FOX Sports has secured National Basketball League games for the next five years.
The deal will see NBL games telecast live in high definition at 7:30pm AEDT across Wednesday-Saturday evenings throughout the 19 week regular season.
FOX Sports will also broadcast Sunday games and more than 12 double header games between 5:30pm and 9:30pm across Wednesday – Saturday. The deal will be reviewed at the end of the 2015/16 season.
The NBL also is in discussions with other networks for one weekly live game to be simulcast on Free to Air.
Executive Director of the National Basketball League Larry Kestelman said, “We are excited to announce our partnership with FOX Sports and Foxtel. We are dedicated to making the NBL a best in breed, professional and commercial product that delivers the best entertainment on offer to the public over the summer, and today’s announcement is a huge step in that direction.
“Fans love watching sport live – and being able to deliver basketball, produced to the high standards for which FOX Sports are renowned, live to our fans is of fundamental importance to being a premier summer-sport in Australia.
“Basketball has the highest levels of participation of any sport played by Australian kids, and enormous popularity across all genders and cultures. The potential for our league to partner with other basketball leagues around the world, particularly in Asia, but also in the United States and across Europe, is of significant importance; it is what differentiates us from so many of the other front line Sports in Australia and it opens up a number of growth opportunities.
“We are already in direct communication with the NBA and well on the way to building bridges with both the Chinese and Philippines basketball leagues with a view to working closely with them to grow the game and capitalise on its popularity in our region.”
FOX Sports CEO Patrick Delany said, “Basketball is one of the most popular Sports in the world and is booming in Australia due to the recent success of our home-grown NBA stars.
“With more Aussie kids playing the sport than ever before and interest soaring, basketball is entering an exciting new era in Australia and we are thrilled to be partnering with the NBL at such a watershed moment.
“Today’s announcement that FOX Sports will provide live coverage of every match on national television, in a first for the NBL, is a huge win for fans and will ensure the next generation of Australian stars can watch the best local players in action, every week.”
The first game will be played on Wednesday 7 October when Adelaide play the New Zealand Breakers at home.
Broadcast arrangements for New Zealand are yet to be finalised.