BASKETBALL is about to be taken a lot more seriously in South Africa thanks to the launch of league that will be modelled along the lines of the NBA in the US.
Nelson Mandela Bay Basketball chairwoman Dumisane Chauke said the league, which starts on September 27, would ensure that players upped their game as matches would be broadcast and there would be financial incentives to perform well.
Basketball National League (BNL) chairman Albert Mokoena said: "Our players can look forward to a league where the emphasis will be on a high-quality game combined with entertainment that appeals to the youth."
SuperSport International recently penned an exclusive five-year deal with the BNL.
The BNL will comprise 11 franchises, of which five have been sold to private investors for R2-million each.
Port Elizabeth's Windbreakers will be pitted against teams like the Cape Mountaineers, Kimberley Diamonds, Free State Golden Warriors and the KZN Marlins in the southern conference.
The league kicks off with a round-robin section, before the two conferences merge for the quarterfinals and semifinals, and the final on December 6.