BBL Postponed, WBBL Cancelled
Today the BBL announced that "Following the latest measures to combat Covid-19 as directed by the government, the BBL has agreed a decision to postpone the 2019/20 season until further notice due to the ongoing impact of these measures. The BBL is wholly owned by its member clubs who as a collective determine any decisions and they have agreed that it is in the best interests of the sport to see out the season and that this postponement offers the best chance to do so. This action has been taken in consultation with Basketball England, basketballscotland, Basketball Wales, BUCS and the AoC Sport. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and work with all BBL clubs and partners to explore all options to allow us to continue the season prudently and safely at the earliest opportunity. We would like to thank the players, staff, volunteers and fans for their continued support in this unprecedented situation."
Following the BBL's announcement Glasgow Rocks released a statement voicing that in their opinion "The right thing to do for the sport and more importantly for public health would be to bring the season to an end immediately. This would give the BBL and its clubs a period of 6 months to regroup, recapitalise and manage the expectations of staff, players, coaches, fans and sponsors, rather than postponing the inevitable. We have a duty of care to all our staff, many of whom are young men a long way from home for the first time in their lives, and like many others feel very uncomfortable at this uncertain time. They would much prefer to get themselves home to their loved ones. Nobody at Glasgow Rocks believes there is more basketball to be played this season. The season is over and to say otherwise for political or financial reasons is foolhardy. We have completed 75% of our scheduled Championship fixtures and are clear league leaders with an 80% win percentage. We strongly believe that in the spirit of sporting integrity the season should be ended now and that Glasgow Rocks are announced as Championship winners for season 2019/20." They added that to do otherwise "Flies in the face of sporting integrity."
The WBBL also made an announcement today, unlike the BBL however they have "Taken the decision to cancel the remainder of the 2019/20 season." The league said "We are finalising the details as to what cancellation means in terms of results based on the current standings and will update in due course. We would like to thank all the players, staff, volunteers and fans for their support during what has been an unprecedented situation." This means that Caledonia Pride's season is over.