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Press Release






Sky Sport is proud to announce that it will be teaming up with the NZ Breakers as the team’s official naming sponsor. The New Zealand NBL franchise will now be known as the Sky Sport Breakers.

The new partnership covers the name of the Sky Sport Breakers, logos on the team kit, naming rights for the Sky Sport Breakers training facility in Auckland, and a number of special opportunities for Sky customers and basketball fans. The new uniforms and additional details of the partnership will be revealed in the coming months.

In further significant basketball news, Sky Sport has also signed a substantial extension deal with the NBL to continue broadcasting all NBL matches from the 2019/20 season. From October, Sky Sport will broadcast 126 regular season NBL games plus the NBL finals.

With this new broadcast deal, Sky has strongly committed to growing coverage of the Sky Sport Breakers and NBL in New Zealand with 14 home or away games from the 2019/20 season being broadcast LIVE and free-to-air on Prime. Prime will also broadcast any Sky Sport Breakers play-off and finals games LIVE from the 2019/20 season. Further details will be released in due course.

Sky Chief Executive Martin Stewart says: “We’re extremely proud to stand with the Sky Sport Breakers as the naming sponsor, and look forward to working together to bring great experiences to basketball fans. We’re delighted to be deepening our support for basketball in New Zealand as it continues to grow in popularity and participation. Our partnership with the Sky Sport Breakers and broadcast extension with the NBL will further enhance our basketball offering and bring fans even closer to the action. We look forward to offering an exciting array of coverage when the season starts in October.”

Sky Sport first broadcast the NBL competition in 2003, and has screened every Breakers match live, home and away, since the 2015/16 season, along with producing all of the home matches since 2010.  

“We are very excited about entering this new partnership with Sky Sport,” said Breakers Chief Operating Officer Lisa Edser. “It is huge for us to have them sign on as our naming sponsor, and their significant support will take us to a new level with the NBL this season and beyond.”

“It has been a busy few weeks for the club with the signing of RJ Hampton creating global headlines last week, and now with Sky Sport confirmed as our major partner, we are really looking forward to what we can achieve together as the Sky Sport Breakers”.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said: “This is one of the most significant agreements the Hungry Jack’s NBL has struck over the past four years. It’s also a huge win for all fans of the game in New Zealand and a tremendous endorsement of the growth and strength of the NBL and the direction of the Breakers.

“The NBL has enjoyed record attendances and broadcast audiences in recent seasons and is now rightly considered one of the best leagues in the world outside of the NBA, providing a first class entertainment product but also a destination for top players.”

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