NBA Agrees To An Online Distribution Deal With Rakuten
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors poses for a portrait during a photo shoot during the Golden States Warriors media day at Rakuten Performance Center on September 22, 2017 in Oakland, California. 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 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The internationalization of the NBA continues to grow as regular season games in the 2017-18 season will be available in Japan.

Late Monday night, reports broke that the NBA had struck a lucrative multiyear, online-marketing deal with Japan’s Rakuten Inc.

According to a report from USA Today‘s Sam Amick, Rakuten, one of Japan’s biggest television and online companies, will be offering the NBA’s premium live-game subscription to all of its own subscribers through the NBA’s official app or via their video-on-demand service.

Rakuten will pay the NBA a reported $225 million over the life of the deal. As a result, Japan is poised to potentially become the NBA’s biggest international audience. This isn’t the first time that Rakuten has gotten involved with the NBA, however.

Last month, ESPN’s Darren Rovell announced that the company had agreed to a three-year deal worth $20 million annually to put its logo on the jerseys of the reigning NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors.

Chris "Cruise" Milholen grew up and still lives in Bergen County, NJ. He is a huge fan of the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Yankees. Chris is currently a student at Montclair State University (Class of 2020) studying Television and Digital Media with a concentration in Sports Media and Journalism and minoring in Sociology. Chris is a sports columist for ElitesportsNY covering the Brooklyn Nets and National/International basketball news. Chris is also a sports columnist for FanSided (Nothin' But Nets) and The Montclarion Newspaper.