2020/21 Hungry Jack's NBL Season to Tip Off in December
The National Basketball League has been working closely with its key stakeholders including the nine Clubs and the Australian Basketball Players' Association (ABPA) as it plans for the 2020-21 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season.
NBL Owner and Executive Chairman Larry Kestelman said: "After consulting with the Clubs, ABPA, relevant government authorities and acting on the advice of the NBL’s Medical Officer, we are aiming to start the 2020-21 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season on or around December 3 and for the regular season to conclude by mid to late April 2021.
“We believe this gives us the best chance to be able to accommodate as many fans as possible into venues and gives some certainty for our Clubs, players, sponsors, venues and fans as they plan for next season.
“We are also heartened by the progress other sporting leagues have made as they have returned to play, in particular the easing of restrictions in some states to allow fans back into venues in a limited capacity. We will continue to monitor their progress and work with the relevant government authorities as we plan for our season.
“The lifeblood of the NBL is its fans and we will be doing everything possible to start our season in front of our much loved fans. This includes working closely with government authorities to ensure all the appropriate protocols are observed. We cannot take anything for granted and we all must remain vigilant over the coming weeks and months."
NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said given the later than normal start to the 2020-21 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season, the NBL and the ABPA have agreed for the free agency period to now begin on Wednesday July 15.
Loeliger said: “This will allow players more time to prepare for free agency as they consider their futures. It will also allow extra time for Clubs, including The Hawks who have transitioned to new owners over the past week and are currently finalising coaching and staffing arrangements.
“With the current uncertainty around other basketball leagues, we are confident the NBL will remain a highly attractive option for players from both Australia and New Zealand as well as around the world. The NBL is one of the best leagues in the world outside of the NBA and Australia and New Zealand will be among the safest places in the world to play.”