COUNTRY, COMMUNITY, CLUB!
WHAT IS THE CONCEPT BEHIND THE CANADIAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (CBL)?
CBL was incorporated in July 30, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario and uses the best concepts from Euroleague Basketball, Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). Canada is the largest country in the world that does not have a professional basketball league to support its national basketball team (Canada Basketball). There are over 250 Canadians that are either in the US college system or playing professionally overseas. The CBL will eventually require six Canadians per team.
DO YOU FEEL THAT CANADIAN CONTENT IS IMPORTANT?
Yes, it is extremely important to nationalize the league so potential sponsors can support Canadian content. This would be similar to the CFL mandate.
HOW DOES THE CBL KEEP ITS COSTS DOWN?
CBL teams are required not to play in CHL arenas, eliminating the changeover costs of converting from a hockey rink to a basketball court. A CBL home-game facility will have between 1500-3000 seats allowing for a tremendous reduction in ice coverage, rental costs & ticket fees. The over- all cost structure dramatically reduces balance sheet obligations. (SEE CORE COST ISSUES IN BUSINESS PLAN). US colleges all play successfully in gyms.
WHAT CITIES/REGIONS WOULD THE CANADIAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE LIKE TO HAVE FRANCHISE TEAMS IN?
Our research has shown, that the defined market area (DMA) should be greater than 400,000 people as our research has shown that the sustainable season ticket base over a ten year period is 5% of the population within a thirty minute drive. Franchises are currently available in Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Surrey, and Vancouver.
WHAT ARE THE FIRST LOCATIONS FOR TEAMS?
The CBL will initially launch with teams in 2016-2017, based in Durham, Hamilton, Ottawa, Scarborough, and Vaughan in 2017.
HOW WILL THE TEAMS BE MARKETED?
Teams are marketed as a community entertainment asset. Our fan base will be driven by basketball fans, young families, students and senior citizens.
WHO CAN OWN A CBL FRANCHISE TEAM?
Applicants can be either community ownership or a private individual or group.
HOW WILL THE TEAMS BUILD ITS COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS?
Professional teams that are successful engage in between 75-100 community events. The CBL will do this through four programs – Read to Lead, School Day Events, Charitable Contra and Family Day Events.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE CBL 2016-2017 SEASON?
Training camp will begin the first Monday of December and run 10 consecutive days, the CBL season will conclude by the 15th of April.
HOW DOES THE CBL FIND PLAYERS?
The NCAA has 351 schools that produce a 100 draft hopeful players every year. The NBA only needs 25. Currently there is a tremendous amount of excess player inventory. The CBL allows each team to have up to 10 tryout camps per year. Starting in the fall of 2016, the NCAA has changed the G.P.A for scholarships from 2.0 to 2.3, making it harder for talented players to receive an NCAA scholarship.
WHAT KIND OF RULES WILL THE CBL PLAY UNDER?
CBL intends to be fully compliant with FIBA rules including the anti-doping policy.
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF BASKETBALL IN CANADA?
The future of Basketball in Canada can be expanded as a lot of good, young Canadian players cannot get into US Colleges. The CBL will expand the opportunity for more Canadians to play and receive better coaching in Canada than ever before. These players will be our partners to a more successful future in Basketball.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES?
Scheduling is the biggest challenge left, we need to get OUA and CIS Athletic Directors to allow us gym rental for games. We understand who their first obligation is for the facility, but we did not anticipate some of the interference on something as simple as an hourly gym rental.
HOW DO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CBL?
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