LONDON – The NBA G League, the NBA’s official minor league, and global sports provider ELEVEN SPORTS today announced a new partnership that will include the exclusive presentation of up to 120 live NBA G League regular-season games during the 2017-18 season.
The live NBA G League games will be shown in five of ELEVEN’s markets – the U.S., Belgium, Luxembourg, Singapore and Taiwan. As part of ELEVEN’s strategy to deliver engaging localized content, games will be shown with local language commentary in each market.
The coverage will begin on Jan. 10 with the NBA G League Showcase, the premier in-season scouting event, which features the league’s 26 teams playing two regular-season games each from Jan. 10-13 in Mississauga, Ontario, home of Raptors 905.
“We are thrilled to build on our strong partnership with the NBA by adding NBA G League to our basketball portfolio, strengthening ELEVEN SPORTS’ position as a go-to destination for fans of one of the world’s most popular sports,” said Danny Menken, Group Managing Director, ELEVEN SPORTS. “We know there is a significant hunger for basketball globally and our aim is to meet the demand of these dedicated fans. We are looking forward to working with the NBA in innovative and interactive ways to help grow and promote the NBA G League.”
“Our partnership with ELEVEN SPORTS is a monumental one for the NBA G League as we further solidify our position as the NBA’s official minor league and extend our outreach around the world to markets where fans are passionate about basketball,” said NBA G League President Malcolm Turner. “During this historic year in which a record 26 teams are competing this season, the league will only grow and its popularity will continue to rise through ELEVEN SPORTS’ presentation of our games.”
ELEVEN SPORTS’ partnership with the NBA G League follows the recent five-year extension of NBA rights in Taiwan and the agreement of a five-year partnership with FIBA to show live and exclusive coverage of three of the biggest events on the international basketball calendar including 2017 and 2021 FIBA Asia Cups and the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. ELEVEN also holds live and exclusive NBA rights in Belgium, Luxembourg and Singapore.
About ELEVEN SPORTS
ELEVEN SPORTS is an award-winning global sports provider dedicated to delivering world-class international and domestic sports and lifestyle entertainment. In just over two years, ELEVEN has become a young, dynamic brand that resonates globally as well as locally, engaging fans on-air and online, in local languages and a fresh tone of voice.
ELEVEN SPORTS delivers more than 20,000 LIVE hours of top class sporting action to close to 17 million paying customers worldwide in Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States. Live coverage of premium sports events is supplemented with news, comprehensive analysis, digital content and local programming. ELEVEN’s services are 24/7, multiscreen, full HD and locally produced to the highest international production standards.
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About the NBA G League
The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 26 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2017-18 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time-high 44 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2016-17 season boasted NBA G League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs. NBA G League games are available on ESPN’s family of networks, NBA TV, Facebook Live and Twitch.