JABA president turns spotlight on security
Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA) president, Mark Broomfield, has once again emphasised the importance of having security at community-hosted games, after a minor disturbance during game three of the WorldNet/Southern Basketball Conference (SBC) final series at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Arnett Gardens on Sunday.
Bloomfield pointed to the stone-throwing incident in the semi-final between Upper Room and Majesty Gardens at the Majesty Gardens courts recently, which marred the competition, and after Sunday's minor scuffle, he insists that security must be a priority to ensure the safety of all patrons.
"We have had some good games, and the spectators behaved themselves generally in a good way," Bloomfield said after Arnett wrapped up the best-of-five games series 3-0 on Sunday.
"We only had one major incident and that was well publicised, and the sanctions have been dished out. Tonight (Sunday), we had a very large crowd. We had something that happened off court that did not involve fans or players. But we are reminded of the importance of having security to protect our players and our spectators," he said.
"These kind of community sports must have security on hand because we want to bring the basketball here, and we have to protect the spectators and other persons in the venue. We want to hold teams responsible for controlling their fans and also organisers to ensure security is on hand to protect both the players and ensure we can play the game and enjoy the game," he added.
Meanwhile, after three seasons without the nation's premier competition, the National Basketball League (NBL), Bloomfield promised that there will be a make-up (Confed) tournament before the 2015 season is out.
However, the proposed confed tournament, which was set to get underway in August, has been pushed back to October due to lack of sponsorship, but the basketball boss said they are talking to interested parties.
"This (SBC tournament) was supposed to get our NBL players warmed up for what we call a conference league. We wanted to start this league at the end of August, but the difficulty we have had in getting sponsorship has pushed back the competition, so we are looking toward October to have this confed (league), with six teams per group, with the top two going into a play-offs," he stated.