The Canadian Elite Basketball League announced Wednesday that the league will push back the start of its 14-game 2021 regular season from June 5 to June 24.
The league started that the move is being made out of respect for the gravity of the coronavirus situation in many parts of Canada and in order to play a greater role in lifting up the communities in which its teams play.
“When we announced our regular season schedule in February, we explained that we would be reducing our season from 20 to 14 games and pushing the start of the season from mid-May to early-June with the hope that might enable as many fans as possible to attend games in person,” said Mike Morreale, commissioner and chief executive officer of the CEBL.
“Sports teams make a unique impact on their communities, and CEBL clubs will play an important role in rejuvenating their local markets this summer. To better fill that role and maximize the impact of our return to play we can start the season three weeks later and move some June games into July through a more compact schedule,” Morreale added. “Our staffs in the league office and at the team level have been working toward this season since last August, and the people across Canada who earn income from our teams or from the arenas in which we play rely on us to make every effort to play in our local markets this season. Unfortunately, we cannot push back the end of our season because our players also compete professionally in other top international leagues or the NBA G League beginning at the end of August.”
Hamilton Honey Badgers 2021 Schedule
Saturday June 26 4:00 p.m. Hamilton at Edmonton
Monday June 28 9:30 p.m. Hamilton at Saskatchewan
Thursday July 1 2:00 p.m. at Ottawa TD Place Arena
Saturday July 3 2:00 p.m. Guelph at Hamilton
Monday July 5 7:00 p.m. Guelph at Hamilton
Friday July 9 7:00 p.m. Hamilton at Guelph
Sun., July 11 2:00 p.m. Niagara at Hamilton
Thursday July 15 7:00 p.m. Edmonton at Hamilton
Saturday July 17 7:00 p.m. Hamilton at Niagara
Wednesday July 21 7:00 p.m. Ottawa at Hamilton
Friday July 23 7:00 p.m. Fraser Valley at Hamilton
Tuesday July 27 7:00 p.m. Hamilton at Guelph
Tuesday Aug. 3 7:00 p.m. Hamilton at Niagara
Thursday Aug. 5 7:00 p.m. Niagara at Hamilton
*June 26 and July 3 games will be nationally televised on CBC