NBA, EchoStar ink deal

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The National Basketball Association Tuesday inked its first distribution deal
for NBA TV, its revamped all-basketball channel.

The NBA and EchoStar Communications Corp. reached a multiyear agreement to carry
NBA TV and the league's out-of-market NBA League Pass package on Dish

The channel should launch in February 2003 with live NBA games, along with
Women's NBA and National Basketball Development League action.