The new National Basketball League season tips-off on October 3 with an all-Melbourne affair featuring new team South East Melbourne Phoenix.
Following a record-breaking season in 2018/19 and the current success of the Australian Boomers at the FIBA World Cup, anticipation is high ahead of the new NBL campaign.
12 venues around Australia and New Zealand will host NBL games this season, with Melbourne Arena hosting the most fixtures, with 26. The Illawarra Hawks will again take a game to Canberra, playing the Brisbane Bullets at AIS Arena in round 5. There are still two games where the venue has yet to be decided (one Illawarra Hawks and one NZ Breakers home game), so the number of venues may increase.
Two clubs will have new home venues this upcoming season. The Adelaide 36ers will play at the centrally-located and larger Adelaide Entertainment Centre, moving from Titanium Security Arena. While the Brisbane Bullets will play all their home fixtures at the new Queensland State Netball Centre, moving from the Brisbane Convention Centre.
Melbourne United are considered front-runners on betting sites Australia, followed by Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.
New expansion franchise South East Melbourne Phoenix will play the majority of their home games at Melbourne Arena, sharing with Melbourne United, while they’ll also play two home games at their training base – the 3,200-capacity State Basketball Centre in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
An open-air game between Melbourne and Cairns at Melbourne Arena on Boxing Day, while the Australian Open game will be played on January 29 between Melbourne and Perth. Other highlights include two games on Australia Day including Sydney v Melbourne at Qudos Bank Arena, a Melbourne Cup Eve blockbuster between Melbourne United and the Sydney Kings, and two games on New Year’s Eve and a game on New Year’s Day featuring Adelaide and Perth at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
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Meanwhile, more games will be shown on free-to-air during NBL20, with the announcement of a new broadcast rights deal. Games will be split between ESPN (including Kayo Sports) and SBS VICELAND (and SBS On Demand).
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