UK fans miss out on NBA opening night amid second TV blackout in as many years

A blistering night of NBA action did not feature on UK television.

LeBron James led reigning champions Miami Heat to a 107-95 win over the Chicago Bulls, the LA Lakers came out victorious against rivals the LA Clippers, and the Indiana Pacers beat Orlando Magic.

Not that over in the UK you would likely have seen the opening night triple header, after television companies failed to do a deal to screen the NBA on television.

It is a repeat of one year ago when the season tipped off and fans in the UK could not watch, after ESPN UK decided not to renew the rights.

SkySports picked them up one month in and screened the season through to the conclusion of the play-offs, but as yet have not agreed a renewal deal.

Presenter Kevin Cadle even tweeted last week:

The good news is that 'do not know' is not the same as 'they won't be renewing', offering perhaps a slight glimmer of hope a deal could be reached early on into the season as it was last year.

The possibility remains that BT Sport could make a move for the rights although the channel has so far given no indication it is willing to.

The alternative for fans in the UK is to purchase the official NBA League Pass via their website, but a yearly subscription costs £142.50.

Here's to hoping for a swift solution for the NBA to return to our screens as soon as possible.

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