British Basketball League

The British Basketball League, often abbreviated to the BBL, is a men's professional basketball league in Great Britain and represents the highest level of play in the country. The league is contested by 11 teams, with representation from both England and Scotland. The BBL runs three additional knockout competitions alongside the BBL Championship; the BBL Cup and the BBL Trophy, and the end-of-season Play-offs.

British Basketball League
British Basketball League logo.svg
Founded1987; 33 years ago (1987)
First season1987–88
Country Great Britain
ConfederationFIBA Europe (Europe)
Number of teams11
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s)BBL Cup
BBL Trophy
International cup(s)Champions League
FIBA Europe Cup
Current championsLondon Lions
(2018–19, 1st title)
Most championshipsNewcastle Eagles
(7 titles)
TV partnersYouTube
BBC Sport
Websitebbl.org.uk
2020–21 British Basketball League season

The BBL sits above the English Basketball League or the Scottish Basketball Championship, which effectively form the second tier of British basketball. There is currently no automatic promotion or relegation between the English and Scottish leagues and the BBL because of the franchise system in use in the BBL, although several clubs have been successful in making the step up from the EBL in recent years.

The 11 member franchises of the BBL jointly own the league,[1] and a chairman is elected by the teams to oversee league operations. The head offices are located in Leicester,[2] where the country's oldest team, the Leicester Riders is also based.

In partnership with England Basketball, the BBL launched a women's league in 2014, branded as the Women's British Basketball League (WBBL).[3]

HistoryEdit

See: List of British Basketball League seasons

Establishment (1987-1992)Edit

The British Basketball League was formed in 1987, with leading clubs from the National Basketball League of England and Scottish National Basketball League. In 1988, Portsmouth F.C. won the inaugural BBL Championship title; the following year saw Kingston win the first of three back-to-back league crowns.

Early growth (1992-2002)Edit

The 1990s also saw a growth in popularity and commercialism within the league. Games were televised and the league picked up sponsors such as Peugeot, Lego, Playboy and Budweiser, while attendances at games also increased. The Manchester Giants opened the 1995–96 season in front of a record 14,251 fans at the Nynex Arena against the London Leopards, a record crowd that stood for a basketball game in Great Britain until 2006, when the NBA started staging games at the O2 Arena in London.

London clubs dominated the league, with London Towers, Crystal Palace and the Greater London Leopards all sharing success in the mid-1990s. In 1999, a Conference format similar to the NBA was introduced, with clubs split North and South. The two Conference champions met in a Championship series to decide the champions for the next three years.

Tougher times (2002-2012)Edit

A single division format returned in 2002 and five different franchises won the Championship title in the five years after that. The new millennium, however, also saw a series of setbacks for the BBL. The collapse of ITV Digital cost the league financially, with many franchises struggling to recover from the lost revenue that the £21 million contract was providing. Long established franchises such as the Manchester Giants, Essex Leopards, Derby Storm, Thames Valley Tigers and Birmingham Bullets withdrew from the league, though new teams have been formed under the Giants and Leopards names. The membership crisis brought about the addition of new franchises such as Guildford Heat (formed by supporters of the defunct Thames Valley Tigers), and elected teams from the lower-tier English Basketball League, including the Plymouth Raiders. Both teams made a refreshing impact on the old boys, with the Heat qualifying for the Play-offs in their rookie season.

During the same season Newcastle won 30 of their 40 regular season league fixtures to clinch the Championship crown – the previous season saw the Eagles win 31 matches but lose out to Chester Jets in the final week, by just two points. That title was one of four pieces of silverware won during the dubbed "clean-sweep" season of 2005–06, the Eagles marching on to claim the BBL Cup, BBL Trophy and Playoff's – the complete set.

Current setup (2012-present)Edit

The intervening years saw the perennial success of the Newcastle Eagles, the reemergence of the Leicester Riders as a dominant force in the domestic game, and the rise and fall of teams based in London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Essex, Durham and Worthing. Long term franchise Milton Keynes relocated to London, to become a 2012 Olympics legacy tenant at the Copper Box Arena, and a new incarnation of the famous Manchester Giants name re-entered the league in the same year.

