ESPN Teams Up With Tencent to Offer Sports Online in China

  • Disney sports division will provide live games, commentary
  • Accord includes NBA, college basketball and X Games events

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves boxes out Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. The majority of viewing for NBA games in China happens through computers, tablets or other mobile devices.

Photographer: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN division will offer live games and Mandarin-language sports commentary online in China under a multiyear deal with Tencent Holdings Ltd., the country’s largest Internet company.

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