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    Oshawa's bid for a NBL Franchise seems to be progressing along.

    Pro basketball in the works for Oshawa
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    Looks like Barrie is out as owners from London, Kingston, Oshawa and PEI along with the 3 founding owners met for their first owner's meeting in Toronto.

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    The order of the NBL Draft 2011 was established by lottery for the four expansion teams, followed by the reverse order of the founding teams last season records. The official draft order will be released when the 2011-12 NBL teams are formally announced.
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    Default League Announcements

    1. On the night of Sunday, August 21, 2011, the NBL Draft will be held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Draft will consist of three rounds: the first being a free agent player, while the second and third rounds will be for Canadian players only. All draft candidates must pre-register and attend the combine that pertains to their status to be drafted.
    2. The NBL Canada Pre-Draft Combine will be held on August 20 and 21, 2011, at Seneca College in Toronto. The first day will be a free agent combine, while the second day will for Canadian players only.
    3. The number of regular season games is set at 36, with each team playing each other during three home and three away games.
    4. Established the playoff format to consist of the top four teams based on their regular season record. The first round of playoffs will be a best of three series, with the championship round being a best of five.
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    Maybe some team from this new Canadian league could sign Tristan Thompson and Corey Joseph until the NBA starts back up. The NBA owners will lock out players effective midnight tonight. As far as I know, neither Thompson or Joseph have signed their rookie contracts yet. It would be a great promotional move for this fledgling league to have 2 players who've made it to the big time, even if it's only a short time.

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    The ownership group that had planned to be in Kingston apparently couldn't reach an arena deal and are now looking at possibly operating in Moncton, NB for the coming year. Every fledgling league has growing pains. I'm sure things will work out.
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    Default Moncton looking likely for basketball

    Pro hoops appears headed for Metro
    Published Friday July 1st, 2011


    Team ownership group now needs a stadium agreement
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    It looks like a certainty that Moncton will be part of the National Basketball League of Canada in its first season.

    The ownership group that was looking to put a franchise in Kingston, Ont. has stopped negotiations with that city. It has suddenly turned its attention to Moncton and has already started talks to reach an agreement for use of the city-owned Moncton Coliseum.

    "That ownership group is very committed to operating a professional basketball team this season," said Halifax Rainmen president and owner Andre Levingston, who is also the league president.

    "I've had discussions with this ownership group about Moncton. I told them that Moncton is a viable city that's excited about having professional basketball. It's a growing city with lots to offer and I think it would be a great market for the league."

    Whether Moncton gets a professional basketball franchise only depends on one thing. Can the ownership group strike a stadium agreement?

    "We are in negotiations towards finalizing a contract," said Ian Fowler, the City of Moncton's general manager of economic development, tourism and culture. "This contract will need to go to city council to be approved. The i's aren't dotted and the t's aren't crossed yet.

    "The model of the building contract we're working on mirrors the framework of the contracts that the teams in Halifax and Saint John have. I think that gives us reason for optimism, but until we've reached contract terms and it's been presented to city council and approved by them this is a work in progress.

    "We're hopeful that over the next few days we'll get the basic terms completed and then put it in the hands of our city solicitor to draft a contract. Time is of the essence. Right now, a target would be to have a contract to city council for their consideration at their scheduled private session on July 11."

    Canada's first national professional basketball league expects to have seven teams in its inaugural season. There's Halifax, the Saint John Mill Rats, Quebec Kebs, Moncton, Charlottetown, London, Ont. and Oshawa, Ont.

    The new league will have a 36-game regular season that opens in late October or early November. The top four clubs make the playoffs, which conclude in mid March.

    Halifax, Saint John and Quebec left the Premier Basketball League after the 2011 season. The owners of those franchises found new markets and in May announced the creation of the National Basketball League of Canada.

    It was announced that Moncton would not be part of the new league this season when it didn't submit a franchise application by the June 15 deadline. Levingston clarified that yesterday.

    "June 15 was the deadline for any new markets that we weren't already in discussions with," he said. "That deadline was not for Moncton because we had been in talks with them for a couple of years.

    "I think Moncton is a perfect market. Right now, we are working feverishly to get a building deal done so that we can have a professional basketball team there this season."

    Halifax has had a professional basketball team the past four years and it averaged 4,000 fans per game in the 2011 season. Saint John is coming off a successful first season with an average of 3,700 fans per game.

    Ian McCarthy, the interim chief operating officer, said the new league has a franchise fee that's "in the low six figures."

    The annual operating budget for a franchise is in the range of $500,000 to $750,000. Levingston said teams can operate viably with an average of 2,000 fans per game when combined with other revenues such as corporate support.

    "We've got serious owners coming in to operate a viable business," said Levingston. "We definitely think we have a model that can work in favour of both the owners and the cities.

