Shane Heal to commentate NBL Championship for FOX Sports


FOX Sports has confirmed basketball commentators for its Live NBL coverage, as part of its new 5 year deal with the National Basketball League.

FOX Sports will feature more than 12 double header games in HD and with no-ad breaks during play, from Wednesdays to Sundays.

FOX Sports CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “Basketball is entering a new era in Australia on the back of the recent success of our home-grown NBA stars. There is huge ground-swell forming and more people, particularly young kids, are playing basketball than ever before.

“FOX Sports landmark partnership will ensure these fans can watch their team and follow their favourite players every week live and in high definition with the best insight and analysis from our expert commentary team.

“The NBL will be a fantastic addition to our summer Sports offering and we can’t wait for the best basketballers to light up the screen each week in what’s set to be one of the closest competitions yet.”

Australian basketball legend, Shane Heal, will feature in the all-star line-up, with the four-time Olympian and 2002/03 NBL Championship winner with the Sydney Kings delivering expert analysis and opinion throughout the season.

Heal will be joined by former American NBL stars, Derek Rucker and six-time NBL Champion, CJ Bruton, while former Perth Wildcats and Sydney Kings player James Harvey and current Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis will provide viewers with key insights during games.

AFL callers Dwayne Russell and Anthony Hudson; and Rugby League voices Andrew Voss, Warren Smith and Matt Russell will join the expert commentators to anchor FOX Sports’ coverage.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2015/16 NBL Championship begins on Wednesday, with Live, High Definition coverage of the Adelaide 36ers v New Zealand Breakers at 7.30pm AEDT on FOX Sports News 500. Round 1 action continues through to Sunday with a further five games around the country and one in New Zealand.

Round 1 of the 2015/16 NBL Championship on FOX Sports News 500
Wed 7 Oct: 
Adelaide 36ers V New Zealand Breakers – 7.30pm AEDT
Thu 8 Oct: 
Cairns Taipans V Illawarra Hawks – 7.30pm AEDT
Fri 9 Oct:
 Townsville Crocodiles V Melbourne United – 7.30pm AEDT
Sat 10 Oct:
 Sydney Kings V Cairns Taipans – 5.30pm AEDT Adelaide 36ers V Perth Wildcats – 7.30pm AEDT
Sun 11 Oct: 
New Zealand Breakers V Townsville Crocodiles – 1.00pm AEDT Melbourne United V Illawarra Hawks – 3.00pm AEDT


  1. Armchair Analyst

    David do you know why Nine Network has not scheduled into their EPGs the Sunday Arvo NBL game at 3pm instead we have the Matador Cup competition/tournament? i checked online EPGs and they have said the same thing.

  2. Since his beloved Tigers went and replaced by Melbourne United in a dodgy deal and the owner also runs the NBL he is not interested, he is on the Board of BA who have nothing to do with the NBL

  3. It’s interesting to note that NBL will be shown live on Fox Sports News 500 instead of the five existing Fox Sports channels. I hear that the plan is to increase the appeal of the league to the public, as Fox Sports News is included in the basic Foxtel package.
    News Corp has also reported that Nine has picked the free-to-air rights to the NBL and will show one game per week, on Sunday afternoon. If there is no live game on Sundays, Nine will replay the game of the week in the timeslot.

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