Basketball Africa League announces inaugural host cities, Nike partnership

01 Août, 2019, 02:19 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Adam Silver NBA

Lagos (Nigeria) has been selected as one of the host cities for the newly inaugurated Basketball Africa League (BAL).

Additionally, the BAL announced NIKE and Jordan Brand will be the exclusive outfitter of the new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa and scheduled to begin play in March 2020. As the D-day nears, BAL, on Tuesday announced the 7 host cities for the inaugural edition of the competition, the National Basketball Association said in a statement.

BAL also confirmed Nike and Jordan Brand as the kit sponsors of the inaugural league.

The announcement was made by BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall at a reception at the Musée des Civilisations Noires in Dakar. The event was also attended by the FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis, FIBA Africa Executive Director Alphonse Bilé, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum as well as current and former NBA and WNBA players. "We now have seven great host cities where we will play and our first partnership with a world-class outfitter".

It was also announced that Nike and Jordan Brand will jointly supply the teams with official game uniforms, warm-up apparel, socks and practice gear - with six teams featured in Nike and the other six in Jordan Brand.

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Each team will play five regular-season games, with the top three clubs in each conference advancing to the playoffs.

The "Super Six" will play a round-robin format to determine the BAL Final Four that advance to Kigali in late spring 2020 for the single-game elimination semi-finals and final. Likewise, Kigali (Rwanda) will serve as host for the BAL Finals and Final Four.

Additional details about the BAL will be announced at a later date.

"The establishment of the Basketball Africa League is another exciting milestone for the NBA in Africa", Fall said during the February launch. The NBA has established a major worldwide presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.

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