Basketball Ireland has revealed that TG4 will broadcast live coverage of the upcoming FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023 Qualifier against the Czech Republic on November 14 and the men’s FIBA EuroBasket 2025 Pre-Qualifiers First Round game with Austria on November 28.
It’s the first time since 2009 that Ireland will be competing in the top tier of European basketball and their first FIBA EuroBasket qualifier since 2003.
Both games will tip off at 5pm at the National Basketball Arena, with TG4’s coverage starting at 4.50pm. Cispheil Beo will be presented by Galway sports broadcaster Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh, who will be joined by a team of expert analysts.
Speaking at the announcement, Ireland senior men’s head coach, Mark Keenan, said: “It’s going to be great occasion having FIBA EuroBasket games at the National Basketball Arena and live on TG4 too. It will hopefully drum up extra awareness of basketball, that we’re at a higher international level and that will help drive the sport on.”
Ireland senior women’s head coach, James Weldon, also welcomed the news: “This is brilliant for our sport to have our home game in November live on TG4.
“It’s a major boost to the squad too, who have been working so hard to be in the best possible shape for the start our FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023 qualifying campaign. We want our girls to inspire the next generation and being on live TV will help achieve that.”
Basketball Ireland chairman, Paul McDevitt, said: “We’re really excited to partner up with TG4 once more, who have demonstrated their commitment to basketball over a long period of time with their excellent live coverage of the National Cup. To have our international sides on terrestrial TV will give everyone a chance to watch our wonderful international sides.”
, who performed brilliantly during the summer, winning the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries and reaching the final of the FIBA Women’s European Championship for Small Countries.”
TG4’s Head of Sport, Rónán Ó Coisdealbha added: “TG4 has broadcast the National Cup finals from the National Basketball Arena for many years now, and we’re delighted to take this next step with Basketball Ireland and to have the opportunity to showcase our national teams as they start on their FIBA EuroBasket journeys. TG4 is delighted to make more basketball games available to the public on free-to-air television.”