The process to review the licence of the BBL – and potential replacements – is set to be pushed back after it was decided it needed extra time.

It is understood committee chair Lord Wasserman has pushed for a significant change to the timeframe set out by Basketball England, with an initial stage now established that will consider the terms of reference for the premier league license.

In a statement, BE confirmed: “The Committee therefore have concluded that its first priority should be to develop a series of recommendations to Basketball England on the key components of any licence that Basketball England offers for the operation of a professional league.

“The Committee will rely on Basketball England’s sports legal advisers for support with this work.”

The committee are now set to deliver initial recommendations by March 11 before considering in detail the rival options from the existing BBL and US-based BBall UK.

The basketball have been invited to submit their views on the process by March 2 to BE’s solicitors via

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