British Basketball League 2019-20 season cancelled after clubs vote 'unanimously' to end campaign

JOE KRISHNAN
Getty Images

The British Basketball League have confirmed that the 2019-20 season has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All professional matches were provisionally suspended by its governing body, Basketball England, back in March amid the outbreak of Covid-19.

But after exploring several ideas to finish the season, the BBL revealed in a statement released on Monday (June 1) that its member clubs had "unanimously" agreed to cut short the campaign.

It has also been agreed that there will also be no winner declared due to the mathematical possibility of several teams being able to win the title, with the Glasgow Rocks leading the London Lions by two points.

It added that the 2020-21 season will begin when "able to do so".

“Obviously this is not the way anyone wanted to see the season end and we worked hard to try to find an alternative solution," BBL chairman Sir Rodney Walker said.

"The 2019-20 season was one of the most exciting and competitive we’ve seen and shaping up to a very exciting finish, and we look forward to building on that as we move into the new 2020/21 season.”

“But we looked at every option, including playing behind closed doors or restarting the season in the summer, in order that we could get to a League and Playoff winners, but with the continued uncertainty, we just ran out of time and options.

"The clubs were united that now was the right time to bring the current season to a close.”

Read more

Robinson interview: 'The Government could do much more for basketball'