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Sudbury Expansion team to start fall of 2018
August 01, 2017
NBL Canada Media
(LONDON, ON) - The National Basketball League of Canada announces that the new expansion franchise based in Greater Sudbury and Northeastern Ontario operated by the Sudbury Wolves’ parent company, SW Sports & Entertainment will begin its inaugural season in the fall of 2018.
“We wish to thank the board of governors and league officials for acceptance to join the league in time for the 2018 season and are looking forward to the next steps in the development process,” said Andrew Dale the VP Marketing & Development for SWSE. “After a very busy spring and early summer here in Greater Sudbury, confirmation for the decision to start in 15 short months was. This allows us the proper time to engage the Northern Ontario market in finalizing our naming contest and plan effectively with our community partners from minor sports groups to the arena operations and have ticket sales and sponsorship.”
The NBL Canada starts it’s 7th season in November of 2017 and will maintain the Central (Ontario) and Eastern Conferences with 5 teams in each division. “As a board, we are pleased to have the Sudbury group led by Dario (Zulich) join the league and we fully support the timing of the franchise expansion,” said Vito Frijias, League President and Owner of the London Lightning. “The league is growing, our fan base is growing and we look forward to the great family entertainment that the NBL will bring to Northern Ontario.”
The league is currently finalizing it’s schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 season and is looking at playing a regular season game in the Sudbury Arena to demonstrate to the market what the level of the game is like and how competitive and entertaining professional basketball in NBL Canada really is in this country.
The SWSE group that includes the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL, the new NBL franchise as well as the Sudbury Spartans of the NFC recently learned from city council in Greater Sudbury that the site of the new event centre would be located on property co-owned by the owner of the SWSE organization.
About the National Basketball League of Canada
Heading into its seventh season, the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) was founded in 2011 and is Canada's longest standing professional domestic basketball league. There are currently 11 teams with two divisions: Central and Atlantic. The NBLC is committed to being one of the leading professional basketball leagues in the world. The NBLC provides Canadian athletes, international athletes and coaches and officials the opportunity to participate in the game they love at the professional level. The NBLC is also dedicated to raising the profile of the sport of professional basketball throughout Canada by providing fans with an exciting and entertaining experience starting at a community level.