Sky Sports to televise O2 netball-basketball double-header

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Sky Sports is bringing the worlds of netball and basketball together for a weekend of all-star action in an exciting new format live from London’s O2 Arena in September.

In partnership with Matchroom Sport, the pay-TV broadcaster is bringing two days of British netball and basketball to viewers, with a new format that will have fans of both sports on the edge of their seats.

At The O2 on Saturday, September 23, viewers will be treated to the British Fast5s All-Stars Netball Championship, while on Sunday, September 24, the men take to the court in the British Basketball All-Stars Championship.

The netball tournament will be made up of the top eight teams from this season’s Vitality Superleague, competing in a five-a-side -Fast5 – style of play.

The additions of multiple shot points, rolling substitutions and a double point power play, will add an exciting dimension to the competition.

The basketball equivalent will also be made up of eight BBL teams playing in shortened matches in a double elimination format.

All the teams on both days will be battling it out to take home £25,000 in prize money.

Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn said: “The popularity of basketball and netball is at an all-time high right now.

“We want to bring this right to the fore with a massive weekend at The O2. We’re bringing fast-paced and exciting formats to generate non-stop action and two unmissable events.

“It’s also about encouraging participation. Both sports are continuing to grow at a rapid rate and for that to continue we must encourage people young and old to get out there and try these exciting sports.

“We want to help with this by bringing both basketball and netball centre-stage for one huge weekend in London.

Georgina Faulkner, head of Sky Sports multi-sport coverage, added: “The creation of the British All-Stars competitions provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase the very best of British netball and basketball.

“Everyone involved will hope the tournaments can inspire a new generation to pick up a ball and encourage more women and men to get back on the court.”

The addition of these fast paced knock-out tournaments adds to an exciting year of netball and basketball on Sky Sports.

This includes regular live coverage from the Vitality Netball Superleague, as well as England international test series, ANZ Championship, Quad Series, Fast5 tournaments and Euroleague basketball.

Tickets for both events will be available to buy in early April via from www.theo2.co.uk.

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