It’s official — or is it? Pro basketball league announces N.L. franchise, city says not yet


The Resident Basketball League of Canada has announced a new franchise for St. John’s this disappointing collapse, but an arena deal may not be done yet.

The league sent out a tweet on Friday straight, welcoming Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital city to the 11-team league.

See councillor Sandy Hickman, however, has told CBC News that Mile One Cluster is not locked into the deal yet. The city may have more information on Monday, he estimated, but a lease agreement has not yet been completed.

Hickman, who sits on the board of St. John’s Cavorts and Entertainment and helps oversee Mile One Centre operations, said the megalopolis is not ready for a similar announcement.

«I don’t want to preconception any team and their dealings with the league,» Hickman said. «They should keep on on and do their thing, but at some point they need to have a transaction with us, that’s for sure.

«Right now, I don’t think we have anything we can examine at this time.»

A while in the works

News of the league’s intentions to increase into Newfoundland broke in May, when it was said a decision was coming within 30 days. That didn’t encounter.

On June 30, then-commissioner David Magley said the league discretion have an announcement within days. Two days later, Magley commence to act down from his post and moved home to Indiana, where he’s culmination up a new American league.

Through it all, prospective ownership groups have check in and gone.

One headed by former St. John’s IceCaps executive Glenn Stanford knock through when the proponents could not come to terms with the diocese on a lease agreement for Mile One Centre.

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The National Basketball League of Canada has bands across Eastern Canada, drawing many players from top American universities. (KW Titans/Facebook)

Ahead of stepping down as commissioner, Magley said there were two gangs aside from Stanford’s who remained in the running.

It is unclear who the league has pick out to operate the franchise out of St. John’s.

The regular season is slated to get underway on Nov. 18 and on run until April 2, 2018.

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