Pro Basketball Coming to the Nation's Capital

It looks as if Ottawa will be getting a professional basketball franchise.

Reports indicate that The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) plans to expand to the nation’s capital and play will begin in 2020.

The team name, logo and jersey design will be unveiled Wednesday at TD Place by league commissioner Mike Morreale. The new franchise is expected to be owned by the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), who already own the Ottawa REDBLACKS and Ottawa 67’s.

2019 was the CEBL’s inaugural season, with the Saskatchewan Rattlers coming out on top as league champs. 70 per cent of each team’s roster must be Canadian, according to league rules. Most players in the league come from university and college programs, while others come from leagues outside of North America.

Ottawa will be home to the league’s 7th team, joining Edmonton (Stingers), Abbotsford B.C. (Fraser Valley Bandits), Guelph (Nighthawks), Hamilton (Honey Badgers), St. Catharines (Niagara River Lions) and Saskatoon (Saskatchewan Rattlers).

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