May 5, 2020 – It’s tipoff time! Dunks, crossovers, and blocks are back with the NBA returning to the hardwood – virtually. The NBA 2K League is coming to Sportsnet beginning tonight, airing Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. ET on Sportsnet One and Sportsnet NOW. The esports broadcast features teams competing in 5 vs. 5 gameplay using unique characters (not existing NBA players), with the season running throughout the summer. This marks the first-ever broadcast of NBA 2K League games on TV in Canada.
The NBA 2K League is a professional esports league featuring the best NBA 2K players in the world. All 23 NBA 2K League teams, including the Toronto Raptors affiliate, Raptors Uprising GC, will participate in regular-season gameplay from their local markets. Sportsnet’s live broadcast features the most exciting moments, with each matchup played in a best-of-three format.
A joint venture between the NBA and video game publisher Take-Two Interactive, the NBA 2K League is the first official esports league operated by a North American professional sports league.
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