2022-23 National Basketball Association (NBA) Regular Season Features 45 Weekend Games in Primetime in Africa
“NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays Presented by NBA 2K23” Returns for 10th Consecutive Season Featuring League’s Biggest Stars.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 18, 2022/ — The 2022-23 NBA (www.NBA.com) regular season features 45 games that will air in primetime in Africa as part of “NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays presented by NBA 2K23,” marking the 10th consecutive regular season that the league has scheduled weekend games that air in primetime on the continent.
The 45 games, which start as early as 12 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CAT and feature the league’s biggest stars, including two-time Kia NBA Most Valuable Player and 2021 NBA champion Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; ties to Nigeria), four-time NBA champion and 2022 Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), 2021-22 Kia All-NBA First Team member Luka Doncić (Dallas Mavericks; Slovenia), five-time NBA All-Star Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon), four-time NBA champion and Finals MVP LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers), and reigning back-to-back Kia NBA MVP Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets; Serbia).
“The growing impact of African players in the NBA is evident every time you turn on a game,” said NBA Africa Senior Director, Global Media Partnerships Kornelia Semmelink. “As our footprint on the continent continues to grow, the NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays presented by NBA 2K23 initiative is one of many ways we’re providing localized content to our passionate fans in Africa at a time that is convenient for them on the devices and platforms they use most.”
In addition to “NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays presented by NBA 2K23,” games that will air in primetime in Africa this season will include The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022 (https://on.nba.com/3A7cf4O) (Oct. 6 and 8 during the preseason), one game on the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S. (Nov. 25), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16), The NBA Paris Game 2023 (https://on.nba.com/3dECsQC) (Jan. 19) and the final day of the regular season (April 9). In total, NBA games and programming reach fans in all 54 African countries through the league’s broadcast partners and NBA League Pass (https://on.nba.com/3ppGmQj), which features a season-long subscription package.
During the 2021-22 season (regular season and Playoffs), a record 56 games aired in primetime in Africa. Opening-night rosters for the 2021-22 NBA season featured 14 players from Africa and more than 30 players with at least one parent from Africa.
The NBA yesterday released the complete game schedule for the 2022-23 regular season, which tips off on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, and concludes on Sunday, April 9, 2023. The complete regular-season schedule and team-by-team schedules are available at NBA.com here (https://on.nba.com/3QtJGpg).
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