National Basketball League (Philippines)
|Current season, competition or edition:|
2018-19 National Basketball League (Philippines) season
|Founded||June 7, 2018|
|President||Celso "Soy" Mercado|
|Motto||Ang Tahanan ng Tunay Na Homegrown |
(lit. The Home of True Homegrown)
|No. of teams||10|
|Continent||FIBA Asia (Asia)|
|Parañaque Aces (1st title)|
|Most titles||Parañaque Aces (1st title)|
|TV partner(s)||Basketball TV |
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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- Go, Beatrice. "National Basketball League opens opportunities for homegrown talents". Rappler. Retrieved 24 June 2018.