The 2015 Playoffs Final took place at The O2 Arena, London, following a string of sell-out attendances at Wembley Arena between 2012 and 2014.[4] The event saw a record breaking crowd of 14,700.[5]

The past decade has seen sustained growth across the league, with the biggest advances in facilities. Some clubs have now built their own venues, including Worcester, Newcastle and Leicester. Cheshire, Surrey and Glasgow have moved into much improved facilities, while Plymouth, Sheffield, Manchester and the most recent election from the EBL, the Bristol Flyers, have all announced plans for their own arenas. The 2018-19 season saw, for the first time in 11 years, British participation in European competition when Leicester competed in the Basketball Champions League and FIBA Europe Cup.

TeamsEdit

Current teamsEdit

Locations of the 2019-20 BBL teams
Team Location Arena Capacity Founded Joined
Bristol Flyers   Bristol SGS WISE Arena 750 2006 2014
Cheshire Phoenix   Ellesmere Port Cheshire Oaks Arena 1,400 1984 1991
Glasgow Rocks   Glasgow Emirates Arena 6,500 1998*
Leicester Riders   Leicester Morningside Arena 2,400 1967 1987
London Lions   London (Stratford) Copper Box 6,000 1977* 1987
Manchester Giants   Manchester National Basketball Performance Centre 2,000 2012
Newcastle Eagles   Newcastle upon Tyne Eagles Community Arena 3,000 1976* 1987
Plymouth Raiders   Plymouth Plymouth Pavilions 1,500 1983 2004
Sheffield Sharks   Sheffield Ponds Forge 1,000 1991 1994
Surrey Scorchers   Guildford Surrey Sports Park 1,000 2005
Worcester Wolves   Worcester University of Worcester Arena 2,000 2000 2006
Notes
  1. An asterisk (*) denotes a franchise move. See the respective team articles for more information.
  2. The Hemel & Watford Royals, Leicester City Riders and Sunderland 76ers were all participants in the previous top-flight league, the NBL, when it changed administration to the BBL in 1987.
  3. The Cheshire Jets and Sheffield Sharks were both promoted from the NBL in 1991 and 1994 respectively.
  4. Bristol Flyers (2014), Plymouth Raiders (2004) and Worcester Wolves (2006) have all acquired a franchise licence to compete in the BBL, having all previously competed in the EBL.

Former teamsEdit

ApparelEdit

As of the 2016/17 BBL season Italian sportswear manufacturer Kappa was the kit supplier for all teams.[6]

Corporate structureEdit

Board membersEdit

The league is an independent company owned by its member clubs. Each club, or franchise, has an equal shareholding in the BBL and a representative on the board of directors,[1] thus is part of all decision-making regarding league policy, issues, and rules. Sir Rodney Walker is the current elected chairperson.

ChairsEdit

CompetitionsEdit

BBL ChampionshipEdit

The BBL Championship is the flagship competition of the British Basketball League and features all member teams playing a double round robin (home and away) league season,[7] from September through to April.[8] Matches are played according to FIBA rules and games consist of four-quarters of 10 minutes each. Two points are awarded for a win,[7] with overtime used if the score is tied at the final buzzer – unlimited numbers of 5-minute overtime periods are played until one team is ahead when a period ends. At the end of the regular season, the team with the most points is crowned as winners of the BBL Championship, and thus British Champions. If points are equal between two or more teams then head-to-head results between said teams are used to determine the winners. In the case of a tie between multiple teams where this does not break the tie, the winners are then determined by the points difference in the games between said teams.[9] Following the completion of the Championship regular season, the top eight ranked teams advance into the post-season Play-offs which usually take place during April.[10]

In the regular season, team schedules are not identical and neither are matchdays, with games scheduled mainly around venue availability. Because of this teams may find themselves playing a series of four or five home games consecutively followed by a straight set of away games. As the regular season is also particularly short many games are played over weekends as 'doubleheaders', whereby a team will play games (possibly a home and away game) on consecutive days, something that is not commonplace in British sports, although often seen in the National Basketball Association[citation needed] and other North American sports.

