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

Reina puts finishing touches to move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina will arrive in Germany on Thursday to complete his transfer to Bayern Munich.The Bundesliga champions announced on Tuesday that they had agreed a deal to sign the Spain international, who will become an understudy to German World Cup winner Manuel Neuer.Bayern are expected to pay a fee of around £2.5m for the 31-year-old, who will sign a three-year deal at the German club after falling out of favour under Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.Reina spent last season on loan at Napoli, where he reunited with former Anfield boss Rafa Benitez.The former Barcelona goalkeeper had been keen on joining the Serie A side on a permanent basis but a move failed to materialise.Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005 and went on to make 394 appearances for the Merseyside club. Pepe Reina in action for Napoli 1last_img read more