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Stuff to livestream NBL season

Stuff will livestream three games a week when the Sal's New Zealand NBL season tips off, as part of a news partnership with the NBL.

Fans will be able to watch a Friday, Saturday and Sunday game every week live on Stuff, while Sky and Prime TV will screen a Thursday night match every week.

NBL general manager Justin Nelson says seeing the NBL games on these platforms will increase viewership, and make the league accessible to more Kiwis as it continues to attract high quality local and international players.

"You will be hard pressed to find a basketball league across the Southern Hemisphere between April and August that is to the level of the New Zealand NBL. We are a fans-first league, we are here to put on a show and you will now get a greater opportunity to experience that with Sky, Prime and Stuff," Nelson said.

Stuff's National Sports Editor Fred Woodcock is excited to see more NBL games shown for free on New Zealand's most popular news website.

"It's great that this wider coverage will mean more sports fans can engage with the NBL. We're very proud to be streaming three matches a week and looking forward to keeping basketball fans updated in our role as the NBL's official news partner."

Sky Director of Sport Tex Teixeira said basketball was going from strength to strength around the world, and Sky and Prime were delighted to be involved with the NBL.

"We want to help grow engagement, build the profile of kiwi players, and most importantly take the NBL to the fans wherever they are consuming it."

New Zealand basketball is experiencing growth. Secondary schools participation rates have soared to number two in the country.

Last year saw more Tall Blacks home tests than ever before, and New Zealand's entrance into the FIBA Asia Zone is producing World Cup berths for age-groups and open sides. Now, there will be more Kiwi basketball on our screens thanks to the NBL.

The NBL is set to tip off on Thursday with the opening game between the Manawatu Jets and Supercity Rangers. In a first for the NBL, round two involves the entrance of an Australian team, the Tasmanian Huskies.

The draw for the new season can be found here.

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