via press release:

October 6, 2010

ESPN 3D Announces First NBA Regular-Season Game Dec. 17 – Miami at New York
14 NBA Games on ESPN 3D in 2010-11

The first-ever NBA telecast on ESPN 3D will feature the Miami Heat and its new core of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh versus the New York Knicks and Amare Stoudemire at Madison Square Garden – the Heat’s first trip to the Garden this season – on Friday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. ET. This highly anticipated matchup will be the first of eight regular-season NBA games on the new network. Other schedule highlights include Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers appearing twice on ESPN 3D (Friday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Feb. 11) as well as the Orlando Magic with Dwight Howard making two appearances – Friday, Feb. 25, and Friday, March 4.

In addition to the regular season, ESPN 3D will also televise six games during the NBA Playoffs, including three Western Conference Finals games.

The entire NBA schedule on ESPN 3D (schedule subject to change):

Date Time (ET) Game
Fri, Dec 17 7 p.m. Miami at New York
Fri, Jan 14 10:30 p.m. Portland at Phoenix
Fri, Jan 21 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Denver
Fri, Feb 11 8 p.m. Los Angeles at New York
Fri, Feb 25 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Orlando
Fri, Mar 4 7 p.m. Chicago at Orlando
Wed, Mar 16 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Miami
Fri, Apr 1 8 p.m. Boston at Atlanta
TBD TBD NBA Playoffs (First Round)
TBD TBD NBA Playoffs (First Round)
TBD TBD NBA Playoffs (Conference Semifinals)
TBD TBD Western Conference Finals
TBD TBD Western Conference Finals
TBD TBD Western Conference Finals

ESPN 3D will be announcing additional programming, including upcoming college football, college basketball and Winter X Games 15, throughout the year.

About ESPN 3D

ESPN was the first to announce in the United States an exclusive 3D network in January 2010 which was the culmination of more than three years of testing 3D television.  ESPN has produced several 3D domestic telecasts in 2010, including: college football, the State Farm Home Run Derby, the Masters, a Harlem Globetrotters game and in 2009 the USC vs. Ohio State college football game. ESPN has developed best practices for utilizing the technology in live game applications which have provided the ability to streamline workflow operations, adjust 3D camera positioning, perform transmission tests and gauge fan reaction to a 3D telecast versus a traditional telecast.  In addition, ESPN utilizes cutting-edge technology located at the ESPN Innovation Lab in Orlando at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World to continue to develop innovative production enhancements.  ESPN 3D is available in the United States to approximately 45 million households and has carriage agreements with AT&T U-Verse, Comcast and DIRECTV.  It will launch soon on Time Warner Cable. Sony was named the first official sponsor of the network in January 2010.

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