Basketball Federation of India (BFI) and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) backed by 3×3 Pro Basketball League (3BL) are returning for the third consecutive season. The season is set to start in Chandigarh from March 5 with the finals scheduled for March 21, 2022.
The announcement was made earlier today by Mr. Rohit Bakshi, Commissioner 3BL and Ms. Prerna Sharma, Director, 3BL. Also present at the press conference at the Taj Mahal hotel was BFI Secretary General, Mr. Chander Mukhi Sharma alongside the top participating Indian and foreign players. Mr. Vikas Bansal and Mr. Rajeev Tiwari, the owners of the Gurugram Masters franchise, which is the reigning champion of the men’s league, were also present.
“We are pleased to grant exclusive rights to 3BL’s professional league as an additional opportunity for our star players to shine,” said Mr. Chander Mukhi Sharma. “3BL will provide additional revenue and exposure to many Indian basketball athletes.”
“We strongly believe that India will be in the Paris Olympics in 2024. At the end of 3BL Season 3, the FIBA World Ranking 3×3 of Indian teams should be at least 30th, against the current 70th (men’s) and 55th (women’s). This will give India a boost that we have all been waiting for,” Mr Rohit Bakshi said.
“We would like to thank Nivia for coming on board as Official Apparel Partner, Wyndham Chandigarh Mohali as Hospitality and Venue Partner, and Boxo Singh Sports Worldwide Pvt. ltd. as named partner,” Ms. Prerna Sharma said. “Being a female entrepreneur myself, I’m very happy to see our breakthrough Women’s League returning for a second straight season.”
Season 3 of 3BL will air live on Sony LIV, with additional weekly special programming airing on Sony Six.
League format, teams and schedule
Twelve men’s teams and six women’s teams compete in six rounds. Winners will be announced at the end of each round and the winner of the final round will be crowned the overall champion.
Detailed matches and team lists are attached separately.
Besides attractive salaries, cash prizes and FIBA 3×3 ranking points for individual players, top teams also have the chance to participate in prestigious FIBA 3×3 World Tour events.
“We will defend our title”
Gurugram Masters (men) and Kochi Stars (women) are the defending champions.
“In 3BL 3 Season, we will defend our title and aim for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2022 Final,” said Mr. Vikas Bansal, Owner of Gurugram Masters.
“We have invested heavily in 3×3 to promote and develop our team this year. We will win the title in Season 3 3BL and shine in the FIBA World Tours 3×3 in 2022,” said Mr. Rajeev Tiwari, Owner of Gurugram Masters.
Top Indian and foreign players welcome 3BL
72 male players (out of 12 teams) and 36 female players (out of 6 teams) from all over India and abroad will participate.
Top Indian National Team Stars such as Raspreet Sidhu (Former Indian National Team Captain), Amjyot Singh Gill (Former NBA G-League Player), Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (Arjuna Awardee), Amritpal Singh (Former Captain of the Indian national team), Stephy Nixon, Palpreet Singh (ex-NBA G-League rookie), Aravind Annadurai, Jagdeep Singh Bains, Akilan Pari and Arvind Arumugam will be in action. Joining them will be 3×3 specialists from around the world, including Indian 3BL stars Inderbir Singh Gill and Bikramjit Gill.
Up-and-coming Indian talents Princepal Singh (former NBA G-League recruit), Sahaij Sekhon, Arvind Kumar and Sejin Mathew among others will make their professional 3×3 debuts.
“It’s an honor for me to represent my city franchise, and that too to play at home,” said Mr. Amjyot Singh Gill of Chandigarh Beasts.
“I thank 3BL for providing such a wonderful platform for Indian basketball players. I look forward to leading my Delhi Divas team to their maiden title,” Ms. Raspreet Sidhu said.
“I am delighted to witness India’s hospitality. Participating in 3BL is a unique opportunity,” said Mr. Carlos Martinez, captain of the Spanish 3×3 basketball team and the highest ranked 3×3 athlete in the world. Martinez will represent Mumbai Heroes.
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