Translation:He likes to play basketball.
The intonation of this sentence sounds like a question.
Why is it 'de bal' but 'het voetbal'?
De and het voetbal are both used
Same with other sports De/Het: Basketbal, Volleybal, Honkbal, Handbal, etc
Thanks. I'll add it to my exceptions list. Is it perhaps because it is 'the game' of football ('het spel' van voetbal)?
I don't know the exact reason behind it, but yes since it is very plausible that that is the reason.