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NBA TV Deal Done, Will Seattle Expansion Now?

By meerna Jul11,2024
NBA TV Deal Done, Will Seattle Expansion Now?

The NBA has finalized a new multi-billion dollar television and digital rights deal, according to the Associated Press. The deal could open up the possibility of expansion and the Sonics returning to Seattle.

On Wednesday afternoon, Andrew Marchand of The Athletic reported that the NBA has finalized deals with Amazon, NBC and Seattle-based ESPN in an 11-year, $76 billion deal.

NBA owners could approve the deal as early as Tuesday at Summer League in Las Vegas, according to Marchand. TNT and TBS could still try to strike a deal, according to Marchand, but the league hopes to make an announcement by July 26.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has publicly stated that once the deal is finalized, the league will turn to expansion.

Silver said on June 6 that once the TV deal is done, “That doesn’t mean we’re going to announce that we’re ready to add teams. That means there’s going to be a committee of NBA governors that looks at it. There are clearly markets that are very interested and they’ll go through the process. But I’m really looking forward to it. I think the league — it’s not a done deal that we’re going to expand this time, but I know there’s a ton of interest there.”

“I’m actually really excited to get this process started, but first we have to wrap up the media deal stuff,” Silver added.

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell told KOMO News in late June that “I have some kind of meeting and discussion every week about bringing back the Sonics. You’ll see a lot of buzz this summer about the Sonics, for example, which we need to signal to the NBA that we want to have a team. We know it’s a good market.”

KOMO Sports Director Niko Tamurian and Senior Reporter Chris Daniels follow every development in their weekly podcast, “Inside the Arena,” which is available on Apple, Spotify, YouTube and airs on ARC Seattle every Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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