Canadian broadcasters call NBA Finals in Punjabi for first time in league history


While all eyes were watching the Raptors make team history on the court, a different kind of history was being made in one of the broadcast booths at the Oracle Arena.Parminder Singh and Preet Randhawal broadcast the NBA Finals in Punjabi for the first time in the league’s history, breaking barriers and accomplishing a life-long goal.“This is incredible, I can’t even put into words the emotions,” said Singh.
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Singh’s and Randhawal’s voices were heard around the world as they called Game 4 in Oakland between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors.Singh said the pair were approached by the NBA to call the games as part of the league’s internal global broadcast network.Their culturally diverse calls, with phrases like “masala!” were offered up to the millions of viewers around the world through the league’s television network, called NBA League Pass. It also aired on NBA digital streaming platforms, which reached India and other south Asian countries.READ MORE: Raptors’ Fred VanVleet shows off ‘hockey’ smile after chipped tooth, stitchesBut it took the duo a long time and a lot of hard work to get to what they believe may be the pinnacle of their careers.“So this is 10 years in the making,” said Singh. “The first time we called a game in Punjabi, it was called in 2009 when the Raptors broadcast was actually covered by CBC.“CBC had Sunday afternoon games. But since then, CBC had not had any games. We hadn’t called any games in Punjabi.”WATCH: Thousands celebrate Toronto Raptors win, including one dinosaur costume-wearing fan Canadian broadcasters call NBA Finals in Punjabi for first time in league history