Like it or not, it appears as though sports will attempt to be a thing as we continue to wade through a global pandemic, and the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is set to tip off a special Summer Series on July 25.
It will be the first live professional sports action in Canada since the COVID-19 outbreak in March, and the league’s seven teams will convene in St. Catharines, Ontario for a 26-game competition that ends August 9 with the CEBL Championship game.
These dates, of course, are subject to any regression in Ontario’s phased-in reopening process.
While you can expect some CEBL content on this website over the summer (specifically in relation to the Guelph Nighthawks), I wanted to start by highlighting the new ball (please say it aloud like Hedo Turkoglu) they’ll be playing with this summer.
Per the official release:
The CEBLxSpalding TF-1000 Legacy ball, featuring a new design with black panels and a microfiber composite leather cover, will be used for all 26 games of the CEBL Summer Series. With a deep channel design for superior control, the ball is Official NBA size and weight (Size 7). It will feature the official CEBL logo, the signature of league commissioner Mike Morreale, and the league’s Twitter handle, @CEBLeague, embossed in gold foil on the black panels.
Basketball and maybe soccer are unique in that the design of the ball is actually kind of important, since it can actually be seen in-play. That allows for some looks that actually matter, and this one is pretty rad. On top of that, you can even grab your own, and there’s nothing quite like shooting around in the schoolyard on a hot summer night with a ball used by the pros.
“Spalding has been integral to basketball for more than a century, yet they’re still an industry leader when it comes to innovation and contemporary design,” said CEBL Commissioner Mike Morreale. “The CEBLxSpalding TF1000 Legacy reflects the CEBL’s vibrant brand. We’re about presenting world class basketball in a new way, and we
will be showcasing that to a national and international viewing audience during the upcoming CEBL Summer Series. As one of our premier partners, Spalding will be at the heart of every highlight and game-winning basket.”
The Nighthawks will begin Summer Series action on July 25 against the The expansion Ottawa BlackJacks at 3:50 p.m. ET.
All games will be available to stream in CBC.