NBA 2K League Returns to Live Matchups on ESPN, Sportsnet
Dunks, crossovers, and blocks are back with the NBA returning to the hardwood – virtually. ESPN will be airing live NBA 2K League matches throughout the 2020 season on ESPN networks, starting on Tuesday, May 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET. In addition, the NBA 2K League is also coming to Sportsnet on Sportsnet One and Sportsnet NOW.
ESPN2 will air NBA 2K League matches on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET through May 19. Matches on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays will air at 7 p.m. ET on the ESPN app and ESPN.com throughout the season. ESPN telecast and streaming details for matches beginning May 26 will be announced at a later date.
NBA 2K League matches on ESPN2 will mark the first-ever linear telecast of NBA 2K League games in the U.S.
Every NBA 2K League match on ESPN’s platforms will also air live in the Caribbean, Latin America, Oceania, and Sub-Saharan Africa on ESPN2 or on one of ESPN’s digital platforms.
All 23 NBA 2K League teams will participate in regular-season game play from their local markets, with four distinct matches each night. Each match will be played in a best-of-three format, which will allow the telecast to switch between games in real-time and give fans more opportunities to experience the league’s most exciting moments. Each three-game-series victory will represent one regular-season win, and each three-game-series loss will represent one regular-season loss.
This agreement will mark the first-ever broadcast of NBA 2K League games on TV in Canada.
A joint venture between the NBA and video game publisher Take-Two Interactive, the NBA 2K League is the first official esports league operated by a North American professional sports league.