Sky Sports have announced that they will show the British Basketball League on their channels as they agree to 30 live matches a season for two years.
Starting from the 3rd of December, Sky Sports will also air the BBL Trophy Final, BBL Cup Final, BBL Play-Offs and live coverage of the Women’s BBL Play-Off Final.
Big ties still to be played
The first game will be broadcasted from Newcastle as the Eagles welcome the London Lions to the Eagles Community Arena.
The game will be hotly anticipated and is a fitting choice to get Sky coverage started.
The Lions have endured a tricky start to the season going 0-2, one of those losses being at the hands of the Eagles.
Newcastle are the league's most successful side and will be ready to showcase their talent to a wider audience.
The 3rd of December will see a double header too - as the B. Braun Sheffield Sharks face off against the Cheshire Phoenix; it will certainly be an exciting night for British Basketball.
It has also been announced that Kieron Achara MBE and Drew Lasker will be part of the Sky Sports broadcasting team and will host the BBL games.
Excitement unable to be contained for some
BBL Chairman Sir Rodney Walker said: “It is fantastic to be teaming up again with Sky Sports to bring the excitement and action of the BBL to basketball fans at home.
"We are going to see some excellent games this season as there are incredible British and international players at all 11 clubs.
"We look forward to working with Sky Sports and the producers Buzz16 to showcase the best of British basketball over the next two years.”
Kieron Achara MBE said: “Although I may have stopped playing, I’m still part of the BBL family so it’s great to see this partnership with Sky Sports giving BBL the attention it deserves.
"I’m looking forward to working with Sky Sports to share the sport I love and grow our community.”
Sky Sports Managing Director Rob Webster said: “We are delighted to welcome the BBL back to Sky Sports.
"We look forward to showcasing the best of basketball from across the country in what promises to be a busy but exciting period with the 2022 Commonwealth Games on the horizon.
"We hope an event of that magnitude on UK shores will enable what is a big participation sport to continue its growth.
"We at Sky Sports are thrilled to be able to support the sport.
“With continued coverage of the NBA and WNBA, the addition of the BBL makes Sky Sports the home of basketball.
"We can’t wait for the action to get underway on December 3 from Eagles Community Arena”