Basketball Ireland offer streaming season pass but not all Cork clubs sign up

Basketball Ireland offer streaming season pass but not all Cork clubs sign up

Andre Nation in action for Tradehouse Central Ballincollig against Ulster Elks last season. Picture: Larry Cummins

The national basketball leagues begin this weekend, with 25 teams signed up to a new streaming service.

For a season pass costing €50, fans will be able to watch all of their team's home matches on Joymo and any away match against a club on the Joymo platform.

In the Women's SuperLeague, Cork's Singleton SuperValu Brunell and The Address UCC Glanmire, are included, but not Fr Mathew's, who have men's and women's squads in action this season, Tradehouse Central Ballincollig or C&S Neptune.

Ballincollig are at home to Kieran Donaghy and Tralee Warriors in a highly-attractive first game in Super League level this Saturday in BCS. While the absence of supporters is hugely frustrating for the newcomers to the top flight, they'll be offering a free stream on their Facebook page.

As an indoor sport, basketball faces unique challenges this winter. Apart from elite teams, clubs currently aren't allowed to train inside at underage or local level.

While Basketball Ireland season passes are €50, individual games cost €4 and over 200 matches are set to be streamed this season.

Basketball Ireland CEO, Bernard O'Byrne, said: "We have been keen to help clubs to generate funding, particularly as they have been hit hard by the fact spectators aren't likely to be allowed into arenas for the foreseeable future due to Covid-19. 

"This streaming service will also give basketball fans an opportunity to watch their team both live and on-demand. We have linked up clubs with Joymo, who have extensive streaming experience, particularly with indoor sports."

Head of Joymo, Michael Emery, added: “We are delighted to agree this partnership with Basketball Ireland and the clubs directly. We are really looking forward to working with all of the clubs, teams, athletes and fans of this great sport. 

"At Joymo, we believe that sport should own the content they create. That the data, the sponsorship opportunities and the fan engagement strategies should be the clubs, teams and federations to understand, sell and enjoy. 

"Our job is to make your sport stronger and more financially sustainable and to help the Irish clubs connect with their fans.”

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