ESPN Australia/NZ have announced they will televise more than 200 regular season & playoff games each year in Australia & New Zealand as of the 2016-17 seasonESPN Australia have upped their popular NBA coverage starting next season which will bring a record number of live NBA games and programming to fans in Australia and New Zealand. We will now receive more than 200 regular-season and playoff games each year, including a minimum of 5 live regular-season games each week plus Summer League, All-Star, Playoffs and Finals coverage and studio shows NBA Countdown, NBA Tonight, and The Jump.
“The NBA is one of the world’s most popular leagues, so we are thrilled to announce that ESPN’s coverage of the 2016-17 season will be bigger and better than ever,”said ESPN Australia/New Zealand General Manager Haydn Arndt.
“NBA fans have asked for more games, and we are excited to be able to deliver our biggest package in ESPN ANZ history. There are eight Australian-born players in the NBA whose stories we will showcase as we follow these Aussies in action. The multimedia combination of our TV, digital and social platforms will give fans more access to the NBA than ever beginning next season. Expanding our broadcast partnership with ESPN in Australia and New Zealand is part of our continued commitment to delivering live games, programming and localized content to our fans,” said NBA Asia Managing Director Scott Levy. “With this new agreement, our passionate fans will be able to enjoy more NBA content than ever before through ESPN and its digital platforms.”ESPN will now televise:
- Up to 188 regular-season games, up from 88 in 2015-16, including five Christmas Day games (Boxing Day in Australia)
- Up to 53 playoff games, up from 45 games in 2015-16, including the entirety of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals and every game of the NBA Finals
- NBA All-Star, including the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night and the NBA All-Star Game 20 NBA Summer League games