New NBL TV deal with Ten: live game, possible streaming
The crucial details:
One feature game will be broadcast live nationally every Sunday afternoon on TEN. During the months of October to the conclusion of February, the broadcast time will be live at 2:00PM nationally and live at 1:00PM nationally during March and April;
One game per week will be shown nationally on Friday evenings at the regular timeslot of 9:30PM on TEN's digital channel ONE;
All NBL Finals games will also be broadcast on both TEN and ONE under the new deal, with TEN maintaining access to rebroadcast coverage of New Zealand Breakers 14 home games into Australia.
Justin Milne said that a key component of the new agreement, which will still run the remainder of the original five-year term through until the end of the 2014/15 iiNet NBL Championship season, is the NBL reclaiming the rights to non-TEN produced games for subscription television, IPTV, on-line and mobile.(My bold emphasis.)
A live game, a delayed Friday game (I have cried about Friday night TV ever since Burke's Backyard got canned...), plus an opportunity for the league to do other things with the remainder.
The questions for me are whether that Friday game could be one from Wednesday or Thursday, or a Breakers game? Will they show us those Breakers games? Even if they're late night? (If they don't, they're bastards!)
Will we see a Fetch TV deal? Will the NBL allow clubs to do what they wish with non-Ten games?
What do you all think?