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Old 06-23-2010, 10:37 AM
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From The Chronicle Herald:

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Moncton, Sydney on PBL radar
By CHRIS COCHRANE Sports Columnist
Wed. Jun 23 - 4:54 AM

Expect Mondayís announcement that the Premier Basketball League has officially landed in the Saint John, N.B., market to be only the start of a more aggressive league push into the Maritimes.

League president Andre Levingston, who is also the majority owner of the Halifax Rainmen, was impressed with the reaction at a Saint John news conference, where the long-rumoured move was made official. The new Saint John franchise is the former Manchester Millrats team and will begin play in 2011.

Levingston is clearly taking his new role as president seriously, most notably in relation to adding new teams to whatís presently an eight-team league. He is hoping the PBL can further capitalize on Maritime rivalries by adding teams in Moncton and Sydney for play in two yearsí time.

"Weíre definitely looking at other locations in the Maritimes for the next year (2012)," Levingston said. "We wanted to get Moncton for this (upcoming) year. Weíll have a pre-season game there this year. I like Moncton a lot. Iíve already gone to Moncton several times and looked at the arena. I feel we could have got Moncton in this season, but I didnít want to rush it.

"I like Sydney, too. Iíve got feelers out there. I know they have a beautiful arena, support hockey and itís a sports town. Iím definitely looking into it. Itís always good (to have) a few teams in a region. It makes for better rivalries and less travel."

Since he was named president, Levingston has continued to push his belief that the league must be careful about the new franchises it approves. He said potential teams must show financial stability and have professional arenas. The message seems to be that the league wants to be done with franchises playing out of high school gyms and not having adequate funds.

He said the Maritime sites, with a history of support for minor pro and junior hockey, fit the right model.

"I would be happy with four or five franchises in the Maritimes, four or five cities that would support pro basketball and create great rivalries. I would like to see some of the hockey owners own professional basketball teams. Thatís a model I really like."

The Maritimes isnít the only hot spot on the PBL radar these days as Levingston continues to talk with possible new teams for next season. Levingston was flying to Puerto Rico on Tuesday for discussions with the Baloncesto Superior Nacional president about having as many as four teams join the PBL.

Puerto Rico may seem like an unlikely place for the PBL to encourage expansion, given that last season the PBLís lone Puerto Rican entry, the Capitanes, had a bitter late-season dispute with the league. But the other side of the coin is that teams from that region are stacked with talent and play exciting basketball.

Levingston believes a more official arrangement with the BSN might help create a better relationship with any Puerto Rican teams that join the PBL.

Given the two hot spots for expansion ó the Maritimes and Puerto Rico ó I like the new franchise in Saint John and the potential in Moncton and Sydney as the safer bets. A second Puerto Rican experiment would need plenty of guarantees before it meets Levingstonís requirement of adding to PBL stability.
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:21 AM
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I like the idea of Moncton for a three way maritime rivalry, but I am not at all sold on Sydney. It's one of Canada's bleakest post-industrial cities with an absolutely gutted local economy outside of tourism. I do think they have a ton of regional pride and the support the CBU Capers basketball team to the point of absurdity I just don't think that there is enough money up there to make it work. International flights into Syndey are also a pain since you need to connect through Stanfield IAP and either take an expensive flight up to Sydney or drive 4.5 hours from Stanfield.
Moncton adds one more team to the Canadian mix and makes a Canadian league a more viable option.


I also have extremely mixed feelings about the BSN thing. The league would need to move its schedule back to starting in December (probably not a bad thing) and get some firm commitments from both the BSN as a league and individual teams participating. At the end of the day I am just not sure if the PBL can offer enough to these PR teams to make it worth their while.
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:32 PM
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Mr. Levingston is wise to get one or more PR teams into the leage, that would guarantee a team or two in South Florida on both coasts. The PR teams would be big draws and enough to convince investors in florida to jump in.
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sounds like the florida flight coming to the pbl.
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Old 06-23-2010, 02:49 PM
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Sorry my comments are not associated with The Flight Basketball team or anyone else.
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Old 06-24-2010, 03:05 PM
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UPDATED
Halifax Rainmen - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry - Lawton, Oklahoma
Saint John Millrats - Saint John, New Brunswick
Quebec City Kebs - Quebec City, Quebec
Rochester RazorSharks - Rochester, New York

Vermont Frost Heaves - Burlington, VermontŅ?

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BSN' teams?

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Old 06-26-2010, 04:18 PM
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Default PBL franquises updated

http://www.heraldnews.com/sports/x16...h-Coast-United

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- South Coast United (Fall River) is not in PBL today (probably never will be.)

- July 1 is the deadline for new teams to commit for the upcoming season.

- Levingston says the PBL Currently has six teams. I think presumably are Halifax, Rochester, Lawton, Quebec, Saint John and Vermont? although South Coast United owner Mike Martin says it may actually be four.

- ... And he was spending time in Puerto Rico "trying to put together the deal to have several teams here."

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South Coast United seem like whiners who were destined to fail anyway. Their ownership group seemed to be hated by the general population of Fall River.
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UPDATED
Halifax Rainmen - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry - Lawton, Oklahoma
Saint John Millrats - Saint John, New Brunswick
Quebec City Kebs - Quebec City, Quebec
Rochester RazorSharks - Rochester, New York

Vermont Frost Heaves - Burlington, VermontŅ?

EXPANSION
BSN' teams?

//www.oursportscentral.com/serv...es/?id=4037529

The proposed South Coast United expansion team based in Fall River (MA) is apparently on hold. The league previously dropped the Buffalo Stampede, while the Maryland GreenHawks franchise is not expected to return. The Vermont Frost Heaves have been given until August 1 to raise funds for the 2011 season. The PBL is talking with the Puerto Rican basketball league known as Baloncesto Superior Nacional about possibly four BSN teams joining the PBL. The Puerto Rico (Arecibo) Capitanes, which played in the 2010 PBL, is also a member of the BSN.

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what happened to all of these teams who were taking a year off and then returning? What a pile of garbage that was. Sauk Valley and Rockford just to name two.
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