BASKETBALL AFRICA LEAGUE POSTPONES START OF INAUGURAL SEASON
The Basketball Africa League (BAL) today postponed the league’s inaugural season, which had been scheduled to tip off Friday, March 13 in Dakar, Senegal. Due to several cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
being confirmed in three countries in Africa according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the decision to postpone tip-off comes as no surprise.
BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall issued the following statement: “Following the recommendation of the Senegalese government regarding the escalating health concerns related to the coronavirus, the BAL’s inaugural season will be postponed. I am disappointed we are not able to tip off this historic league as scheduled but look forward to the highly-anticipated launch of the BAL at a later date.”
Just days ago the NBA who have a partnership with the BAL issued their statement regarding the COVID-19 which stated “We are coordinating with our teams and consulting with the CDC and infectious disease specialists on the coronavirus and continue to monitor the situation closely.”
The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the NBA, is a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa. The BAL builds on the foundation of club competitions FIBA has organized in Africa and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America. NIKE and Jordan Brand are the exclusive on-court outfitter of the new professional league. Fans can follow the BAL @theBAL on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and register their interest in receiving more information at www.theBAL.com.