Japan to stage East Asia Super League basketball opener

Taipei Fubon Braves in action

Featured image credit: Courtesy of EASL

The inaugural East Asia Super League basketball season will kick off with Chiba Jets versus TNT Tropang Giga at Japan’s Funabashi Arena next month.

Organisers have published the schedule for the 2023-24 season, which features 28 fixtures to be played in Japan, China, Chinese Taipei, South Korea and The Philippines.

The EASL 2023-24 group stage involves 24 games between October and February, played on Wednesday evenings, with tip-off times at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm local time. Tip-off times for individual games will be confirmed at a later date. The eight competing teams have been drawn into two groups and will each play their group opponents once at home and once away.

The EASL 2023-24 championship will be decided at the four-game, four-team Final Four playoff competition on March 8-10, 2024.

Announcing the schedule, EASL co-founder and CEO Matt Beyer said: “Asian basketball fans have never had such a rich list of competitive fixtures between their top clubs. This schedule represents the realization of the EASL dream of a full season of competition to decide who is the best team in East Asia.”

Group A features Japan B League runners-up Chiba Jets, Korean Basketball League (KBL) champions Anyang Jung Kwan Jang Red Boosters, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup champions TNT Tropang Giga, and P. League+ champions Taipei Fubon Braves.

Group B is comprised of B League champions Ryukyu Golden Kings, KBL runners-up Seoul SK Knights, PBA’s Meralco Bolts, and P. League+ runners-up New Taipei Kings.

Hagop Khajirian, FIBA Asia’s executive director, said: “The FIBA Regional Office-Asia is looking forward to Season 2 of the EASL, indeed an important milestone as it means another step towards the growth of pan-regional club competition in this part of Asia. We wish all the participating teams the best of luck in this endeavour.”

EASL’s founding mission is to create East Asia’s premier basketball league, while elevating the sport in the region. EASL’s vision is to become one of the world’s top three professional basketball leagues in terms of fan base and commercial revenue by 2025.