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2016/17 NBL season schedule released

The National Basketball League (NBL) 2016-17 season schedule announced today will feature more games across Friday to Sunday with the addition of 'Monday Night Live' to cater to fans. The schedule, which continues with the 19 round format from last year, will see the focus shift from a five day a week game fixture running from Wednesday to Sunday to being focussed on Friday – Sunday games supported by some Thursday and Monday nights. 17 rounds will feature a Thursday night game while 10 rounds will see a new Monday night game to round out the weekend. NBL Executive Director Larry Kestelman said the changes were made to cater to fans and assist in making game attendance more accessible, as well improving the viewing experience at home, with every game televised live on FOX SPORTS. “We know that it is not easy for people to get to mid week games after work or for families with young children. We have listened to the feedback and want to not only provide greater access to those wishing to attend but also ensure fans can watch the games on TV.” “We are delighted to have FOX SPORTS as our broadcast partner for the next few years.  We have made no secret of our vision to become the number 1 sports entertainment product in Australia and we believe that the changes we will be making for this season will take us another step forward towards that goal and we are excited to have FOX SPORTS coming on that journey with us.” “We will be introducing several exciting new initiatives across our digital platforms as well this season. We have seen over the past few weeks with the NBA being in Australia for Basketball Without Borders along with the NBA finals that the appetite for basketball content is continuing to grow here. We made a good start last season with our live streaming of games on the NBL App and we are looking at now taking our digital capabilities to the next level to further increase our fan engagement,” Kestelman said. Key highlights of the schedule include:
  • First game of the season will see the Brisbane Bullets host the 2015-16 Champions, Perth Wildcats at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall (Regular season home venue is Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre) on October 6.
  • Friday October 7, Round 1 - NZ Breakers will host Melbourne United with former Breakers players, Tai Wesley and Cedric Jackson heading back across the Tasman to face up to their old side.
  • Saturday October 8, Round 1 – Sydney Kings will host the Brisbane Bullets at their new home venue, Qudos Bank Arena under new Coach Andrew Gaze.
  • Round 2 will see the Grand Final re-match between Perth Wildcats and New Zealand Breakers in Perth on Friday October 14 while the Sydney Kings will face up to NSW rivals and Kevin Lisch’s old side, Illawarra in Wollongong on October 13 before a re-match on Sydney’s territory on October 24.
  • In round 6 Head Coach Andrew Gaze will coach his first game back home in Melbourne on Saturday November 12 against Melbourne United while Brisbane and Cairns will go head to head in a Queensland clash on Sunday November 13 (in Cairns).
  • Christmas / holiday season highlight games include:
    • Boxing Day: Melbourne United vs Brisbane Bullets (Melbourne)
    • New Year’s Eve: Brisbane Bullets vs Cairns Taipans (Brisbane)
    • New Year’s Eve: Illawarra Hawks v Perth Wildcats (Wollongong)
    • New Year’s Day: Melbourne United vs Adelaide 36ers (Melbourne)
For the full printable NBL 2016/17 season schedule To download your team's schedule into your calendar visit our e-cal schedules.        
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