Originally created 01/04/01

ESPN agrees to deal with NBA



NEW YORK -- The NBA's new developmental league will have games televised by ESPN under a deal finalized Wednesday.

The eight-team National Basketball Developmental League debuts in November with a 56-game season ending in April, and more than 20 games will be shown live, mostly on ESPN2.

Some games can be webcast live on ESPN.com and NBA.com.

"This partnership with ESPN means NBDL players will be seen not only by NBA coaches and scouts, but by a global television and Internet audience, as well," NBA commissioner David Stern said.

Wednesday's contract, the length and cost of which were not disclosed, also contains multiyear extensions beginning in 2002 to the current agreements between the NBA and ESPN.

Those include NBA game coverage on ESPN Radio, which has broadcast the league's games since 1995, and NBA programming on ESPN Classic.