National Basketball League (Australasia) facts for kids
|Claim to fame||"The pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in the Southern Hemisphere"|
|No. of teams||9|
|Country(ies)||Australia (8 teams)
New Zealand (1 team)
|Most recent champion(s)||New Zealand Breakers|
|Most championships||Perth Wildcats (5 titles)|
The National Basketball League is a basketball competition in Australasia. It's current sponsor is iiNet, so it is also known as the iiNet NBL Championship. It is the top-level basketball competition in Australasia. The Singapore Slingers once played in this league, meaning it is the first Australasian sporting league ever to have a team from Asia. The league started in 1979, and its most successful time is during the 1980s and 1990s. However, it started to struggle in the 20th century. At the start of the 2004/05 season the league had a deal with Fox Sports of Australia. On September 18, 2007, the National Basketball League had Hummer as their sponsor. one HD started broadcasting in 2010, the first time a game has been on TV for eight years.
Gold Coast Blaze
New Zealand Breakers
Adelaide City Eagles
City of Sydney Astronauts
Gold Coast Rollers
Hobart (Tassie) Devils
Launceston Casino City
North Melbourne Giants
South East Melbourne Magic
Southern Melbourne Saints
West Adelaide Bearcats
West Sydney Razorbacks
West Torrens Eagles
The All-Star game is an event of the NBL held every year. At first it was fought between the East and West, but now it is contested between the Aussies and the World.
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