Fiba, basketball’s international governing body, has signed a new broadcast deal in Brazil with media giant Walt Disney, it has been reported.
Through its major sports broadcaster in the territory, ESPN Brasil, Disney has secured exclusive linear television and streaming rights to show more than 12 Fiba competitions, according to local newspaper Lance.
The coverage will include men’s, women’s and youth tournaments.
ESPN’s live Fiba offering will begin this Friday with the Brazil national team’s 2023 World Cup qualifier against Chile.
The broadcaster has also secured rights to show the European, African and Asian qualifiers for the tournament.
It will also show Fiba’s flagship event in 2023 which will be jointly hosted for the first time in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines.
In terms of women’s competitions, ESPN will air the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 and 2025 continental championships.
Meanwhile, Fiba has announced its Intercontinental Cup will be staged in Africa for the first time with Egypt named as hosts.
The four-team tournament, equivalent to soccer's Fifa Club World Cup, will be held at the Hassan Mostafa Sports Hall in Cairo between 11 and 13 February, 2022 with two semi-finals and a final, as well as a third-place game.
Cairo-based Egyptian outfit Zamalek SC will become the first African club to compete in the Intercontinental Cup after being crowned champions of the inaugural Basketball Africa League.
Reigning Intercontinental Cup champions and Basketball Champions League 2020-21 winners Hereda San Pablo Burgos of Spain will be looking to win back-to-back titles.
The line-up will be completed by Brazil’s Flamengo, which were crowned 2020-21 Basketball Champions League Americas champions, and Lakeland Magic, the affiliate of the NBA’s Orlando Magic that won the NBA G League title last season.
The 2022 edition also marks a return to the four-team format that was reinstated in 2019.
In 2021, the Intercontinental Cup was played in a single-game final, as the federation altered the format due to the pandemic.
The final was held in Buenos Aires where Burgos defeated Argentina’s Quimsa.