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Basketball Ireland Announce New Format of 2020/21 Season

It'll just be in place for next year.

The Men’s Super League and National Division 1 will have a new competition format for the 2020/21 season.

A conference system - split into a North Conference and a South Conference - will be implemented for the upcoming season only.

The start date for both competitions has also been brought forward, they will now begin on the weekend of October 17th/18th.

That means the Portlaosie Panthers will be back on the court, although it is yet unknown which conference they will play in. 

The Panthers finished last season with a 5-17 record in the national league division one. 

The decisions were made after clubs met with the Men’s National Competitions Committee:

Chair of the MNCC, Bernard O’Byrne, said:

“The new conference system in both the Super League and Division 1 was unanimously agreed by the clubs. This will help ease the financial burden on clubs, who continue to deal with the fallout from Covid-19. The playoffs will also bring an exciting climax to the league season.

“We can also now look forward to the traditional start date of the basketball season, following the governments recent decision to accelerate its roadmap and the reduction in phases.”

The 16-game regular Super League season will see teams play home and away ties against teams from their Conference, along with one match against teams from the opposing Conference.

The top two from each Conference will advance to the semi-finals and the league season concludes with a Super League final. 

The teams to compete in the North Conference and South Conference of the Super League will be decided on Friday.

Interviews for new applicants to compete in Division 1 are taking place this weekend and the make-up of the two Conferences will be decided afterwards.

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