NBA Agrees TV Deal with ESPN for UK & Ireland

LeBron James will be back on British TV screens

LeBron James will be back on British TV screensThe NBA will be back on British TV screens after the league and ESPN have announced an agreement for television coverage of the remainder of the 2012-13 season in the UK and Ireland.

ESPN will begin its coverage of the season on Thursday and will bring fans in the UK and Ireland three live games per week throughout the regular-season, plus the NBA All-Star Game, First and Second Round NBA Playoff coverage, the Western Conference Finals, and the NBA Finals.

With the season ticking away and no TV deal having been reached, just last week NBA Commissioner David Stern branded the situation “unacceptable” for UK fans and admitted the league was in talks with BSkyB. However, progress has evidently been made with ESPN, who held the rights last season, and the deal was announced this morning.

“Through our continued partnership with ESPN, fans in the UK and Ireland can look forward to weekly games and an array of NBA programming for the remainder of the 2012-13 NBA Season,” said Dan Markham, Vice President, Media Distribution & Emerging Markets.

Added Simon Potter, head of programming and production, ESPN EMEA, “We’re very pleased to have the NBA returning to ESPN this season, and are looking forward to getting straight into the action and bringing UK and Ireland fans the world’s top basketball league with some great early match-ups.”

Accompanying ESPN’s live coverage this season will be ESPN produced studio shows NBA Tonight and NBA Countdown, providing round-ups of all the action from around the league.

Schedule for the first week of action below:

NBA on ESPN UK Schedule – December 6-12

Day and Date Time (GMT) Matchup
Thursday 6h Dec. 1 a.m.*. New York Knicks @ Miami Heat
Friday 7th Dec. 2:30 a.m. LA Lakers @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Monday 10th Dec. 1 a.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets
Tuesday 11th Dec. Midnight New York Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets
Thursday 12th Dec. 1 a.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Boston Celtics

*morning of Friday, December 7th

Thoughts? Happy to have the league back on TV?!

Image Credit: Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images

  • Luke

    That sucks, I was hoping Sky would get it. Not gonna pay for ESPN to jus get 3 games a week, Id rather get League Pass. Why don’t they make NBA more accesible to watch here!!? Its only gonna grow the sport in the long run.

  • Curtis

    Why do people go on about it being on sky as if sky sports is free?!?! At least is you pay for espn, you get NCAA ball, to many games a week to mention.
    So great news

  • Ted Brogan

    You can watch ALL this seasons NBA games on Bet365’s live streaming service. All you need is a funded account.

    Just stick 10 quid in it and Robert is your mother’s brother. You can take the 10er back out at the end of the season!

  • L

    Channel 5 in 2006 was a blessing

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