National Basketball League of Canada schedule is still being finalized, president says

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If you are wondering where the heck the National Basketball League of Canada schedule is, worry no more.

“We’re working on it,” said league president Vito Frijia.

So put to rest the rumours that there will be no season, which was a legitimate concern considering the league wants to open their season in mid-November. It doesn’t leave a lot of time for selling tickets and getting game sponsorships.

The league had to wait to put the schedule together until teams like Kitchener, Windsor and St. John’s, Nfld., could resolve their lease issues.

“All those lease issues have been resolved,” Frijia said.

St. John’s was officially announced last week as the NBL’s 10th franchise.

But with five teams already in the Atlantic Division, there is a discussion about putting St. John’s in the Central after the Orangeville A’s ceased operations this summer.

St. John’s would be joining the London Lightning, Kitchener Titans, Windsor Express and Niagara River Lions.

Since the new team in Newfoundland would have to fly wherever they travel, it would not be any more expensive for St. John’s to travel to Toronto than it would to fly to the Maritimes’ mainland.

“We are going to ask them to play in the Central Division to keep the divisions balanced,” Frijia said.

The St. John’s team would probably play a series of games on the road over a 10-day or two-week span before going home to play over that same time frame.

The teams will again play a regular 40-game schedule.

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