PEI Joins The NBL…But Where?
The National Basketball League of Canada’s President and CEO, Andre Levingston, has announced that Prince Edward Island (PEI) has been formally accepted as the fifth city to join the league for the upcoming 2011-12 season. Unforuntately PEI is not itself a city and there is still no word on where they will play. That seems odd considering the league would not have formally accepted the franchise without an operating agreement with a venue.Both Summerside and Charlottetown have been linked to the franchise. Summerside has a venue with a basketball floor in the Credit Union Place, while the Charlottetown’s Civic Centre would have to purchase one.
Summerside had proposed splitting the home games between the two locations, but that idea was not met with much enthusiasm.
My bet would be that Summerside will be the full time home of the team.
“We are extremely pleased to be adding another team to both the league and to the maritime region,” said Levingston. “The PEI franchise owners, Darren MacKay and Duncan Shaw, are extremely successful and passionate businessmen, and we have no doubt that these attributes will transfer into their basketball club.”
MacKay and Shaw grew up in Prince Edward Island and reside in Cornwall. Together, they were two of the partners in Cogsdale Corporation, a software company they grew from a basement start up to a 140 person firm that was sold in 2010. Their entrepreneurial success was acknowledged when Duncan was named the 2010 Atlantic Canada Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
“Darren and Duncan are extremely passionate about their community and about giving back,” said Levingston. “They are looking very forward to bringing an exciting brand of professional basketball to the island.”
PEI’s team will begin their 18 regular season home game schedule in early November.