Matt Hodgson returning to Brisbane for NBL21

From nbl.com.au: The Brisbane Bullets have announced that Matt Hodgson will return to the club for the NBL21 season. Under the NBL and Australian Basketball Players Association agreement, Hodgson initially chose to explore European playing options, before deciding to play another NBL season with the Bullets. “It’s great to have Hodgy back as a Bullet,” CEO Peter McLennan said. “Matt’s already had an impact in Brisbane, playing 57 games since joining our club in 2018. “He is one of the most talented big men in the league and is an important part…

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Brisbane’s Matt Hodgson opting out of deal with club

from nbl.com.au : Brisbane Bullets centre Matt Hodgson has exercised his right under the NBL and the Australian Basketball Players’ Association’s collective bargaining agreement to opt out of his contract with the club. Hodgson has made a significant contribution to the Bullets, playing 57 games since joining the club in 2018.  Bullets CEO Peter McLennan says while it’s disappointing to lose a player of Hodgson’s caliber, the club wishes him the best. “Hodgy is a great guy and has been a popular member of our squad,” McLennan said.  “The most important…

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Must win for Melbourne extends their season

From nbl.com.au : Melbourne United has never quite clicked all of #NBL20, until now, and it took until the very last regular season game for them to beat South East Melbourne Phoenix 109-90 and secure a semi-final berth. Coming off appearing in the past two NBL Grand Finals and adding Shawn Long, Melo Trimble and welcoming back triple championship winner Casey Prather, there were high hopes for Melbourne for this season. But they started off losing three straight, including the season-opener to the Phoenix in the first ever Throwdown, and…

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New Zealand gets 96-85 win over Brisbane

From nbl.com.au: Drama might continue to follow this New Zealand Breakers team but one thing they continue to do is play relatively well at Spark Arena, and that was again the case on Monday night as they disposed of the Brisbane Bullets 96-85. The Breakers haven’t enjoyed hitting the road so far in #NBL20 losing on all six attempts including in Cairns on Friday night, but they improved to 4-3 at home on the season following Monday’s win against a Bullets team far too reliant on superstar import Lamar Patterson.…

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NBL Round 1 Preview: Illawarra Hawks v Brisbane Bullets

From NBL.com.au: When: 3pm (AEDT), Sunday 6 October Where: WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong Broadcast: SBS Viceland; Sky Sports NZ; SBS On Demand New players: Illawarra – LaMelo Ball, Josh Boone, Aaron Brooks, Sunday Dech, Sam Froling Brisbane – Taylor Braun, EJ Singler, Nathan Sobey The last time Brisbane 98 (Patterson 24, Gibson 14, Hodgson 14) d Illawarra 87 (Jett 16, Grida 13, Jackson 11, Naar 11), OT, Round 17, 2018/19, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre The energy of Dan Grida drove the Hawks to a double-digit advantage in the second term, but the…

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National Basketball League and Under Armour extend partnership

From Nbl.com.au : The Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League (NBL) is pleased to announce that global performance brand Under Armour has extended its partnership with the league. After a successful collaboration for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 NBL seasons, Under Armour will continue as both Supply Partner and Official Compression Partner for the 2019/20 season. NBL Chief Commercial Officer Brad Joyner said: “We have been delighted with the first two seasons of the Under Armour partnership and are excited to grow the relationship. “Under Armour is a premier producer of high-performance…

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NBL games to air live on SBS Viceland and ESPN

It will be a bit easier to view National Basketball League (NBL) games because now the league has reached an agreement with SBS and ESPN. The deal doubles the number games available on free-to-air, makes them viewable at better time slots and now every game available in HD. Under the terms of the agreement, fans will be able to view all the NBL games for free with 67 games airing on SBS VICELAND and all of the games will be streamed live and free on SBS VICELAND. NBL fans within…

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NBL and Players’ Association reach new Collective Bargaining Agreement

courtesy of nbl.com.au : The National Basketball League (NBL) and the Australian Basketball Players’ Association (ABPA) will deliver the most professional conditions in the League’s history under a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Minimum salaries will significantly increase and investment in player welfare and development will be doubled under the three-year agreement. Under the deal: Minimum salaries for players will be set at $55,000 – an increase of 38 per cent since 2016; Development Players will receive a minimum salary for the first time, set at $17,000 for the NBL Season;…

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Brisbane Bullets sign former 36er Nathan Sobey

From nbl.com.au : The Brisbane Bullets have secured Australian Boomer and All-NBL Second Team guard Nathan Sobey as their first free agent addition to the roster. Sobey joins the Bullets on a three-year deal which will have him at the Club until the end of the 2021-22 season. The move to Brisbane comes after five years at the Adelaide 36ers for Sobey, and one year with the Cairns Taipans. Sobey was involved in grand finals series with both teams, including the 2017-18 series for the 36ers against Melbourne United. Bullets Head…

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Andrew Bogut wins Andrew Gaze NBL MVP Trophy

Former NBA veteran, world champion Andrew Bogut capped off his successful inaugural season in the NBL by being awarded the Andrew Gaze Trophy, which is given to the Most Valuable Player. The former no. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft garnered 83 votes to beat out Melbourne United’s Caspar Ware, who finished with 77 votes and Bryce Cotton of the Perth Wildcats, with 65 votes. Bogut was not done racking up hardware and acclaim, as was also named the NBL’s Best Defensive Player as well as earning a…

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