BOULDER, Colo. – September 10, 2014 – Zayo Group, LLC (“Zayo”), an international provider of bandwidth infrastructure services, and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today they have teamed up to transport live broadcast and video feeds for all NBA games beginning with the 2014-15 NBA season.
The NBA’s enhanced broadcast video system will provide managed video transport services for all 29 NBA arenas, carrying multiple high-definition (HD) live streams from each arena to the league’s office in Secaucus, N.J.
“NBA’s collaboration with Zayo demonstrates the role of fiber networks in enabling services offered by media and content companies,” said Zayo CEO and Chairman Dan Caruso. “Our fiber network will directly reach most of the NBA arenas, enabling the league to offer new services and capabilities.
“Zayo’s agility and expertise provides the NBA with more access to live broadcast and video feeds than ever before,” said NBA Chief Information Officer Michael Gliedman. “This innovative fiber optic network will further enhance the experience for the league, our teams, and most importantly, our fans.”
In addition to providing the underlying fiber infrastructure, the network will utilize 100G wavelength transport and managed video network equipment to deliver HD video content. The video platform will be further supported by a dedicated operational team from Zayo’s recently formed Media and Gaming operations team.
About Zayo Group
Based in Boulder, Colo., Zayo Group provides comprehensive Bandwidth Infrastructure services in over 295 markets throughout the US and Europe. Zayo delivers a full suite of lit services and dark fiber products to wireline and wireless customers, data centers, Internet content providers, high-bandwidth enterprises, and government agencies across its robust 77,000 route mile network. The company also offers 27 carrier-neutral colocation facilities across the US. Please visit www.zayo.com for more information about Zayo and its fiber solutions.
About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. The league has established a major international presence with offices in 13 markets worldwide, games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2013-14 season featured a record 92 international players from 39 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, which is available in 60 million U.S. homes, and NBA.com, which recorded 26.9 billion page views during the 2013-14 season, with more than half of all visitors originating from outside of North America. The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with more than 675 million likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league and its teams and players have donated more than $237 million to charity, completed more than 3 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 895 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play.
Linhart Public Relations for Zayo