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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.

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