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SBD Global/May 12, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian National Basketball League Unlikely To Play Las Vegas Summer League

The Australian National Basketball League "is set to step away from its grand plan to play a Las Vegas summer league alongside the NBA's own off-season showcase of its emerging talent," according to Marc Hinton of the SUNDAY NEWS. The ANBL announced amid much fanfare it was "heading to Vegas for a summer initiative" it hoped "would not only align them closer with the NBA, but also unveil a rich vein of talent for the league to mine." The idea "had been that the ANBL's own summer league, held simultaneously with the NBA's, would trial American players keen to earn jobs in the Australasian league." But Breakers CEO Richard Clarke, who also serves on the ANBL's board, confirmed Saturday that the Vegas venture was being "reviewed" and "was unlikely to go ahead this year." The ANBL board "will make a final decision this week" (SUNDAY NEWS, 5/11).
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