The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has acquired television broadcast rights to National Basketball Association (NBA) games.
Under the multi-year agreement, SABC Sport will air more than 35 games throughout the season, including a Christmas Day game, NBA All-Star Saturday Night, Conference Finals and The Finals as well as hosting weekly magazine show NBA Action, which covers the league’s news and highlights.
The games will be broadcast live or delayed on SABC1 and SABC Sport on the DTT, TelkomOne and Openview platforms.
Gary Rathbone, SABC’s sport general manager, said: “SABC sport is incredibly thrilled to add one of the world’s most exciting and respected leagues to its live sports offering, as we know that there is a sports audience which loves the game of basketball in Mzansi. In bringing this great global sporting spectacle to our viewers, the SABC will also be setting out to inspire and entertain a whole new generation of basketball fans all over the country. Exciting times for Mzansi sports fans, Fo’ Sho.”
Victor Williams, NBA Africa’s CEO, said: “We are thrilled to once again partner with SABC, beginning with our milestone 75th anniversary season. Through this partnership we look forward to bringing the excitement of the NBA to more of our passionate fans in South Africa as part of our continued commitment to making basketball more accessible across the continent.”
The first live broadcast will begin with a pre-game live studio presentation at 22.30 on Saturday October 30 at 23.00 SAST, followed by the inaugural live broadcast of the 75th anniversary season, where the Washington Wizards will host the Boston Celtics.
The live or delayed broadcasts will start between 20.00 and midnight on the same Saturday on SABC1 and SABC Sport.