The P. LEAGUE+ (pronounced “Plus League”, shortened to “PLG”) is the first league in Taiwan to promote home cities and home teams in order to foster basketball markets, making consumers and fans crucial elements of the industry. Each team will combine basketball with the local culture in their territory. The League, along with the teams and players, will further the Taiwan sports industry, ultimately expand the opportunities and develop the talent of basketball and sports management.
In 2020 as the outbreak of COVID-19 became a reality for the globe, the Taipei Fubon Braves and Formosa Dreamers, members of a regional league that was forced to postpone indefinitely, had no stage to perform. Eventual League C.E.O. Charles “Blackie” Chen set in motion plans for a domestic league that played home and away games. Longtime basketball mainstay Pauian agreed to form a new team called the Taoyuan Pilots, and the Bros Sports Marketing group founded the Hsinchu Lioneers.
Starting in September, the League and the teams rapidly put together the Rules and Regulations, the regular season schedule, and operations. The first season consisted of 48 regular season games and two rounds of playoffs. Under the slogan #是時候了 the first season yielded positive results: overall stadium attendance was 82% of capacity, every game was live streamed on YouTube and was viewed almost 250,000 times each. The media coverage created an estimated 500 million NTD value. Each team graciously participated in the retirement tour of legendary player Garret 田壘.
With the addition of the New Taipei Kings and Kaohsiung Steelers, the number of teams increased to six. The first PLG amateur draft took place on July 22nd. The regular season schedule was expanded to 90 games, and included Friday nights. With the added teams, multitude of new technology, as well as the explosion of Taiwan basketball discussions taking place, the slogan for this past season was #有點意思. Attendance for the season was 472,648 and total YouTube viewership on all games totaled almost 38 million, culminating in Championship clinching FINALS broadcast with more than 1 million viewers within 24 hours.
This year the slogan is "OhMYPLG'', with the hope that fans can create their own "OhMyPLG'' moments along with the teams and players. The visual identity features the intensified color patches to highlight the excitement and surrounding the League. To reinforce the amazement and bewilderment, PLG players provided the reactions and facial expressions that we know you will have. All season long,don’t forget to use the hashtag #OhMyPLG.
Game Modifications from FIBA
PLAYOFFS and FINALS
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