The NBL has pushed its season start back two months to the start of December, setting up a clash between its the final two months of its season and the first two months of the NRL and AFL seasons.
NBL owner Larry Kestelman unveiled the new season start date – December 3 – on Friday. The regular season will conclude in mid to late April, with play-offs to follow.
Part of the reason for the delay in the new season starting is to allow fans to return in full force.
“We believe this gives us the best chance to be able to accommodate as many fans as possible into venues and gives some certainty for our clubs, players, sponsors, venues and fans as they plan for next season,” Kestelman said.