ESPN extends broadcast deal for NBA

ESPN and the National Basketball Association have signed an enhanced broadcast agreement bringing a raise NBA action, starting today, Wednesday October 19, with a huge live season-opening double-header.

ESPN will broadcast an additional 48 regular season live games through the new NBA season, an increase of two per week.

The deal will also include an enhanced game package for the first and second rounds of the NBA Playoffs.

ESPN will once again provide extensive coverage of NBA All Star Weekend and NBA Playoffs and every NBA Finals game.

The new broadcast agreement will allow ESPN greater flexibility to select games involving players and games of local importance – a significant benefit for the network, given the increase in the number of local players across the NBA.

It also positions ESPN as the exclusive NBA TV broadcast partner in our region.

ESPN continues to be the ultimate destination for basketball fans as “Your Home For Hoops”, with a full lineup of NBA, NBL, WNBL, WNBA, NCAA and FIBA ​​content.

This NBA campaign is expected to be one of the most important in recent memory, as the Golden State Warriors look to build a new dynasty, defending their NBA championship.

The 2022-23 NBA season begins Wednesday, October 19, and ESPN will broadcast seven outstanding NBA games LIVE, over the first five days of the season.

The new campaign kicks off with a blockbuster double-header, live on ESPN, from 10:30 a.m. AEDT, when the Philadelphia 76ers meet the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics went all the way to the NBA Finals, all the way to the Golden State Warriors.

Boston hopes to remain the best in the East, and will open the season against one of the division’s biggest challenges, the Philadelphia 76ers.

After the live at 1 p.m. AEDT, the Golden State Warriors collide with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Warriors are once again favored to continue their dominance in the NBA, led as always by ‘Splash Brothers’ Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

Los Angeles will be hoping for an improved performance this season, with the pressure mounting on the Lakers superstar charged from five, led of course by legend, LeBron James.

Oklahoma City Thunder duo Josh Giddey and Dyson Daniels will carry the Australian flag. Giddey returns for his second season in the NBA, having exploded in his freshman year. Daniels is making his NBA debut, having been selected with eight picks in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Patty Mills, Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving will also take to the court in Brooklyn, looking to improve after a disappointing end last year.

NBA fans can watch dedicated NBA Minis on demand, as well as full replays across an assortment of regular season and postseason NBA action.

ESPN.com.au will also bring in-depth coverage and analysis throughout the season, making it a destination for any NBA fan.

Wednesday October 19
10:30 a.m. AEDT, Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics, ESPN
1 p.m. AEDT, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors, ESPN

Thursday October 20
10:45 a.m. AEDT, New York Knicks vs. Memphis Grizzlies, ESPN
1:05 p.m. AEDT, Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns, ESPN

Saturday October 22
1:05 p.m. AEDT, Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat, ESPN
3:35 p.m. AEDT, Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors, ESPN

Sunday October 23
10:00 a.m. AEDT, Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic, ESPN
ESPN and ESPN2 are available on Foxtel, Kayo Sports, Fetch TV and Sky NZ.

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