University Of Canberra Seeking Control Of WNBL Side Canberra Franchise
The University of Canberra is "confident Basketball ACT will hand over control" of its Australian Women's Basketball League side Canberra Capitals license after the WNBL season, in a "significant step towards creating a multimillion-dollar sporting hub the university hopes will be the best in the country," according to Thomson & Tuxworth of the CANBERRA TIMES. Basketball ACT, however, wants to "retain some influence over the Capitals' operations and believe its members should have a say on the future of the Women's National Basketball League side." The University of Canberra has also "held advanced discussions" with W-League football's Canberra United about "moving to the campus." The ACT Brumbies will move into a A$15M ($13.4M) high-performance center at the university next year, "but it is understood that up to half a dozen sports could join them." The university is looking at the "financial details of running a sporting team in an elite national competition run by the WNBL, but the approximate dollar figures the institution has been working with will not be made public." University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker said that he "wanted the institution to be known as Australia's leading sports university, and said the licence transfer would probably mean the team would be known as the University of Canberra Capitals" (CANBERRA TIMES, 12/15).