Plymouth Raiders are withdrawing from the BBL for the forthcoming season.

MVP revealed earlier this year that the Devon outfit were considering a switch to a new city because of a public standoff with their Pavilions home over costs – or a possible construction of a new home in their city.

There has been speculation in recent days that its Turkey-based owners were rolling back in their commitment to bankrolling another title assault next term but it is understood they informed the British Basketball League of its decision on Thursday morning following weeks of dialogue.

And in a statement, the club said: “Ongoing difficulties surrounding a suitable playing venue continue to hamper all preparations which, at this moment, cannot be resolved within the City of Plymouth in time for the new season. This situation is very disappointing for all of us as it follows a season where the club achieved its highest BBL finish and reached the Trophy Final.

“All local venues have been considered but ruled out due to their inability to provide the facilities necessary for Raiders to play in front of spectators at a price that is sustainable for the club.

“This decision has been a very difficult one for the Board, and we will continue to work with Plymouth City Council and the BBL to identify feasible solutions for the longer-term.”

They are the second club to pull out this summer following Worcester Wolves’ exit for financial reasons, leaving the British Basketball League at just nine team.

It was not immediately clear if the Raiders have an aspiration to return in 2022. 

A league statement said: “The British Basketball League have today received a request from Plymouth Raiders to withdraw from the 2021/22 season. The League will now follow due process with consideration to this request.”


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