The Melbourne Derby will conclude the 2020-2021 NBL season in January before Perth takes on Sydney in a blockbuster final.
The NBL has released the first five rounds of a rolling schedule for the season. Image: AAP Image / Brendon Thorne Source: AAP
The 2020/2021 NBL season is expected to begin with five weeks of home and away time, five weeks in a Victoria hub, before playing home and away again in the run-up to the finals.
After months of uncertainty, the NBL released the first five rounds of a rolling schedule for the season.
The season ends on 10. January with the throwdown between Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix at the John Cain Arena, leading an opening round of nine games.
There will be a rematch to last year’s NBL Grand Final in the blockbuster opening round when reigning champions Perth Wildcats took off on Friday the 15th. January against the Sydney Kings at the RAC Arena.
The NBL’s most successful coach Brian Goorjian will kickstart his return to Australia when the Hawks come on Nov.. Play against the Phoenix at the John Cain Arena on January 1st.
Thirty-nine games will be played in front of fans across Australia in the first 37 days of the season.
NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said the schedule will be announced gradually during the season, and the NBL is still considering using a hub for part of the season.
Loeliger also confirmed that the New Zealand Breakers would be stationed in Melbourne until international border restrictions were relaxed.
« All teams will start the season playing in front of fans in their hometowns, with the exception of the Breakers, who are based in Melbourne and who travel to games for the first part of the season, » Loeliger said.
“We hope the Breakers can return to New Zealand as soon as border restrictions and timing allow, and play as many games as possible in front of their fans. ”
The New Zealand Breakers will be based in Melbourne to kick off the NBL season until international border restrictions are relaxed. Image: AAP Image / Martin Hunter. Source: AAP
He also announced that the John Cain Arena, formerly known as Melbourne Arena, would host the first three games of the season.
« We are currently in talks with the Victorian government but we prefer to play the first three games of the season at the John Cain Arena, » he said.
“However, we need to be flexible with the planning and make changes based on border controls and health advice. For example, games in Adelaide are currently scheduled on the basis that the border restrictions will be lifted.
“The capacities at the event locations vary depending on the location. However, the aim is to play as many games as possible in front of as many fans as possible, as the restrictions will be further relaxed in the coming months. ”
Loeliger said the league finalized its COVID-safe protocols with the clubs ahead of the pre-season games in December and January.
These games would replace the NBL Blitz, which won’t happen this year. Game start times will be confirmed while the games will be broadcast live on SBS, ESPN and SKY Sports (NZ). .
Larry Kestelman, owner and chairman of the board of NBL, was thrilled to announce the first five rounds as a season was difficult to start during the coronavirus pandemic.
« We couldn’t be more excited to announce the start of the NBL season, » said Kestelman.
« The NBL is one of Australia’s most popular sports and fans can’t wait for the season to begin.
« I would like to thank all of our clubs, players, staff, officials and corporate partners for their excellent support during a long and challenging off-season as we look forward to the 43rd. Prepare season in a row for the NBL.
“Given the challenges of 2020, this is a fantastic result to be able to play in front of fans all over Australia again.
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