The Sal’s NBL Women and D-League 2020 seasons have been postponed.
“At this stage we are trying to be as fluid and adaptable as possible and we want to do all we can to keep the prospect of playing a modified competition alive, however at no stage will we risk the health of our players or the financial security of our teams,” said NBL General Manager, Justin Nelson.
Both competitions will now look at holding a National Championships later in 2020, with September or October being considered as potentially a suitable time, depending on the status of the COVID 19 pandemic.
The NBL Women’s Board has decided to adopt a change to the competition format for 2020 with acknowledgement that a home and away season is no longer possible.
Should a National Championship go ahead it is likely to be played over one week, all at one venue.
“We may even look to bring our NBL and D-League teams together, those that are available at the time, and participate in a week-long National Championship, it all depends on the environment we find ourselves in later in the year. Being adaptable is key and we will be ready to move should the situation allow it.
“Season 2020 was looking to be a landmark opportunity for our national women’s league, especially with increased coverage on Sky Sport. Right now we find ourselves in unprecedented times and we will now work together to do what we can for 2020, but our vision is definitely on ensuring 2021 and beyond continues to take women’s basketball forward in New Zealand.”
The NBL Women’s Board is urging all players, team staff and fans to continue adhering to all directives from the Government and Ministry of Health. For updates and all COVID 19 information, please go to https://covid19.govt.nz/