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John Lombardo

Staff writer John Lombardo covers basketball and the Arena Football League.

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New league looks to Whitecap Sports to attract capital

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 03 / 27 / 17

A fledgling Canadian basketball league founded by former Toronto Raptors coach Butch Carter has hired Whitecap Sports Group to help it raise $7 million to expand the minor league next season. Carter, who last coached the Raptors in 2000, in December unveiled the Canadian Basketball League that ha...

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