• Melbourne United and the Perth Wildcats during the 2019 NBL Final. (Getty)Source: 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 12 Sep 2019 - 1:21 PM

WATCH the entire 2019-20 NBL season for FREE with all 126 games LIVE via SBS on Demand, and 67 games broadcast LIVE, FREE and in HD on SBS VICELAND. 

SBS 2019-20 NBL - OCTOBER BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Friday 11 October
Round 2 - Brisbane v Cairns
7:30pm AEDT - 9:30pm AEDT
LIVE via SBS On Demand

Friday 11 October
Round 2 - Perth v Illawarra
9:30pm AEDT - 11:30pm AEDT
LIVE via SBS On Demand

Saturday 12 October
Round 2 - Sydney v Adelaide
5:30pm AEDT - 7:30pm AEDT
LIVE on SBS VICELAND and via SBS On Demand

Sunday 13 October
Round 2 - South East Melbourne v Brisbane
3:00pm AEDT - 5:00pm AEDT
LIVE on SBS VICELAND and via SBS On Demand

Monday 14 October
Round 2 - Illawarra v Cairns
7:30pm AEDT - 9:30pm AEDT
LIVE via SBS On Demand

Friday 18 October
Round 3 - Sydney v New Zealand
7:30pm AEDT - 9:30pm AEDT
LIVE via SBS On Demand

Friday 18 October
Round 3 - Perth v Cairns
9:30pm AEDT - 11:30pm AEDT
LIVE via SBS On Demand

Saturday 19 October
Round 3 - Adelaide v Brisbane
5:30pm AEDT - 7:30pm AEDT
LIVE on SBS VICELAND and via SBS On Demand

Saturday 19 October
Round 3 - South East Melbourne v Illawarra
8:00pm AEDT - 10:00pm AEDT
LIVE via SBS On Demand

Sunday 20 October
Round 3 - New Zealand v Sydney
3:00pm AEDT - 5:00pm AEDT
LIVE on SBS VICELAND and via SBS On Demand

Sunday 20 October
Round 3 - Melbourne v Perth
5:00pm AEDT - 7:00pm AEDT
LIVE on SBS VICELAND and via SBS On Demand

Monday 21 October
Round 3 - Illawarra v Adelaide
7:30pm AEDT - 9:30pm AEDT
LIVE via SBS On Demand

Thursday 24 October
Round 4 - New Zealand v Illawarra
5:30pm AEDT- 7:30pm AEDT
LIVE on SBS VICELAND and via SBS On Demand

Friday 25 October
Round 4 - Adelaide v Cairns
7:30pm AEDT - 9:30pm AEDT
LIVE via SBS On Demand

Friday 25 October
Round 4 - Perth v South East Melbourne 
9:30pm AEDT - 11:30pm AEDT
LIVE via SBS On Demand

Saturday 26 October
Round 4 - Melbourne v New Zealand
5:30pm AEDT - 7:30pm AEDT
LIVE on SBS VICELAND and via SBS On Demand

Friday 26 October
Round 4 - Sydney v Brisbane
8:00pm AEDT - 10:00pm AEDT
LIVE via SBS On Demand

Sunday 27 October
Round 4 - South East Melbourne v Adelaide
3:00pm AEDT - 5:00pm AEDT
LIVE on SBS VICELAND and via SBS On Demand

Sunday 27 October
Round 4 - Illawarra v Perth
5:00pm AEDT - 7:00pm AEDT
LIVE on SBS VICELAND and via SBS On Demand

Monday 28 October
Round 4 - Cairns v Melbourne
7:30pm AEDT - 9:30pm AEDT
LIVE via SBS On Demand

Thursday 31 October
Round 5 - New Zealand v Cairns
5:30pm AEDT - 7:30pm AEDT
LIVE on SBS VICELAND and via SBS On Demand

Under the two-year deal, fans will have access to the entire 2019-20 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 On Demand. 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 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 2019-20 NBL broadcast schedule runs from October 3 2019 - March 2020.