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PRESS RELEASES

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CEBL Welcomes Niagara Professional Basketball Club

Niagara, November, 2017 – The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is pleased to announce Niagara as the location for its next territory. Niagara will join Guelph and Fraser Valley as one of the first three CEBL teams to be welcomed into the league. The Niagara Region, Canada’s largest tourist destination, will be a site for spring/summer professional basketball when the CEBL’s inaugural season tips-off. CEBL Founder, Richard Petko commented, “some of North America’s biggest brands are choosing Niagara as their hub. The growth in the region’s is significant and the CEBL will provide local fans with premium sport entertainment”. The CEBL’s newest team will operate out of the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines. “The Meridian Centre has proven to be a world class destination for professional sports and entertainment, bringing year-round programming to downtown St. Catharines. Our operator, SMG is excited to work with the CEBL on this new opportunity,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik. Niagara fits with the league’s mandate of territories falling within Canada’s top 50 municipalities and poses a great opportunity for the league to bring its game to Southern Ontario. CEBL will be announcing additional markets over the next few weeks. About the Canadian Elite Basketball League The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is a domestic professional basketball league with teams located across Canada. The CEBL will provide sports fans with premium entertainment while also allowing players, coaches and other stakeholders the opportunity to engage in the sport of basketball at the highest level. The CEBL will operate in accordance with the player and referee standards set by Canada Basketball, the National Sporting Organization for the sport of Basketball in Canada. The league will proudly adhere to the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) rules and regulations. For updates and more information, please visit www.cebl.ca

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Canadian Elite Basketball League Announces Leadership Team

Toronto, November 16, 2017 – The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is pleased to announce members of its launch committee and front office staff.

CEBL has established a team with significant experience in the sport and business industry - the launch committee will include Mike Morreale, Glenn Young, Carman Adair, Sebastien Chevrier, Mardig Sevadjian, Noelvi Leguizamon, and John Sabetti. Also announced, Richard Petko as the league’s President and primary investor, and Josh Knoester is named the league’s Director of Operations.

The team assembled to guide the league through its inaugural season is comprised of prominent Canadian business people with experience in the Canadian and International business landscapes. “Our launch committee is comprised of diverse backgrounds that will set the CEBL in the right direction,” said Richard Petko.

CEBL’s launch committee is comprised of seven individuals from all aspects of business. Mike Morreale joins the Committee after a 12 year career as an award winning receiver in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Morreale’s professional portfolio is highlighted by his time as an executive with the CFL’s Players Association (CFLPA). Mike will advise the league’s player relations protocol as well as the organization’s business practices.

Glenn Young joins the launch committee after spending over 20 years in various senior sports management roles, including 10 years with International Management Group (IMG). Young will advise the CEBL on its business development objectives. “The CEBL will offer a new platform for corporate partners to associate their brands with one of Canada’s fastest growing participation sports. I am excited to be working with the new league, says Young”

Other CEBL launch committee members are five prominent business people with much experience in many diverse industries. Carman Adair, Sebastien Chevrier, Mardig Sevadjian, Noelvi Leguizamon, and John Sabetti join Morreale and Young on the league’s committee.

The league’s front office will include Josh Knoester as its Director of Operations. Josh is a graduate of Brock University’s Sport Management program and he began his professional career with the Niagara River Lions of the National Basketball League of Canada. “We are looking to do something special for Canadian sport - I am very fortunate to be a part of this operation and look forward to the opportunity”. The CEBL is also happy to name Nathan Brady as Operations Manager.

The CEBL will appoint a Chief Operating Officer in the coming weeks. The league will operate as a single entity league until local ownership groups are awarded select territories.

For more information and updates, fans are encouraged to visit the CEBL’s website.

