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2020-21 season on hold as discussions continue with DCMS

The ongoing impact of the latest Government guidelines continues to be felt throughout the British Basketball League with the start of the 2020-21 season now on hold as discussions continue with the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS)

Sir Rodney Walker, Chair of the British Basketball League, has today (Wednesday 30 September) written to Secretary of State Oliver Dowden in support of a submission for financial support being made by BBL and Basketball England. In the letter, Sir Rodney detailed the impact on the BBL and WBBL as well as the effects being felt on the community work carried out by clubs. The letter was also sent to Nigel Huddleston, Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger, Chair of UK Sport, and to Nick Bitel, Chair of Sport England.

The 2020-21 season had been due to start on 2 October with the first round of BBL Cup games, with Championship games slated for 13 November. However, the late notice given by the Government that fans were not being allowed to return to sports venues has put those plans on hold even as clubs were at advanced stages with their pre-season preparations.