Newcastle Eagles will start the defence of their BBL title against Sheffield Sharks as the 2015-16 schedule was released.

The BBL season will get an earlier-than-usual start on September 18 – before the end of the international season.

BBL Cup Round 1 draw: Sheffield v Manchester, Plymouth v Bristol, Surrey v London, Glasgow v Leeds (to be played w/e 16-18 October)

Quarter-Final draw:

Newcastle Eagles v Glasgow Rocks or Leeds Force
Worcester Wolves v London Lions or Surrey United
Leicester Riders v Sheffield Sharks or Manchester Giants
Cheshire Phoenix v Bristol Flyers or Plymouth Raiders

Non-league sides Falkirk Fury, Derby Trailblazers, Essex Leopards and Reading Rockets have been handed slots in this season’s BBL Trophy.

BBL Trophy Round 1 draw: Leeds v Cheshire, London v Leicester, Falkirk v Glasgow, Derby v Sheffield, Bristol v Worcester, Reading v Surrey, Manchester v Newcastle, Essex v Plymouth (TBP 8-15 January)

The BBL have also confirmed that their Playoff final will again be held at London’s 02 Arena on May 8 2016.

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