Get ready, NBA’s Basketball African League is closer to reality than you think
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If you want to play pro-ball in the NBA, you’d understand the growing pains of the underwhelming enthusiasm for basketball in Africa.
Consequently, the NBA’s announcement for bringing professional basketball to Africa on a permanent basis is a dream come true.
On Tuesday, the league announced the inaugural seven cities that will play host when the Basketball Africa League, or ‘BAL’, tips off in March 2020. Other details about the league were shared in the release, including a major partnership with Nike and Jordan Brand to exclusively outfit the 12 teams with practice and game equipment.
The teams will play in the cities of Cairo (Egypt), Dakar (Senegal), Lagos (Nigeria), Luanda (Angola), Rabat (Morocco) and Either Monastir or Tunis (Tunisia) during the regular season while a BAL Final Four and BAL Final are expected to take place in Kigali, Rwanda.
NBA has aggressively pursued expanding its international footprint by heavily investing in programs such as Basketball Without Borders. This year’s NBA Summer League featured participation from the Chinese and Croatian national teams and 2019-20 will feature the first regular-season NBA game to be played in Paris.
The league is capitalizing on its surging worldwide popularity, coinciding with the Toronto Raptor’s Finals victory in June – the first championship ever claimed outside the United States’ borders.
A lot of dreams are on the line and Hundidsmag is excited to see what happens next!