The National Basketball Association (NBA) Africa and the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) Africa announce a multi-year agreement to provide extensive coverage of the NBA on the continent
NBA (www.NBA.com) Africa and ESPN Africa today announced a multi-year agreement that will allow ESPN2 (DStv 219 and Starsat 249) to broadcast a record 180+ regular season and playoff games from the NBA every season, including all of the Conference Finals and Finals, beginning with the 2022-23 NBA season which began last month.
As part of the agreement, ESPN Africa will broadcast all 45 games live in prime time in Africa this season, as part of “NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays presented by NBA 2K23”, which offers matches starting as early as 7:00 p.m. CAT and league games. biggest stars. Additionally, ESPN2 will air NBA Christmas Day games, NBA All-Star, Play-In Tournament, weekly magazine show “NBA Action”, NBA Draft and multi-game live search program. NBA 360.
ESPN2 will air 30 classic games each season and will continue to feature US-produced marquee studio programs covering NBA news and updates, including SportsCenter and NBA Today. Audiences across Africa will also have access to new localized NBA programming. In addition, Africa.ESPN.com will feature original content covering NBA Africa events on the continent, including youth and elite basketball development programs, appearances by NBA players and legends. , and more. The full 2022-23 NBA game schedule, including 45 prime-time weekend games in Africa, is available here (http://bit.ly/3tgveqz).
“As the home of American sports in Africa, ESPN is committed to bringing the best in premier sports content across a unique and exciting portfolio of sports leagues to audiences across Africa,” said Kyle De Klerk, Director: Sports Commercial and Business, The Walt Disney Company Africa. “This extended broadcast agreement with NBA Africa extends that promise, and the exciting new programming on offer will give fans across the continent even more opportunities to share in the passion and excellence of this renowned league,” he said. added.
“ESPN Africa showing a record number of NBA games and providing more locally relevant content to our fans underscores the momentum of the NBA in Africa and will help us continue to grow the game across the continent,” said Kornelia Semmelink. , Senior Director of NBA Africa. , Global Media Partnerships. “Through this expanded collaboration, we will make the excitement of the NBA more accessible to fans in Africa on the devices and platforms they use most, including prime time.”
“NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays Presented by NBA 2K23,” the league’s initiative to schedule prime-time weekend games in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will air on ESPN2 and understand :
- Sunday, November 27: Four-time NBA champion and 2022 Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Stephen Curry, four-time NBA All-Star Draymond Green, five-time NBA All-Star Klay Thompson and defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors make three-time NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns visit, three-time NBA All-Star and Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert (France), 2020-21 Kia NBA All-Rookie First Team member Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves at 10:30 p.m.
- Sunday, December 25: Four-time NBA champion and Finals MVP LeBron James, 2020 NBA champion and eight-time NBA All-Star Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers visit first-team Kia All-Star Luka Doncić -NBA 2021-22, and at the Dallas Mavericks at 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, followed by an NBA Sundays presented by the NBA 2K23 rematch in Dallas on February 26 at 10:30 p.m.
- Saturday January 14: Six-time NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler, 2020 NBA All-Star Bam Adebayo, 2021-22 Kia NBA Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro and the Miami Heat welcome two-time Kia NBA MVP and 2021 NBA Champion Giannis Antetokounmpo , three-hour NBA All-Star Khris Middleton, four-time Kia NBA All-Defensive Team member Jrue Holiday and the Milwaukee Bucks at 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday January 28: Reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokić and the Denver Nuggets visit five-time NBA All-Star Joel Embiid, 2017-18 Kia NBA MVP and 10-time NBA All-Star James Harden and the 76ers at 10:00 p.m. as part of of NBA Rivals Week. Embiid and Jokić were the top two Kia NBA MVP 2021-22 finalists, with Jokić winning the award for the second consecutive season.
- Sunday February 12: Three-time NBA All-Star Jayson Tatum, 2021 NBA All-Star Jaylen Brown, 2021-22 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, and defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics, host 2022 NBA star Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies. at 9 p.m.
- Sunday March 5: Curry, Green, Thompson and the Warriors visit Davis, James and the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.
- Sunday April 9: Three-time NBA star Devin Booker, 12-time NBA star Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns host George, Leonard and the Clippers at 9:30 p.m.
For updates regarding NBA broadcasts on ESPN and other sports, fans can connect to @ESPNAfrica on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit https://www.ESPN.com/. Fans can also download the newly redesigned NBA app and follow @NBA_Africa on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
ESPN Africa has been NBA Africa’s pay-TV broadcast partner in Africa since 2019.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Notes to editors:
All broadcast times are provided in Central African Time (CAT/SAST)
Broadcast dates and times are subject to change
How to login:
ESPN2: DStv 219, Starsat 249
For ESPN Africa:
Jenny Griesel – Jenny Griesel Communications
+27 83 406 3444
For the NBA:
Pawel Weszka – NBA Africa Communications
+27 10 007 2666
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About NBA Africa:
NBA Africa is an autonomous entity created in May 2021 which manages NBA activities in Africa, including the Basketball Africa League (BAL). The NBA has a long history in Africa and opened its African headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010, before opening additional offices in Dakar, Senegal, and Lagos, Nigeria. The league’s efforts on the continent have focused on improving access to basketball and the NBA through youth and elite development, social responsibility, media distribution, partnerships with businesses, the NBA Africa Games, the BAL, etc.
NBA games and programming are available in all 54 African countries, and the NBA has hosted three exhibition games on the continent since 2015. The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and NBA Africa, is a professional league. featuring 12 club teams from across Africa who completed their second season in May 2022. Fans can follow @NBA_Africa and @theBAL on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.