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30 Au­gust

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.

31 July

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.

16 July

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.

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