BT Sport secures NBA rights deal

Pay-television broadcaster BT Sport has agreed a multi-year deal with the NBA for the exclusive live rights to the North American basketball league in the UK and Ireland.

The partnership will tip off on December 1, as the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers take on west coast rivals the LA Clippers at 8:30pm UK time on the BT Sport 2 channel.

Coverage will include weekly games on Sundays in primetime. Fans will also be able to access selected games streamed live and for free on the BT Sport website and BT Sport app, along with either NBA.com or the NBA League Pass International service.

The new agreement provides for up to 200 games throughout the season, appearing across BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN.

There will be up to seven live games per week throughout the regular season and the first and second rounds of the playoffs, as well as every game of the Conference Finals, culminating in the NBA Finals in June.

February’s All-Star Game is also included in the deal, as are several NBA magazine shows.