The 2021-22 Hungry Jacks National Basketball League (NBL) season is set to tip off on Friday, with every game live and on-demand on ESPN, available to watch via Foxtel and stream on Kayo.
League newcomers the Tasmania JackJumpers will get the season underway at 7.30pm AEDT* against the Brisbane Bullets, with first round action highlighted by projected 2022 NBA Draft first round pick Ousmane Dieng and the NZ Breakers taking on Chinese superstar Zhou Qi and the South East Melbourne Phoenix on Saturday, 4 December, plus NBA Champion Matthew Dellavedova’s debut for Melbourne United against the Sydney Kings on Sunday, 5 December, which will be live and free on Kayo Freebies.
As part of the ground-breaking three-year agreement with the NBL and ESPN announced earlier this year, every game of the NBL season will be broadcast live on ESPN via Foxtel and Kayo. In addition, every 1pm and 3pm Sunday game of the season will be available to stream live and free on Kayo Freebies. Kayo Freebies are free, and no credit card details are required to register and start streaming.
Fox Sports Executive Director, Steve Crawley, said: “We have a long and rich history with the NBL and basketball is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia. The NBL has never been more exciting to watch, with NBA players past and future, including Australia’s own Matthew Dellavedova, Chinese superstar and former Houston Rockets player Zhou Qi and Next Gen French phenom Ousmane Dieng. As a key broadcast partner of ESPN in Australia, we are pleased to be bringing every game of the NBL season to basketball fans around the country.”
NBL Commissioner, Jeremy Loeliger, said: “It’s very exciting for our fans that we’re going to be across the screens of ESPN, via Foxtel and Kayo, every game this season. Friday night’s season opener will mark a new era in Australian sport with the Tasmania JackJumpers making their debut in front of a sold-out MyState Bank Arena in Hobart. With marquee signings across the League and our most diverse group of NBL Next Stars yet, this season promises to be one of the most competitive, and most exciting, in League history.”
Basketball fans will be spoiled for choice this summer with ‘Slam Dunk Saturdays’, an action-packed day full of live NBA and NBL action. In addition to every game of the NBL, fans can watch live coverage of the NBA every week plus the best of the Playoffs and every game of the Conference Finals and NBA Finals live with ESPN, available via Foxtel and Kayo.