The National Basketball Association recently announced a multiyear partnership with Twitch, in which the social video service will exclusively stream select Jr. NBA Global Championship 2019 games. Beginning August 6, 2019 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, United States, Twitch will live stream up to 76 games during the weeklong youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world.
Twitch will provide live streams of select games from both the boys and girls divisions to a worldwide audience, beginning with round-robin play from August 6-7, 2019 and continuing with the single-elimination competition on August 9-11, 2019. The schedule consists of 42 pool play games, 12 quarterfinal games, seven semifinal games, the international girls championship game and select Positive Finish consolation games.
All games will be co-streamed. Fans will have a chance to connect with their community by offering their own commentary.
“We look forward to working with Twitch to provide fans of youth basketball with an innovative viewing experience during the Jr. NBA Global Championship,” NBA global media distribution and business affairs senior vice president David Denenberg said. “Through this partnership, Twitch will spotlight more than 300 of the top youth players from around the world to a young and engaged global audience.”
All Jr. NBA Global Championship games will be available live on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/nba. Following each live broadcast, games will also be available to view on-demand, giving fans the opportunity to watch the events when it is convenient for them around the world.
Twitch will work closely with the league to incorporate innovative elements, such as interactive custom overlays. This will provide new fan engagement opportunities that further enhance the live game viewing experience.
The deal is part of the continued relationship between Twitch and NBA-affiliated leagues and partners. Over the past two years, Twitch has streamed NBA G League and NBA 2K League games, and this month was named the exclusive streaming partner of USA Basketball.
“Twitch is the home of multiplayer entertainment and we’re excited to showcase these exciting games in a place where fans can cheer for the players live,” Twitch senior vice president of content Michael Aragon said. “Our partnership with the NBA was one of our first outside gaming so we know the passion of communities around the NBA well. The Jr. NBA Global Championship games are going to be amazing.”
Meanwhile, here is a clip from Jr. NBA Global Championship 2019: