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StarTimes acquires exclusive media rights for FIBA’s 2017-2021 competition

Accra, July 26. GNA – StarTimes, Africa’s
leading pay TV operator has acquired exclusive media rights in Sub-Saharan
Africa for FIBA’s national team competitions for the period of 2017-2021.

Basketball’s world governing body awarded
StarTimes exclusive free and pay transmission rights across all territories of
Sub-Saharan Africa for its leading tournaments.

A release copied to Ghana News Agency on
Wednesday quoted Vincent Yu, StarTimes Media Division Chief Operating Officer
as saying “We are so glad to offer the very best of national team basketball to
our subscribers in Africa by securing the broadcasting rights for the FIBA
Basketball World Cup 2019 and all other leading events for the period
2017-2021.

“We are particularly excited to offer
basketball fans in the region the chance to follow their favorite teams as they
compete in the Qualifiers for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Continental
Cups 2021″.

“This agreement is consistent with
StarTimes’ mission and values to offer the best sport content, which has always
been our priority and our partnership with FIBA will clearly be a turning point
for African basketball fans.”

The FIBA Secretary General and International
Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said, “Thanks to this
partnership with StarTimes, the extent of our reach across Sub-Saharan African
is bigger than ever before and we can cater to the millions of enthusiastic
basketball fans.

“Having the very best of our national team
competitions broadcast in the region will go a long way towards growing our
sport’s popularity and participation.”

According to the release, the agreement is in
effect for the following countries and territories: Angola, Benin, Botswana,
Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad,
Comoros, Congo-Brazzaville (Republic of) and Congo (Democratic Republic of
Congo).

The others are Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti,
Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia (The), Ghana, Guinea,
Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania,
Mauritius (excluding French language), Mayotte (excluding French language),
Mozambique and Namibia.

The rest are Niger, Nigeria, Reunion
(excluding French language), Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal,
Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia (including Somaliland), Socotra, South
Africa, South Sudan, St. Helena and Ascension, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania
(United Republic of), Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The agreement covers the following events:
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and its Qualifiers; FIBA Continental Cups 2021
and their Qualifiers; FIBA AfroBasket 2017; FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017; FIBA
Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018; FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men
and Women (2020); all remaining 2017 FIBA Continental Cups (FIBA AmeriCup, FIBA
Asia Cup and FIBA EuroBasket.

The rest are FIBA Women’s AmeriCup, FIBA
Women’s Asia Cup); all 2019 and 2021 editions of FIBA Women’s Continental Cups
(FIBA Women’s AfroBasket, FIBA Women’s EuroBasket, FIBA Women’s AmeriCup, FIBA
Women’s Asia Cup); FIBA U19 Basketball World Cups for Men and Women (2019 and
2021), FIBA U17 Basketball World Cups for Men and Women (2018 and 2020).

The agreement was brokered by FIBA Media, the
strategic partnership between FIBA and Perform, which continues to secure
multi-year agreements related to FIBA’s new calendar of events.

GNA

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