JOHANNESBURG – South African fans of the National Basketball Association will once more gain access to one of the most popular and trendsetting leagues in the world through TV channel e-tv.
The NBA and e-tv announced a multi-year partnership on Friday, making the channel the official free-to-air broadcast partner of the American sports league in South Africa.
It’s the first time the NBA will be available on free-to-air television since the 1990s when the popular NBA Inside Stuff magazine show first aired on the SABC, and raised awareness of basketball and especially the NBA among many South Africans.
This year’s deal will see e-tv broadcast more than 65 games throughout the 2019-20 season, on its free-to-air channel and through its OpenView satellite platform. Among the games that e-tv will broadcast are the NBA All Star Game in Chicago next February, a Christmas Day game, the NBA Conference Finals and the NBA Finals next June.
The NBA’s Managing Director in Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall, said he was excited about the NBA’s new partnership, explaining it was vital for the league to reach as many people as possible through a free-to-air channel in South Africa.