Sports streaming service DAZN has acquired rights in Brazil to the new Basketball Champions League Americas club competition.
The deal has been signed ahead of the inaugural season of the competition, which gets underway on October 28. The tournament was officially launched by the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) last month and will initially feature 12 teams.
According to Máquina do Esporte, DAZN will hold exclusive rights in Brazil to the tournament. The deal follows up DAZN’s recently-announced agreements for the EuroLeague competition and the domestic NBB. The NBB agreement covers the seasons spanning 2019-20 to 2021-22, with DAZN to broadcast 120 games in the first season, a number that will increase in subsequent seasons.
The 2019-20 Basketball Champions League Americas will run until March and will feature three Brazilian teams in the shape of Flamengo, Franca and Mogi das Cruzes. The competition will operate under a similar model to the European Basketball Champions League and will comprise four groups of three teams.
DAZN launched in Brazil in May with rights to a host of football properties, including the domestic Campeonato Brasileiro Série C and continental competition the Copa Sudamericana, as well as Italy’s Serie A, Serie B and Supercoppa Italiana; the English FA Cup; France’s Ligue 1, Ligue 2 and Coupe de France; Major League Soccer; Japan’s J-League and the Africa Cup of Nations.