Play-offsEdit

The post-season Play-offs usually takes place in April, featuring the top eight ranked teams from the Championship regular season compete in a knockout tournament. Teams are seeded depending on their final positioning in the Championship standings, so first-place faces eighth-place, second versus seventh-place, third against sixth-place and finally fourth plays the fifth-placed team. Both the Quarter-finals and the succeeding Semi-finals are played over a three game series, with the higher seed getting two home games either side of the lower seeds home game. The team that wins two of the three games advances to the next round.[7][9] As with the Quarter-finals, teams in the Semi-finals are also seeded, with the highest-ranking team drawn against the lowest-ranking team in one Semi-final and the two remaining teams drawn together in the other Semi-final. The culmination of the post-season is the grand Final, held at The O2 Arena in London, which sees the two Semi-final winners play a one-game event to determine the Play-off Champions.

BBL CupEdit

The BBL Cup emerged from a breakaway of the English Basketball Association-organised National Cup and was contested for the first time in the 2003–04 season, when Sheffield Sharks were the inaugural winners. Since the 2019-20 season, the competition has a group stage followed by a knockout stage. The group stage consists of the teams being split into north and south groups and within each playing a double round-robin system. The top 4 teams from each group are then seeded with 1st of each group playing 4th in the other and 3rd in each group playing 2nd in the other. The winner of the Aggregate score going through to the semi-final. The winner of the aggregate score of each match in the semi-final then goes through to the BBL Cup Final.[11] The Cup final is played at the Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, usually in early January.[12]

BBL TrophyEdit

The BBL Trophy traces its origins back to a previous competition known as the Anglo-Scottish Cup – and subsequently the British Master's Cup – which was founded in 1984 and was initially a competition between teams from both the English and Scottish leagues. Following the launch of the new British Basketball League administration in 1987 – who assumed control over the National Basketball League from the English Basketball Association – the British Master's Cup was scrapped and replaced with the newly formed League Trophy.[13] The Trophy competition has historically had a round-robin group stage format used for the first round, however the current competition is a knockout tournament with pairings drawn completely at random – there are no seeds, and a draw takes place after the majority of fixtures have been played in each round. As well as including all BBL member clubs, invited teams from the English Basketball League, and occasionally the Scottish Basketball League, often take part in the Trophy.[14] The Final is usually played in March at a neutral venue.[15]

European CompetitionEdit

In 2018, the Leicester Riders competed in Europe's third tier of continental basketball, the Basketball Champions League, losing in the first qualification round on aggregate to the Bakken Bears.[16] They became the first British team to compete in European competition since the Guildford Heat featured in the ULEB Cup during the 2007–08 season.

Following their elimination from the Basketball Champions League, the Leicester Riders played in the 2018–19 FIBA Europe Cup, Europe's fourth tier.[17][18]

To be eligible for entry into the Basketball Champions League or the FIBA Europe Cup, teams must play in arenas with a capacity of at least 2,000 people.[19] Currently the BBL member teams that meet the tournaments' requirements are Leicester, Glasgow, London, Newcastle and Worcester. Bristol[20] and Manchester[21] have both begun work on suitable arenas. Worcester were awarded a B-Licence by the EuroLeague, the top tier of European competition, for the 2014–2015 season having won the 2014 BBL Playoffs.[22] Newcastle,[23] London,[24] Glasgow,[25] and Bristol[20] have all signalled their intentions of playing at a European level in the near future.

PlayersEdit

All-time statistics leadersEdit

Bold indicates active BBL players.

Last Updated on 20 September 2012

Foreign importsEdit

British Basketball League rules currently allow for each team to have a maximum of three "import" players – from outside of the European Union (EU) and require a work permit to play – whilst the remaining players on the roster must have citizenship of an EU country, either by birth or by naturalisation.[26] The current ruling was integrated at the beginning of the 2006–07 season, reverting from the previous law which allowed for up to four non-EU players on a roster, along with naturalised players.

New rules introduced for the 2012–13 season allow teams to field a maximum of five non-British players per game (including up to three work permitted players), further demonstrating the League's commitment towards developing British players.[27]

Transfer regulationsEdit

According to BBL rules, teams must field no more than six import (non-EU) players in any one season, though only three are allowed to be registered to a roster at any one time. Signings are allowed to be made throughout the pre-season and during the regular season until the league's transfer deadline on 28 February, or if during a leap year, the date is 29 February.

