BFI announces National Star Basketball League, invites tenders for orgainzing partner

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The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) is set to revolutionize the sport in the country with the launch of the National Star Basketball League (NSBL) in both 3×3 and 5×5 formats. This marks a significant milestone in the history of Indian basketball, promising not just exposure but also enhanced career prospects for players.

All you need to know about National Star Basketball League

The NSBL will feature international players – men and women, along with their Indian counterparts. The BFI will fully own the leagues and is currently searching for an organizing partner through a selection process to host the NSBL. The organizing partner will be given a seven-year license to run the leagues.

In addition to the NSBL, the BFI will also organize the national U-23 Pro League for men and women, and a league each for the national college and school for boys and girls in both the half and full-court formats. This initiative aims to provide abundant opportunities for players of all ages and skill levels, thereby creating a robust ecosystem for basketball development.

A minimum of eight teams will participate in the 5×5 format, and a minimum of 12 teams in both men’s and women’s sections will compete in the 3×3 format. The BFI will form a governing and audit council for the league.

BFI President Aadhav Arjuna expressed his delight at the launch of NSBL, stating, “We wish to revolutionize basketball in India. The 100% ownership of NSBL will stay with BFI. By fostering leagues at various tiers, BFI aims to provide abundant opportunities for players of all ages and skill levels, thereby creating a robust ecosystem for basketball development.”

The NSBL is expected to enable talented athletes to showcase their skills and pave the way for a financial transformation for players and BFI alike. The national federation will have an organizing partner, who will be granted a license to conduct the league for 7 years and is expected to pay an annual royalty fee to BFI.

The BFI has already invited bids for the leagues, and it has also set criteria to find the organizing partner. The tender process will be overseen by former Supreme Court Judge Ravindra Bhat.

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