NBA in Talks with ESPN and Sky Sports About Showing Games in the UK November 29, 2012 15:18

The NBA are currently locked in talks with both Sky Sports and ESPN in regards to the fact that NBA fans in the UK are currently without the ability to watch games on the TV.

For the 2011-12 season, ESPN had the UK television rights, allowing UK fans to check in with all of their favourite teams and watch games live, even if it meant staying up for half the night.  

However, the contract with ESPN ended before the current season got underway, and nothing has yet been decided in regards to games being shown this year.

An ESPN spokesman said: 'We are engaged in discussions with the NBA. We hope to be able to continue our coverage in the UK and remain committed to helping the game of basketball grow here as we are in dozens of countries around the world."

NBA Commissioner, David Stern, has expressed his concerns over the fact that an agreement hasn't been made. He understands that he is letting UK fans down and has said that "We are in discussions with BSkyB about more regular scheduling of our games."

While BSkyB have not commented, an NBA UK Source has said that;  "We have strong interest from TV channels in broadcasting the NBA and we plan to be on air in the coming weeks… In the meantime, fans in the UK can watch every game live or on demand and in High Definition on NBA LEAGUE PASS International, along with watching video highlights on NBA.com and the NBA's YouTube channel."

That has been a problem for UK fans in recent times. Fans are restricted to trying to stream games online, and the league pass costs £141.87 per year for the privilege.

We're keeping our fingers crossed for a resolution to the whole thing, sooner rather than later.