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Former Raptors GM takes the reins at Canada Basketball
For Raptors fans, a familiar face will be leading Canada’s governing body for basketball starting October 1st. Last week, Canada Basketball announced the appointment of Glen Grunwald as the organization’s next President & CEO. The long-time NBA executive with the Toronto Raptors (1994-2004) and New York Knicks (2006-2013) arrives at Basketball Canada following a four-year stint as Director, Athletics and Recreation at McMaster University. He succeeds former President & CEO Michele O’Keefe, who stepped down in June to become Associate Director, Athletics & Recreation at Niagara College.
— Canada Basketball (@CanBball) September 12, 2018
After hiring former Knicks and Raptors GM Glen Grunwald as their new president and CEO, expect more changes @CanBball — could a role for Bryan Colangelo be next? What of the future of Steve Nash and Jay Triano with men's program? Busy times: https://t.co/xe46X1Oeng
— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) September 12, 2018
Canadian Premier League (CPL) eyes expansion
Last week, a wide-ranging state of the union by CPL Commissioner David Clanachan provided insight into possible expansion cities, the Ottawa Fury’s decision to remain in the USL next season, and the status of kit and broadcast deal negotiations. According to Clanachan, there’s been no shortage of interest from investors as the CPL has talked to potential owners in St. John’s, NL; Moncton, NB; Montréal/Laval and Québec City in Québec; the ‘Grand River’ region of Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge; the Niagara Region; Durham Region encompassing Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and Pickering; as well as Mississauga.
State of the League: Commissioner David Clanachan on league’s current progress, roster rules, kit deals, and more #CanPL
— CanPL (@CPLsoccer) September 10, 2018
OSEG CEO Mark Goudie on Ottawa Fury FC's decision to remain in the USL
— TSN 1200 (@TSN1200) September 10, 2018
New jersey deal for the CFL
Starting in 2019, New Era will be the official outfitter of the CFL. New Era has provided headwear and apparel to fans for the past seven years as a licensee of the CFL (and will continue to do so under their new agreement), but this will mark the first time the lifestyle brand will provide jerseys to a pro sports league. New Era replaces Adidas, who was the CFL’s official outfitter and licensing partner for the last two seasons.
The #CFL has announced that @NewEraCanada will be the Official Outfitter, supplying all authentic on-field product to our nine member clubs, starting in 2019🗞: https://t.co/Cib2hNT5aU pic.twitter.com/ywTdHoEgK2
— CFL (@CFL) September 12, 2018
— BarDown (@BarDown) September 12, 2018