|NBA announces extensions of TV deals with ESPN/ABC, TNT|
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|Wednesday, 27 June 2007 05:16|
The eight-year extensions will go through the 2015-16 season. The current six-year contracts expire at the end of next season.
Financial details were not immediately disclosed.
The digital rights include the ability for the networks to broadcast live games and other content on digital media, including the Web and mobile TV. The deal also covers any new outlets ESPN develops between now and 2016.
ABC will continue to air 15 regular season games and the entire NBA finals and will televise an increased number of games earlier in the playoffs. The maximum number of times a certain team can appear on the network during the regular season has been increased.
ESPN and ESPN2 will continue to show up to 75 regular season games as well as one of the conference finals. ESPN will increase the number of early round playoff games it airs.
The contract also includes new rights for ESPN International to televise games worldwide.
TNT will continue to air 52 regular season games, the All-Star game and one of the conference finals.
The previous deal paid the NBA an average of $765 million a year.