TCN and 87ers announce partnership for 2016-17 season

 The Sixers D-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, have announced a partnership agreement with The Comcast Network (TCN) for the 2016-17 season which will broadcast 14 of the Sevens' home games. Last season, TCN aired eight of the Sevens' games, so this is a nice expansion. In addition to the expanded broadcast schedule is a broadcast crew full of familiar names. Sixers radio voice Tom McGinnis and Brian Seltzer of will be handling the play-by-play while Dei Lynam will handle the color analysis.

It should be a season worth checking out for the Sevens. Undrafted pick-ups James Webb III, Cat Barber and Shawn Long join former Temple star Dionte Christmas, who joined the Sixers at the end of the preseason just to be waived hours later. The Sixers do hold the D-League rights to each of those players. It also wouldn't be shocking to see late first rounder Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot log some time in Delaware, as he's had limited work with the Sixers so far, mostly in garbage time. Former Kansas forward, Brannen Greene, who was the Sevens' first pick in the D-League draft could provide a nice spark to the roster.

Personally speaking, having watched my share of D-League games over the years, I can vouch for the quality of the game since the Sixers picked up their own affiliate. While in the past it often seems like there was little place to go, we've seen the likes of Robert Covington, who has seen a lot of NBA success, get his start there. This enhanced access to the Sevens should make for good viewing for Sixers fans.

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