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2019 FIBA World Cup Reaches Over Three Billion People

October 3, 2019

The 2019 FIBA World Cup has been announced as the biggest ever after reaching more than three billion people across the world.

FIBA teamed up with over 70 broadcast partners to deliver coverage in 190 territories, resulting in a total cumulative average TV audience increase of over 80% compared to the last World Cup in 2014. The final alone had a total global reach of 160 million. In Spain, with a market share of 46% for the final, over 10 million tuned in while 6.2 million watched the full game, making it the country’s most successful basketball game ever.

This led to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 breaking records with a TV audience reach of over 3 billion and generating a further 1.5 billion video views on social media ensuring the flagship event secured more global coverage than ever before.

Chinese basketball fans were at the heart of the special atmosphere throughout the tournament, with the interest in the host nation resulting in the World Cup generating the two highest live ratings of the year on CCTV: China vs Poland with a total reach of 68 million, and China vs Korea with a total reach of 60 million. The most-watched games on Tencent were China vs Venezuela which generated 52 million live views and China vs Poland with 50 million people following live on Tencent.

FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis said: “The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 has been the World Cup of a new era and of new records. On the court, players set new standards and off the court we saw our largest ever audience reach on TV and social media. These record statistics are more than just numbers, they tell the human story of how globally-loved basketball is. They demonstrate that more fans than ever are watching and engaging in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which has evolved into a successful major sporting event.”

Read FIBA’s full release about the event here:



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