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Basketball England has announced a license review committee has been set up to “consider all options including but not limited to a competitive tender process and negotiation with the existing licensee of the professional basketball league, with a view to renewing existing arrangements”.
The move is potentially a huge blow for the British Basketball League (BBL), the current licensee holder for the professional league in the UK, which has been the top flight since 1987, having its license from the governing body renewed without question year upon year.
“Basketball England is the guardian of basketball in the country and we are determined to see the sport reach its full potential here. Our singular objective is to see the licence awarded to the organisation with a deliverable plan most likely to take the sport to the next level,” Jan Hagen, Chairman of Basketball England commented.
The committee will consist of two elected board members and two appointed, independent members. Basketball England stated the committee will engage with any interested parties (for the license) as appropriate and make recommendations to the Board of Basketball England.
“While timescales will be short, the Board of Basketball England has to ensure that the arrangements for the professional league are in line with the aims and objectives of Basketball England and that the professional league is fully engaged with the governing body’s holistic approach to the sport in this country,” Hagen continued.
The BBL were unavailable for comment.
More to come.