WKBL to make playoffs a best-of-five series starting this season
The Korean Women’s Basketball League (WKBL) held its 27th Board of Directors meeting at the Conference House Dahlgaeby in Jung-gu, Seoul on the morning of March 3, and announced changes to the WKBL rules and regulations, as well as changes to the playoff system.
The free agent negotiation period has been adjusted from a total of 30 days to 20 days. The first negotiation period will be 10 days, the second from 10 days to 5 days, and the third from 7 days to 3 days. We have also made it possible for players to receive additional technical fouls through video review after the game for violent behavior such as elbow swings during the game.
We changed the playoff format from a best-of-three series to a best-of-five series, with the first- and fourth-place finishers in the regular season facing off against the second- and third-place finishers, while the championship game will remain a best-of-five series. The new playoff format will take effect from the 2023-2024 season, which begins on May 5.
The WKBL will kick off its season on Friday with the official opening game between Woori Bank and BNK Thumb at Asan Yi Sunshin Gymnasium.
The matchup was finalized when Woori Bank, this season’s title sponsor, named BNK Thumb as the official opening game opponent, in accordance with Article 17 of the WKBL Playing Rules, which states, “The official opening game shall be played between the title sponsor and a team designated by the title sponsor.” The two teams met in the championship game last season. The two teams met in last season’s championship game, where Woori Bank won the overall title with three straight wins over BNK Thumb.
In terms of wins and losses in the official opening game (Game No. 1), Woori Bank has a 5 percent winning percentage with 14 wins and 7 losses, while BNK Thumb has one loss, losing to Hana OneQ in the official opening game of its first season in the 2019-2020 season. 보스토토 도메인
There is also interest in record-breaking. Woori’s Kim Dan-bi is just two away from 500 career blocks, while BNK Thumb’s Kim Han-byul needs eight more assists to reach 1,000 career assists.
The official opening game of the 2023-2024 season between Woori Bank and BNK Thumb will be broadcast live on KBS 1TV, and the start time has been changed to 2:25 p.m. due to broadcasting conflicts.