Basketball Ireland and TG4 have agreed a three-game deal for the FIBA EuroBasket games in 2022, which will see both the men’s and women’s senior sides shown live on the free-to-air station.

The first game takes place on June 30th, when the Irish senior men take on Austria in Salzburg, followed three days later by their home contest against Switzerland, on July 3rd.

Ireland remain firmly in contention in Group A, where they are currently third, just a point behind joint-leaders Switzerland and Austria.

The group winners and the two best second-placed finishers from three groups will advance to round 2 of the Pre-Qualifiers, which begin in August, with another two-game matchday window in November.

Ireland’s senior women return to action on November 27th, at home against the Netherlands in their FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers, which will also be live on TG4.

“This agreement reinforces TG4’s commitment to top-class Irish international and domestic basketball,” said Basketball Ireland CEO, John Feehan.

“They already provide excellent coverage of our National Cup and showcased our return to FIBA EuroBasket last year. This announcement for our 2022 internationals is another sign of the appetite for basketball in this country.”

“TG4 is excited to be broadcasting the Irish senior international basketball teams, as they compete against Europe’s best in FIBA EuroBasket,” added Rónán Ó Coisdealbha, TG4 Head of Sport.

“Both the men’s and women’s teams have put in hugely impressive performances since returning 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 agreement means that more top-class basketball will be aired for Irish audiences in 2022.”

Austria versus Ireland on June 30th tips off at 7.20pm, with live coverage on TG4 starting at 7.05 pm. Three days later Ireland host Switzerland at the National Basketball Arena, live coverage starts at 5 pm, with the game tipping off at 5.15 pm. TG4’s Cispheil Beo will be presented by Galway sports broadcaster Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh, who will be joined by a team of expert basketball analysts. The series will be produced by Fogarty Fenwick Services.

It has been a busy week for the sport in broadcast terms with Scandinavian streamer Joymo at the Arena earlier in the week to build up to their debut streaming every domestic league game from the start of the new season in September.



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