CHICAGO, April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the NBA entering playoff season and with tickets next to impossible to come across, many fans are turning to professional basketball at the local minor league level for family entertainment. The Premier Basketball League (PBL) is heading into their league finals this weekend in Rochester, NY. The Rochester RazorSharks and the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry tip off this Friday April 15th at 7:35PM at the BlueCross Arena in Rochester.
Entering the PBL's fourth finals series, the league's expansion plans are putting smiles on the faces of many municipal executives across the country. The Premier Basketball League offers an exciting evening of raw professional caliber athleticism with a family fun, fan based approach to the game of basketball. The PBL is the first exclusive basketball league purely designed for the ultimate fan experience around today's modern world.
"PBL is a new kind of basketball - one in which fans come first, players are accessible, pricing is affordable and international and domestic players can be followed enthusiastically from anywhere in the world, all from television and online broadcasts," said league owner Dr. Sev Hrywnak in a recent interview.
Dr. Hrywnak and league officials are so excited about the ever growing talent and excitement PBL teams are bringing to their local communities and NBA scouts alike, they have penned a deal that brings the Finals to over 100 million homes across America. The Finals will be simulcast live on @ Sports Television Network on your local cable and satellite providers. "We are excited to give families and sports enthusiasts across the country the opportunity to enjoy the Finals from home. The series gets exciting with rival teams' local fans taking the trip to support their programs. Seats fill up fast, even at the 11,000 seat BlueCross Arena," continued Hrywnak.
The PBL has recently penned a global broadcast deal in China to carry the Finals this year as well as season play in 2012. "With an increase in the number of international players choosing the PBL to showcase their talent for the NBA scouts and franchise leadership, the demand was there to broadcast internationally for our players' families and global fans to easily follow their careers," said Carrie Ann May, PBL Director of Operations. During the 2010 Finals, China's viewership was over 50 million homes and verged on a ratings battle with NBA franchise play.
The PBL has expansion plans in many key markets including Chicago, Newark, Scranton, Jacksonville, Madison, and Hershey. League plans will incorporate new divisional conferences to allow new franchise owners easy transportation for away games.
For more information on the Premier Basketball League visit the PBL website at www.ThePBL.com. For franchise expansion information, please contact Chris Foltz, Director of League Development, at 312-772-4865 or by email [email protected]
SOURCE Premier Basketball League (PBL)