Banner image

BBL statement: 2019/20 season ended

The British Basketball League has today released the following statement confirming the termination of the 2019/20 season.

The British Basketball League (BBL) announced today that the remainder of the current 2019/20 season will be cancelled following the continued impact of coronavirus.

The move came after the member clubs unanimously agreed that there was no viable option to allow for the season to be completed in a safe and meaningful manner after the season was originally postponed on March 17th.

The League has been working alongside the basketball national governing bodies (NGBs) of Basketball England, Basketball Scotland and the British Basketball Federation, as well as following advice from FIBA (International Basketball Federation) and the UK Government to explore all available options to resume play.

Following the cancellation of the season, and based on multiple teams mathematically capable of winning, the independent directors of the BBL Management Board have agreed that there will be no winner of the 2019/20 BBL championship title.

Looking ahead, the British Basketball League has also announced plans for the 2020/21 season, which will see teams face each other three times in league play, whilst the Cup and Trophy competition formats remain as they were in 2019/20.

The BBL are keeping open in regards to the exact start date for the 2020/21 season, pending further Government advice, but are aiming to begin the season in autumn.

Speaking on the uncertainty, BBL Chief Operating Officer Andy Webb said, “We will only set our launch date once we have information from the Government that it is safe to do so.

“Clearly playing to full arenas would be ideal, but there is no certainty on when that will be, so we are exploring all options in close consultation with our Clubs.

“The safety of players, coaches, club staff and fans is paramount and we will be adhering to all guidelines to allow them to return safely.

“We understand that these plans can change, so we’re putting together appropriate contingency plans whilst retaining flexibility, so we can act quickly and safely when we need to.”

Bristol Flyers Season Card holders and individual game ticket purchasers will be contacted in due course regarding the cancelled fixtures.

Latest News

Bristol Flyers home conditioning with the PT Academy

Bristol Flyers home conditioning with the PT Academy

Posted: Friday, June 19th 2020

Branded face coverings available to pre-order

Branded face coverings available to pre-order

Posted: Wednesday, June 17th 2020

BBL to adopt Molten BG4500 as new official game ball

BBL to adopt Molten BG4500 as new official game ball

Posted: Friday, June 12th 2020

BBL statement: 2019/20 season ended

BBL statement: 2019/20 season ended

Posted: Monday, June 1st 2020

Also from Bristol Sport

Lee Johnson relieved of head coach role
Football icon

Lee Johnson relieved of head coach role

Lee Johnson was this evening relieved of his role as Bristol City Head Coach.

Posted: Saturday, July 4th 2020 • Football

Report: Bristol City 0-1 Cardiff City
Football icon

Report: Bristol City 0-1 Cardiff City

Danny Ward’s late second-half goal was enough to secure Cardiff City the Severnside derby win at Ashton Gate and deal a blow to City’s top-six hopes.

Posted: Saturday, July 4th 2020 • Football

Win up to £1000 with the 50/50 Matchday Draw
Football icon

Win up to £1000 with the 50/50 Matchday Draw

Support the Robins Foundation and be in with a chance of winning up to £1000 with City's 50/50 Matchday Draw.

Posted: Saturday, July 4th 2020 • Football

Moore to star on Robins TV
Football icon

Moore to star on Robins TV

City defender Taylor Moore will be City’s special guest this afternoon, when he will offer his insight as a pundit on today's exclusive Robins TV Live matchday show (July 4th).

Posted: Saturday, July 4th 2020 • Football

Preview: Cardiff City (H)
Football icon

Preview: Cardiff City (H)

The Severnside derby involving Bristol City and Cardiff City might stretch back over 100 years but Saturday’s encounter is the first to be played behind closed doors.

Posted: Friday, July 3rd 2020 • Football