Radio station takes over Otago Nuggets National Basketball League team
Sam Timmins of the Otago Nuggets fights for a rebound in the Canterbury Rams clash last season.
The license for the Otago Nuggets National Basketball League team was acquired by the radio station Sport Entertainment Network New Zealand (Senz).
Angela Ruske, general manager of Nuggets, said the new ownership would provide greater commercial opportunity and operational support to ensure the sustainability of the team after returning to the NBL in 2020 after a five-year absence, “Fans”.
The parent company of Senz, the Sports Entertainment Group, already has a mainstay in basketball ownership after purchasing the Australian national basketball team Perth Wildcats this year.
“Our business has long been committed to local content for local fans and that is exactly our plan with the Otago Nuggets,” said Senz Managing Director Jodie Simm.
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“We are committed to keeping the Otago Nuggets team in Dunedin and maintaining a strong connection with the Otago community.
“We support the resurgence of basketball in the region and with our commitment to the Nuggets we will continue to support broad participation.”
Basketball Otago Chairman Andy Kilsby was delighted with the opportunities the new nuggets would bring to the sport in Otago.
“Senz made a tangible campaign for grassroots basketball in Otago,” said Kilsby.
“There will be fantastic opportunities for Otago talent to develop and develop, as well as a more sustainable delivery of top-class basketball to the region.”