BNXT League

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BNXT League
BNXT League logo.png
Organising body Dutch Basketball League
Pro Basketball League
FoundedDecember 10, 2020;2 years ago (2020-12-10)
First season 2021–22
Country Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
Confederation Flag of Europe.svg FIBA Europe
Number of teams20
Level on pyramid1
Domestic cup(s) Basketball Cup (Netherlands)
Basketball Cup (Belgium)
Supercup BNXT Supercup
Dutch Supercup
International cup(s) Basketball Champions League
FIBA Europe Cup
Current champions ZZ Leiden (1st title)
(2021–22)
Most championships ZZ Leiden
CEO Wim Van de Keere
PresidentRamses Braakman
TV partners bnxt.tv (PlaySight Interactive)
Website bnxtleague.com
Basketball current event.svg 2022–23 BNXT League

The BNXT League, for sponsorship reasons the betFirst BNXT League, is a professional basketball league in Belgium and the Netherlands. The league is the first tier in both the Dutch and Belgian system, replacing the DBL and PBL. The inaugural season was the 2021–22 season, which started in September 2021.

Contents

The BNXT League plays national playoffs as well as a cross-border playoffs to determine a Dutch champion, Belgian champion and BNXT champion.

History

On 10 December 2020, it was announced that the Belgian Pro Basketball League and Dutch Basketball League would merge to form a new multinational league. [1] All clubs from the Dutch DBL voted for, while 9 of 10 teams in Belgium voted in favor of the decision. Serious talks about the initiative had been ongoing since fall 2019. [2] On 20 May 2021, the new name "BNXT League" and logo of the league were announced. [3]

The league started its inaugural season amidst an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a great number of games had to be played behind locked doors as a result of national lockdowns. [4] On 11 June 2022, ZZ Leiden were crowned the inaugural BNXT champions. [5]

Sponsorship

On 10 September 2021, the league announced its first name sponsorship when Belgian betting company betFirst signed to become naming sponsor for three seasons. [6]


Competition formula

The league consists of different stages. In the first stage, teams play each other home and away in the national regular season. After this, the teams are divided in the Elite Gold and Elite Silver group for the cross-border season. Next, the teams from the Elite Gold and the best team from the Elite Silver play in the national playoffs to compete for the national championships. At the same time the BNXT Play-offs start to determine the league winner. [1]

Teams entering in this round
National regular season
(22 teams)
  • Belgian teams play each other twice
  • Dutch teams play each other twice
Elite Gold
(10 teams)
  • Best 5 Dutch teams
  • Best 5 Belgian teams
Elite Silver
(10 teams)
  • Bottom-5 Dutch teams
  • Bottom-5 Belgian teams
National play-offs
(6 teams)
  • Top two Gold teams from each country go directly to semifinals
  • Three other Gold teams play in quarter-finals
  • Best Silver team joins the quarter-finals
BNXT League play-offs
(16–24 teams)

Teams

The following 20 teams will play in the 2022–23 season:

Stadiums and locations

Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
ClubLocationVenueCapacityFoundedNational
titles
Netherlands
Apollo Amsterdam Amsterdam Apollohal 1,5002011
Aris Leeuwarden Leeuwarden Kalverdijkje 1,7002004
BAL Weert Sporthal Boshoven1,0002013
Den Helder Suns Den Helder Sporthal Sportlaan1,0002016
Donar Groningen MartiniPlaza 4,35019517
Feyenoord Rotterdam Topsportcentrum Rotterdam 2,5001954
Heroes Den Bosch 's-Hertogenbosch Maaspoort 2,800195217
Landstede Hammers Zwolle Landstede Sportcentrum 1,20019951
Yoast United Bemmel De Schaapskooi6502020
ZZ Leiden Leiden Vijf Meihal 2,00019584
Belgium
Antwerp Giants Antwerp Lotto Arena 5,21819951
Kangoeroes Mechelen Mechelen Winketkaai1,5002009
Leuven Bears Leuven Sportoase3,4001999
Liège Basket Liège Country Hall 5,0001967
Limburg United Hasselt Alverberg Sporthal1,7302014
Mons-Hainaut Mons Mons Arena 4,0001959
Okapi Aalst Aalst Okapi Forum2,8001949
Oostende Ostend Sleuyter Arena 5,000197023
Circus Brussels Brussels Complexe de Neder-Over-Hembeek1,2001957
Spirou Charleroi Spiroudome 6,200198910

Former teams

ClubLocationVenueCapacityFoundedSeasonsLast season
The Hague Royals The Hague Sportcampus Zuiderpark3,500202012021–22

BNXT champions

SeasonChampionsScoreRunners-upFinals MVP
2021–22 ZZ Leiden 146–142
(75–72, 71–70)
Donar Worthy de Jong

National champions

Netherlands

SeasonChampionsScoreRunners-upFinals MVP
2021–22 Heroes Den Bosch 3–2 ZZ Leiden Thomas van der Mars

Belgium

SeasonChampionsScoreRunners-upFinals MVP
2021–22 Oostende 3–1 Kangoeroes Mechelen Keye van der Vuurst de Vries

Broadcasting partners

Notes

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