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Basketball Capitals Schedule - ESPN Classic

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Introducing Basketball Capitals presented by Turkish Airlines, a new documentary series profiling the culture and passion for basketball within the world's most iconic cities. The series takes viewers on a journey through four premier destinations that Turkish Airlines serves: Madrid, Berlin, Istanbul, and Athens. Basketball Capitals is developed and executive produced by ESPN in collaboration with Academy-Award® winning production company 100bares and Euroleague Basketball.

ESPN Classic


  • Saturday 6/1 - 11:00am CET - Berlin Première
  • Saturday 6/1 - 9:00pm CET - Berlin
  • Tuesday 6/4 - 1:00am CET - Berlin
  • Wednesday 6/5 - 3:00am CET - Berlin
  • Friday 6/7 - 1:00am CET - Berlin
  • Saturday 6/8 - 11:00am CET - Madrid Première
  • Saturday 6/8 - 9:00pm CET - Madrid
  • Tuesday 6/11 - 1:00am CET - Madrid
  • Wednesday 6/12 - 3:00am CET - Madrid
  • Friday 6/14 - 1:00am CET - Madrid
  • Saturday 6/15 - 11:00am CET - Athens Première
  • Saturday 6/15 - 9:00pm CET - Athens
  • Monday 6/17 - 1:00am CET - Athens
  • Wednesday 6/19 - 3:00am CET - Athens
  • Friday 6/21 - 1:00am CET - Athens


  • Tuesday 6/4 - 11:00pm CET - Istanbul Premiere
  • Wednesday 6/5 - 12:15pm CET - Istanbul
  • Wednesday 6/5 - 6:30pm CET - Istanbul
  • Wednesday 6/5 - 11:00pm CET - Berlin Premiere
  • Thursday 6/6 - 12:15pm CET - Berlin
  • Thursday 6/6 - 6:30pm CET - Berlin
  • Thursday 6/6 - 11:00pm CET - Madrid Premiere
  • Friday 6/7 - 12:00pm CET - Madrid
  • Friday 6/7 - 6:30pm CET - Madrid
  • Friday 6/7 - 11pm CET - Athens Premiere
  • Saturday 6/8 - 12:10pm CET - Athens
  • Saturday 6/8 - 6:30pm CET - Athens

For the full ESPN Classic TV schedule click here.

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The Madrid stop of Basketball Capitals premières Tuesday 5/14 © ESPN.co.uk

In a city divided by the Manzanares River, an underlying passion for Real Madrid Basketball unites. The cousin of the European football powerhouse and perhaps the most successful basketball team in European history, Real Madrid has won more than sixty titles including two separate streaks of seven and ten consecutive championships in the Spanish League. The city's passion for the game permeates its culture and has helped develop some of the world's top players.


Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German capital has seen ongoing social and cultural changes, reflected in Berlin's connection with basketball and Alba Berlin, which continues to grow at a rapid rate and establish the city as a hub for the sport.


The Istanbul stop of Basketball Capitals premières Tuesday 5/21 © ESPN.co.uk

In the ancient city of Istanbul is at the crossroads of the world, where cultures meet and basketball rivalries run deep. Teams including Fenerbahçe Ülker, Beşiktas, Galatasaray, and Anadolu Efes compete for supremacy and passionate fans swarm to the stadiums to support their favourite clubs. Istanbul's strong basketball structure has developed top players on the world stage, including Hedo Türkoğlu and Ömer Aşik, and continues to be a hub for talent.


The birthplace of the modern Olympic Games in 1896, sport has been a central pillar of life and culture in Athens for ages. In the sport of basketball, Greece has been the birthplace of exceptional talents who have achieved on a world stage, and the country's capital is home to a passionate rivalry between clubs Olympiacos Piraeus and Panathinaikos Athens.

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