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ESPN to air live NBA games in 3D

Kobe Bryant may soon be jumping directly out on the TV and into your living room (insert joke here), when ESPN begins to air live NBA games in 3D. The schedule of games that will broadcast was released today.

ESPN has announced that the first NBA game will feature the New York Knicks against the Miami Heat, live from Madison Square Garden on December 17. The next game to air in 3D will be after the New Year, on January 14, when the Portland Trailblazers head to Phoenix.

The final game aired in 3D will be one of the Western Conference Finals games. No word on whether or not the Finals will be aired in 3D, but that is likely a separate negotiation between ESPN and the NBA.

ESPN has been among the most active proponents of broadcasting 3D. It aired several World Cup games in 3D, the October 16 college football game between Ohio State and Wisconsin will air in 3D and the 2011 BCS National Championship game will also be seen on ESPN3D, which is carried by Comcast, DirecTV, AT&T and several others. You will of course, still need a 3D TV.


Fri, Dec 17 7 p.m. Miami at New York

Fri, Jan 14 10:30 p.m. Portland at Phoenix

Fri, Jan 21 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles (Lakers) at Denver

Fri, Feb 11 8 p.m. Los Angeles (Lakers) at New York

Fri, Feb 25 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Orlando

Fri, Mar 4 7 p.m. Chicago at Orlando

Wed, Mar 16 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Miami

Fri, Apr 1 8 p.m. Boston at Atlanta

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