NBL Season to Open October 29th
The National Basketball League of Canada release its official schedule for the 2011-12 season.
The announcement comes on the heels of a busy week in which the league finalize the operaitng agreements for its four expansion franchises in Oshawa, London, Summerside and Moncton. The schedule was likely prepared, but awaiting confirmation fo these franchises.
“We are excited to kick off our inaugural season with a 36 game schedule,” said National Basketball League of Canada President & CEO, Andre Levingston. “The schedule has been designed with our fans top-of-mind, and has been built to ensure an even spread of games between all seven teams.”
The majority of games will be played between Thrusday and Sunday. Hopefully this will allow for greater fan turn out as people are looking ot get our for fun closer to the weekend. This must have taken some fancy scheduling as five of the seven franchises share facitilies with Major Junior hockey teams that also play a bulk of their games on the weekend.
In the NBL Canada’s inaugural season, the teams will play under one division and will play each other six times, with three home games and three away.
“We are especially looking forward to the friendly build of rivalries between NBL Canada teams this season,” said Levingston. “With the close proximity of our markets, fans will have the opportunity to become more engaged with their teams by traveling to rival cities to cheer on their team during road games.”
The NBL Canada’s inaugural regular season will tip-off on October 29 when Moncton visits Quebec City. The Halifax rainmen will begin the season on the road visiting London on November 3rd. The Rainmen will have their home opener on two days later as they complete a home-and-home series witht he London franchise.
The inaugural regular season wraps up on March 4 when Halifax visits Saint John and Summerside visits London.