MIAMI, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- WAPA America, the U.S. cable network arm of the leading broadcaster in Puerto Rico, WAPA Television, has secured exclusive rights to air the 2011 Puerto Rico Basketball League season, which will include regular season games and the playoffs.
The season kicks off on March 31 with the highly-anticipated game between defending champions, Los Capitanes de Arecibo (The Arecibo Captains), and the 2010 runner-up, Los Vaqueros de Bayamon (The Bayamon Cowboys).
More than 80 years old, Puerto Rico's Basketball League (BSN, for its Spanish acronym) is well-recognized around the world, and a number of current NBA players got their start with the BSN, including Jose Juan Barea (Dallas Mavericks), Carlos Arroyo (Boston Celtics) and Renaldo Balkman (New York Knicks).
"Puerto has a rich basketball tradition and the sport is extremely popular among Puerto Ricans and many other Hispanic audiences," said Jose E. Ramos, President of WAPA Television. "This is a unique and excellent product for our distribution partners and we are pleased to offer it exclusively to our audience."
Ten teams will make up the 2011 BSN tournament, with each team playing 30 games. The full schedule can be accessed on www.WapaAmerica.com in the coming days.
WAPA America is the U.S. cable network arm of WAPA Television, the leading broadcast station in Puerto Rico. WAPA America is viewed in more than 3.5 million homes throughout the U.S. and distributed on major cable, satellite and telco providers, including DirecTV, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Verizon FiOS, and AT&T U-verse.
About WAPA America:
WAPA America is the U.S. cable network affiliated with WAPA Television, Puerto Rico's leading broadcast station. The only network offering programming from Puerto Rico, WAPA America transmits more than 40 hours a week of original and locally-produced entertainment shows, including "SuperXclusivo," the highest-rated local program in Puerto Rico. The network also offers more than 30 hours a week of live news from Puerto Rico, produced by the Island's largest and most-trusted news-gathering team. WAPA America is currently viewed in more than 3.5 million homes throughout the U.S. and distributed on major cable, satellite and telco providers, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and AT&T U-verse. WAPA-TV is a portfolio company of private equity firm InterMedia Partners. For more information, visit www.WapaAmerica.com.
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