NBL coaches hopeful for more sponsorship

June 21, 2018
UWI Runnin' Rebels' Kemo Gordon (left) stays close to Urban Knights' Fernando Young in their National Basketball League game at the National Arena on Saturday February 10, 2018.

Basketball coaches and administrators are optimistic that the National Basketball League (NBL) will attract at least one major sponsor for the next edition set to take place later this year.

At the recent finals held at the National Arena, some administrators and coaches gave the league a thumbs up and foresee a sponsor coming on board for the next one.

Pete Matthews, coach of beaten finalist UWI Runnin' Rebels and a Jamaica Basketball Association (JaBA) committee member, said the league, returning after four seasons, was organised and well run.

Despite some difficulties, he thought the organisers did a good job and believes some prospective sponsors must be impressed and are looking to come on board.

"With a league that was out for four years and coming back this year. I thought we (JaBA) did well. We set ourselves on the stage to garner some sponsorship for the next season.


Many hiccups


"So we expect a few people will look at us now. People who weren't looking at us before, and they will step in and try to help us sponsorship-wise and with the finances," he said.

Gordon Porter, Urban Knight team manager, agreed that there were many hiccups in the just-concluded shortened version of the league, but said the good outweighed the bad.

"There were hiccups but it ended well and, all things considered, it was a good show. With some major background work, we can attract one main sponsor and I am very optimistic," he said.

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