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Tunein Partners with NBA on Worldwide Audio Distribution

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TuneIn, the world’s largest audio network, today announced a multiyear partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA), which will include live play-by-play of NBA preseason, regular season and postseason games in the United States beginning with the 2016-17 season on TuneIn Premium.

The partnership will provide TuneIn Premium users with access to all 1,230 NBA 2016-17 regular-season games, the entire NBA Playoffs and The Finals, as well as marquee events like the NBA All-Star Game, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, and the NBA Draft presented by State Farm.

Starting today, fans outside of the United States, Canada and China can access live play-by-play of all remaining NBA games of the 2015-16 season.  In May, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) regular season and playoff games will be available as the league celebrates its 20th season, and fans can also listen to action from the NBA’s official minor league, the NBA Development League, to stay up-to-date on star prospects.

“We’re excited to announce this new partnership with the NBA,” said Kevin Straley, Chief Content Officer for TuneIn.  “The combination of our platform with a global reach in 230 countries and territories, and the NBA’s international fan base makes this a perfect fit to extend TuneIn’s growing sports content portfolio.  The NBA is the worldwide leader for sports leagues in terms of engaging fans in both social and mobile distribution.”

TuneIn’s global audio network provides a host of high-quality digital sports content to more than 60 million active monthly users worldwide.

“NBA fans worldwide are passionate about the game and consume our content in numerous ways from television and radio, to mobile and social media,” said David Denenberg, NBA Senior Vice President, Global Media Distribution and Business Affairs. “TuneIn’s global platform is another unique way for our fans to experience the excitement of our game.”

TuneIn will also work with the NBA to create and launch original content alongside the game broadcasts, including daily talk, analysis and fantasy shows during the regular season. Other content will include:

  • On-Demand Content – Users will be able to listen to replays of the most recent 10 games for each team on a rolling basis if they can’t catch the live broadcasts
  • 24/7 NBA Channel – TuneIn plans to launch a live 24/7 channel consisting of a mix of NBA TV content and original programming so users can listen to live and on-demand basketball programming year-round

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Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”

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Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.

You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.

“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”

Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”

While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.

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Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”

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After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.

Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.

Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”

The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.

“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”

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Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”

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The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.

The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.

But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”

What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.

“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”

Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.

“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.

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