SBD/16/Leagues Governing Bodies

NEW WINTER BASKETBALL LEAGUE BEING PROPOSED

     Even after the death of the National Basketball League last
summer and the World Basketball League in '92, former NBL
franchise and NBA Cavaliers owner Ted Stepien "is actively
pursuing parties to form a winter version of the defunct NBL" to
begin play in December '95.  Stepien said they are looking for
commitments from at least eight cities to start the North
American Basketball League.  Cities would  include Regina,
Winnipeg, Saksatoon, Calgary, Montreal and Edmonton, and possibly
others closer to the U.S. border.  The NABL would run from
December to March, have a 40-game schedule and each team would
have an operating budget of "no more than" $500,000.  It would be
run after the CBA starts allowing for players cut from the CBA to
join (Steven Forbes, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 9/15).
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