SuperSport, the South Africa-based subscription broadcaster, acquired live broadcast rights to North American basketball’s NBA in a ‘multiyear’ agreement that begins with the 2013-14 season. The deal covers 47 territories across sub-Saharan Africa, with SuperSport able to exclusively show up to three live regular season games per week, as well as the NBA All-Star Game, playoffs and finals in multiple languages. The agreement also covers all pre-season and regular season matches played in Europe.
FIBA, the international basketball federation, tied up a key media rights contract after CCTV, the Chinese state broadcaster, signed up to show the main national teams competitions between now and 2016. CCTV is an established partner of FIBA and has pulled in large audiences for matches involving China on CCTV5, the broadcaster’s main sports channel, attracted by the prospect of stars including the now-retired Yao Ming.
Canal Plus, the Spanish pay-television operator owned by media group Prisa, extended its deal to show games from North American basketball’s NBA. Under the new multi-year agreement, Canal Plus is offering live games, highlights and other programming across its television channels, as well as online and on mobile devices via its Yomvi service, plus NBA League Pass International, the full-season digital subscription service. Its previous four-year deal, worth €4.75 million ($6.42 million) per annum, expired at the end of the 2012-13 season.