The National Basketball League of Canada has announced that announced league-changes for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.
Amongst the changes that came out of the annual owners meeting were their renewed commitment to work together and help grow the league, rather than bicker against one another.
“We had a great meeting today, all the owners are unified and on the same page so together we can advance the objectives of the League in Canada,” said NBL Canada Commissioner Paul Riley. “I couldn’t ask for a more passionate, dedicated group of owners to work with.”
Additionally the league and its owners changed the dates of the regular season, down-graded the number of games played to 32 while also bumping up the number of Canadians allowed per roster from three (3) to four (4).
- A 32-game regular season that is designed to put more focus on each home game as a special event.
- The season will start on November 1 and end on February 28th.
- The minimum Canadian player content has been increased from 3 players to now 4, demonstrating the league’s growing commitment to showcase Canadian talent.
- The protected player list has been increased to 6 players.
- NBL Canada teams may now sign players at any time in the off-season as opposed to just after the draft in previous years.
- NBL Canada team’s will retain the first right of refusal on their un-signed, protected players through the end of the season.
- The league’s annual combine has been scheduled for August 23-24 at the Athlete Institute in Orangeville, ON. The draft is Monday night August 25th.
No changes were announced regarding the team salary cap which stays put at 150, 000 per team.