• Dillon Stith of United goes to the basket against Dario Hunt of the Wildcats (Getty Images)
A total of 30,850 fans packed into NBL arenas across Australia, with the season beginning with a sell-out crowd of 10,300 at Melbourne Arena last Thursday night for the inaugural Throwdown between Melbourne United and new crosstown rival South East Melbourne Phoenix.
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The Throwdown sell-out was the biggest ever attendance for an NBL season opener and the highest attendance for a team on its debut. The highest attendance for the round came on Saturday, with 12,503 fans packing into RAC Arena to watch the Perth Wildcats begin their championship defence with a win over Melbourne.
 
An average crowd of 7,712 attended the four games in round one, the highest ever average attendance for an opening round in the NBL’s 42 season history and a 10 per cent increase on the average attendance for the same round last season.

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In another sign of the NBL’s competitiveness, round one was the first time since 1988 the first four games of a season have all been decided by single figures.
NBL Chief Operating Officer Andy Crook said: “We were thrilled to see the fans come out in force for the opening round of the 2019-20 NBL season.

"The standard of the NBL has never been higher, both from a basketball and entertainment perspective, and we are delighted to see our fans enjoying what's set to be the biggest season yet.
 
“Our new broadcast partners SBS and ESPN also enjoyed a strong start to the season with high engagement across all platforms.”

All the splash plays from Round 1

 
Round two of the NBL season tips off this Friday October 11. Highlights in round two include the Brisbane Bullets’ first game at their new home venue, QSNC, the Sydney Kings’ first home game of the season at Qudos Bank Arena and South East Melbourne’s first ever home game at Melbourne Arena.

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Wednesday 9th October

11:00-13:30 AEDT

NBL vs NBA Basketball – NZ Breakers v Memphis Grizzlies

Streaming to SBS On Demand

 

Friday 11th October

11:00-13:30 AEDT

NBL vs NBA Basketball – NZ Breakers v OKC Thunder

Streaming to SBS On Demand

 

Friday 11th October

19:30-21:30 AEDT

NBL Basketball Round 2 – Brisbane Bullets v Cairns Taipans

Streaming to SBS On Demand

 

Friday 11th October

21:30-23:30 AEDT

NBL Basketball Round 2 – Perth Wildcats v Illawarra Hawks

Streaming to SBS On Demand

 

Saturday 12th October

17:30 – 19:30 AEDT

NBL Basketball Round 2 – Sydney Kings v Adelaide 36ers

SBS VICELAND / Streaming to SBS On Demand

 

Sunday 13th October

15:00 – 17:00 AEDT

NBL Basketball Round 2 – South East Melbourne Phoenix v Brisbane Bullets

SBS VICELAND / Streaming to SBS On Demand

 

Monday 14th October

06:30-09:00 AEDT

NBL v NBA Basketball – Melbourne United v LA Clippers

Streaming to SBS On Demand

 

Monday 14th October

19:30-21:30 AEDT

NBL Basketball Round 2 – Illawarra Hawks v Cairns Taipans

Streaming to SBS On Demand