Jeff
Two months ago

SBS to broadcast NBA & WNBA games in a multiyear deal

https://www.sbs.com.au/topics/sport/article/2019/09/09/sbs-announce-multiyear-free-air-nba-wnba-broadcast-partnership

SBS will show 2 live regular season NBA matches each week on SBS Viceland - the matches will also be streamed live & be available on demand via SBS On Demand. Additionally, Viceland & On Demand will air 1 live WNBA game during the regular season along with "a selection of games from the first three rounds of the WNBA playoffs"

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Jeff  
Two months ago

In regards to the WNBA, it's 1 live game each week

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Cram  
Two months ago

This is very cool. Any idea whether they'll be different games from the ESPN games already available? Would be unfortunate if they're just showing the same ones

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PersonalFoul  
Two months ago

Basketball goes BOOM again!

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KET  
Two months ago

Ok. This is very very good news. SBS are serious about basketball - I imagine 2 NBA games per week is fairly costly (hence hasn't been done since ONE bailed on sport).

This means people will tune in to ESPN and SBS for NBA and have NBL coverage potentially immediately following. People will see these two stations as "Basketball" stations. Love it.

Great news for bball fans AND the NBL.

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paul  
Two months ago

Would it be costly? Honest question as I don't know, but I'd imagine the lack of demand in Australia may mean there was room for negotiation? Fair to say the NBL would have been involved too.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

This is great news.
Could this be driven by the nba $$$$$$$ or sbs $ or NBL $$
Or the melo factor?

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ME  
Two months ago

If the NBL was a part of this deal they clearly must see all sorts of cross-promotion opportunity

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Cram  
Two months ago

Because we have the highest rate of NBA League pass subscription in the world, the NBA probably doesn't have any incentive to provide broadcast rights to an Australian network for cheap.

I think its a win-win for absolutely everyone though, as it helps introduce new fans and the cross promotion for the NBL being on the same networks will be excellent.

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LC  
Two months ago

Very good news. Well done to those involved in making it happen!

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paul  
Two months ago

"Because we have the highest rate of NBA League pass subscription in the world, the NBA probably doesn't have any incentive to provide broadcast rights to an Australian network for cheap."

I think they'd view League Pass subscribers as separate to a TV rights deal. Those who subscribe want LP to get widespread access to NBA games, the TV deal is about getting it to more than the hardcore group who already love the NBA.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

All we need now is for sbs to cover the NBA v NBL games

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

It will also help in bringing Australian NBA fans to the NBL and opens the door to a show like overtime that covers NBA and NBL topics

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KET  
Two months ago

Historically, the NBA rights have been a rather expensive proposition in Australia for TV networks

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Captain Obvious  
Two months ago

Not sure if I saw this right, but on the weekend I saw an add from one of the Ch7 stations suggesting they are showing PAC12 games. Is that right?

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Captain Obvious  
Two months ago

Found a link confirming;
https://www.pedestrian.tv/sport/pac-12-network-7plus-streaming/

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Cram  
Two months ago

Wow. This is great. Love to see more of these kinds of partnerships

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Oh yeah baby, great work. SBS brought the largest world game to our screens and now the second largest. How good is it, yes baby. :):):):)

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Better not interfere with movie night ;-)

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AussiePride  
Two months ago

On No! The last network to do this was OneHD and they didn't last long after that.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

hopefully not just 2 Lakers games every single week and its a mixture of teams, tv networks have had a habit of showcasing the same select teams week in and week out

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Cram  
Two months ago

Yeah hopefully some good variety and that they don't just replicate the ESPN games. We could potentially be up to 6-7 games a week which would be a great result

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Perthworld  
Two months ago

SBS are the only free to air network doing it right in terms of utilising extra digital sub channels effectively. In terms of HD not just being on their primary station plus distinctly themed channnels. Now they are the go to for basketball after losing football rights. Nice.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

^^^^
Perthworld making some sense, now that's a novelty. :::)))):)

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KET  
Two months ago

Nine has GEMHD as well now.

But yes, it's good to see NBL & NBA Live and in HD on FTA.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

This is awesome. I'm so happy

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

"I think its a win-win for absolutely everyone though, as it helps introduce new fans and the cross promotion for the NBL being on the same networks will be excellent."

Yep. Great to have NBL and NBA on the same network. If you may allow me to reminisce a bit about the "golden days", I used to love me some Basketball Extra on Channel 10 with Bill Woods and Carfino... which from memory covered NBA and NBL. Game of the week, NBA Action... ahh yes

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paul  
Two months ago

Also a win to have the NBL and NBA on ESPN together too, so hopefully now they won't be screening at the same time.

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

This just keeps getting better and better woohoo!

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Anonymous  
Two months ago

Yus queeeeeeeeen


Hopefully lots of Pels games!

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Reality  
Two months ago

Who cares about WNBA surely we can put something better on

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