• Melbourne United and the Perth Wildcats during the 2019 NBL Final. (Getty)
Australian basketball fans will be the big winners in the NBL’s new broadcast agreement with SBS, which will nearly double the number of games available live, free and in HD and at better timeslots.
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SBS Sport

31 Jul 2019 - 7:47 AM  UPDATED 31 Jul 2019 - 8:10 AM

Under the two-year deal, fans will have access to the entire 2019-20 Hungry Jack’s NBL season for free, with 67 games broadcast on SBS VICELAND – an 86 per cent increase in free-to-air coverage compared to the 2018-19 season – and all 126 games available live and free on streaming platform SBS OnDemand. Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix will tip-off the 2019-20 NBL season on October 3 2019.

Additionally, from 16 August, the highly anticipated International Basketball Series will also be exclusively available to watch within Australia on SBS VICELAND and can be streamed live and free via SBS OnDemand.

These seven pre-FIBA World Cup internationals, as delivered by TEG Live in partnership with Basketball Australia, feature games involving the Australian Boomers, Canada, New Zealand and USA Basketball, including two games between the Australian Boomers and the USA at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne in front of 100,000 fans.

“SBS has a strong heritage of championing sports Australia’s diverse communities are passionate about, and we are thrilled to be partnering with the NBL to become the exclusive free-to-air home of Australian basketball, offering more free coverage than ever before, and in HD," said SBS Managing Director, James Taylor.

“With around one million Australians playing basketball, it’s one of the nation’s leading team sports for participation* and we look forward to bringing fans every memorable minute of one of the country’s fastest-growing leagues.”

NBL Owner and Executive Chairman, Larry Kestelman said “This broadcast agreement is a huge leap forward in the coverage of the NBL and basketball across Australia.

“It maintains our commitment to make the game available to more people to watch when and how they choose across different platforms and will continue to grow our audience across Australia.

“The agreement sees the number of games broadcast on free-to-air television almost double, making our national league accessible to more Australians, with SBS VICELAND becoming the new free-to-air home of the NBL along with more coverage available on SBS OnDemand.”

The SBS 2019-2020 NBL broadcast schedule runs from October 3 2019 - March 2020 with specific broadcast details to be announced within the next two months.

SBS INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL SERIES 2019 BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Friday 16 August
Australian Boomers vs Canada Basketball LIVE
7.30pm AEST - 10:00pm AEST
SBS VICELAND and SBS OnDemand.

Saturday 17 August
Australian Boomers vs Canada Basketball LIVE
7.30pm AEST - 10:00pm AEST
SBS VICELAND and SBS OnDemand.

Tuesday 20 August
Canada Basketball vs New Zealand Tall Blacks LIVE
7.30pm AEST - 10:00pm AEST
SBS OnDemand
Delayed on SBS VICELAND Wednesday 21 August

Wednesday, 21 August
Canada Basketball vs New Zealand Tall Blacks LIVE
7.30pm AEST - 10:00pm AEST
SBS OnDemand
Delayed on SBS VICELAND on Thursday 22 August

Thursday 22 August
USA Basketball vs Australian Boomers LIVE
7.30pm AEST - 10:00pm AEST
SBS VICELAND and SBSOn Demand.

Saturday 24 August
USA Basketball vs Australian Boomers LIVE
2.00pm AEST - 4:30pm AEST
SBS VICELAND and SBS OnDemand

Monday 26 August
USA Basketball vs Canada Basketball LIVE
7.30pm AEST - 10:00pm AEST
SBS VICELAND and SBS OnDemand

*check local guides for broadcast times.