A few snippets from the BBL this week…
Another trophy for Newcastle
The way their season is going, they might well need to build a new trophy cabinet at Newcastle Eagles. They scooped another prize at the Sport Newcastle Awards on Monday evening, with Fab Flournoy and Charles Smith present to receive the Frank Brennan Award for sporting achievements. The club also won the award in 2006. Flournoy also won Sports Personality of the Year in 2009.
Who’s in and who’s out
We know for sure that Birmingham are joining the BBL next season, while there are also applications to join from London, Manchester and Reading. However, don’t expect expansion to be the only name of the game this close season. A lack of progress financially by one club this season could mean the end of the road in the summer.
Wildcats lay the foundations
The BBL’s newest club, Durham Wildcats, are not running before they can walk, like so many before them. Sure they’re propping up the table, but the experiences they have gained this year will hold them in good stead for future seasons. Now they’re looking for businesses to back them, and help for them to introduce basketball in to local schools. The aim is for 20 local companies to each invest £500 in the club and in exchange the Wildcats have pledged to introduce 10,000 local schoolchildren to the sport. Sounds good to me, where do we sign?
It seems the BBL website has been having a few problems recently, due to their hosting providers. A source of frustration for many fans, no doubt, as the statcasts are key to keeping up with the weekend’s action. Considering the lack of coverage of the BBL in other quarters, it just goes to show how invaluable the depth of the official BBL website is. Let’s hope they get it sorted soon.
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