BBL looking at club expansion

24 Apr 2008

By: Sport Industry Group

The British Basketball League has announced that it is in talks to expand the league from 10 to 16 clubs from next season.

All 10 of the existing BBL clubs have committed to play in the 2007/08 season while the BBL has approached eight over franchises with regards to the extra six potential spots.

The BBL lost three of its most successful clubs - London Towers, Birmingham and Brighton – at the end of last season.

‘We're keen to reach our target of 16 teams as quickly as possible,’ said BBL chairman Paul Blake. ‘But we won't compromise on the standard of franchise permitted.’

Franchise applications have to meet set criteria both on and off the court in order for clubs to join the BBL, which has an agreement with England Basketball to expand the league.

Any expansion of the BBL may depend on the government's review of the game, the Mallin Review, which is due for publication next month.

‘We'll embrace the findings of the Mallin Report,’ said Blake. ‘And we're looking forward to working with the implementation group that will be set up after the report is delivered.’