Sky Sports has announced a four-year deal to be the exclusive NBA broadcaster.

Coverage of the season, which tips off this week, will see more than 170 games broadcast live.

The season opens in the early hours of Wednesday morning with a double header featuring Philadelphia 76ers visiting the Boston Celtics (pictured, Getty) and the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Sky said there will also be a record number of weekend games starting at 8.30pm.

David Rey, managing director of Sky Business said: "We're partnering with a really exciting sport that has a fascinating history and an even more compelling future.

"With some of the biggest stars in world sport we know the NBA will bring drama and entertainment to our customers week after week.

"Our focus is to ensure that our customers can make their venues the home of sport and enjoy the best live sports experience, as we continue to invest in the content that matters most to their business, both now and the future.

"The NBA partnership is a great way to attract a new and broader range of customers to their premises."