Sky Sports to broadcast NBA in landmark UK deal

NBA on Sky Sports

Sky Sports has acquired the rights to broadcast the NBA in the UK in a landmark four-year deal.

Sky Sports, the UK’s largest sports broadcaster, confirmed the news online – announcing a deal which brings more than 170 live NBA games to UK television.

Sky will be the exclusive UK home to 42 live weekend prime time games, whilst also broadcasting marquee match-ups over the course of the season including four back-to-back live games on Christmas Day.

NBA London 2019 will also be broadcast by the company, along with the NBA All-Star Weekend, NBA playoffs and NBA Finals.

Sky will also feature live WNBA games, along with highlight shows and classic archive games ahead of opening weekend.

The first live game to be shown on the UK broadcaster’s channels will be the NBA season opener on Wednesday morning (1am) between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, before Golden State take on Oklahoma City immediately after (3am).

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland,” said NBA EMEA vice president, Global Media Distribution, Elsa Memmi.

“With a record number of weekend primetime games, a season-long schedule of live games and programming, and extensive highlights available online and on mobile, Sky Sports will be the true home of the NBA for fans.”

Sky Sports’ managing director, Barney Francis, was delighted to announce the partnership, which is the largest of its kind in the UK.

“This is great news for our customers and for NBA fans in the UK and Ireland.” he said.

“We’re partnering with a really exciting sport that has a fascinating history and an even more compelling future.

“With some of the biggest stars in world sport we know the NBA will bring drama and entertainment to our customers week after week, available across our many different platforms.”

There were initial fears that there would be no UK broadcaster for the NBA this season following BT Sports decision not to bring back their coverage of the league this season.

Fans can tune into all NBA games by purchasing NBA League Pass, however, with increasing costs – many fans were understandably angered by the lack of news regarding coverage of the sport in the UK.

It’s not yet known whether Sky Sports will simply port US coverage to the UK channel or whether they’ll introduce their own broadcasting team.

NBA Programming schedule this season on Sky Sports:

  • 170+ Live games and Classic Games
  • Christmas Day Games
  • NBA London Game 2019
  • NBA All-Star 2019
  • NBA Playoffs
  • NBA Finals
  • 42 Live Primetime Games
  • NBA Action highlight show
  • Live WNBA games
Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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