    "We had our ownership meeting (on Wednesday) and it was one of the best meetings I've been a part of in the past four years. The new owners went away with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm.

    "I'm excited for the new markets that will have professional basketball because I know the entertainment that's coming their way. I know what it means to have a team in the community and how the players are role models. A national professional basketball league in Canada is overdue and fans are going to be excited once we get rolling."

    Fowler points out the ownership group for a Moncton franchise has asked to not be identified until they have a building contract and the opportunity to meet with city council.

    "This is a turn of events that we didn't anticipate, but when the opportunity presented itself and we learned of the principles involved in the ownership of this franchise it's something that became worthy of a second look," said Fowler. "There's three things that really catch our attention.

    "First, it's an ownership group that's been successful in the basketball world and also in the business world. Second, they demonstrated a clear understanding of the importance of being part of the community and integrating the community into the team.

    "Third, some principles in the ownership group have very solid links to Mr. Levingston. You look at the energy and leadership he's provided in operating a solid franchise in Halifax and founding this league. It provides a level of comfort because part of the reason these people want to buy into the league is because they share Mr. Levingston's vision."

    Fowler admits he has some concerns about a Moncton franchise having just three months to get ready before training camp begins in October.

    "That being said, it's our understanding the ownership group has a couple of national sponsors already lined up to be part of the team," he said. "Time is going to be tight to get a season ticket campaign going, name the team, do a team logo and jerseys, and marketing.

    "We've got a very strong basketball community here. If the ownership group comes to terms on a building contract, we're hoping they immediately start developing links with local minor basketball. If they develop that solid foundation, it should speak well for the franchise."

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    That salary cap is pathetically low. I hope Levingston has the foresight to try and secure some broadcasting rights, especially with the NBA lockout going on.

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    wonder if this league will eventually compete in FIBA Americas
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dtown View Post
    wonder if this league will eventually compete in FIBA Americas
    Huh? I don't understand your question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thespywhozaggedme View Post
    Huh? I don't understand your question.
    I think he meant this
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIBA_Americas_League
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    NBL Canada Offers Opportunity for Locked out NBA Players
    July 5, 2011 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada)


    (TORONTO, ON) The president of the National Basketball League of Canada would like to invite locked out NBA players to come to Canada and continue professional play, should the NBA season not start as many are predicting.
    "What a great opportunity for NBA players," says Andre Levingston. "NBL Canada can provide them with highly competitive play in professional arenas with great fan bases, while still being relatively close to home."

    Two of the founding NBL Canada teams sport head coaches with NBA experience. Mike Evans, the head coach of the Halifax Rainmen was formerly the head coach of the Denver Nuggets, and has also served as an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors. The Saint John Mill Rats head coach Jaren Jackson won an NBA World Championship as a key contributor on the 1999 San Antonio Spurs.

    "I am confident that NBL Canada can give NBA players an environment that will help keep their skills sharp and maintain their physical conditioning until the NBA resumes play," stated Coach Evans.

    Three of the NBL Canada teams suited up former NBA players last season in a prior league.

    The Saint John Mill Rats featured 6'11 former Toronto Raptor centre, Toree Morris, while the Quebec Kebs had former Portland Trailblazer, Erick Barkley, running the point. The Halifax Rainmen dressed another former Trailblazer, 6'7 sniper shooting guard, Desmond Ferguson, as well as former Houston Rocket and Utah Jazz forward, Kirk Snyder.

    It was an unprecedented NBA Draft for Canadian players this year as two Toronto natives were taken as first round picks. 6'9 forward Tristan Thompson was selected #4 in the draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and his 6'2 point guard teammate, Cory Joseph, was taken #29 by the San Antonio Spurs.

    NBL Canada held their first league owners meeting this past week in Toronto and is currently working towards releasing the 2011-12 season schedule. The league is set to tip off in November 2011 with a 36 game regular season schedule ending in March.

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    Sounds like a press release the ABA would put out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thespywhozaggedme View Post
    That salary cap is pathetically low. I hope Levingston has the foresight to try and secure some broadcasting rights, especially with the NBA lockout going on.
    It's not that low. Right now that's probably the average budget in many second level european leagues.

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    I heard that the salary in the NBL Canada is comparable to that of D-league players.

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    That would actually be:
    1. Oshawa, ON
    2. Prince Edward Island
    3. London, ON
    4. Moncton, NB
    5. Saint John Mill Rats, NB
    6. Halifax Rainmen, NS
    7. Quebec Kebs, QB

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    Plot thickens in NBL Canada's Maritime story.

    Looks like Moncton is a virtual lock and they're still working out the details in PEI.

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    Any news about broadcasting partners for televised games?
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    I just know that they're working on tv deals, but I don't know with whom. The Score, TSN and Rogers Sportsnet would be great options for them.

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