BBL STILL PONDERING FRANCHISE BIDS

The British Basketball League could yet have a new franchise next season but league chiefs insist that no deal has been finalised to add an extra club to the top tier.

Durham Wildcats were the sole team to apply in advance of last month's deadline after lodging a detailed bid to move up from the lower tier EBL.

It is understood that their dossier remains on the table while a rumoured approach from a Manchester-based consortium has failed to materialise.

BBL management expect to take a final decision on the line-up for next term by the end of this month.

"Discussions are still taking place," confirmed Mike Davies, who heads the league's franchise committee.

The BBL has made clear its intention to target new teams in London, Birmingham and Manchester in the next two years in an attempt to broaden its national media appeal, as well as capitalising on the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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