Basketball in Britain started back in 1892, introduced by a man named Proctor. It evolved quite a lot over time to become the popular game that we know today. Currently, the British Basketball League runs the sport. Below are a few facts and descriptions of how the league operates.
The Top Tier in Britain Is the British Basketball League
BBL is a professional basketball league for men, which is the highest level that a player can get to in Britain. In addition to the BBL Championship, the league also runs two basketball competitions that are knockout based, which are the BBL Trophy and the BBL Cup. The league has a total of 12 teams, including some from Scotland and England. There are no relegations or promotions of teams at the end of each season. Member franchises jointly own the league.
The Flagship Competition of British Basketball Is BBL Championship
The BBL Championship is the main competition, in which all the teams play a total of 33 games through the regular season. The season usually starts in September and continues to April. The round-robin format is used. FIBA rules are used for all the games, and each game is played for four ten-minute quarters. Every win is awarded two points, and each loss awarded one point. The team with the highest number of points at the end of the season wins the championship.
The Best Teams Go for Playoffs
At the end of the regular season, the teams that ranked top eight in the BBL Championship get to compete in the playoffs. The playoffs is a knockout tournament. The teams have to play both home and away, and the team with the higher aggregate score gets to proceed to the next stage. The finals are usually a one-game event, traditionally held at The O2 Arena.