- National Teams
The BBL has moved to three central venues hosting the playoffs across two weeks, with all games being broadcast by Sky Sports on their YouTube channel.
Being called ‘May Madness’ by the league, the Vertu Motors Arena in Newcastle, University of Worcester Arena, and the Morningside Arena in Leicester being the three venues hosting games, with the change in format being due to COVID-19 protocols.
With fans unable to return to indoor sporting events and the regular season stretched due to rearranged fixtures, condensing not only the timetable but also the venues was determined to be necessary.
“The 2020/21 season has been challenging but ultimately rewarding as all teams have stepped up to meet these challenges and play one of the most exciting and unpredictable seasons we’ve seen,” Andy Webb, COO of BBL, said.
“Basketball fans will be treated to a fantastic end to the season and we’re delighted to bring all the games to them with Sky Sports.”
The series tips off on Saturday 1 May at the Vertu Motors Arena with the WBBL quarter-finals and Round 1 of the BBL quarter-finals before moving to University of Worcester Arena for Round 2 of the BBL quarter-finals and the WBBL semi-finals.
The Morningside Arena will host the BBL semi-finals and the WBBL and BBL finals on Sunday 16 May – all three of which will be aired live on Sky Sports. The finals were originally scheduled to happen at the O2 Arena in London.