BT Vision signs NBA agreement

December 2, 2013 09.49 Europe/London By Julian Clover

Up to seven games per week from the NBA will be available across BT Sport and ESPN in the UK.

A new multiyear agreement was signed ahead of the start of the new basketball league season on Sunday.

It’s a further loss for Sky Sports that in recent years had shared the rights with ESPN.

“This is a very exciting step for the NBA and basketball fans in the UK and Ireland,” said Dan Markham, NBA Vice President, Media Distribution & Emerging Markets. “With BT Sports’ first rate presentation and formidable portfolio of premium sports content, fans can now look forward to more NBA action than ever before in the UK and Ireland, including selected streamed games. Through its innovative multi-platform offering of live NBA games, highlights, magazine shows and unique behind-the-scenes programming, BT Sport is the ideal partner to serve as the official broadcaster of the NBA.”

200 games will be broadcast per season on BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN. There will be up to seven live games per week throughout the regular season and the first and second rounds of the Playoffs, as well as every game of the Conference Finals, culminating in the NBA Finals in June.