ESPN nets five-year deal for Fiba competitions

Cable network to show elite international basketball until at least 2021.

ESPN nets five-year deal for Fiba competitions

US cable broadcaster ESPN has signed an agreement to show Fiba-sanctioned international basketball tournaments for the next five years.

The deal, which runs until September 2021, includes the exclusive rights to more than 1,300 games from the Fiba World Cup, Women’s World Cup and all Continental Championships, as well as Olympic qualifiers and other age-group events.

ESPN will have the right to distribute coverage via its linear and digital platforms, and also via its under-development direct-to-consumer offering, which is slated to launch in early 2018.

Exclusive live ‘look-ins’, in-progress highlights and unlimited use of game clips and highlights are also included in the deal, financial terms of which have not been released.

“ESPN is excited to continue our partnership with Fiba as the popularity of international basketball continues to ascend,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN’s executive vice-president of programming and scheduling.

“This is our largest deal to date with Fiba, which will expand our year-round basketball presence exponentially.”

Frank Leenders, the director general of Fiba Media and Marketing Services, added: “The USA is Fiba’s top ranked country and the home of basketball. Our agreement with ESPN means that fans will get to see the very best of international basketball on a regular basis.”