Broomfield: NBL to return next year

first_imgJamaica Basketball Association (JABA) president, Dr Mark Broomfield, expects the National Basketball League (NBL) could return next year, after a four-year absence.Speaking to The Gleaner at the recent Jamrockers Classic final, Broomfield said local basketball is on the rise once again and his two-year-old administration could top things off with the return of the nation’s premier basketball competition to the sports calendar in 2017.”We have to wait until January to look at the (National Basketball) league. Companies have their budgets already but we know that early next year we will start the league,” he said. “We will meet with the teams early next year and have discussions as to how we go forward,” he added.Broomfield hailed the recent Jamrockers Classic and said it is just a part of the rebuilding of local basketball.”To build back basketball we must understand that we have to lay some foundation stones, building blocks. One is to rebuild the fan base, another is re-engage the sponsors and increase the overall fan base.”So we are grateful for the sponsors that came on board for this (Jamrockers) tournament. We may not have got a lot in terms of cash but in terms of value it has no price,” he said.He now wants the event to be held annually.”It’s a great event and this should take us straight into the NBL. I am looking forward to the sponsors who will come on board and see what they can do for basketball,” he said.”We (JABA) have not achieved all the things we want, there are weaknesses and challenges, but together we can rise. If we can bring all the support together and put in the strength of every member, the sport can become great. We are moving together despite the challenges, we are in the trenches but we are rising together.”last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny is to push to have one of the country’s first public bike rental schemes outside of Dublin.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh is to raise the issue with the town council at Monday’s meeting of the council.Cllr Kavanagh said he sees no reason why the Cathedral Town cannot launch the scheme. The public bike rental scheme has been a huge success since it was launched in Dublin over four years ago.Cllr Kavanagh said the Letterkenny scheme could be similar to Dublin but on a smaller scale.“We could half a dozen rental bikes and place them at designated stations such at perhaps the bus station or in the centre of the town.“People laughed at the idea of a scheme in Dublin and claimed the bikes would be stolen or vandalised but they haven’t. “It has been a huge success for both locals and tourists in Dublin,” he said.Cllr Kavanagh said the rental scheme could link in with plans for cycle tracks across the county.He said he hoped the idea will be explored and supported by his fellow councillors. LETTERKENNY TO PUSH FOR BIKE RENTAL SCHEME was last modified: July 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BIKE RENTAL SCHEMECllr Jimmy Kavanaghlast_img read more