Sky Sport and Māori Television join forces to deliver FIBA Basketball World Cup to New Zealanders

Sky Sport and Māori Television will work together to bring the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 to Kiwis and ensure more coverage of the tournament is broadcast LIVE in New Zealand to Kiwi basketball fans.

The new agreement is in addition to the existing Māori Television coverage which will see LIVE free-to-air coverage of all Tall Blacks matches before the quarter finals, the quarter finals, both semi-finals, the third and fourth playoff match and the final broadcast on Māori Television.

The additional 18 LIVE matches from the tournament will now be broadcast on Sky Sport, these will include the following matches.

Match Date Time Channel
Opening Ceremony August 31 12.00am Sky Sport 8
Poland v Venezuela August 31 8.00pm Sky Sport 3
Canada v Australia September 1 7.30pm Sky Sport 9
Tall Blacks v Brazil September 1 8.00pm Māori TV
Czech Republic v USA September 2 Delayed 12.30am Sky Sport 8
Tunisia v Iran September 2 8.30pm Sky Sport 9
China v Poland September 3 12.00am Sky Sport 8
South Korea v Russia September 3 12.30am Sky Sport 9
Australia v Senegal September 3 7.30pm Sky Sport 8
Tall Blacks v Montenegro September 3 8:00pm Maori TV
Brazil v Greece September 4 12.00am Sky Sport 8
USA v Turkey September 4 12.30am Sky Sport 9
Angola v Philippines September 4 7.30pm Sky Sport 9
Italy v Serbia September 4 11.30pm Sky Sport 8
Russia v Argentina September 5 12.30am Sky Sport 9
Brazil v Montenegro September 5 8.00pm Sky Sport 5
Lithuania v Australia September 5 11.30pm Sky Sport 8
Greece v Tall Blacks September 6 12.00am Māori TV
USA v Japan September 6 12.30am Sky Sport 3
2nd Rd. Teams TBC September 7 12.30am Sky Sport 9
2nd Rd. Teams TBC September 8 8.00pm Sky Sport 8
2nd Rd. Teams TBC September 9 8.00pm Sky Sport 9
Quarter Final 1 September 10 11.00pm Māori TV
Quarter Final 2 September 11 1.00am Māori TV
Quarter Final 3 September 11 11.00pm Māori TV
Quarter Final 4 September 12 1.00am Māori TV
Semi Final 1 September 13 8.00pm Māori TV
Semi Final 2 September 14 12.00am Māori TV
3rd Place September 15 8.00pm Māori TV
Final September 16 12.00am Māori TV


Sky Director of Sport, Tex Teixeira says this is a slam dunk for basketball fans.

“We are very happy and thankful to reach this agreement with Māori Television. It’s going to be a great event, and we’re all hoping to see the Tall Blacks go deep into the tournament, good luck team!”

Māori Television’s Pou Waihanga Kaupapa (Head of Content Creation), Callie Schaumkel welcomed the collaboration with Sky Sport.

“We are thrilled to be working with Sky Sport to deliver the 2019 FIBA World Cup to as many Kiwis as possible,” Ms Schaumkel says.

The opening match of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, Poland v Venezuela, will be broadcast LIVE on Sky Sport 3, 8.00pm Saturday August 31st.

All Tall Blacks matches at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will be broadcast LIVE on Māori Television (Sky channel 19). The Tall Blacks opening match is against Brazil on Sunday September 1st at 8.00pm.

Due to the nature of live sport, these listings are subject to change without notification. Please check your electronic programme guide (epg) for the latest channel listings.