All 7 teams returning for 2012-13
Quebec Kebs are moving to Laval. Windsor Ont is granted an expansion franchise. Mississauga is granted an extension on joining the league as the BOG wants more clarity on the ownership group.
There'll be two divisions Central and Atlantic, playing a 40 game season up from 36.
The quota on Canadians will increase from 2 to 3. Which doesn't sound like much but rosters are only 12 so that's 25%
Season will start Nov 1.
Last edited by argh1; 07-02-2012 at 05:14 AM.
The one huge advantage basketball has that soccer doesn't is the ready-made infrastructure at the sport's disposal. The plethora of CHL arenas across the country just begs for a nation-wide professional league to be made.
Last edited by Macksam; 10-13-2012 at 05:56 PM.
I have a question. How come Canada Basketball's website makes no mention of this league? You'd think they would promote the sh*t out of it and say stuff about how Canada's professional future of the sport is brighter with it.
There are links to all the various provincial associations, CIS, CCAA and even the NCAA!?!!! But not to the only pro league in Canada...
"We are back bitches" - Adolf Hitler.
National sports bodies are not really obliged to promote professional leagues unless there is a benefit to them in doing so. And unfortunately at this time, judging from the recent invitees and international prospects, There isnt really a benefit yet to Canada basketball in having this league. Of course, the hope is that that will change in the years ahead.
In a nutshell, thats the problem with start up leagues. They are not worth a lick unless they are built on solid foundation and that means:
- Good investors who are in it for the long term
- Deep pockets to invest in infrastructures like building, Player development systems/programs, brand development (ie.: whereby people will follow a team because they have an emotional attachment to a club and not because of curiousity or a public service)
- Strong public support and many fans for the sport.
- Player salaries that make it worth the while for repectable Cnd or foreign talent to at least give the league a second look.
Without all those things, you cant develop players for the national team to make it competitive and, at the same time, you wll not have talent and stars that will draw people out. You have to at least show that a few of these players can eventually make it to the NBA.
Some will certainly chime in by saying that you have to be able to walk before you can run but the question is how long can you survive after the curiousity effect has worn off? I am staying away from that thread in the mens national team forum titled "we need a canadian league". I've said my piece on that topic over the years, a league not built on a solid foundation is almost pointless and becomes a league for the sake of league. lets hope that that is not the case with this league.