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Moreland: British Basketball Has Until End of Calendar Year to Find Funding (Video)

British Basketball Chairman Roger Moreland has said it is crunch time for the programme as he estimates they have until the end of the calendar year to find funding.

UK Sport withdrew all funding for British Basketball earlier this year, and despite the women qualifying for EuroBasket 2015, the men suffered a devastating loss to Iceland on Wednesday night, ending their hopes of qualification in what could be a final swan song .

Moreland says that right now, the future of the programme hangs in the balance.

“Of course it’s a possibility,” he responded when pushed as to if there’s a chance British Basketball will fold.

“Why would I say it’s not a possibility? Of course, it has to be. But I think there’s enough effort that has been put in over the last 8 years, and enough will on behalf of England, Scotland, Wales, BBL, ourselves to look at what can be done to help the programme work.”

With Moreland already having stated they are running into their overdrafts right now, he estimated GB has until December to find a source of money.

“Right now, I’d probably be saying end of the calendar year, but you’re asking me after we’ve just lost to Iceland and gone out of EuroBasket. Reason why I say that is clearly from the women’s point of view, don’t know what date the draw is going to be yet, but it’s not sensible to go into the draw and then withdraw because you’re then going to end up paying heavy penalty fees.

“It’s early days that’s probably the best guess I could make right now and the sooner decisions are made the better.”

As questions remain about the lack of commercial income, Moreland added that their focus is on getting public funding.

“We need funding,” he said. “It’s straight and simple as that. In my view, it’s important to get public funding, that’s why we’re saying to the Minister there’s a solution in your hands. It’s not about the UK Sport decision as that just becomes a he said she said sort of argument, but the minister of sport oversees, policy wise, what 400 million pounds worth of funding going into the elite performance programme?”

“…I just think it takes a bit of imagination to come up with solutions and she has the ability to do that.”

Watch the full interview where he talks about a lot of other stuff, including whether or not the home nations will still compete as GB from 2016 above.

9 Comments

  1. LLC#12

    August 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    “As questions remain about the lack of commercial income, Moreland added that their focus is on getting public funding.”

    I can’t help but feel that’s a waste of time. Why on earth would any public money be allocated to GB basketball? I’m as passionate about GB basketball as anyone, but lets be realistic. If we can’t get any private funding, I think it’s the end of the road.

    • Sam Neter

      August 21, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Right now, with four months runway getting public sector money is the only way they will survive (IMO) – big corporations take months to sign stuff off, especially the amount of money they need – no way that is getting done before December.

  2. Chris d

    August 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Why not put basketball on TV for free so it could be open to more people to view. Not everybody can afford ESPN, BT sport or sky sports.

    • Sam Neter

      August 21, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      GB don’t decide whether or not basketball gets put on free to air tv – that’s down to the TV stations. From various conversations with people who work at the BBC this is a serious uphill battle. There are staff members within the BBC that are fighting basketball’s corner, but not getting very far – needs to come from up top (of the BBC).

    • ref

      August 21, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      TV companies will pay to screen GB basketball once it is established and of a consistently high standard. Once again it all comes down to junior development which I think has been mentioned once or twice before ;-) Get the talent coming through from a young age and we might see a self-sustaining program at the top level in 10-15 years from now.

      Fans in this country are knowledgeable enough to sell out our biggest arenas for NBA games, so IMO it has to be down to presentation and the quality of the product.

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  4. Dawn

    August 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    “As questions remain about the lack of commercial income, Moreland added that their focus is on getting public funding.”

    This is why the program is failing, you have people who have no business experience or knowledge to attract commercial funding. His only idea is to focus on a bail out! I hate to say it, but maybe it’s a good idea for it to die, so other people can start a new path.

  5. Morris

    August 21, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Not sure that Chris was referring to free to air TV? But GB does not charge, or get any money from, TV when they are televised.

  6. LLC#12

    August 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Any idea on how much funding GB need per year? Can we crowdfund it? (just kidding)

    Also, am I right in thinking that the men might not have a competitive game for another 2 years anyway? Definitely no Eurobasket or Olympics, I’m just unsure about Eurobasket 2017 qualification.

    Also, if GB basketball dissolves, who is responsible for paying the FIBA fine that we’d face for the women pulling out of Eurobasket 2015?

    Finally, he mentions Wales a few times in the video, but didn’t they reject the idea of a merger anyway?

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