NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers' pre-season practice to be 1st Facebook live sports event

NBA star player Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers plays an exhibition game in Manila.
NBA star player Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers plays an exhibition game in Manila.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Facebook will stream a live sports event for the first time when the social media website simulcasts a Cleveland Cavaliers pre-season training camp practice on Thursday (Oct 1) featuring NBA superstar LeBron James.

The NBA Real Training Camp show will air on NBA TV as well as the league's website starting at 11pm Singapore time (3pm GMT).

The programme features interviews with players, coaches and team executives as well as playmaking from the workout of the Cavaliers, who lost to the Golden State Warriors in last June's NBA Finals.

"We have a long history with Facebook and are excited to team up with them for another first of its kind initiative," said Albert Vertino, general manager of NBA Digital and a Turner Sports programming vice-president.

"Our goal is always to provide the most compelling content for our fans any way they choose to consume it and this initiative will expand the visibility of this quality daytime programming."