The National Basketball League has announced the draw for the 2016 season, with seven teams contesting a full three round competition. The season officially starts with the Wellington Saints hosting Supercity Rangers on Thursday 10 March, followed by 12 weeks of regular season games before teams fight it out at the Final Four series on Queens’ Birthday weekend in June.
As the only team based north of Hawke’s Bay, the Supercity Rangers will utilise two new ‘home’ venues around the Upper North Island, Te Awamutu and Whangarei, providing increased exposure for elite basketball in that area of the country.
With each franchise hosting nine home games, the TAB have also teamed up to introduce live betting on Thursday night fixtures which will be live streamed. This is the first step towards the live streaming of the full NBL season in future years.
NBL Chairman Sam Rossiter-Stead is delighted to have the TAB on board in what promises to be another exciting year of domestic basketball. “The TAB is a huge supporter of basketball in New Zealand and we are delighted to be working with them once again in 2016. Live betting on Thursday night games will add an extra dimension to the NBL, which continues to feature increased playing standards each year. With many high quality rosters already taking shape for next season it’s impossible to pick winners with any certainty, but I’m sure many people will enjoy taking a punt with the TAB throughout the season.”
Simon Thomas – Head of Sports Betting comments “Basketball is our most popular live betting sport, and we are excited at the prospect of being able to offer more live betting on the New Zealand domestic NBL competition. While we have offered odds on the NBL for many years, the opportunities to offer live betting have been limited. Games played in the early evening in New Zealand will complement our coverage of the NBA perfectly and we expect live NBL to be a great success”.
The link for the live streaming will be found on the NBL page of www.basketball.org.nz and the draw can be viewed here.