NBA makes a play for Africa

Let’s open with international news. The NBA and Econet struck a multiyear partnership to provide the most expansive NBA coverage ever across sub-Saharan Africa, marking the largest ever for the league on the continent. The deal includes NBA content across Econet Media’s TV, Internet and mobile assets, including the Kwese viewing platforms and its sports offering, Kwese Sports, beginning within the 2016-17 NBA season. Over 500 games will be offered from the regular and postseasons with Econet Media distributing NBA content in English-, French- and Portuguese-speaking countries.

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