ESPN will tip off the 2014-15 NBA season with more coverage of the premier global basketball league than ever. ESPN will bring fans in Australia and New Zealand up to four live games each week as well as additional programming, including NBA Action and NBA Tonight -- creating a vibrant NBA presence in the region.
The additional coverage comes as part of a multiyear partnership between ESPN International and the NBA.
Throughout the 2014-15 and 2015-16 NBA seasons, ESPN will televise:
· 88 regular season games up from 60 last season and includes Double Header Saturdays, alongside live Thursday games and a newly added live Sunday game.
· The annual Christmas Day Triple Header games (Live on Boxing Day in Australia).
· The NBA All-Star Game, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.
· The NBA Playoffs, which includes both Conference Finals and The Finals.
The excitement tips off Thursday October 30, with a double header live from 11 am AET with the Chicago Bulls facing the New York Knicks, followed at 1:30 pm by the Oklahoma City Thunder versus the Portland Trailblazers. The new season continues Saturday November 1 live at 11 am with another double header when LeBron James’ and the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Chicago Bulls. Then at 1:30 pm the Los Angeles Clippers take on their hometown rivals, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
“ESPN International has played an integral role in helping popularize the sport of basketball and we are thrilled to expand our partnership,” said Matt Brabants, NBA Senior Vice President, Global Media Distribution. “Through this partnership we will bring more games and programming to our passionate fans in Australia and New Zealand.”
Haydn Arndt, General Manager, ESPN Australia & New Zealand, said, “The NBA is one of the premier global sports competitions, and we are thrilled to be able to continue to help deliver it to fans here in Australia and build a strong, growing audience. The NBA’s popularity in both Australia and NZ continues to grow and fans have been asking for more games, so we are very happy to deliver them. Our programming expands for the next two seasons, which then leads us into our forward-looking nine year, multiplatform agreement.”