About the Canadian Elite Basketball League

The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is a domestic professional men’s basketball league with teams located across Canada. The CEBL will provide sports fans with a premium entertainment option while also allowing players, coaches and other stakeholders the opportunity to engage in the sport of basketball at the highest level. The CEBL will operate in accordance with the player and referee standards set by Canada Basketball, the National Sporting Organization for the sport of Basketball in Canada. The league will proudly adhere to the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) rules and regulations.

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CEBL Welcomes Fraser Valley Professional Basketball Club

Abbotsford, November 7, 2017 – The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is pleased to announce its second team naming Fraser Valley Professional Basketball Club (team name to be chosen at a later date) just one week after announcing Guelph, Ontario as its first territory. The Abbotsford Centre, a multi-purpose venue committed to serving as a leading Canadian sports & entertainment facility, is proud to be working with the CEBL’s Launch Committee in bringing professional basketball to the Fraser Valley region in British Columbia. The team will appoint a Director of Operations in the coming weeks, after which the organization will begin connecting with its host communities.

The CEBL’s Launch Committee has been working diligently to deliver a team to Canada’s west coast. “One of our goals is to bring entertaining, professional basketball to venues across Canada, stated a CEBL Launch Member. “Western Canada has been lobbying for professional basketball since the loss of its Vancouver Grizzlies in 2001. We are extremely excited to fill this void, by bringing a team back to the west coast.” The Abbotsford Centre’s events are currently drawing from its host community (Abbotsford) as well as the surrounding municipalities including Langley, Surrey, Mission, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge and Hope. “This team in Fraser Valley will be one of all of the region’s fans to call their own. The Fraser Valley is a vibrant and rapidly growing region that we are excited to be a part of.” said a member of the league’s Launch Committee. Staff at the Abbotsford Centre were pleased to welcome their newest professional team. “We’re excited to welcome the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) to the Abbotsford Centre. The sport of basketball continues to grow in the community and throughout the Fraser Valley region, with competitive high school and University programs, stated Andrew Nash, Spectra General Manager at the Abbotsford Centre. “At the end of the day, it’s another opportunity to grow the sport of basketball in the region, while further expanding upon our robust event schedule during the summer months.” The CEBL’s Launch Committee will appoint a Director of Operations for the Fraser Valley territory in the coming weeks. The public is encouraged to apply for the position by sending applications to the league office via the email address below. League officials have yet to announce a start date for the league’s inaugural season, however, they can confirm that Fraser Valley will begin operations immediately. In the coming months, more announcements will be made regarding plans for the Fraser Valley territory. Sport entertainment fans, media, and stakeholders will be invited to join the team for its inaugural press conference, at which time fans will be asked to engage in the team’s name the team contest. For more information and updates, fans are encouraged to visit the team’s page on the CEBL website.

About the Canadian Elite Basketball League

The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is a domestic professional men’s basketball league with teams located across Canada. The CEBL will provide sports fans with a premium entertainment option while also allowing players, coaches and other stakeholders the opportunity to engage in the sport of basketball at the highest level. The CEBL will operate in accordance with the player and referee standards set by Canada Basketball, the National Sporting Organization for the sport of Basketball in Canada. The league will proudly adhere to the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) rules and regulations.

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CEBL Welcomes Guelph Professional Basketball Club

Guelph, October 31, 2017 – The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is pleased to announce its first team - naming Guelph Professional Basketball Club (team name to be chosen at a later date) as the league’s first entrant. The City of Guelph is proud to partner with the CEBL’s Launch Committee in bringing professional basketball to the City’s beautiful downtown spectator facility, the Sleeman Centre. The team will appoint a Director of Operations in the coming weeks, after which the organization will begin connecting with its host region.

CEBL officials are elated to welcome the City of Guelph as the first CEBL territory. “Guelph checks off all of our boxes for what we know will be a great home for elite-level, professional basketball. In accepting the bid, it was important that we stuck to our initiative of region’s falling within Canada’s top 50 municipalities. As a league, we were pleased to work with Guelph’s City officials during the bid and selection process making the city a natural fit for professional basketball,” said a member of the CEBL’s Launch Committee.

