FIBA secures multi-year rights agreement with ESPN
Monday, 29 October 2012
October 29 - The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has secured a multi-year rights agreement with ESPN which will see the American broadcaster show over 400 games across six tournaments from 2013-2015 on television, internet and mobile.
The agreement covers many major tournaments including the FIBA Americas Championships in 2013 and 2015, the EuroBaskets in 2013 and 2015, the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2014 and the FIBA World Championship for Women 2014.
"Following a great collaboration over the past three years, we are delighted to announce that ESPN have once again decided to partner with us and our events, including the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup which is set to be the biggest basketball event of all time," said FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann.
"International basketball is as exciting as sport gets and it is great that the US audience can continue to follow our competitions thanks to a coverage that is second to none."
ESPN's television rights will result in telecasts in both English and Spanish, extending throughout the United States and its territories, excluding Puerto Rico.
Overall, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes will combine to televise every game.
In addition, all Team USA and gold medal games will air live on ESPN or ESPN2, and ESPN Deportes.
Securing the Team USA games is a huge boost for ESPN after both the men and women claimed gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
It was the United States men's "Dream Team" who drew particular interest at London 2012 as a star-studded squad featuring the likes Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and LeBron James stormed to victory without losing a match.
"ESPN's commitment to international basketball continues to intensify as the sport's global popularity soars," added ESPN's vice-president, programming and acquisitions Leah LaPlaca.
"This agreement expands our year-round basketball presence while serving the passionate and growing Spanish-speaking audience in the US."