Australia’s National Basketball League honors Indigenous community with special edition jerseys – SportsLogos.Net News

The National Basketball League (NBL), which operates in Australia and New Zealand, is honoring Indigenous communities in both countries with special jerseys to wear in the league’s second Indigenous round.

The Indigenous Round matches will be played March 4-14, 2021. The NBL says The purpose of the Aboriginal Round is to “celebrate, recognize and acknowledge Aboriginal culture across Australia and New Zealand”.

Each of the league’s 10 teams commissioned a local Aboriginal artist to create a jersey for their round-robin games that reflects the region’s unique Aboriginal culture.

The LNB and its clubs will host Indigenous basketball initiatives during the round. The league also institutes a Native player rule which he hopes will inspire young Indigenous players to go further in basketball. The rule states:

  • The NBL will fund 50% of the minimum wage for all eligible development players.
    • An eligible Aboriginal player is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander who has never been fully contracted with an NBL club, is within the first six years of his professional career, and has not played professionally anywhere elsewhere.
  • If an eligible player is fully contracted in their first, second or third year, they will be exempt from calculating that club’s total salaries for salary cap purposes.
  • For these same players but in their fourth, fifth or sixth year, a 50% exemption will apply for the purposes of calculating the salary cap.
  • In order to receive these benefits, the contracting club must have adopted a League-approved organizational cultural safety program.

There are currently six Indigenous players on NBL club rosters, plus an Aboriginal assistant coach.

The first Indigenous round of the LNB took place from January 29 to February 2, 2020.

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