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BFI Announces National Star Basketball League for Men and Women in both 3×3, 5×5 formats

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The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) is preparing to introduce two national-level leagues – the National Star Basketball League in both 3×3 and 5×5 formats. These leagues will feature the participation of international men and women players alongside Indian athletes.

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The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) plans to host national U-23 Pro Leagues for both men and women, as well as leagues for national college and school teams in both half and full-court formats. The organization will own these leagues entirely and is in the process of selecting a partner to host the National Star Basketball League in 3×3 and 5×5 formats.

The selected partner will receive a seven-year license to manage the leagues. BFI has issued invitations for bids for the leagues and has established specific criteria to select the organizing partner.

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The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) will establish a governing and audit council for the league, with a requirement of at least eight teams in the 5×5 format and a minimum of 12 teams in both the men’s and women’s sections for the 3×3 format.

The BFI president, Aadhav Arjuna’s comments on the leagues:

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“We wish to revolutionize basketball in India. I am delighted to announce the launch of NSBL, an initiative that marks a significant milestone and a massive leap forward in the history of Indian basketball.”


“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 pinnacle of this vision is the National Star Basketball League of India, a premier platform that promises not just exposure but also enhanced career prospects for players”


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