1538 the magic number as NBL1 fixture revealed

THERE will be no shortage of basketball action for fans to enjoy in 2023, with the NBL1 recently announcing the fixture for the upcoming season.

Across the five leagues around the country, there will be 1538 games of basketball, with plenty of the nation’s big names from the NBL and WNBL hitting the court to represent smaller market teams.

Both the men’s and women’s competition enjoyed an extremely entertaining 2022 season, the first one uninterrupted by COVID since 2019. The progression of the league’s talent was as evident as ever as players from across the world lit it up with some high-scoring action.

The fixture brings back NBL1 Feature Rounds, with ANZAC Round (April 21-25), Pink Round (May 12-14), Mental Health Round (June 16-18), and First Nations Round (July 5-9) all slated to return in 2023.

NBL1 East kicks off first on the 11th of March as it did last year, followed by NBL1 North on March 24, NBL1 Central on March 25, NBL1 West on March 31 and NBL1 South on April 1.

The finals structure will remain unaffected, with conference finals taking place over the span of two weekends, before each conference’s champions heading to the NBL1 National Finals, which was introduced last year and pitted the nation’s best sides against each other with entertaining results.

NBL1 General Manager Dean Anglin expressed his excitement to get the season underway after some extensive hard work behind the scenes from a number of parties.

“After a complete season in 2022, including our inaugural Coles Express NBL1 National Finals, we are excited to announce the fixtures for the 2023 season,” he said.

“Our state partners and their clubs have been working hard to find ways to ensure the teams can gain maximum exposure in 2023 with games being played mid-week, on public holidays and throughout the school holidays. We hope fans will love the chance to watch their teams more throughout the year.

“NBL1 has grown again too, with an additional three teams entering the East, alongside the CoE, meaning we now have 76 clubs, comprising of 149 teams playing across every state and territory of Australia. NBL1 truly is Australia’s Game.”

The full fixture can be found here.

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