Basketball Ireland and TG4 agree international basketball deal in 2022

BASLETBALL IRELAND and TG4 have agreed a three-game deal for FIBA ​​EuroBasket matches in 2022, which will see the senior men’s and women’s teams broadcast live on the station. The first game takes place on June 30ewhen the Irish seniors face Austria in Salzburg, followed three days later by their home game against Switzerland on July 3rd.

Ireland remain firmly in contention in Group A, they are third, just one point behind Switzerland and Austria, co-leaders. The group winners and the two best runners-up from three groups will advance to the second round of pre-qualifying, which begins in August, with another two-match window in November.

Ireland’s senior women return to play on November 27eat home to the Netherlands in their FIBA ​​Women’s EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers, which will also be broadcast live on TG4.

Basketball Ireland CEO John Feehan said: “This agreement reinforces TG4’s commitment to top-level Irish international and domestic basketball. They already provide excellent coverage of our InsureMyHouse.ie National Cup and featured our return to FIBA ​​EuroBasket last year. This announcement for our 2022 internationals is another sign of the appetite for basketball in this country.

Rónán Ó Coisdealbha, Head of Sports at TG4, added: “TG4 is delighted to be broadcasting Ireland’s senior international basketball teams, as they take on Europe’s top teams at FIBA ​​EuroBasket. Both the men’s and women’s teams have put in extremely impressive performances since their return to EuroBasket level, and our viewers have enjoyed watching and supporting them. TG4 is delighted to make even more of these games available to the public on free-to-air television and this deal means more top-flight basketball will be shown for Irish audiences in 2022.”

Ireland senior men’s head coach Mark Keenan said: “This is great news for our sport, the guys are extremely excited about the upcoming matches against Austria and Switzerland in a few weeks. It’s wonderful to see both games broadcast live on TG4, the station has been a big supporter of Irish basketball. We’re looking to give our fans something to look forward to in the next two matches as we aim to reach the next stage of FIBA ​​EuroBasket qualification.

Ireland Women’s Senior Head Coach James Weldon added: “It’s great news that TG4 will be covering our home game against the Netherlands again in November. It gives the wider basketball community and beyond a chance to see our players in action at the highest level of European basketball.

Austria v Ireland on June 30e advice at 7:20 p.m., with live coverage on TG4 from 7:05 p.m. Three days later, Ireland host Switzerland at the National Basketball Arena, live coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. and the game begins at 5:15 p.m. Cispheil Beo from TG4 will be presented by Galway sports broadcaster Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh, who will be joined by a team of expert basketball analysts. The series is produced by Fogarty Fenwick Services.

FIBA EuroBasket 2025 Pre-Qualifiers

Thursday June 30e

Austria versus Ireland, Alpenstrasse Sports Hall, Salzburg, 1920, LIVE ON TG4 from 1905

Sunday July 3rd

Ireland v Switzerland, National Basketball Arena, Dublin, 1715, LIVE ON TG4 from 1700

June 15, 2022; TG4 presenter Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh with Irish internationals, h. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile ***NO REPRODUCTION FEES***

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