BBL To Make Online Return with Live Streaming Partnership -

BBL To Make Online Return with Live Streaming Partnership

Live coverage of British Basketball League (BBL) & Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) games is to return to online screens in January following a collaboration with Hawk-Eye Innovations,, and WebcastSport.

The four pilot BBL events are to be produced by sports broadcaster, WebcastSport, using Hawk-Eye’s SMART production service, a solution that significantly reduces the cost of live basketball production by up to 75%, and then streamed on and

The free live streams will also be available on tablet or smart phone via the Sky Sports app and be available free on demand after the broadcast

It will be the first live offering of BBL action this season, following the dropping of the BBL TV project. Last season highlights were broadcast on British EuroSport.

“This is a hugely exciting first step towards our goal of bringing British basketball to fans worldwide,” Bob Hope, Commercial Director, BBL, WBBL and GB Basketball commented.

“I would like to thank all parties involved who have worked both hard and selflessly to pull this ground-breaking collaboration together.

“Not only will the partnership give fans the opportunity of watching live games on their PCs but also on their tablets and Smartphones, and all for free.

“This, coupled with accessibility worldwide, was for us, an important element of this project.”

Unfortunately, a publicised test of the service they ran for London Lions against Plymouth Raiders on Friday failed due to technical issues.

Webcast Sport have since put up the final quarter on YouTube, which provides an idea of the quality and production values to be expected:

Dates, times and competitions are as follows:

* Fri Jan 8, 2016 – Live Stream from 19.15
The Copper Box, London: BBL Championship – London Lions v Leicester Riders

* Sun Jan 17, 2016 – Live Stream from 11.45
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham: WBBL Trophy Final, BBL Slam Dunk, BBL Cup Final

* Fri Jan 22, 2016 – Live Stream from 19.15
University of Worcester Arena, Worcester: BBL Championship – Worcester Wolves v
Esh Group Newcastle Eagles

* Sat Jan 30, 2016 – Live Stream from 15.45
New Leicester Community Sports Arena, Leicester: WBBL Championship – Leicester Riders v Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters & BBL Championship – Leicester Riders v Surrey Scorchers

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