The Cheshire Jets franchise has been withdrawn from its operating company with immediate effect by the British Basketball League after being unable to fulfill a scheduled fixture this weekend.
In a statement released on their website today, the BBL said:
“The BBL have withdrawn the Cheshire franchise from its operating company with immediate effect.
“The decision follows an urgent review of the franchise following notification from the club that they were unable to fulfill their fixture this weekend.
“The BBL is currently exploring a number of options to ensure the continuation of the franchise. It is anticipated there will be a further announcement in the coming days.”
The news comes just weeks after the club was saved from going under by new owner Hayden Cook.
Talking to Alec Doyle of the Chester Chronicle, Cook said:
“I tried. I had a lot of support, particularly from our sponsor Terry Hearfield who has been fantastic, but in the end the costs just didn’t add up. Given a couple of years we maybe could have made it work but I could not keep it going for that long.
“I would like to keep the foundation running and maybe build the club back up in some form. If we can get the whole community behind it then in a few years perhaps we can look again at a BBL franchise, but we need to build up a lot of cash reserves if that is what we want to do.”
As the BBL looks to decide what to do, the future certainly doesn’t look bright.
Read the full story over at the Chester Chronicle.
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