The key financial details – nine years and $24 billion – of the NBA’s new television contracts have already been reported.
Now, the NBA, ESPN and TNT have released details of the deals, which run 2016-17 through 2024-25. Among the highlights:
- TNT will produce the NBA Awards Show at the end of the season. The NBA has wanted this.
- 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.
- “The parties have also established a framework for ESPN and the NBA to negotiate the launch of a new over-the-top offering in which the league would receive an equity interest. Details for the new offering will be announced at a future date.” Whatever that means. Adam Silver said it will be geared toward “mobile consumers.”