Ottawa group eyes National Basketball League of Canada team

MIKE KOREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:10 PM ET

OTTAWA - Whenever the Senators return, they could very well be sharing the Ottawa sporting landscape with yet another pro franchise.

Gus Takkale, a motivational speaker and author, confirmed Friday night he is working on bringing a pro basketball team to Ottawa. The team would play in the two-year-old National Basketball League of Canada.

“I’d love to bring Ottawa a pro (basketball) team,” Takkale said. “We’re working hard toward doing something great.”

Takkale wouldn’t comment on an Ottawa Business Journal report that said he will team with Denis Sabourin of Xactly Design & Advertising to form the franchise. The report said the team will play the 2013-14 season at Scotiabank Place before moving to the Civic Centre once renovations are complete.

“I hope by Nov. 21, I have something to tell you,” Takkale said.

A call to Sabourin at Xactly wasn’t returned. However, the person who answered the phone said a press conference is scheduled for Nov. 21.

League officials had little to say on the matter.

“The league has nothing to report re Ottawa at this time,” deputy commissioner Susan Gordon said in an e-mail.

Just how many pro teams can succeed in Ottawa remains to be seen.

A CFL team and an NASL soccer team both are scheduled to kick off in 2014 and a AA Eastern League baseball team is tentatively slated to begin play that same year.

The Canadian hoops league has teams in London, Windsor, Oshawa, Montreal, Summerside, Saint John, Moncton and Halifax. A proposed arena in the Toronto suburb of Markham also has expressed interest in a team, but the fate of that venue is up in the air.

mike.koreen@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @mkor1980


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