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 agreed to found the Hsinchu Lioneers.
Officially starting in September and through the preseason, 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. Each team was allowed to register 16 domestic players, and three import players; 10 domestic and two imports on the active game day rosters. Under the slogan #是時候了 the first season was a success! 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.
But there is still a lot of room for improvement. The League expanded to six teams with the addition of the New Taipei Kings and Kaohsiung Steelers. The first amature draft took place on July 22nd. The regular season schedule was expanded to 90 games, and the weekday game schedule now includes Friday nights. There are still many innovations and developments coming along, as well as the explosion of Taiwan basketball discussions taking place, therefore the slogan for this upcoming season is #有點意思.
Game Modifications from FIBA
2020-21 Founding Teams
2021-22 New Teams
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