Chemist Warehouse puts name to Australian women's basketball
Chemist Warehouse, the Australian pharmaceutical chain, has become the naming partner of the women's Australian basketball team and title sponsor of the domestic Women’s National Basketball League.
Under the terms of the three-year deal with Basketball Australia, Chemist Warehouse becomes the organisation's pathway partner, supporting all seven national women’s teams: the seniors (Opals), wheelchair (Gliders), Under‐25 wheelchair (Devils), Under‐25 (Emerging Opals), Under‐19 (Gems), Under‐17 (Sapphires) and intellectually impaired (Pearls).
The 2018-19 Chemist Warehouse WNBL gets under way in October, a month after the Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals play in the FIBA World Championships in Spain.
Anthony Moore, chief executive of Basketball Australia, said: “The popularity of basketball in Australia has never been higher and the quality of our athletes has never been better so this is a perfect time for Chemist Warehouse to partner with Basketball Australia.”
Sally Phillips, head of the WNBL, added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with a brand that genuinely cares about the future of our league, our clubs and our athletes. Chemist Warehouse’s support will ensure that the WNBL can continue to gain momentum and strive forward into an exciting future.”
Menora Foods, the Australian food marketing and distribution business, was the last title sponsor of the WNBL, but that deal ended in 2016.
The WNBL is shown in Australia by pay-TV's Fox Sports in a deal that runs to the end of the 2019-20 season, and involves a minimum of one game per week, plus every Finals match, broadcast live.
The WNBL was without a broadcast partner in the 2016-17 season, and streamed the Grand Final Series on Facebook Live.