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Volume 10 No. 22
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Free-To-Air Rights Deal Complicates De-Merger of National Basketball League From BA

The proposed de-merger of the National Basketball League from under Basketball Australia's umbrella "has hit a major sticking point over free-to-air television rights with Network 10," according to Boti Nagy of THE ADVERTISER. The deal Ten has with BA to televise NBL games extends for a further two seasons, but it is a contract between the network and the basketball federation -- "not the soon-to-be controlling entity of the national league." It means the new NBL either needs to enter a new agreement with Ten, or "Ten has to agree to a changeover of the contract" (THE ADVERTISER, 5/20).