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Basketball Africa League announces roster of broadcast partners for expanded 2022 season tipping off tomorrow


Tickets for Sahara Conference Games and Fan Zone Experience in Dakar from March 5-15 On Sale Now at
2022 BAL Season Will Reach Fans in 215 Countries and Territories in 14 Languages Through Free-to-Air and Paid TV Broadcast Partnerships with Canal+, ESPN, NBA TV, Tencent Sports, TSN, American Forces Network and Voice of America; All 38 BAL Games Will Livestream on the NBA App, ; Season Opener Will Feature Senegal’s Dakar Université Club (DUC) Taking on Guinea’s Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club (S.L.A.C) at the Dakar Arena.
The Basketball Africa League (BAL) announced its roster of broadcast partners for the 2022 BAL season, which tipped off yesterday, Saturday, March 5 at the Dakar Arena in Dakar, Senegal, and will include stops in Cairo, Egypt and Kigali, Rwanda. The second BAL season will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 14 languages through free-to-air and paid TV broadcast partnerships with Canal+, ESPN, NBA TV, Tencent Sports, TSN, American Forces Network (AFN) and Voice of America (VOA), and livestreaming on the NBA App.
In the season opener, Senegal’s Dakar Université Club (DUC) will take on Guinea’s Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club (S.L.A.C), the event will be broadcasted on Canal+, ESPNews and TSN in the first of 38 games taking place across three cities over the next three months. The second BAL Finals will be held Saturday, May 28.
Tickets for the Sahara Conference games and BAL Fan Zone experience at the Dakar Arena from March 5-15 are on sale now at various retail points across Dakar. The first BAL Fan Zone will feature a DJ, live musical performances, concession stands, and merchandise sales, opportunities to meet NBA and basketball legends, and more.
“The BAL is back with an impressive group of world-class broadcast distribution partners for our expanded second season,” said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall. “As the competition intensifies and travels to more cities in Africa, we are excited that BAL games will reach more fans across Africa and the world on devices and platforms they use most through our partners and the official BAL website.”
Below please find complete details about the 2022 BAL season’s global broadcast distribution:
For the second consecutive year, Canal+ and ESPN will air every BAL game across Francophone and Anglophone countries and territories in sub-Saharan Africa. Canal+ will also produce and distribute original programming about the league, including an eight-episode magazine show “BAL Action” set to premiere March 5.
VOA will broadcast 31 games across its extensive radio network in Africa, including select games in English, French, Portuguese, Kinyarwanda and Wolof. New this year, VOA and the BAL will collaborate on additional programming including weekly podcasts from Dakar, Cairo and Kigali beginning March 4 that will air across VOA and BAL online platforms.
Select free-to-air channels across Africa will air BAL games throughout the season.
In the U.S., the opening game and Finals will air on ESPNews, with all the remaining games available on ESPN+.
ESPN will air the opening game and Finals in select countries in Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean and Latin America, and all BAL games will air on ESPN’s digital platforms in the same regions.
BAL games and programming will be available in Canada on TSN and in China on Tencent Sports.
AFN, which is distributed to U.S. military bases and ships at sea in 167 countries and territories, will air select games live and on delay throughout the season.
NBA TV will broadcast all 38 games live or on delay in the U.S. and around the world.
The 12 BAL teams, which represent 12 African countries and include defending BAL Champion Zamalek (Egypt), have been divided into two conferences – the Sahara Conference and the Nile Conference. Each conference will play a 15-game group phase during which each team will face the five other teams in its conference once. The Sahara Conference group phase will take place at the Dakar Arena from March 5-15, while the Nile Conference group phase will take place at Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo from April 9-19. The top four teams from each conference will qualify for the BAL Playoffs, which will feature a single-elimination tournament and Finals at Kigali Arena from May 21-28.
New Fortress Energy (NFE), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), NIKE, Jordan Brand and Wilson will return as BAL Foundational Partners. The league’s roster of world-class marketing partners also includes Flutterwave and Hennessy.

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