ESPN expands NBA coverage in Australia, New Zealand

Pay-television sports broadcaster ESPN has expanded a deal in Australia and New Zealand for the North American NBA basketball league.

ESPN will show more than 200 regular-season and playoff games each year, including a minimum of five regular-season games live each week, the all-star game and the post-season, including the finals.

The broadcaster will show 188 regular-season games next season – up from 88 in the 2015-16 campaign – and 53 playoff games, an increase of eight games year-on-year.

ESPN will also broadcast the NBA Summer League and NBA studio shows including NBA Countdown, NBA Tonight, and The Jump.