Bear
Years ago

NBA announces multi-billion dollar 10 year ESPN deal

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2221854-nba-announces-new-media-deals-with-turner-disney-through-2024-25-season

Part of the article says:

"The league also laid plans in partnership with ESPN for a new online video service that would show live regular season games, the people said. In a significant move for ESPN, which derives its huge profits from the pay-TV ecosystem, that service will be open to people who aren't cable or satellite TV customers."

Also:

"There is power in stability. As expected, the NBA announced massive nine-year extensions with longtime partners ESPN and Turner Sports that will keep the Association on the networks through the 2024-25 season."

I also heard them speaking about this briefly on SEN radio in Melbourne this morning, apparently it will bring more NBA to us here on pay TV and that can only be a good thing, can't it? Thoughts...

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Aussiebballer  
Years ago

Good work by the NBA to squeeze out as much money as possible.
I doubt the online service for ESPN will be available outside USA, especially in Australia.

Hopefully Foxtel will show more NBA games and not just more Laker and Cavs (replacing Miami) games.
Not that it will help for the vast majority that do not have Foxtel.

I think that for more general exposure we have to hope that some of the young Aussies coming through turn into regular NBA All-Stars, ie Exum, Simmons, Maker.
So that the media actually give basketball some decent coverage and then the free to air TV stations take notice.


For the NBA the TV deal will push the salary cap up massively, a possible $15mil jump in 2016-17 if they don't push up the cap in 15-16 pre-emptively.

You could see some free-agents take 1 year deals next offseason to take advantage of the situation.

There could also be a lot of movement as most teams will have a massive amount of cap-space to spend. Plus the minimum spend will jump massively (76ers are already confused on how to get to that level).

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Spinner  
Years ago

Amazing the difference between NBL and NBA - not even similar. Obviously population and exposure, etc, etc, but still pretty impressive!

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paul  
Years ago

That's a good deal for the NBA, helps it bridge the gap with the NFL and MLB.

Up until now, domestically the NBA had been a bit like soccer and rugby union in Australia when it came to TV rights, now it's a major player.

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LC  
Years ago

Great news for the sport of hoops in what is a very competitive landscape.

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Bear  
Years ago

Yeah, it had to happen I reckon, because as popular as the NFL, MLB and MHL are in the States, the NBA and the NSL are the only world games they participate in.

Let's face it the Gridiron, Ice Hockey and Baseball are all very American, but Basketball and Soccer especially the basketball is recognised world wide and hugely popular in the USA with the scope for more cash being massive...

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William  
Years ago

I hope NBA comes to FTA very soon but that could all change due to News Corp and Ten

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Bear it will bring more NBA to us depending on how much ESPN in the States will air in addition to what they do currently. ESPN will air 90 rather than 75 regular season games now, so that will be the increase for ESPN AU assuming they don't skimp on the double headers which they were only half showing for some reason.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Also the changes to streaming are only for the US not Australia.

Here we are able access every NBA game through NBA League Pass.

Over there NBA League Pass only shows games that aren't on ESPN, TNT, NBATV including all playoff games. So that is the problem they have there which will be rectified by ESPN partnering with the NBA to launch an alternative service to offer a more complete streaming service.

So the effect to Australia is limited outside of a few extra regular season games on ESPN.

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