ESPN re-ups FIBA international basketball deal

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 22-10-2012

ESPN has inked a multiyear multiplatform agreement with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), including the TV, Internet and mobile broadcast rights to more than 400 games across six tournaments for 2013 through 2015.

The agreement covers the FIBA Americas Championships (2013, 2015), the EuroBaskets (2013, 2015), the FIBA Basketball World Cup (2014) and the FIBA World Championship for Women (2014).

"ESPN's commitment to International basketball continues to intensify as the sport's global popularity soars," said Leah LaPlaca, vice-president, programming and acquisitions. "This agreement expands our year-round basketball presence while serving the passionate and growing Spanish-speaking audience in the U.S."

ESPN's television rights will result in telecasts in both English and Spanish, extending throughout the United States and its territories, excluding Puerto Rico. Overall, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes will combine to televise every game. All Team USA and Gold Medal Games will air live on ESPN or ESPN2, and ESPN Deportes.

"Following a great collaboration over the past three years, we are delighted to announce that ESPN have once again decided to partner with us and our events, including the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup which is set to be the biggest basketball event of all time,"said FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann. "International basketball is as exciting as sport gets."

The FIBA Americas Championship features 10 teams and 40 games per championship. The 2013 edition will be held in Venezuela in August, which qualifies Americas teams for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. The 2015 edition qualifies teams from the Americas for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
EuroBasket, the flagship International basketball competition for Europe, features 24 teams and 90 games per championship. The 2013 edition will be held in Slovenia in September, which qualifies European teams for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. The 2015 edition to be held in the Ukraine, to qualify European teams for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The FIBA World Championship for Women will be held in Turkey in September 2014, with 16 teams from all continents and 36 games in total. The U.S. and Turkey have already qualified.

And finally, the FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held in Spain in August and September 2014. It will bring together 24 teams from all continents for 76 games in total. The U.S. and Spain have already qualified.

ESPN previously aired the FIBA Americas Championships and EuroBaskets in 2009 and 2011 and the FIBA World Championships in 2010.