Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls. Picture: Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Johannesburg – The NBA and SuperSport have agreed to a “multi-year” deal to broadcast live games in 47 territories in sub-Saharan Africa starting this season.

SuperSport's satellite television channels are available across much of the continent. The parties initially gave no details of how much the contract was worth or for exactly how long it would run.

Africa is a growing market for the NBA. Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng was born in Sudan, and former NBA greats Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo are from Africa.

The NBA opened an office in South Africa in 2010, hoping to challenge football as the continent's No. 1 sport. – Sapa-AP