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NBL to Stream Games Live into the US on Facebook Watch

The NBL will stream a selection of games from the 2019-20 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season live on Facebook Watch in the U.S.


The partnership with Facebook calls for 52 NBL games featuring NBA Draft prospects LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton to be streamed on Facebook Watch via the NBL Facebook page.


An additional 23 regular season games (one per round), finals and other highlights will be streamed in Australia and New Zealand on Facebook Watch as part of the agreement.


Ball (Illawarra Hawks) and Hampton (SKY Sport New Zealand Breakers) will play in the NBL as part of its Next Stars program. Both are expected to be selected in next year’s NBA Draft.


NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said: “This partnership will ensure huge exposure for the NBL in the biggest basketball market in the world.


“It also reinforces our status as the best basketball league in the world outside of the NBA during what is an incredibly exciting time for the sport in Australia and New Zealand.


“There is a lot of interest in Melo and RJ ahead of next year’s NBA draft but also the NBL and basketball here more broadly.”


Karren Rogers of Facebook Australia Sports Partnerships said: “We’re thrilled to bring the exciting action of the NBL to Facebook Watch.


“People in the U.S. – especially Ball in the Family fans – will enjoy watching two of basketball’s brightest young stars develop overseas, while those in Australia and New Zealand will now have a new way to watch and interact with the NBL.”


A record 13 Australians played in the NBA last season and 113 NBA players have played in the NBL since its inception in 1979.


The Hungry Jack’s NBL Season tips off on October 3 when Melbourne United plays new crosstown rival South East Melbourne Phoenix in the Throwdown at Melbourne Arena.


LaMelo Ball will play his first game for Illawarra against the Brisbane Bullets on October 6. RJ Hampton will make his debut for the Breakers against Andrew Bogut’s Sydney Kings on October 18. Both games will be available on Facebook Watch for fans in the U.S.


The first Facebook Watch broadcast in Australia and New Zealand will be the opening game of the season on October 3, when Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix face off in the Throwdown.

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