Abbotsford/Ottawa – It’s not the first crack at creating a new Pro Basketball league. We have had the WBL and ABA . We still have the NBA Developmental League (the WBA doesn’t count as they are running rather well. Don’t mention the Vancouver Grizzlies, though)
The Canadian Elite Basketball League have announced their nuts and bolts.
40 minute game.
30 game schedule.
Single elimination playoffs.
The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is pleased to announce its game and schedule format, which fans of sport entertainment can look forward to when play tips off during the league’s inaugural season. Canadian entertainment fans will be entertained by a 40-minute contest (broken down into 10 minute quarters) as per FIBA rules and regulations. Fans will also be excited to find out that Canada’s new professional basketball entity will operate with an action-packed, 30-game schedule. The 30-game regular season schedule will be followed by the CEBL’s single game elimination playoff format.
Aside from the NBA and NCAA, there are few other major professional men’s basketball leagues that do not abide by strict FIBA’s rules and regulations – “there was never any disagreement when determining the rules that Canada’s basketball league would abide by. It is our belief that by following in the footsteps of many other professional basketball leagues and abiding by FIBA rules and regulations, the CEBL will be providing its fans, sponsors, and all other stakeholders with an unparalleled entertainment option. We feel that there is no need to re-invent the rules of this game; we are very fortunate that FIBA has established a proper body of regulations that will allow our entity to sanction an exciting contest on any given game day,” said a member of the CEBL’s Launch Committee.
Fans of basketball who are accustomed to NBA or NCAA competition can expect a few alterations when speaking to the format of a CEBL game. CEBL contests will be highlighted by 40 minute games showcasing fast-paced, 10-minute quarters rather than the NBA’s 12 minute quarter format. FIBA’s regulations stipulate that each roster carries a minimum of 10 active players, so fans can expect that no less than five of these players will be of Canadian descent in order to comply with the league’s minimum Canadian content requirement.
On Tuesday the CEBL also introduces its action-packed 30 game, regular season schedule. “We were careful when considering what we wanted our event to mean to athletes, coaches, and fans alike – our leadership team knew that each contest should be like no other. We definitely believe that a shortened 30 game schedule will create a competitive atmosphere on game days as every game will truly be a meaningful event. As a league, we want to be sure that every game matters.”
The “every game matters” format will carry over right into the CEBL’s playoff format which features a two to three round, single game elimination playoff schedule. “We are going to adopt the exciting NCAA model that they showcase in their March Madness tournament – it is an extremely effective way to create an exciting event,” said a member of the league’s Launch Committee.
In the coming months, more announcements will be made regarding plans for the CEBL’s inaugural season. Sport entertainment fans, media, and stakeholders can expect to be notified of the League’s Leadership Team (Launch Committee and staff) this Thursday, November 16, 2017 via internal press release. For more information and updates, fans are encouraged to visit the CEBL’s website!
About the Canadian Elite Basketball League
The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is a domestic professional men’s basketball league with teams located across Canada. The CEBL will provide sports fans with a premium entertainment option while also allowing players, coaches and other stakeholders the opportunity to engage in the sport of basketball at the highest level. The CEBL will operate in accordance with the player and referee standards set by Canada Basketball, the National Sporting Organization for the sport of Basketball in Canada. The league will proudly adhere to the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) rules and regulations.