SABC to broadcast NBA basketball

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will broadcast more than 35 NBA games throughout the season the local broadcaster announced on Wednesday.

Games will include a Christmas Day game, NBA All-Star Saturday Night, Conference Finals and The Finals.

Many will be broadcast live but others will be delayed and shown either SABC1, SABC Sports Channel, TelkomOne and on the Openview platforms. 

Live broadcasts will start on 30 October at 23:00 with the clash between the Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics. 

A magazine show, "NBA Action" will cover the latest news from the world of basketball as well as show highlights. 

“SABC Sport is incredibly thrilled to add one of the world’s most exciting and respected leagues to its live sports offering, as we know that there is a sports audience which loves the game of basketball in Mzansi," said Gary Rathbone, general manager of SABC Sport.

"In bringing this great global sporting spectacle to our viewers, the SABC will also be setting out to inspire and entertain a whole new generation of basketball fans all over the country," he added.

Victor Williams, NBA Africa CEO believes the deal would help make basketball more accessible throughout Africa.

"We are thrilled to once again partner with SABC, beginning with our milestone 75th Anniversary Season," said Williams.

"Through this partnership, we look forward to bringing the excitement of the NBA to more of our passionate fans in South Africa as part of our continued commitment of making basketball more accessible across the continent.”



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