National Basketball League (Philippines)

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National Basketball League (NBL)
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018-19 National Basketball League (Philippines) season
NBL Phils logo.png
SportBasketball
FoundedJune 7, 2018
Inaugural season2018
PresidentCelso "Soy" Mercado
CommissionerNandy Garcia
MottoAng Tahanan ng Tunay Na Homegrown
(lit. The Home of True Homegrown)
No. of teams10
Country Philippines
ContinentFIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent
champion(s)
Parañaque Aces (1st title)
Most titlesParañaque Aces (1st title)
TV partner(s)Basketball TV
Solar Sports
Net 25
MBC

The National Basketball League (NBL) is a regional amateur basketball league in the Philippines.

Unlike other regional basketball leagues such as the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) and the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) and Filsports Basketball Association (FBA), the NBL will feature an away-and-home format and will focus on giving homegrown players (aged 18–29 years old and a bonafide resident of the team's province, city or municipality) an opportunity to showcase their skills in the hope of making it to the professional and semi-professional leagues.[1][2]

The league targets to start with 10 teams from Luzon with future plans to expand to accommodate teams based in Visayas and Mindanao on August 25, 2018, and the games will be played in an away and home format on Saturdays and Sundays.[3]

History[edit]

On June 7, 2018 Celso "Soy" Mercado established the league and named National Basketball League Philippines to search undiscovered talents. The league is not affiliated by NBL in Australia & New Zealand. Unlike MPBL, MBA now-defunct, and other regional leagues, this league search for homegrown talents which to discover of playing basketball. On August 25, 2018 the NBL season officially opened.

Format[edit]

Teams[edit]

Team Town/City/Province Arena Capacity Head Coach
Bulacan Makabayan Baliuag, Bulacan Honorato V. Galvez Memorial Gymnasium 1,000 Chris Baluyot
Cam Sur Express Naga,
Camarines Sur
University of Nueva Caceres Sports Palace 2,500 JR Barco
Dasmariñas Ballers Club Dasmariñas, Cavite De La Salle University - Dasmariñas Ugnayang La Salle Gym & Animo Center 2,000
3,000
Azlie Guro
Laguna Pistons Santa Rosa,
Laguna
Biñan,
Laguna
Dominican College of Santa Rosa Gym
Santa Rosa Sports Complex
Alonte Sports Arena
1,000
5,700
6,500
Rex Dedicatoria
Taguig Generals Taguig,
Metro Manila
Hagonoy Sports Complex 2,000 Bing Victoria
Parañaque Aces Parañaque,
Metro Manila
Olivarez College Coliseum 3,500 Harold Santa Cruz
Marikina Shoemakers Marikina,
Metro Manila
Marikina Sports Center 7,000 Cris Bautista
Quezon City Rising Stars Quezon City,
Metro Manila
Philippine Science High School Gymnasium 2,000 Ringo Jimenez
Rizal Spartans Governor Ynares Antipolo, Rizal Antipolo Educational Sports Hub 900 Nomar Isla
Nueva Ecija GO BESPREN San Leonardo,
Nueva Ecija
San Leonardo Gym 950 Ronnie Amoncio
Imus Bandila Imus, Cavite Imus Sports Complex 1,000 N/A
National Basketball League (Philippines) is located in Luzon
Ballers Club
Ballers Club
Pistons
Pistons
Spartans Governor Ynares
Spartans Governor Ynares
Makabayan
Makabayan
GO BESPREN
GO BESPREN
NCR teams Aces Generals Rising Stars Shoemakers
NCR teams
Aces
Generals
Rising Stars
Shoemakers
Locations of NBL teams (NCR are pinned by blue pogs)
National Basketball League (Philippines) is located in Metro Manila
Aces
Aces
Shoemakers
Shoemakers
Rising Stars
Rising Stars
Generals
Generals
NBL Teams in Metro Manila

Official broadcasters[edit]

Basketball TV and Solar Sports are the official broadcasters of the game and airs NBL Games. Basketball TV airs Saturday to Sunday games, MBC Channel 10 airs on Saturday and Sunday Games will replay on Mondays and Wednesday games and Solar Sports airs Monday to Tuesday games. The broadcasting deal was announced on August 9, 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boehler, Dave. "Another cage league rises: NBL envisions self as 'land of opportunity' for Pinoy ballers". Spin.ph. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Focus on grassroots as another league set for launch". Spin.ph. August 9, 2018. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Go, Beatrice. "National Basketball League opens opportunities for homegrown talents". Rappler. Retrieved 24 June 2018.