Weekly Digest: Glen Grunwald named Canada Basketball President & CEO


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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.

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.

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.

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