Prime Video announced on Wednesday an exclusive media rights deal with Overtime Elite. The global multiyear deal includes livestreams of 20 youth basketball games per season for the next three seasons.
The rollout begins Nov. 4 and will make Prime Video OTE’s first global media rights partner. Prime Video will have broadcast rights and will also exclusively stream a season-long unscripted series set to arrive in mid-2023.
“This collaboration with Prime Video is an exciting move for Overtime Elite, affording us the opportunity to reach even more sports fans,” said Overtime co-founder and CEO Dan Porter in a statement. “Prime Video has separated themselves as the premier live-sports streaming service, and we are thrilled to showcase Overtime Elite and our fan-first approach in front of Amazon’s global audience.”
The 20 OTE games will air live on Prime Video Friday and Saturday evenings and will be broadcast from OTE Arena in Atlanta. The larger on-air broadcast team will include AMP, a sports- and gaming-focused social media group boasting over 2 million followers across platforms.
“Like Overtime, we hold a mutual commitment to serving the next generation of sports fans, and we are proud to join Overtime on their journey as the league continues to see tremendous growth,” said Amazon’s vice president of global sports video Marie Donoghue.
OTE is a six-team basketball league featuring players ages 16–20 from around the globe, pitched as an alternative path to the NBA for promising young talent. The teams are the YNG Dreamerz, Cold Hearts, City Reapers, Bruins, Falcons and Rams. Participating players receive training and resources to potentially prepare them for college and professional basketball.
In just over a year, OTE has become a closely-observed experiment in professional sports, with the first season attracting promising young talent and offering itself up as a potential disrupter to the NCAA system. In terms of appealing to younger, more online fans, Overtime’s general account has 19 million followers while the Overtime Elite account surpassed 1 million followers in May.
Every OTE player is paid at least $100,000 per year, plus bonuses and shares of equity in Overtime. Players also earn revenue from the use of their name, image and likeness, including through sales of custom jerseys, trading cards, video games and NFTs. Starting this season, players can choose between a scholarship or salary option.
Watch a trailer for the partnership in the video above.
Schedule* of 2022-23 OTE Games on Prime Video
*Subject to change
Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 Falcons @ City Reapers
Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 Rams @ City Reapers
Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 YNG Dreamerz @ City Reapers
Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 YNG Dreamerz @ Cold Hearts
Friday, Dec. 9, 2022 City Reapers @ Cold Hearts
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022 Bruins @ City Reapers
Friday, Dec. 16, 2022 Bruins @ City Reapers
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022 Falcons @ City Reapers
Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 City Reapers @ YNG Dreamerz
Friday, Jan. 13, 2023 Cold Hearts @ City Reapers
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023 Falcons @ Cold Hearts
Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 YNG Dreamerz @ City Reapers
Friday, Feb. 3, 2023 Cold Hearts @ YNG Dreamerz
Friday, Feb. 10, 2023 City Reapers @ Cold Hearts
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023 Rams @ Cold Hearts
Friday, Feb. 17, 2023 PLAYOFFS: 3 v 6 G1
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 PLAYOFFS: 3 v 6 G2
Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 SEMIS: 1 V 4 G2
Friday, March 3, 2023 FINALS: Game 1
Saturday, March 4, 2023 FINALS: Game 2