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Sky Sports have announced a new four-year broadcast and multi-platform partnership with the NBA ahead of the start of the 2018-19 season.
It was announced earlier this year that the NBA would no longer be shown on BT Sport, who had been the exclusive partner for the last five years.
🏟 Over 170 live games!
🏅 Live playoffs!
🏆 The NBA finals!
— Sky Sports NBA (@SkySportsNBA) October 15, 2018
Sky Sports also become the NBA’s exclusive broadcast partner and official website operator in the UK and Ireland with more than 170 live games shown this season as well as games from the WNBA.
The new season begins on Wednesday morning with Sky’s coverage beginning with Boston Celtics taking on Philadelphia 76ers followed by Golden State Warriors starting their title defence against Oklahoma City Thunder.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland,” said NBA EMEA vice president, Global Media Distribution, Elsa Memmi.
“With a record number of weekend primetime games, a season-long schedule of live games and programming, and extensive highlights available online and on mobile, Sky Sports will be the true home of the NBA for fans.”
Coverage will include an average of five live games per week during the 2018-19 regular season including 42 games in primetime as part of the league’s NBA Saturdays’ and NBA Sundays’ Europe-wide weekend primetime initiative.
Additionally, Sky Sports will broadcast four back-to-back games on Christmas Day from 5pm local time, totaling over 10 hours of live coverage. Fans can also look forward to marquee year-round events including NBA All-Star, the NBA Playoffs, the NBA Conference Finals, The NBA Finals, the NBA Draft, as well as NBA Hardwood Classic games.
Sky Sports Mix, available to all Sky TV customers at no extra cost, will show one game every Saturday with full-season coverage across Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports News.
The 2019 edition of NBA London featuring Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks will also be shown live on Sky.
Tickets for the NBA London Game 2019 will go on general sale this Friday at 9am BST at www.axs.com/nbalondon. Fans can register their details at NBA.com/London to gain early access to a limited number of tickets via a presale to be held on Wednesday 17th October at 9am BST.
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