Action-starveD basketball enthusiasts would soon have their hands full as the Nigeria Basketball Federation has announced dates for the commencement of the 2010 basketball season.
According to the NBBF, hostilities would beginÂ in the national DSTV male basketball league on March 13, 2010.
Also, the body in charge of the administration of the game announced over the weekend after a marathon stake-holders meeting that the female ZenithÂ Basketball league would commence on March 17th. By this decision, the original proposed dates of February 27th and March 6th are now history.
Similarly, the Federation and club owners of the Zenith Bank League agreed to hold the first phase of the Zenith Bank League from March 17th through 27th. Kano, however, remains the venue. The cities of Port Harcourt and Lagos will host the second and final phases respectively.
Secretary of the Federation, Francis Gbiri said after their meeting,Â â€œThey were quite long deliberations but they have been very helpful to the development of the game in the country”.
Every area as it affects the leagues were touched and so we expect a smooth take off and run through,â€
The meetings with the club owners were part of a general seminar and stakeholdersâ€™ event held at the Ilorin Stadium Kwara State. Referees, Technical Commissioners and Statisticians were also at the venue where they attended refresher programmes.
The deliberations touched on league administration, rules and regulations that will guide the leagues for the current and future seasons. The meeting for the menâ€™s league which began at about 3pm lasted until about 10pm as members deliberated on the draft presented two weeks ago by the Federation.
The gathering agreed on all matters but could not finalise talks on sharing formula for the sponsorship revenue from Multichoice and Zenith Bank the parent companies of the leagues sponsors. A new meeting was agreed for later this week in Abuja with the duo of Col Sam Ahmedu (Dodan Warriors) and Hon Tanko Dutse of Yelwa Hawks representing the clubs. All 16 clubs in the menâ€™s league were represented in the meeting in Ilorin. The womenâ€™s league also had full representations.