National Basketball League (Australasia)

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National Basketball League (NBL)
Current season or competition:
2011-12 NBL season
Sport Basketball
Founded 1979
Commissioner Larry Sengstock
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)
TV partner(s)
Official website www.NBL.com.au

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.

Clubs[change | change source]

Current[change | change source]

Sydney Kings

Adelaide 36ers

Cairns Taipans

Gold Coast Blaze

Melbourne Tigers

New Zealand Breakers

Townsville Crocodiles

Wollongong Hawks

Perth Wildcats

Defunct[change | change source]

Adelaide City Eagles

Bankstown Bruins

Brisbane Bullets

Canberra Cannons

City of Sydney Astronauts

Coburg Giants

Devonport Warriors

Eastside Spectres

Forrestville Eagles

Frankston Bears

Geelong Supercats

Glenelg Tigers

Gold Coast Rollers

Hobart (Tassie) Devils

Hunter Pirates

Launceston Casino City

Newcastle Falcons

North Melbourne Giants

Singapore Slingers

South Dragons

South East Melbourne Magic

Southern Melbourne Saints

Sydney Supersonics

Victoria Giants

West Adelaide Bearcats

West Sydney Razorbacks

West Torrens Eagles

All-Star Game[change | change source]

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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