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Gordon aiming at early 2019 start for NBL

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
File JaBA president Paulton Gordon

President of the Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA) Paulton Gordon says that there are plans to start the National Basketball League (NBL) early next year.

The NBL, which is the country's top basketball competition, made a return earlier this season after a six-year absence from the local basketball calendar, under interim president Calvin Martin.

In fact, the competition, which was held over eight weeks, did not have a sponsor.

Gordon said that he has been meeting with a number of stakeholders and sponsors, and once these discussions are completed, then they will be able to start the NBL early in the new year.

"We have done our assessments, and we have been meeting with some of the stakeholders to determine what format and shape it will take for the next season," said Gordon.

"It is all preliminary stages, and so we don't want to pronounce on it in terms of direction," he said. "We have met with the stakeholders, and we have looked at it, and we want to see how best we can improve, generally, because we have been having a series of meetings, and the meetings are ongoing," Gordon said.

"We haven't decided on a date that we want to start, but chances are it could be early in the new year," he said.

Gordon took over as head of JaBA in March after defeating Major Clifton Lumsden at the association's annual general meeting.

 

LONGER SEASON

 

He pointed out that he is aiming to have a much longer season next year once they are able to attract a main sponsor for the competition.

"My administration took it over midway through the season and so we, basically, just concluded what was there, and so it is a matter now of having a longer season and a season that the teams can be proud of," Gordon said.

"The main issue was lack of sponsorship support. Without the sponsorship support, you can't do a lot of the things. We want to have a longer season next year, we want to engage more sponsors, and we want to have a robust competition," he said.