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BBL and England Basketball Confirm Closer Working - Aug 27, 2013


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England Basketball, the national governing body for Basketball in England, and the BBL, the entity that has exclusive rights to provide the top flight of men's basketball in Britain, have announced they will be working more closely together on a joint plan, to capitalize on the surge of interest in the sport, following the London Olympics.

This past season has seen basketball's three domestic finals at Birmingham's NIA, Glasgow's Emirates Arena, and at Wembley Arena attract over 20,000 spectators, and like for like attendances at the top clubs are up 27% for the recently completed 2012/13 season. A new franchise will be in Birmingham in the new season, and London Lions are moving to the Copper Box Arena. BBL have also announced a five year sponsorship deal with Spalding, and further commercial sponsorships will be announced shortly. In addition, grass roots activities by England Basketball and the BBL Foundation are expanding significantly, particularly around the 3on3 form of the game, and basketball has seen the greatest increase in participation in England amongst all team sports, and is now ranked third in team sports for regular participation, behind only football and cricket.

England Basketball Chairman Jan Hagen said, "I am excited about the tremendous potential in the sport, following my recent appointment as Chairman, and I believe we have a great opportunity to drive participation in the sport by working with the BBL, the top Clubs, and other partners. The BBL clubs are committed to their work in the communities and in youth development and we want to leverage even further the synergies between the organizations.England Basketball will be actively looking to work with other basketball specific and multi-sport partners as part of its new strategy and more collaboration projects will follow in due course."

Ed Percival, Chairman of BBL said, "We are delighted to support this focus and drive on basketball participation, and particularly in our inner cities. Working with the governing body even more closely will undoubtedly enhance our delivery programmes and drive long term interest in the sport."

Further announcements about the details of the plan will be announced in the next few months.  




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European Championships Final Standings
 1. Slovenia
 2. Serbia
 3. Spain
 4. Russia
 5. Latvia
 6. Germany
 7. Italy
 8. Greece
 9. Lithuania
 10. Croatia
 11. Finland
 12. France
 13. Montenegro
 14. Turkey
 15. Ukraine
 16. Hungary
 17. Georgia
 18. Poland
 19. Belgium
 20. Czech Rep.
 21. Israel
 22. U.Kingdom
 23. Romania
 24. Iceland
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alexey SHVED
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Shved, RUS24.3 
 2. Schroeder, GER23.7 
 3. Porzingis, LAT23.6 
 4. Dragic, SLO22.6 
 5. Bogdanovic, CRO22.5 
 6. Bogdanovic, SRB20.4 
 7. Markkanen, FIN19.5 
 8. Shengelia, GEO18.8 
 9. Belinelli, ITA17.9 
 10. Howell, ISR17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  LTU
  (213-C-92)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Valanciunas, LTU11.8 
 2. Olaseni, ENG11.4 
 3. Pachulia, GEO9.2 
 4. Doncic, SLO8.3 
 5. Vucevic, MNT7.7 
 6. Gasol, ESP7.6 
 7. Shengelia, GEO7.6 
 8. Mozgov, RUS7.4 
 9. Moldoveanu, ROM7.3 
 10. Gasol, ESP7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  LTU
  (195-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Kalnietis, LTU7.2 
 2. Rodriguez, ESP6.6 
 3. Satoransky, CZE6.4 
 4. Strelnieks, LAT6.3 
 5. Koponen, FIN6.2 
 6. Shved, RUS5.9 
 7. Schroeder, GER5.4 
 8. Jovic, SRB5.4 
 9. Lukashov, UKR5.3 
 10. Bertans, LAT5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Richard HOWELL
  USA
  (203-C/F-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Howell, ISR3.3 
 2. Lukashov, UKR2.0 
 3. Osman, TUR2.0 
 4. Mandache, ROM2.0 
 5. Belinelli, ITA2.0 
 6. Jovic, SRB1.9 
 7. Satoransky, CZE1.8 
 8. Rubio, ESP1.8 
 9. De-Colo, FRA1.8 
 10. Dragic, SLO1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristaps PORZINGIS
  LAT
  (221-C/F-95)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Porzingis, LAT1.9 
 2. Pustovyi, UKR1.7 
 3. Gasol, ESP1.6 
 4. Gasol, ESP1.4 
 5. Vidmar, SLO1.3 
 6. Randolph, SLO1.3 
 7. Barovic, MNT1.2 
 8. Bender, CRO1.2 
 9. Vucevic, MNT1.2 
 10. Saric, CRO1.0 
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