-- WAPA America,
the U.S. cable network arm of Puerto Rico’s WAPA-TV, has renewed exclusive
rights to air the 2013 season of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional, the Puerto
Rican basketball league, which will include regular season games and the
teams will make up the 2013 BSN tournament, with each team playing 36 games
during the regular season. WAPA America will air four games per week--Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 7 p.m. ET. All games
will air live. The
season kicks off on Sunday, March 31, at 7 p.m. ET with
game between defending champions, Los Indios de Mayaguez and Los Piratas de Quebradillas.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of organized basketball in Puerto Rico,
after the YMCA organized the first game using the sport’s official rules in
1913. Since 1929, the BSN has been the sport’s principal league in Puerto Rico
and is well-recognized around the world. The league has been the launching
point for a number of current and former NBA players, including Jose Juan
Barea, Carlos Arroyo and Peter John Ramos.
2013 BSN tournament will feature some former NBA players, among them Josh
Harrellson, Brian Cook, Michael Sweetney, Andrew Goudelock, Al Thornton, Ike
Diogu, and Mike Harris.
does really well with Hispanic audiences, and we are happy to offer the 2013
Puerto Rico National Basketball League season exclusively to our audience and
distribution partners,” said Jose E. Ramos, president of WAPA Television. “This
is a unique opportunity for advertisers to connect with the strong base of US
Hispanic basketball fans.”
WAPA America is
viewed in more than 5 million homes throughout the United States and distributed on
all major cable, satellite and telco providers, including DirecTV, Dish
Networks, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House
Networks, Cablevision, Verizon FiOS, and AT&T.