ESPN is the home of the NBL with every game across 2021-22 season


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All 140 live games plus finals will be available across ESPN and the ESPN App* in Australia, and for the first time all NBL games will air on ESPN in New Zealand (*excluding New Zealand Breakers games which will air on Sky Sport).

ESPN’s opening week NBL coverage begins with a doubleheader on Friday December 3 with the debut of the NBL’s newest franchise, Tasmania JackJumpers. Beginning at 7.30pm AEDT the JackJumpers make their league debut against the Brisbane Bullets.
Immediately following at 9.30pm AEDT is a blockbuster season opening clash between the Perth Wildcats and Adelaide 36ers.
The Wildcats finished runners up last season and the NBL’s most successful franchise will be looking to go one-step further in 2021/22. 
Saturday’s coverage sees NBL Next Stars prospect Ousmane Dieng suit up for the first time as the New Zealand Breakers hit the road to face the South East Melbourne Phoenix, which is live on ESPN from 8pm AEDT.
Sunday sees a further three live matches back to back in a marathon of National Basketball League action, with the most highly anticipated, the clash between the Sydney Kings and Melbourne United at 3pm AEDT, live on ESPN.
Melbourne United are the defending NBL champions and will again go into the new season as favourites to retain their crown.
All eyes will be on the NBL debut of Australian Boomers star Matthew Dellavedova, who returns to Australia following over a decade of success in the NBA, that included an NBA Championship.
Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand & Head of ESPN/National Geographic, APAC said:
“With the addition of the Tasmania JackJumpers, the return of Delly and some exciting young talent joining the NBL, the 2021-22 NBL season is set to be the best ever. The league is going from strength to strength. We are excited to showcase ESPN as the dedicated home of the NBL with every game across our platforms, and for the first time our New Zealand audience can enjoy the league on ESPN too.” 
“We are proud of our long term association with the NBL and are looking forward to another season of tremendous growth”
The 2021-22 season is the first in a three-year deal broadcast deal between ESPN and the National Basketball League that ensures ESPN is the home of the NBL, with every game live on ESPN and the ESPN App*.

Opening Week NBL on ESPN

Friday December 3
7.30pm AEDT, Tasmania JackJumpers vs Brisbane Bullets, ESPN
9.30pm AEDT, Perth Wildcats vs Adelaide 36ers, ESPN
Saturday December 4
8pm AEDT, South East Melbourne Phoenix vs New Zealand Breakers, ESPN
Sunday December 5
1pm AEDT, Adelaide 36ers vs Illawarra Hawks, ESPN
3pm AEDT, Sydney Kings vs Melbourne United, ESPN
5.30pm AEDT, Perth Wildcats vs Cairns Taipans, ESPN
*Streaming functionality on the ESPN App and is available to ESPN channel subscribers via Foxtel, Fetch TV and SKY NZ who enter their platform credentials. (Note: Kayo subscribers cannot stream via the ESPN App or  Download the ESPN App from the Apple and Android app stores.
** Sky Sport broadcast all New Zealand Breakers games in New Zealand, with all other NBL games available on ESPN.

ESPN and ESPN2 linear channels are available via Foxtel, Kayo Sports, Fetch TV and SKY NZ.

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