Basketball: League keeps Blake busy
Saturday 04 February 2006
Paul Blake, the British Basketball League's chairman, would have preferred to spend a significant part of the past week concentrating on his other role as the managing director of the Newcastle Eagles, currently England's most successful club, who face Leicester Riders tomorrow at Coventry's Skydome in the BBL Trophy Final.
"It's been five full days on League work," said Blake. The fall-out has not yet settled from last weekend's decision by the Birmingham Bullets' owner, Craig Bown, to cancel a fixture with the Milton Keynes Lions and the question of whether the Brighton Bears ignored eligibility rules in playing the NBA legend and Celebrity Big Brother participant, Dennis Rodman, against the Guildford Heat.
Blake said: "We are not sweeping these issues under the carpet. They will be dealt with in the proper manner but they are not as straightforward as some would like to think."
Bown's team played Thursday night's game at Brighton, a 105-92 defeat, after the BBL agreed to a disciplinary commission to consider bans given to the player-coach, Skouson Harker, and Yorick Williams.
Blake said: "There is a range of issues Craig wants raised, which I cannot disclose. None of them relate to his cancelling the Lions game, which will be dealt with as a separate issue."
The Bears coach, Nick Nurse, claims that he did not use more than the three allowed work permit players against Guildford because Andrew Alleyne has qualified as a dual national this season. Blake said: "We are waiting for Nick to supply Alleyne's passport so we can check the date stamp."
The Eagles have signed the 6ft 6in Englishman Olu Babalola, but he is ineligible for the final. The Riders' plans have been disrupted by Robert Reed leaving the club. That is a concern for England's coach, Peter Scantlebury, who has picked the 6ft 11in forward-centre in his squad for next month's Commonwealth Games.
Latest in Sport
- 1 Top Gear team of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May officially heading to Amazon Prime for new car show
- 2 Stuart Baggs: Apprentice star 'The Brand' found dead aged 27
- 3 How to cancel Amazon Prime: after Top Gear hiring, how to leave premium service
- 4 Tesco scraps 'unexpected item in the bagging area' as self-checkouts switch to less 'frustrating' audio
- 5 Living in Spain and commuting to London 'cheaper than actually working in London'
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
While we fixate on Calais, the Government is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: For desperate migrants it is 'England or death' as they brave dogs, riot police and speeding trains
£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With extensive experience and a...
£26000 - £34000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Due to on-going expansion, this leading provid...
£6 - £8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join a family ...