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SBD Global/October 8, 2012/Franchises

CBA's Flying Tigers To Travel On Private Jet This Season

Chinese Basketball Association Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers and their "uber-rich Owner Sun Guangxin, are going forward in their longtime rumored plans" to buy a private team jet for the '12-13 season, according to Jon Pastuszek of NIUBBALL.com. The Flying Tigers will become the first team in CBA history to use a chartered jet. Team GM He Changjiang said, "Xinjiang is very far away from the other teams. During a season, players use up a lot of their bodies. So next season, we’ll probably elect to use a private jet." Although the decision to buy a private jet may sound "a little ridiculous," the move could provide "a big edge over other teams this year." Every team in the CBA flies commercial, "and with the exception of a few superstars and coaches who have clauses in their contracts, players and staff, regardless of height, ride coach" (NIUBBALL.com, 10/3).
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