The biggest stars in Australian and New Zealand basketball will descend on Tasmania in September for the NBL Blitz.
The Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League has partnered with the Tasmanian Government to bring its popular pre-season event to Tasmania from September 19-22.
Games between all nine NBL teams will be played across Tasmania and fans will have an opportunity to meet players as part of a range of community activities around the state.
Hungry Jack’s NBL Owner and Executive Chairman Larry Kestelman made the announcement with Tasmanian Acting Premier and Minister for Sport and Recreation Jeremy Rockliff and Australian basketball legend Andrew Gaze in Hobart.
Mr Kestelman said: “We are very excited to bring the NBL Blitz to Tasmania in September. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring all of our teams and players here and engage with the Tasmanian people as well as showcase some world class basketball.
“This is the only time each year that all of our teams come together and we want to get our teams and players as far and wide across the community so Tasmanians of all ages can enjoy all the NBL has to offer.
“Tasmania is a great sporting state and we want basketball to be its number one sport. That’s why we’ve expressed a strong interest in establishing a 10th NBL team in Tasmania that will represent the whole state and we think the NBL Blitz is a great opportunity to showcase the league.
“I want to thank the Tasmanian Government for hosting the NBL Blitz. It will provide a great lead-in to the start of the 2019-20 Hungry Jack’s NBL Season in what shapes up as our biggest and best season yet.”
The Hodgman Liberal Government has invested $300,000 to bring the NBL Blitz to Tasmania including pre-season games, community clinics, game day activations and a coaching clinic.
Mr Rockliff said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for Tasmanians to see games between all nine teams at both ends of the state with fans having the opportunity to meet players and take part in a range of community activities.
“This Government is very supportive of Tasmania securing a licence to participate in the NBL. Providing a pathway to elite level basketball is important for encouraging participation and developing grassroots basketball. We feel this contribution will help our push for a team of our own.”
He said sport was a critical part of the Government’s five year Healthy Tasmania Strategy to reduce Tasmania’s rate of obesity to below the national average and have the healthiest population in the nation by 2025.
The full schedule of games and other activities during the NBL Blitz will be released soon.