After only one season within the Canadian Elite Basketball League, the Newfoundland Growlers basketball team is folding.
The CEBL introduced in a information launch Friday that it is suspending operations of its franchise in St. John’s as a result of the team’s residence arena, the Field House at Memorial University, lacks the facilities required by a professional team.
“We would love to play in Newfoundland, however we’d like to play in a serious spectator facility,” CEBL commissioner Mike Morreale stated within the launch.
“We admire the efforts of all concerned to host video games in the course of the 2022 season on the Field House at Memorial University, however the lack of facilities required by knowledgeable league on the degree of the CEBL have confirmed to be untenable.”
Glenn Stanford, president of Deacon Sports and Entertainment, which ran the team, says the CEBL owns the franchise, so it was finally their resolution to stop operations in St. John’s and place new groups in different cities.
“Obviously we’re upset by it, however we perceive the choice that the CEBL made to revoke the franchise. They are increasing into some massive markets — they only introduced Winnipeg, Calgary, they’re enjoying in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver,” he stated.
“Despite the most effective intentions of all of us right here, and definitely the employees on the college to accommodate the team on the Field House, it was merely not a venue designed to host professional basketball, so we help their resolution.”
Deacon Sports and Entertainment introduced in November 2021 that the team would grow to be the CEBL’s tenth franchise as a part of a league enlargement.
At the time, the team signed a three-year contract with Memorial University to play on the Field House, a contract that additionally included upgrades to the power and cash for scholarships and fundraising for MUN’s sports activities applications.
The firm, led by proprietor Dean MacDonald, had beforehand tried to buy the St. John’s Edge of the National Basketball League of Canada after the team was left with out a residence venue, however the deal fell by.
Stanford stated the Field House was meant to be a short-term residence, because the constructing’s low capability hampered alternative for ticket income and there have been restricted alternatives for sponsorship and promoting meals and drinks.
He stated the constructing’s dressing rooms weren’t up to snuff for a professional league, with one having been transformed from a boardroom right into a dressing room.
Meanwhile, the better-equipped Mary Browns Centre in downtown St. John’s is already occupied by town’s different fledgling basketball team, the Newfoundland Rogues, who will play as a part of The Basketball League this yr
Stanford stated Deacon Sports and Entertainment is not discussing getting the team into the Mary Browns Centre at this level.
“We’re concentrating on hockey proper now. The Newfoundland Rogues have exclusivity on the Mary Browns Centre, that is what we have now to take care of,” he stated.
“We both search for different options in making an attempt to get the CEBL again, or there is not any future for it right here, one or the opposite.”
Stanford stated they’re now headed again to the drafting board in hopes of getting a CEBL team again to St. John’s in some unspecified time in the future, and the league’s commissioner hasn’t dominated out a return, both.
“We thank the followers for his or her help. If the chance presents itself to resume operations in St. John’s beneath higher circumstances sooner or later, we’re open to giving that each consideration,” stated Morreale.
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