CASH OUT! The NBA is expected to announce its new TV deal with ESPN and Turner Sports that is worth $24 billion. That’s three times the current deal in place. The NBA will be receiving approximately $2.7 billion per season.
The new nine-year deal also calls for TNT to produce an NBA award show – I wonder if this will be similar to the NFL Honors show that takes place during SuperBowl. Check out more deets:
- TNT will produce the NBA Awards Show at the end of the season.
- ESPN will televise 15 more regular-season games than it currently does.
- TNT will televise 12 extra games during the second half of the season in addition to its Thursday-night doubleheaders.
- NBA TV will televise four more regular-season games than it currently does.
- ESPN and TNT can stream their games live and/or delayed on any of their multimedia platforms.
- In 2016, ESPN networks will begin showing at least 20 D-League and summer-league games.
With all that money on the line, I fully expect that the players will want some revisions in the CBA which can be re-examined in 2017. That’s the reason why LeBron didn’t do a longer contract with the Cavs, and it also explains the recent contract signings of the Suns’ Eric Bledsoe and the Morris Twins and Nuggets Kenneth Faried.