Basketball fans are going to be getting an extended season starting next year. 

The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) announced on Wednesday that the regular season will be expanded from 20 games, which has been in place since the league started in 2019, to 24. 

With the change, the total number of games increases from 100 to 120 and the season will also start approximately one week earlier in early-May and wrap up two weeks later in late-August.

With the exception of the pandemic-shortened 2020 and 2021, the CEBL has played a 20-game regular season. 2025 will mark the most games played in a season. 

“With an expanded schedule and larger window for our games next summer, our fans will have more fan-friendly options, including more weekend games and two additional home dates to see their favourite CEBL teams and stars live in action,” said Mike Morreale, Commissioner and Co-Founder of the CEBL in a news release. “As we continue to take giant leaps forward across the business, it’s clear fans and partners want more CEBL basketball and our players deserve more opportunities to showcase their skills and to earn more. We are happy to be able to deliver all of that as we prepare for another exciting season in 2025.”

The Winnipeg Sea Bears are back in action Thursday night when the Niagara River Lions come to the Canada Life Centre at 7 p.m.