A new national league for women’s basketball – with equal pay to the men’s league – will give a giant boost to the sport’s development on home soil, Newsroom reports. Starting in July next year, the eight-week women’s National Basketball League (NBL) season will provide a new salary system for players. For the first time in the NBL, player payments will be equal between the men’s and women’s leagues – an initiative Basketball New Zealand (BBNZ) hopes will lure Kiwis honing their craft overseas to return home to play.