NBA’s new TV contract calls for award show on TNT and other details


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.”