SBS and ESPN are the homes of the NBL for the next two seasons while SBS will also show the upcoming international games between Australia, US, Canada and New Zealand.
The new TV deal, expected to be announced on Wednesday, will see an 86 per cent increase in live free to air NBL games while all games will be streamed live on SBS On Demand.
SBS Viceland will show a 5.30pm game every Saturday then show 3pm and 5.30pm games each Sunday while ESPN will screen all night games after 7.30pm. All games will be live and in high definition.
SBS Viceland will also show all seven pre-FIBA World Cup games in Australia including the two Boomers versus US games at Marvel Stadium, while ESPN is expected to again show the upcoming NBL versus NBA pre-season games in the US.
The NBL finals series will be simulcast live on both SBS Viceland and ESPN.
While the NBL wanted to bring more basketball to free-to-air television at the most accessible times, the move to ESPN will also greatly reduce the number of times NBA games are shown against NBL games which the league hopes will further boost audiences.
Andrew Bogut competing for possession with Melbourne’s Josh Boone last season. Credit:AAP
With newcomers South East Melbourne Phoenix joining the league this season, Andrew Bogut continuing with the Sydney Kings and potential NBA draftees RJ Hampton, LaMelo Ball, Kouat Noi, Sam Froling and Terry Armstrong in the league, NBL owner Larry Kestelman said the league would be more accessible than ever.
"This broadcast agreement is a huge leap forward in the coverage of the NBL and basketball across Australia," Kestelman said.
"It maintains our commitment to make the game available to more people to watch when and how they choose across different platforms and will continue to grow our audience across Australia.
"The agreement means the number of games broadcast on free-to-air television will almost double, making our national league accessible to more Australians, with SBS Viceland becoming the new free-to-air home of the NBL along with more coverage available on SBS On Demand."
SBS managing director James Taylor said his network was proud to screen the NBL.
"SBS has a strong heritage of championing sports Australia's diverse communities are passionate about and we are thrilled to be partnering with the NBL to become the exclusive free-to-air home of Australian basketball, offering more free coverage than ever before and in HD," Taylor said.
"With around one million Australians playing basketball, it's one of the nation's leading team sports for participation and we look forward to bringing fans every memorable minute of one of the country's fastest-growing leagues."
ESPN Australia-New Zealand general manager Haydn Arndt said NBL fit well alongside the NBA, WNBA and college basketball on his channel.
"ESPN is the indisputable home for basketball fans in Australia so it makes perfect sense to add the NBL alongside our exclusive television coverage of the NBA, WNBA and NCAA basketball," Arndt said.
"We love what the NBL are doing to grow the league and attract high-profile talent to our home courts – we saw it last year with Andrew Bogut's return, and earlier this year with the signings of both LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton. Basketball is booming in Australia and the NBL is primed for growth.
"We're very happy to be in business with them."
The international games begin on August 16 when Australia plays Canada in Perth while the NBL season tips-off with Melbourne United playing South East Melbourne Phoenix at Melbourne Arena on October 3.
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