SBS close to NBA rights deal in Australia – report

Australian public-service broadcaster SBS is reportedly closing in on a deal for rights to the NBA basketball league.

The AdNews website, citing industry sources, reported that SBS is expected to secure the deal in the coming weeks.

SBS would broadcast up to four regular-season games a week from the North American competition, along with an undisclosed amount of Finals fixtures, according to the report.

Pay-television sports broadcaster ESPN currently holds NBA rights in Australia until the end of the 2025 season. An ESPN spokesperson told AdNews that any deal SBS signs with the league would not affect its own agreement.

SBS has agreed the rights deal amid “limited interest” from other networks, the report said.