“Fans of sport entertainment can rest assured that the Guelph Professional Basketball Club will commence operations in the CEBL’s inaugural season. At the present time, the Guelph territory will be owned by the CEBL and managed by local professional staff. The long-term intention of the CEBL is to have all territories owned and operated by local owners, with existing relationships in a host community. However, in an effort to stabilize this operation from the initial launch, we (CEBL) are comfortable owning the territory until a strong group of local investors comes forward,” said the league’s spokesperson. Guelph City officials were quick to jump at the opportunity that comes with bringing another premier tenant to their spectator facility. “We are excited that the CEBL has chosen Guelph as one of its first territories for their first season,” said Danna Evans, General Manager of Culture, Tourism, and Community. Investment with the City of Guelph, “A summer basketball league is a great fit for the Sleeman Centre, downtown, and the Guelph community.”

The CEBL’s Launch Committee will appoint a Director of Operations for the Guelph territory in the coming weeks. The public is encouraged to apply for the position by sending applications to the league office via the email address below. League officials have yet to announce a start date for the league’s inaugural season however, they can confirm that Guelph will begin operations immediately.

In the coming months, more announcements will be made regarding plans for the Guelph territory. Sport entertainment fans, media, and stakeholders will be invited to join the team in Guelph for its inaugural press conference, at which time fans will be asked to engage in the team’s name the team contest. For more information and updates, fans are encouraged to visit the team’s page on the CEBL website.

About the Canadian Elite Basketball League

The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is a domestic professional men’s basketball league with teams located across Canada. The CEBL will provide sports fans with a premium entertainment option while also allowing players, coaches and other stakeholders the opportunity to engage in the sport of basketball at the highest level. The CEBL will operate in accordance with the player and referee standards set by Canada Basketball, the National Sporting Organization for the sport of Basketball in Canada. The league will proudly adhere to the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) rules and regulations.

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CANADIAN ELITE BASKETBALL LEAGUE ANNOUNCED!

Coast-to-Coast, Men's Professional Basketball Arrives in Canada!

Ottawa, 25th October 2017 – It is with great excitement that the Canadian sports landscape welcomes a coast-to-coast, professional basketball entity, the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL). Operating throughout the spring and summer, the CEBL will act in accordance with player and referee standards set by Canada Basketball and will adhere to the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) rules and regulations. The CEBL will operate with a minimum Canadian player requirement, allowing for top Canadian athletes to choose the CEBL as a destination to showcase their talents close to home. As the popularity of basketball continues to grow, Canadian and International athletes, coaches and fans will now be able to choose the CEBL as their destination for professional competition and entertainment. The CEBL’s mandated Canadian player requirement will allow fans to be entertained by the best Canadian and International athletes currently competing worldwide. CEBL owners will be able to sign these players through the CEBL’s salary structure, which does not stipulate a salary cap, but rather a minimum spend requirement that must be adhered to when rosters are being established. In an effort to provide Canadian sports fans with year-round professional basketball entertainment, the CEBL will operate in the spring and summer months to take advantage of an undersaturated summer basketball landscape. Fans can expect to be entertained by a high-level of basketball competition, exciting in-game promotions and outdoor activations leading up to each CEBL event. Teams will operate out of major spectator facilities located within Canada’s top 50 municipalities. Over the next 60 to 90 days, the CEBL will be assessing team bids already having expressions of interest from more than eight cities across the nation.

About the Canadian Elite Basketball League

The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) is a domestic professional basketball league with teams located across Canada. The CEBL will provide sports fans with a premium entertainment option while also allowing players, coaches and other stakeholders the opportunity to engage in the sport of basketball at the highest level. The CEBL will operate in accordance with the player and referee standards set by Canada Basketball, the National Sporting Organization for the sport of Basketball in Canada. The league will proudly adhere to the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) rules and regulations.

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