With basketball quickly growing in popularity as a truly global sport (the 2nd most popular sport worldwide), fans can now look beyond the American National Basketball Association (NBA) for a local fix. Though the Association remains the best professional basketball league in the world, quality leagues have been established across the globe. The UK itself is fortunate to host the British Basketball League (BBL) and Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL), as well as a brand new summer league in development from Premier League Basketball (PLB). The NBA has taken several steps in expansion here, holding both exhibition and league games regularly in the UK.
So as the sport continues to grow in the UK, we welcome the news that the BBC will now show 32 BBL and WBBL games live on the BBC Sport website and app this season.
As well as online, all three BBL and WBBL finals days – the Cup (15 January), the Trophy (19 March) and the Play-off finals (14 May) – will also be shown on-demand. The website and app will broadcast all the league matches in addition to the cup finals. Find out more at the BBC site here, with the full schedule of games below.
With both the UK and American leagues heating up, get involved with this fantastic sport by streaming our Basketball Sport Playlist, featuring arena anthems and iconic sounds. Stream and follow the basketball playlist here.
Live BBL/WBBL BBC games 2016/2017
|Date||Time||Competition||Home team||Away team|
|Fri 16 Dec||19:30||BBL||Sheffield Sharks||v||Leeds Force|
|Fri 30 Dec||19:30||BBL||Glasgow Rocks||v||Cheshire Phoenix|
|Sun 15 Jan||12:00||WBBL Cup Final||TBC||v||TBC|
|Sun 15 Jan||15:30||BBL Cup Final||TBC||v||TBC|
|Fri 20 Jan||19:30||BBL||Newcastle Eagles||v||Worcester Wolves|
|Fri 27 Jan||17:00||WBBL||Barking Abbey||v||Oaklands Wolves|
|Fri 27 Jan||19:30||BBL||London Lions||v||Bristol Flyers|
|Fri 10 Feb||19:30||BBL||Worcester Wolves||Manchester Giants|
|Fri 17 Feb||17:00||WBBL||Sevenoaks Suns||v||Cardiff Met Archers|
|Fri 17 Feb||19:30||BBL||Surrey Scorchers||v||Plymouth Raiders|
|Fri 3 Mar||19:30||BBL||Cheshire Phoenix||v||Leeds Force|
|Fri 10 Mar||19:30||BBL||Manchester Giants||v||Surrey Scorchers|
|Sun 19 Mar||12:00||WBBL Trophy Final||TBC||v||TBC|
|Sun 19 Mar||15:00||BBL Trophy Final||TBC||v||TBC|
|Fri 24 Mar||19:30||BBL||Plymouth Raiders||v||Bristol Flyers|
|Fri 31 Mar||17:00||WBBL||Sheffield Hatters||v||Nottingham Wildcats|
|Fri 31 Mar||19:30||BBL||Sheffield Sharks||v||Glasgow Rocks|
|Fri 7 Apr||TBC||TBC||TBC||v||TBC|
|Fri 14 Apr||TBC||TBC||TBC||v||TBC|
|Fri 21 Apr||TBC||TBC||TBC||v||TBC|
|Sun 14 May||14:15||WBBL Play-Off Final||TBC||v||TBC|
|Sun 14 May||16:30||BBL Play-Off Final||TBC||v||TBC|