Funny Tigers back in NBL, 8 team comp starting Oct
- 8 teams (Perth, Adelaide, Townsville, Cairns, Wollongong, Gold Coast, NZ, Melbourne)
- tip off is early October
- $1m salary cap
- teams face each opponent 4 times
- 14 home, 14 away games per team
- four team finals series (1v4, 2v3, with three-game series for semis and then three-game grand final series)
- schedule released in June
- proper reform for 2010 season, including Sydney and Brisbane teams
Media release from Mark Lewis:
Today at 2.00pm AEST Basketball Australia announced that the Melbourne Tigers will be the eighth team to commit to the 2009/10 NBL season due to commence early October. The SOS consortium is very pleased that the Tigers will be part of the upcoming season. The Tigers and 36'ers have a great legacy in the NBL and it ensures we can continue our long standing rivalry both on and off court.Great news.
There will be 8 teams in the league comprising all the southern capital cities as well as Wollongong, Gold Coast, Cairns, Townsville and Auckland. This will mean a minimum of 14 home games at the Dome and along with an increased commitment from Fox Sports means there will be plenty of basketball action and coverage for fans, corporate partners and sponsors.
The SOS consortium is working feverishly with the current Team and Dome owners to secure the team name and also a lease on the dome to ensure the Sixers home games continue to be held at what we believe to be the best basketball venue in Australia. We are hopeful that the appropriate leases and transfers will be finalised over the weekend so that the work can continue towards preparing the team for the 2009/10 season.
We are indeed excited at the announcements and would like to particularly acknowledge the enormous work NBL CEO Larry Sengstock has done in the last few weeks to bring this all together which will ensure that the NBL can take it's rightful place as one of the pre-eminent sporting codes in Australia.