NBA AND beIN SPORTS EXTEND BROADCAST AND DIGITAL PARTNERSHIP IN FRANCE THROUGH TO 2024
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and beIN SPORTS today announced a multiyear expansion of their broadcast and digital partnership that extends to a now decade-long collaboration. As part of the agreement and ahead of the start of the 2020-21 season that tips off on Dec. 22, beIN SPORTS will also continue to host the NBA’s official online destination in France www.nba.com/france.
Since 2012, beIN has helped the NBA revolutionize its visibility and popularity in France, through season-long live games, dedicated NBA programming, events and innovative campaigns.
As part of the new partnership, beIN SPORTS France will broadcast 20 weekend primetime games in the ‘first-half’ of the NBA season, with the ‘second-half’ of the schedule to be announced at a later date. The NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays presented by NBA 2K21 primetime game programming will include the ever popular Saturday Night Live and Sunday Night Live studio shows. Other highlights for the 2020-21 season include:
• Coverage begins on Dec. 22 when the Golden State Warriors visit the Brooklyn Nets and the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers take on the LA Clippers live on beIN SPORTS 1 starting at 01h00.
• The NBA XTRA daily show will continue to air live every afternoon Monday to Friday on beIN SPORTS 1, starting on Monday December 21 with a special 2020-21 season tip-off show.
• Must-see NBA events including five live back-to-back games on Christmas Day, Martin Luther King Day, the NBA Playoffs, the entire Conference Finals, together with the NBA Finals and NBA Draft.
• The website www.beinsports.com/france/ will continue to be the NBA’s official online destination in France hosting NBA.com/France, with highlights, news, statistics and scores, while also hosting original content including the ‘Over Time’ digital show.
“We are delighted to extend our valued partnership with the NBA in France to 2024. This new deal perfectly illustrates our balanced and proportionate approach when selecting content and acquiring rights in line with our rational business plan and we are proud to continue our journey together with the NBA,” said Yousef Al-Obaidly, President of beIN SPORTS France and CEO of beIN MEDIA GROUP. “Since 2012, beIN and the NBA have proudly worked together to develop and grow the NBA brand in France, including with innovative new events such as The NBA Paris Game 2020 last January. This latest NBA deal further strengthens the fantastic portfolio of rights we will showcase on beIN SPORTS France over the next 12 months, including EURO 2020, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Wimbledon, NFL, handball, rugby and much more, together with the UEFA Champions League from 2021-22 onwards.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to extend our partnership with beIN SPORTS and enter into a now decades-long partnership,” said NBA EME Vice President, Global Media Distribution, Elsa Memmi. “With the highly anticipated tip-off to the 2020-21 NBA season just around the corner, only in the NBA can fans enjoy such intense competition and unmatched talent.”
For more information about beIN SPORTS France, viewers can visit their official website www.beinsports.com/france/, beIN SPORTS FRANCE app, and its social network accounts Facebook.com/ beINSPORTSFrance/ & @beINSPORTS_fr on Twitter.
Fans in France can find more NBA information at NBA.com/France, the league’s official online destination in France hosted on beINSports.com, and on Facebook (NBA France), Twitter (@NBAFrance) and the @NBAEurope Instagram account. Fans can also purchase the latest NBA merchandise at NBAStore.eu.
About beIN MEDIA GROUP and beIN SPORTS
beIN MEDIA GROUP, chaired by Nasser AL-KHELAIFI, is an independent company established in 2014. It holds every beIN SPORTS channels worldwide. beIN SPORTS is now distributed across 38 countries within Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, Middle East and North Africa.
beIN SPORTS France, chaired by Yousef Al-Obaidly, is a French company, located in Boulogne-Billancourt, representing the beIN SPORTS international network in France. Launched in June 2012, beIN SPORTS France offers premium sports programs to more than 3 million subscribers. With almost 20 sports (including football, tennis, basketball, handball, rugby, boxing, volleyball), beIN SPORTS continues to enhance its offering, in order to provide subscribers with the greatest sports around. Accessible through cable operators, ADSL and satellite transmission, beIN SPORTS also offers a new subscription via computer, named beIN SPORTS Connect.