- National Teams
NBL Division 1 will see its season reduced by seven games as the league will be split into Northern and Southern pools to reduce travel.
The move, first reported by Oaklands Wolves’ Dave Ryan, three weeks ago, has now been confirmed by Basketball England, who believe it to be “a more manageable and cost-effective approach for the 14 teams involved”, in response to the challenging logistical and financial situation presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The NBL Division 1 standings will remain calculated and displayed as one table but teams will play the majority of their games based on their pool to minimise travel, playing twice against opponents from their own pool (home and away) and once against opponents from the other pool (home or away).
Teams will now play 19 games instead of the previous 26.
The seven-team pools are as follows:
Pool A – Northern
Pool B – Southern
Thames Valley Cavaliers
“We will continue to work closely with the teams ensure the season can be played as safely and competitively as possible during what are clearly difficult times for everyone involved,” Gail Richards, BE Senior Delivery Manager for Leagues, Competitions and Events, said.
The newly drafted fixtures have been rescheduled from 28 November onwards, with all games previously postponed this season integrated into the new structure.
The season will be completed in full by 15/16 May 2021.
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