Telco Telekom Srbija to take over NBA rights in the Balkans

Telco Telekom Srbija, majority owner of the Arena Sport channels, has acquired NBA rights in the Balkans from the 2019-20 season, according to local media reports.

NBA rights in the region – covering Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia – are currently held by pay-television broadcaster Sportklub, which has a four-season deal with the league from 2015-16 to 2018-19.

Telekom Srbija’s NBA acquisition adds another basketball property to its portfolio: it already holds rights to the pan-Balkan ABA League, in a five-season deal from 2015-16 to 2019-20, and Spain’s Liga ACB, from 2018-19 to 2020-21.

Sportklub will continue to broadcast the EuroLeague and EuroCup pan-European basketball competitions next season after agreeing a four-season deal with the IMG agency earlier this year.