Monday, June 3, 2024

B. LEAGUE Announcement of the end of the 2023-24 season and the decision of the B1 and B2 clubs for next season.

The Japan Professional Basketball League(Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo; Chairman: Shinji Shimada; hereafter ‘B. LEAGUE’) is pleased to announce that the ‘NISSAY B.LEAGUE FINALS 2023-24’ held at Yokohama Arena(Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture) from Saturday 25 to Tuesday 28 May 2024 ended the ‘B.LEAGUE 2023-24 Season’. LEAGUE 2023-24", which was held from 25 to28 May 2024 (Saturday to Tuesday) at the Yokohama Arena (Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture).

 B. LEAGUE 12,209 guests attended GAME 3 of the ‘NISSAY B. LEAGUE FINALS 2023-24’ on Tuesday 28 May. In addition, with4,515,851* attendees for the 2023-24 season, we were able to welcome the largest number of audiences to arenas across the country since the 2016-17season, when B. LEAGUE opened its doors.


In the 2024-25 season, we will continue to welcome many more people to the arena and through broadcasting and distribution of the ‘Kokoro, Tagiru. The clubs and the league will work together to ensure that as many people as possible will be able to enjoy the games and live sports entertainment in arenas and through broadcasting and distribution.


*Including post-season attendance.
<Reference> 2023-24 season attendance:4,515,851 (record attendance)

B. LEAGUE Announcement of the end of the2023-24 season and the decision of the B1 and B2 clubs for next season.


The B1 and B2 clubs for the 2024-25 season have also been decided as follows.
(☆: promoted clubs ★: relegated clubs)


B1: 24 clubs

East: Hokkaido, Sendai, Akita, Ibaraki, Utsunomiya, Gunma, ☆ Koshigaya, Chiba J
Central District: A Tokyo, SR Shibuya, Kawasaki, Yokohama BC, San-En, Mikawa, FE Nagoya, Nagoya D
West: ☆ Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Shimane,Hiroshima, Saga, Nagasaki, Ryukyu


B2: 14 clubs

East: Aomori, Yamagata, Fukushima, Chiba A,★ Toyama, ☆ Fukui, ★ Shinshu
West: Shizuoka, Kobe, Nara, Ehime, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, ☆ Kagoshima


[ B. LEAGUE Chairman Shinji Shimada comments.]

Thank you to both RYUKYU GOLDEN KINGS and HIROSHIMA DRAGONFLIES for a worthy climax to the 2023-24 season.

 And to HIROSHIMA DRAGONFLIES, congratulations on your first victory. The team worked together as a whole, using their mobility and switch defense as their weapon of choice, to achieve their downhill victory. I was very impressed by their performance.

 This season's championship had many close games up to GAME 3, and it is no exaggeration to say that it is a post-season that will remain in the records and memories. The 2024-25 season will see the B.LEAGUE innovation move into full swing. We would like to thank our fans, partners, government, and other stakeholders for their continued support and look forward to your continued warm support.