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Sky’s the limit for Manchester Giants with announcement of new BBL television deal

By Phil Jones

Manchester Giants’ return to the British Basketball League will soon be getting national television coverage thanks to a new deal with Sky.

Giants feature twice in the initial schedule of 12 televised games announced today, with their first appearance on November 16 at home to Cheshire Jets.

Coverage starts later in October however ten of the 12 scheduled games won’t be broadcast live, with fans having to wait two to four days to see the action.

BBL chairman Paul Blake said: “Last season’s coverage was extremely well received throughout the sport and we are delighted to extend our relationship with Sky Sports into a third season.

“The coverage last term provided an excellent platform for BBL to showcase our exciting product and we anticipate this season it will be to an even higher standard.”

The deal guarantees 25 weeks of coverage for the league with a weekly two-hour show and live screening of cup, play-off and trophy finals.

Newcastle Eagles will play Leicester Riders in the first televised match – a repeat of last season’s play-off final.

The second of the scheduled Giants’ televised sees them play at their Wright Robinson College home again, taking on the Surrey Heat on January 18.

Television coverage will be provided in collaboration with the BBL’s broadcast partner Televideo, whose managing director is Paul Scivill.

He said: “We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with the BBL. We are extremely excited about this season’s coverage and the addition of more live games to the schedule.”

The initial line-up of games runs until the end of January, with a further schedule being announced to run up to the end of the season in April.

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