Links Broadcast helped in creating a little slice of sporting history when the National Basketball Association (NBA) held its first-ever regular-season games within Europe. The back-to-back games between The New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors were played out at London’s O2 Arena on 4th and 5th March 2011 and Links Broadcast trucks were there to beam the signals back to the waiting fans at home.
As Links Broadcast’s Head of Broadcast, Paul Airey, explains; ‘two of our HD trucks were booked by separate clients from the USA and Canada and we provided each of them with a fully redundant HD uplink path, plus we provided 36MHz of satellite capacity across 3 days from Europe in to the USA’.
Sell-out crowds at the O2 over two nights saw thrilling off-court entertainment as well as a tense and exciting battle between the two teams, with the New Jersey Nets clinching a narrow victory over the Toronto Raptors on the final night.
As Paul Airey concludes, ‘it was wonderful to see basketball making such an amazing impact on the English sporting scene and it was great that Links Broadcast could play its part in making it happen’.