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Sky announces four year NBA deal

NBA coverage is switching to Sky Sports following the announcement of a new four year deal.

Previously broadcast on BT Sport, the new partnership between the NBA and Sky Sports promises to offer more top flight basketball coverage to TV viewers in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

On TV, Sky Sports will broadcast extensive season-long games and programming, including more than 170 live games and a record number of live weekend primetime games starting from 20:30 UK time.

Television coverage will be spread across Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Mix. News coverage will feature on Sky Sports News.

Additionally, Sky Sports will broadcast four back-to-back games on Christmas Day from 5pm local time, totalling over 10 hours of live coverage.

Online, will become the NBA's new online destination for fans in the UK with extensive video highlights, news, stats, scores and "original digital content".

NBA coverage starts on Wednesday morning with a star-stubbed double-header headlined by the defending champions Golden State Warriors and their superstar Steph Curry beginning their defence of the title at home to Oklahoma City Thunder.

Prior to that game, the season and Sky Sports' coverage begins at 1am with the Philadelphia 76ers visiting the Boston Celtics.

Barney Francis, Sky Sports Managing Director commented:
This is great news for our customers and for NBA fans in the UK and Ireland. We're partnering with a really exciting sport that has a fascinating history and an even more compelling future. With some of the biggest stars in world sport we know the NBA will bring drama and entertainment to our customers week after week, available across our many different platforms."

Photo credit: Sky/NBA