Basketball and India

When and where is 3BL Season 3? Dates and venue announced in partnership with BFI

This past Wednesday (Dec. 15), the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and the 3BL - earlier only a FIBA-recognised 3x3 professional league in India - came together to make a huge announcement.

In a press conference at JW Marriot Hotel in Chandigarh, key executives from both administrative bodies posed for the cameras after they signed the exclusive contract regarding the future of 3x3 basketball in India.

This comes just over six months after the BFI granted official recognition to the 3BL.

"BFI granted the exclusive rights to 3BL in order to promote 3×3 Professional Basketball in India. 3BL will provide additional income and additional exposure to many Indian Basketball athletes," Mr. Chander Mukhi Sharma, Secretary General - BFI said. "3BL will act as a feeder system for our national teams, especially those that will be participating at the 3×3 events at next year's Commonwealth Games and Asian Games."

"We are extremely grateful for BFI to grant the exclusive rights to promote 3×3 Professional Basketball in India," 3BL Commissioner Mr. Bakshi said. "3BL is committed to providing a valuable source of income to players, besides exposure to play alongside and against international talents. In addition to BFI's national recognition, 3BL is also exclusively recognized by the international federation (FIBA), which provides multiple unique benefits for many Indian Basketball players."

When and Where is 3BL Season 3?

Releasing the dates and venue for 3BL Season 3 was part of the big announcements from the press conference.

Season 3, the tryouts for which were conducted over a couple of weekends in October, will be held between 5th to 27th Mar., 2022 in the city of Chandigarh.

What's different about 3BL Season 3?

Unlike previous seasons of the 3BL, this edition will feature Indian Basketball players without having to give up their hopes of making the national teams - a consequence of the BFI granting 3BL official recognition.

MORE: Gurugram and Kochi announced as winners of 3BL Season 2

So, it came as no surprise that senior players from both national teams were present in Palpreet Singh Brar and Raspreet Sidhu.

Playing in the 3BL will increase the players' FIBA 3×3 ranking points, which in turn, increases the ranking of India and further the chances of the nation qualifying for the Olympics in the 3x3 format.

What are the Teams and rosters for 3BL Season 3?

Similar to Season 2, 3BL Season 3 will feature 18 franchises (12 Men & 6 Women). The rosters for the teams will be announced following a player draft ceremony.

Feature Image courtesy: 3BL/Twitter

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