DirecTV, the long-term rights-holder in South America to International Basketball Federation (Fiba) competitions, has become the latest broadcaster in the region to pick up the rights to the new Basketball Champions League Americas.
DirecTV will exploit the rights across Latin America and allow it to broadcast across the broadcaster’s various platforms: DirecTV Sports (linear) and DirecTV Play, DirecTVSports.com, DirecTV Sports app and DirecTV Go (all online).
The deal was brokered by the Torneos agency and covers the inaugural 2019-20 season of the new tournament Fiba launched last month.
The BCLA will run between October 2019 and March 2020 and feature four groups of three teams apiece. Two teams will qualify for the quarterfinals which will be played as best-of-three series, as will the semifinals and finals.
DirecTV has held the rights to Fiba’s Liga de las Americas, the erstwhile top-tier clubs competition in the region, since 2014 and also gives its name to the tournament.
The broadcaster’s deal follows closely behind one signed by DAZN, which acquired the exclusive rights to the Fiba competition in Brazil and thus expanded its basketball portfolio which also contains EuroLeague and the domestic NBB.