The West Australian State Basketball League (SBL) has today announced the introduction of a revised finals model for the 2020 Season.
Through consultation with all 14 SBL association representatives, a revised finals model was accepted and passed by the SBL Commission for introduction to the 2020 Season.
The ‘top 8 model’, which is identical to that of the AFL and the NBL1 format, will see the teams who finish in top 4 positions, receive a double chance to progress in the finals, making the regular season more competitive than ever.
The 2020 SBL finals will be played across a 4-week period with the revised concept shortening the finals schedule by one week. The top 4 teams who win the first week Qualifying Final must navigate a bye throughout week 2 before hosting a Preliminary Final in week 3.
Six of the top 8 teams will be guaranteed to host at least one finals game with the top 2 teams guaranteed to host two games.
To ensure maximum opportunity for supporters to attend, the SBL Grand Finals will remain on the John Gardiner Show Court at the Bendat Basketball Centre which seats over 2,500 spectators.
The 2020 SBL Season will commence in March with the Grand Finals scheduled on August 21 and 22.