NBA League Challenge returns

The league, to be held at the Sree Kanteerava stadium from August 13 to September 30, will have 96 teams participating, as compared to last year’s 76.

With the addition of sub-junior category (12-13 years), matches will be played in four age groups, with youth (14-16 years), junior (16-18) and senior (19 and above), being the other three. The league will culminate with the All-Star game from Sept 30 to Oct 2.

“We have more teams, more venues, more matches, more action and it’s all going to be good for Indian basketball,” said Akash Jain, Senior Director of Business Development and Partnerships for NBA India, at a press conference here on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Karnataka State Basketball Association secretary K Govindaraj said the ‘spine’ of the widely-awaited Karnataka State Basketball League is ready.

“A lot of work has gone into this (League) and it should be ready in some time. There will be eight teams in each of the eight venues. Winners and runners-up from each centre will then face off in Bangalore for the overall crown,” said Govindaraj.

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