Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has disclosed that registration for this year’s men’s national league will end on June 17, while that for the women will close less than a week later, June 22, megasportsarena.com reports.
The NBBF stated as much while informing all teams in divisions one and two of both leagues that registration of players has already commenced for the 2019 Nigerian basketball season.
All the registrations were set in motion last Saturday by the NBBF, which called on the competing clubs to step forward and finalise all formalities for the Total National Division 1 and 2 men’s leagues as well as for the Zenith Women’s Basketball League.
Registration for Total National Division 1 league will end on the 17th of June, while that for Total National Division 2 and Zenith leagues will end on the 28th of June, ahead of the new season.
The NBBF statement added: “With 74 teams to participate in Division 2, state preliminaries will be played between June 21st and July 27th 2019.
“The Zonal playoffs will be held between August 4th and 25th of before going on a break for FIBA Men’s World Cup and Afrobasket for Women.
“The Conference playoffs will take place from October 18th to 27th before the National Finals coming up from November 11th to 18th after which 4 teams will be promoted to Division 1.
“The 12 teams in the Total National Division 1 will have their players’ registration through affiliated State Basketball Associations ahead of the conference playoffs starting from July 2nd to 18th.
“The National finals (Top 8) will run from September 16th and 30th at a venue to be decided by the federation.
“In the Zenith Women’s Basketball League, First Bank Club of Lagos will begin their title defence on the 1st of July.
“The 2019 season will see the introduction of a home and away format with the 24 teams divided into 4 groups.
“The Conference playoffs (4 teams in each group) divided into the traditional Atlantic and Savannah Conferences will be played in a round robin format between August 27 and September 20, 2019 immediately after the 2019 Afrobasket Women’s break.
“The National finals come 10 days later on September 30th with the final slated for October 5th.
“Registration for the Men’s Premier League begins on Monday, June 10th and ends on June 24th through the State Basketball Associations.
“Regular season will be between July 8th and August 14th before the FIBA World Cup break.
“Conference playoffs will be decided between September 21st and October 2nd before the semifinals which will run from October 15th to 24th.
“The semi-finals stage made up of the top 4 teams at the end of the conference playoffs will play the best of 3 games.
“Four teams will proceed to the National Final to be decided between the November 2nd and 9th 2019.”