The pay-tv channel will hold exclusive broadcast rights to all games excluding finals occurring after 7. The full broadcast schedule for the NBL Season can be viewed here. The new deal will see the NBL absorb production costs and no longer receive a rights fee for its content.
Although there is a huge risk young players face in a professional league by exposing their raw play and potential weaknesses to NBA scouts, there is the advantage of fast-tracking their development by taking up the challenge, as well as all the professional habits that come along with it.
At college we were eating McDonalds before a three-hour training and not throwing up.
Here, I wouldn't dare do that. Your diet can't be bad to be a high-level basketball player, you have to sleep, you can't go out, no frat parties, and in college you can get away with some of that.
It seems like he's handling it all pretty well. It's been a really smart move," Pineau added. We would never have that without something like the Next Stars program.
It's a genius initiative," the centre said. Those guys are both very talented and if they do well and get drafted highly I think it'll open the doors up for a lot of guys to come out and start earning money. So if these guys do well here then I think there'll definitely be more who follow the same route.
The new NBL team are eyeing their third-straight win of the season, which would be an NBL first for an expansion team. That would mean a lot alone, and in star player Mitch Creek's th NBL game no less, but there's even more anticipation around this game due to the 'LaMelo Factor'.
LaMelo Ball of the Hawks warms up Getty.