NBA Media Rights Deal Worth $76 Billion Over 11 Years

The NBA is on the verge of finalizing a lucrative media rights deal with ABC/ESPN, NBC, and Amazon, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. The new agreement is estimated to be worth around $76 billion over 11 years, making it more than three times the value of the league’s previous deal.

The deal includes ESPN/ABC’s “A” package of games worth $2.6 billion per year, NBC’s “B” package at $2.5 billion annually, and Amazon’s “C” package at $1.8 billion per year. TNT Sports could have retained the “B” package by paying $2.2 billion per year, but Warner Bros. Discovery deemed the price too high, leading to Amazon acquiring the rights to playoff and play-in tournament games.

In other basketball news:

– Former Raptors forward Jontay Porter is facing allegations of owing significant gambling debts and exiting a game early to manipulate prop bets on his statistical performance. The case has resulted in criminal charges for one individual, with federal prosecutors potentially investigating Porter for gambling violations.
– Will Voigt, the former head coach of the Austin Spurs, has joined the BYU coaching staff as an assistant under new head coach Kevin Young.
– The increase in injuries during this year’s postseason is being attributed to factors such as a compressed schedule and changes in foul calls, according to feedback from team executives.
– A ranking of the top small forwards in the 2024 free agent class includes Paul George, DeMar DeRozan, and OG Anunoby.

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