- National Teams
With the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 tipping off on Friday across three countries; Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, a lot of UK hoop heads are trying to work out where they can watch it and as usual, the British basketball fanbase are left with limited options.
No British TV broadcaster has picked up any of the rights for the World Cup, so currently there is only one (legal) option; Courtside 1891, where you can buy a pass exclusively for the tournament for a one off cost of £21.99, giving you access to all games.
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Though it has had a number of the highest profile NBA stars withdraw, the event will still be blessed by some huge names, including Luka Doncic suiting up with Slovenia, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with Canada, Lauri Markannen with Finland, Karl-Anthony Towns with Dominican Republic, Patty Mills with Australia and of course a USA team featuring the likes of Anthony Edwards, Jalen Brunson and Tyrese Haliburton.
A total of 32 teams will see action, divided into eight groups of four. The tournament will start with the Group Phase’s First Round on August 25-30. The top two teams of each group will qualify for the Second Round, while the bottom two teams will play in the Classification Round for 17-32 places.
The Second Round will see the top two seeds from the First Round groups converge and face one another. It will feature four groups of four teams, with the top two teams sealing their place in the Quarter-Finals. The bottom two teams will compete in the Classification Round 9-17.
The Quarter-Finals will be on September 5, serving as the opening salvo of the knockout Final Phase. The Semi-Finals will be on September 8, with the two winners to vie for the biggest prize of them all in the Final on September 10.
Classification Round 5-8 games will also be held in between the stretch.
It is Spain who are the defending champions, but the USA remain the favourites heading into this year’s tournament, despite an 8th place finish in 2019.
UK fans remain hopeful that a TV broadcaster pick up the semi-finals, third place game and final, but nothing is confirmed as yet.
Keep an eye on the FIBA Basketball World Cup official website where they list local TV broadcasters under each game (based on location you are searching from) for any future updates.