Pro hoops league eyes up Cranbrook

Key City a possible location for franchise in a potentially new professional basketball league.

Can a professional Canadian basketball league thrive in Western Canada, and could Cranbrook support such a franchise?

That is the question that a company out of Ontario is asking in a proposal to create the Canadian Basketball League, an entity designed to cultivate and showcase professional hoops talent in the western part of the country.

Cary Kaplan, president of Cosmos Sports Inc, which is based out of Mississauga, Ont., has completed a feasibility study that seeks a minimum of eight individuals or groups to set up franchises that could be in action by 2014.

“I think we look at the WHL/OHL model as a natural fit for what this is, which is a second-tier professional basketball league. Cranbrook, as well as places like Brandon and Red Deer and Surrey and Kelowna and Lethbridge are places that may make a lot of sense,” said Kaplan.

“…Not to say we’d exclude larger markets, but when you have an arena of 4,000-5,000 seats, that would work for this league, so Cranbrook makes sense for sure.”

The league will be formed to have two divisions with cross-divisional travel limited to playoffs. A team salary cap will be enforced and all teams will have substantial requirements of both sales and marketing of their clubs and provide annual dues to the league to ensure its viability.

“We did a feasibility study, it took six months, we spent most of last year making sure that it even made sense to bring this announcement forward,” said Kaplan.

“So it’s done, we completed it and one thing we learned, what we found, is that from Manitoba west, there is huge appetite for basketball, and it’s very conducive to complement a lot of the hockey arenas.”

Cosmos Sports Inc is a sports marketing company founded by Kaplan, who is a former president of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. There will be a meeting in Edmonton in August featuring potential franchise ownership groups and he encourages any in Cranbrook who is interested in getting involved to contact him through his website at www.cosmossports.com.

“It’s about developing Canadian talent and making sure that Canadian basketball players have a place to play so they don’t go to Europe,” Kaplan said.

“There’s no league yet, the concept is have this meeting, see how many serious ownership groups are there, and then we’d make a decision if we move forward.”

 

Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

1914
It happened this week in 1914

June 13 - 19: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers… Continue reading

Prince Charles Secondary School
School District 8 votes in favour of name change for Secondary School in Creston

In an act of reconciliation, a new name will be chosen for Prince Charles Secondary School

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. Photo courtesy Conservative Party of Canada.
MP Morrison appointed to parliamentary national security committee

Kootenay-Columbia parliamentarian one of five candidates appointed to national security committee

Repaving of Victoria Ave (3rd St. S. to 11th St. S.) began on Monday, June 12. Drivers are asked to please avoid the area for the remainder of the day, if possible. Please watch for and obey directions from flaggers and signage, as the detours will be moving regularly. Photo courtesy City of Cranbrook.
Road construction, repaving programs well underway

Local road construction and repaving work continue apace, as summer programs get… Continue reading

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

John Kromhoff with some of the many birthday cards he received from ‘pretty near every place in the world’ after the family of the Langley centenarian let it be known that he wasn’t expecting many cards for his 100th birthday. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Cards from all over the world flood in for B.C. man’s 100th birthday

An online invitation by his family produced a flood of cards to mark his 100th birthday

FILE – Nurse Iciar Bercian prepares a shot at a vaccine clinic for the homeless in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, June 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
B.C. scientists to study effectiveness of COVID vaccines in people with HIV

People living with HIV often require higher doses of other vaccines

A 50-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle Tuesday, June 15, crashing through a West Vancouver school fence that surrounds playing children. (West Vancouver Police)
Driver ticketed for speeding near B.C. school crashes into playground fence days later

‘It’s an absolute miracle that nobody was injured,’ says Const. Kevin Goodmurphy

Dr. Réka Gustafson, who is British Columbia’s deputy provincial health officer, speaks during a news conference in Vancouver on April 8, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. public health officials prepare to manage COVID-19 differently in the future

Flu-like? Health officials anticipate shift from pandemic to communicable disease control strategies

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Camper the dog was found Wednesday night by someone walking their own dog along Hollywood Crescent. She had gone missing after a violent attack on June 11. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Camper the dog found safe after fleeing violent van attack in Victoria

Young dog was missing for almost a week after incident

Most Read