USA Basketball to Appear on ESPN2|
July 24, 1998
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - ESPN2 will televise up to five games featuring the United States men's national team at the 1998 FIBA Men's World Championship in Greece, USA Basketball and ESPN announced today.
If the United States men's team advances past the preliminary round, ESPN2 will televise the team's second round games on August 3 and in prime time on August 4. As long as the United States is still in contention, the network will also carry their quarterfinal game on August 7, their semifinal game on August 8 and the Gold Medal game live on August 9.
"We have a terrific group of players who have really come together as a team," said USA Basketball President Russ Granik. "We appreciate ESPN's commitment to bring these games to fans in the United States."
"Americans love big events and we know from experience they love to root for the underdog," said Dick Glover, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming. "We know that any team led by Rudy Tomjanovich will play hard, and we're pleased to present what could become a wonderful Cinderella story -- Hoosiers' on a global stage."
The 13th FIBA Men's World Championship will be held July 29-August 9 in Athens with teams from 16 countries competing for the gold medal and an automatic qualification for the 2000 Olympics in Australia. The United States begins World Championship preliminary round play on July 29 against Brazil, and continues preliminary round play on July 30 versus Lithuania and July 31 against South Korea. Second round play will occur from August 2-4.
Based in Colorado Springs, USA Basketball is a non-profit organization and operates as the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States under the authority of the Amateur Sports Act of 1978. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball's mission is to field American teams for international competitions, including the Olympics, competitions involving high school and college players, in addition to funding international basketball teams from physically challenged organizations.