WNBL finals to be broadcast worldwide

MORE than 100 countries will be able to tune in to watch the best of Australian women’s basketball thanks to a massive broadcast deal announced yesterday.

The Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) has partnered with ESPN, beIN Sport and Unbeaten to allow the upcoming finals series to be streamed across the globe.

The finals series, which starts on March 8, will be available across the United States, Canada, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. As always, local fans who are unable to tune into the game will be able to watch via ESPN, with select games able to stream on 9Now as well.

After Townsville’s win over Bendigo Spirit last night, the top four teams competing in the post-season series are set. After eliminating the Spirit from contention, the minor premiers Townsville will be joined in the WNBL finals by the two other Victorian teams, Southside Flyers and Melbourne Boomers, as well as Perth Lynx.

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Head of the WNBL, Christy Collier-Hill said it was an exciting announcement to make, and one that would enable the best of Australian basketball to be viewed by as many fans as possible worldwide.

“The WNBL is excited to offer fans around the world the opportunity to watch the best women’s basketball competition in Australia,” she said.

“We have some incredibly talented players and teams and are thrilled to showcase them on an international stage. This is a significant milestone for our league, and we are excited to see the positive impact it will have on our players, fans and stakeholders.”

The WNBL Finals will include two best-of-three semi-finals between Townsville Fire and Perth Lynx, and the all-Victorian clash of Southside Flyers and Melbourne Boomers. The winners from those semi-finals will advance to a best-of-three grand final series.

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