Festive Feast of Live Sport on ESPN

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waves to fans before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on December 11, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and sports fans across Africa are in for a festive feast with the best American sports set to broadcast live across the continent on ESPN (DStv 218, Starsat 248) and ESPN2 (DStv 219, Starsat 249) on Christmas Day, with additional treats in store for Boxing Day.

After the family festivities ends and bellies are full on 25 December, NBA basketball kicks off with a live game between the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers at 19:00 (CAT) followed by the Dallas Mavericks vs the Los Angeles Lakers at 21:30. The action from the world’s top basketball league continues when the Boston Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks at midnight. These basketball games will air on ESPN.

Amad Diallo of Sunderland during the Sky Bet Championship between Huddersfield Town and Sunderland at John Smith’s Stadium on November 2, 2022 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Over on ESPN2, American Football fans can enjoy watching the Miami Dolphins go head to head against the  Green Bay Packers at 20:00 with the Los Angeles Rams taking on the Denver Broncos at 23:30. Night owls can catch the Arizona Cardinals vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 03:30 (on 26 December).

Club Football makes its return after the completion of the World Cup on Boxing Day. In the English Championship, Sunderland will play against Blackburn Rovers at 14:30 followed by Cardiff City vs Queens Park Rangers at 19:15, with live broadcasts of these matches on ESPN. Club Brugge will face OH Leuven and Sporting Charleroi Royal Sporting Club (RSC) will take on Anderlecht in Belgian Pro League matches that will air live on ESPN2 at 14:30 and on ESPN at 21:45 respectively.

Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center on December 09, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

“From reliving the greatest moments in sports history to watching those moments being made, ESPN’s compelling content will be a superb addition to Christmas and Boxing day,” said Kyle De Klerk, The Walt Disney Company Africa, Director: Sports. “The basketball, American football and soccer that is lined up will provide hours of fantastic sporting entertainment for the whole family,” he concluded.

Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on December 6, 2022 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Additional to the live sports programming, viewers will also be able to catch up on films, series, news, talk shows and highlights from ESPN’s iconic sports portfolio and studio programming throughout the festive season.

For updates regarding ESPN Africa Boxing and other sports, fans can connect to @ESPNAfrica on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit https://www.espn.com/

How to tune in to ESPN:

ESPN: DStv 218, Starsat 248 

ESPN2: DStv 219, Starsat 249

  • All times are stated in CAT / SAST.
  • Schedule subject to change

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