BT Sport has added to its line-up of live basketball by securing the rights to screen Great Britain’s home and away qualifying matches for the 2015 Men’s EuroBasket competition to held in Ukraine.
The broadcaster will carry exclusive coverage of four competitive games against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iceland, which are due to take place between August 10-24.
Both home fixtures are scheduled to tip off at 7.30pm and be broadcast on BT Sport 1, in high-definition on BT Sport 1 HD and via the BT Sport app and online.
The EuroBasket qualifiers mark the start of Great Britain’s road to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics and will see them attempt to qualify for their fourth European Championship Finals in a row, but stiff opposition will lie in wait.
Bosnia-Herzegovina are the first visitors to the Copper Box on Wednesday, August 13, and bring a passionate fan base and quality to their team with NBA star Mirza Teletovic their standout.
Seven days later, Iceland travel to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and are also expected to provide a real contest for Great Britain, who are coached by Milwaukee Bucks Assistant Coach Joe Prunty.
The winners of the group will automatically progress to EuroBasket 2015 with six of the seven group runners-up progressing too.
Great Britain’s EuroBasket qualifiers adds to BT Sport’s live basketball which is headlined by its exclusive multi-year NBA deal, with the US-based league making its debut on the channel last season.
BT Sport has also agreed a seperate deal for delayed coverage of Great Britain’s away games in Iceland and Bosnia.
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “BT Sport is pleased to add to its basketball offering with Great Britain’s EuroBasket 2015 home qualifiers.
“On top of our exclusive NBA rights, this deal enhances our coverage for UK-based basketball fans and continues to expand the range of our overall offering.”
David Leyden Dunbar, commercial director for British Basketball, said: “We are delighted to have a broadcaster of BT Sport’s quality on board providing Live coverage of our men’s qualifiers.
“These two international games provide a wonderful platform for our Men’s Senior team to illustrate the depth of talent within the squad and will offer a great opportunity for the sport to reach a wider audience.
“This team represents the pinnacle of British Hoops and as exciting as it was to have two back to back games at The Copperbox, the addition of BT Sport’s coverage will certainly add to the occasion.”
For more information about British Basketball, visit the official website.
.FIBA EuroBasket 2015 – Group A Qualifying Matches Sunday 10th August ICELAND v GREAT BRITAIN Delayed: 12.30pm-2.00pm (Mon 11 Aug) BT Sport 2 Wednesday 13th August GREAT BRITAIN v BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA Tip-off: 19:30 LIVE: 7.30pm-9.30pm BT Sport 1 Wednesday 20th August GREAT BRITAIN v ICELAND Tip-off: 19:30 LIVE: 7.30pm-9.30pm BT Sport 1 Sunday 24th August BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA v GREAT BRITAIN Delayed: 9.00am-10.30am (Mon 25 Aug) BT Sport 2