29 January 2008
Apparently verbal agreements have been reached with potential sponsors with regards funding the PBL. However still nothing concrete has been obtained. Also a continuing trend of the start date being pushed further back is not very positive with rumours now of a September tip-off.
Photo depicting the 'GLORY DAYS' of the PBL. Pictured left to right are Marlins players Cisa Mphele , Darren Cooper , Craig Gilchrist and Hesham Abusariya pose with Miss South Africa after a Nationally televised game between the Tuskers and Marlins.
17 January 2008
News from the PBL executive is that there are negotiations in progress with a confidential sponsor and things are looking very positive. There is talk of a league tip off in June or July 2008.
It is official there will be no movement until the new year with regards any sponsorship for the PBL , which means at best the leaague may only tip off in April 2008.
9 December 2007
As the corporate world goes into go slow mode with the festive season fast approaching , there still seems to be no urgency in finalising the sponsorship contract ,which created a buzz in the basketball community a few weeks ago, with a few of the key role players out of the country on work commitments or taking leave. Work commitments is understandable but TAKING LEAVE ??? And we wonder why our pro league is still on hold ......
18 November 2007
After an eight year break due to ridiculous reasons the P.B.L resurfaced in January of 2006 with a short succesful exhibition season which was supposed to be a forerunner for a full fledged season to begin in March. Well March has come and gone and still no sign of P.B.L. Franchise owners cannot supply valid reasons why the sponsors are not willing to fund this league. Rumours are that the marketing company employed by the PBL executive is just not doing a good enough job. So why not replace them? Well who knows?
The potential to grow a succesful pro league in South Africa is enormous , so why it has not happened can only be blamed on the administrators of the sport in South Africa. Countries like Angola have developed a succesful proffesional league under difficult circumstances and the results have been reflected in the huge achievements of their national team at the world championships and the olympics.
All we can do is sit and hope !!
Magic Johnson and his All Star Team tour South Africa.
Playing games in Sun City , Cape Town and Durban
Kwazulu Marlins vs Egoli Magic