#GameTime: NBL/WNBL Live returns with a 14-game schedule for 2021/22

NBL Live returns for a third season with a visit to the South Coast on opening night. 

Beginning an exciting new league season with supporters allowed back into venues, Worthing Thunder host Essex Rebels at the Worthing Leisure Centre on Saturday 2 October (7:30pm tip-off). 

It starts a 14-game NBL/WNBL Live schedule this season, with Division One men’s and women’s action exclusively streamed on the Basketball England YouTube channel.  

Commentary will be provided by John Hobbs, supported this season by Reading Rockets ‘stream team’ commentator Mark Halewood and a selection of guest co-commentators. The experienced Ralston Humble will lead the filming operation. 

Travis Charles will again be a big part of Team Solent Kestrels' NBL1 push. Picture: Luke Simcock

Gail Richards, Basketball England’s Senior Delivery Manager for Leagues, Competitions & Events, said: 

“It’s great to be close to the start of another National League season – and one when supporters can return to venues across the country. 

“The NBL Live team will be looking to provide a high-quality viewing experience for a selection of men’s and women’s Division One games, featuring expert insight and a range in interesting guests, as well as aiming to set production standards that clubs can aspire to in their own coverage of games this season.” 

Hobbs added: “Once again, we are looking forward to resuming our coverage of the National Leagues, and continuing to promote these exciting and hugely competitive competitions with the added bonus of supporters returning to the venues.

“As always, the coverage gives fans, who can’t make it to the games a chance to see their favourite teams in action, but it also gives the families that are living abroad a chance to watch their relatives in action too.” 

Faye Endean will suit up for another WNBL1 campaign. Picture: Luke Simcock

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WNBL1 in the spotlight 

This season, Basketball England will stream seven WNBL1 encounters beginning with a match-up between two teams that were forced to pull out of the last campaign.  

Bristol Flyers square off against Anglia Ruskin University on Saturday 30 October, with both teams now settling back into WNBL Division One following their withdrawal from the league last season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Richards added: “We’re looking to forward to seeing even more of the WNBL on our screens this season and getting back to a full complement of teams. It should be an exciting campaign.” 

Other on-screen action 

Teams will also be encouraged to live stream their own games around the NBL/WNBL Live schedule with the action being collated on the BE YouTube channel. 

NBL/WNBL Live fixtures 

Oct 2 - NBL1 – Worthing Thunder vs Essex Rebels (7:30pm)
Oct 30 – WNBL1 – Bristol Flyers vs Anglia Ruskin University (5pm) 
Nov 13 – WNBL1 - Worcester Wolves vs Ipswich (tip TBA) 
Nov 21 – WNBL1 – Reading Rockets vs Thames Valley Cavaliers (2:30pm) 
Nov 21 – NBL1 – Reading Rockets vs Thames Valley Cavaliers (5pm) 
Dec 11 – WNBL1 – Solent Kestrels vs Worcester Wolves (3pm)
Dec 11 – NBL1 – Solent Kestrels vs Hemel Storm (6pm) 
Jan 8 – NBL1 – Loughborough Riders vs Nottingham Hoods (4pm) 
Jan 15 – WNBL1 – Solent Kestrels vs Bristol Flyers (3pm) 
Jan 15 – NBL1 – Solent Kestrels vs Derby Trailblazers (6pm) 
Feb 12 – NBL1 – Essex Rebels vs Thames Valley Cavaliers (tip TBA) 
Feb 27 – WNBL1 – Cardiff Met Archers vs City of London Academy (tip TBA) 
Mar 5 – WNBL1 – Loughborough Riders vs Ipswich (1pm) 
Mar 19 – NBL1 – Worthing Thunder vs Loughborough Riders (7:30pm) 

*All fixtures listed are subject to change 

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