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Australia’s NBL schedules game for Christmas Day

SYDNEY, July 20 (Reuters) – The last barrier to a 365-day professional sporting calendar in Australia will come down this year after the National Basketball League (NBL) said on Wednesday that it had scheduled a game on Christmas Day.

The most important feast in the Christian calendar has been a sport-free day for half a century with fans having to wait until Dec. 26 to get their fix when the Melbourne Cricket Ground hosts the annual Boxing Day test cricket match.

This year, however, the reigning champion Sydney Kings will host Melbourne United in a professional basketball game at the Sydney Super Dome on the evening of Dec. 25.

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“We are thrilled to be bringing such a massive encounter to Christmas Day,” NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said in a news release.

“Sports fans across Australia and New Zealand have been asking for…

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