the world come together for the 2010 FIBA World Championships for Men and Women, tipping off in Turkey and in the Czech Republic respectively.
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