Notable former playersEdit

ResultsEdit

LeagueEdit

Present clubsEdit

Club Champions Runners-up Last league title
Newcastle Eagles 7 6 2014-15
Leicester Riders 4 3 2017-18
Sheffield Sharks 3 5 2002-03
London Lions 1 1 2018-19
Surrey Scorchers[i] 1 1 2006-07
Cheshire Phoenix[ii] 1 0 2004-05
Glasgow Rocks [iii] 0 1
Worcester Wolves
Plymouth Raiders
Bristol Flyers
Manchester Giants

HistoricalEdit

Season Champions Runners Up Third Place
1987–88 Portsmouth (1) Kingston Kings Murray Livingston
1988–89 Glasgow Rangers (1) Murray Livingston Bracknell Tigers
1989–90 Kingston Kings (1) Manchester Giants Sunderland 76ers
1990–91 Kingston Kings (2) Sunderland Saints Thames Valley Tigers
1991–92 Kingston Kings (3) Thames Valley Tigers Worthing Bears
1992–93 Worthing Bears (1) Thames Valley Tigers London Towers
1993–94 Thames Valley Tigers (1) Worthing Bears Manchester Giants
1994–95 Sheffield Sharks (1) Thames Valley Tigers London Towers
1995–96 London Towers (1) Sheffield Sharks Birmingham Bullets
1996–97 Leopards (1) London Towers Sheffield Sharks
1997–98 Leopards (2) Birmingham Bullets Newcastle Eagles
1998–99 Sheffield Sharks (2) Manchester Giants London Towers
Season North Champions North Runners Up South Champions South Runners Up
1999–00 Manchester Giants Sheffield Sharks London Towers Thames Valley Tigers
2000–01 Sheffield Sharks Chester Jets London Towers Greater London Leopards
2001–02 Chester Jets Sheffield Sharks London Towers Brighton Bears
Season Champions Runners Up Third Place
2002–03 Sheffield Sharks (3) Brighton Bears Chester Jets
2003–04 Brighton Bears (2) Sheffield Sharks London Towers
2004–05 Chester Jets (1) Newcastle Eagles London Towers
2005–06 Newcastle Eagles (1) Scottish Rocks Sheffield Sharks
2006–07 Guildford Heat (1) Sheffield Sharks Newcastle Eagles
2007–08 Newcastle Eagles (2) Guildford Heat Plymouth Raiders
2008–09 Newcastle Eagles (3) Mersey Tigers Leicester Riders
2009–10 Newcastle Eagles (4) Sheffield Sharks Glasgow Rocks
2010–11 Mersey Tigers (1) Newcastle Eagles Sheffield Sharks
2011–12 Newcastle Eagles (5) Leicester Riders Worcester Wolves
2012–13 Leicester Riders (1) Newcastle Eagles Glasgow Rocks
2013–14 Newcastle Eagles (6) Sheffield Sharks Worcester Wolves
2014–15 Newcastle Eagles (7) Leicester Riders Worcester Wolves
2015–16 Leicester Riders (2) Newcastle Eagles Sheffield Sharks
2016–17 Leicester Riders (3) Newcastle Eagles Glasgow Rocks
2017–18 Leicester Riders (4) London Lions Newcastle Eagles
2018–19 London Lions (1) Leicester Riders Newcastle Eagles
2019–20 Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

