Andrew Gaze: The NBL schedule for the 2017-18 season

More games across the weekend, games on New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve and a special heritage month are among the highlights of the schedule for the 40th anniversary season of the National Basketball League.

The NBL today released the schedule for the 2017-18 season which will start on October 5 when the Adelaide 36ers play Melbourne United at Titanium Security Arena.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said more games would be played across weekends in 2017-18 to make NBL as accessible as possible to the growing fan base.

“We’ve listened to the fans who’ve told us they want to attend and watch games on TV on weekends and this is a way of ensuring we showcase our biggest games in front of the biggest audiences,” he said.

“We saw an 11 per cent growth in attendances last season and with more games across weekends we are confident crowds and TV audiences will only continue to grow next season.”

Andrew Gaze spoke about the Draw on Breakfast with John Stanley and Mark Riddell (Andrew was also not very happy about the AFL rule change)

Highlights of the 2017-18 schedule include:

– The first ever NBL game on Christmas Eve between Adelaide 36ers and Cairns Taipans at Titanium Security Arena in Adelaide

– A game between Brisbane Bullets and Melbourne United on the Gold Coast on October 28

– A Boxing Day game between Melbourne United and Brisbane Bullets at Hisense Arena

– Two games on New Year’s Eve including the return of a game to Cairns

– A special heritage month in January to mark the 40th anniversary season of the NBL

– Grand Final Replay between Perth Wildcats and Illawarra Hawks at Perth Arena on October 13

– 10 games at Spark Arena (formerly Vector Arena) featuring the New Zealand Breakers