SBS to launch dedicated NBA analysis program

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 23 October 2019

SBS has announced a new pre-game basketball show that will air twice a week on SBS Viceland and SBS On Demand.

SBS sport presenter, Lucy Zelić, will host the 30-minute pre-game show, SBS Courtside, ahead of every NBA and WNBA game on Viceland. SBS World News sport journalist, Adrian Arciuli, will also join Zelić.

The first episode of SBS Courtside will air at 9.30am AEDT on 26 October 26 ahead of the match between the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics at 10.05am on Viceland and On Demand. 

Both hosts will deliver highlights and insights from the NBL, NBA and WNBA, and will be joined by special guest analysts and players to review and preview the leagues.

Among a suite of segments, the first two episodes of SBS Courtside will feature basketball legend, Paul Pierce, who played 19 seasons in the NBA.

Boomers and NBA star, Patty Mills, will also make an appearance, offering a unique perspective as he discusses the NBA and NBL leagues.

The show's launch follows the agreement betwen SBS and the American top tier league, which was revealed by AdNews earlier this year.

Under the deal, two live, regular-season NBA games will be broadcast in HD on Viceland and On Demand.

NBA games will also be available for catch up on On Demand, and the basketball hub on SBS’s sport website is the home for game highlights, condensed mini games, interviews, features and all additional NBL, NBA and WNBA content.

SBS will also broadcast one live WNBA game per week beginning with the 2020 season in May throughout the WNBA regular season and a selection of games from the first three rounds of WNBA Playoffs.

Fans will also have access to the entire 2019-20 Hungry Jack’s NBL season for free, with 67 games broadcast on Viceland and all 126 games available live and free on it's catch up serivce.

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