PlayoffsEdit

Season Champions Result Runners Up Venue
1987–88 Murray Livingston (1) 81–72 Portsmouth Wembley Arena, London
1988–89 Glasgow Rangers (1) 89–86 Murray Livingston NEC, Birmingham
1989–90 Kingston Kings (1) 87–82 Sunderland 76ers NEC, Birmingham
1990–91 Kingston Kings (2) 94–72 Sunderland Saints NEC, Birmingham
1991–92 Kingston Kings (3) 84–67 Thames Valley Tigers Wembley Arena, London
1992–93 Worthing Bears (1) 75 – 74 Thames Valley Tigers Wembley Arena, London
1993–94 Worthing Bears (2) 71–65 Guildford Kings Wembley Arena, London
1994–95 Worthing Bears (3) 77–73 Manchester Giants Wembley Arena, London
1995–96 Birmingham Bullets (1) 78–72 London Towers Wembley Arena, London
1996–97 London Towers (1) 89–88 London Leopards Wembley Arena, London
1997–98 Birmingham Bullets (2) 78–75 Thames Valley Tigers Wembley Arena, London
1998–99 London Towers (2) 82–71 Thames Valley Tigers Wembley Arena, London
1999–00 Manchester Giants (1) 74–65 Birmingham Bullets Wembley Arena, London
2000–01 Leicester Riders (1) 84–75 Sheffield Sharks Wembley Arena, London
2001–02 Chester Jets (1) 93-82 Sheffield Sharks Wembley Arena, London
2002–03 Scottish Rocks (1) 83-76 Brighton Bears National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
2003–04 Sheffield Sharks (1) 86-74 Chester Jets National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
2004–05 Newcastle Eagles (1) 78-75 Chester Jets National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
2005–06 Newcastle Eagles (2) 83-68 Scottish Rocks National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
2006–07 Newcastle Eagles (3) 95-82 Scottish Rocks Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne
2007–08 Guildford Heat (1) 100–88 Milton Keynes Lions National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
2008–09 Newcastle Eagles (4) 87–84 Mersey Tigers National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
2009–10 Mersey Tigers (1) 80–72 Glasgow Rocks National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
2010–11 Mersey Tigers (2) 79–74 Sheffield Sharks National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
2011–12 Newcastle Eagles (5) 71–62 Leicester Riders National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
2012–13 Leicester Riders (2) 68–57 Newcastle Eagles Wembley Arena, London
2013–14 Worcester Wolves (1) 90–78 Newcastle Eagles Wembley Arena, London
2014–15 Newcastle Eagles (6) 96–84 London Lions The O2 Arena, London
2015–16 Sheffield Sharks (2) 85–78 Leicester Riders The O2 Arena, London
2016–17 Leicester Riders (3) 84–63 Newcastle Eagles The O2 Arena, London
2017–18 Leicester Riders (4) 81–66 London Lions The O2 Arena, London
2018–19 Leicester Riders (5) 93–61 London City Royals The O2 Arena, London

Media coverageEdit

Basketball receives little national press coverage in the United Kingdom, although coverage is more extensive from the local newspapers in cities where BBL clubs are based, with publications such as The Plymouth Herald, Manchester Evening News, Leicester Mercury, and the Newcastle Chronicle all having dedicated basketball reporters who cover the respective local team. Some national newspapers list results and occasionally provide short summaries of the League's news, but more extensive coverage remains minimal.

The history of television coverage of the BBL has been sporadic. Previously the League enjoyed coverage from Channel 4 in the 1980s and Sky Sports from 1995 to 2001, where audiences peaked at around 150,000 viewers.[28] The League signed a three-year broadcast deal with the ill-fated digital TV company ITV Digital in 2001, and coverage suffered a sharp decline as the broadcaster struggled and eventually went out of business, resulting in a significant loss of income to member clubs.[29] Television coverage was then infrequent until the 2007–08 season, when international broadcaster Setanta Sports signed a deal to screen one live game a week.[30] In 2010, the League agreed a broadcast rights deal with BSkyB network Sky Sports marking the return of BBL action on Sky Sports after a 9-year gap.[31] The League's own subscription-based online TV station, BBL TV, took over the broadcast of live games from 2013 to 2015, and during the 2013–14 season match highlights were also televised and featured on British Eurosport each week.[32]

In July 2016, the league signed a two-year broadcast deal with the BBC, featuring both British Basketball League and Women's British Basketball League games. The games would be broadcast on the BBC Sport website with the showpiece finals also being broadcast on the BBC Red Button.[33] Alongside the BBC deal, a six-year deal with Perform was signed[34] which saw every BBL game broadcast via LiveBasketball.TV,[35] and a deal followed a year later with UNILAD to broadcast one game a week live via Facebook.[36] FreeSports signed a deal with the league in January 2018 to broadcast games for the remainder of the season, starting with the BBL Cup Final between Worcester Wolves and Cheshire Phoenix.

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ as Guildford Heat
  2. ^ as Cheshire Jets
  3. ^ as Scottish Rocks

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