TWO days ago the Cheshire Jets were heading for extinction but the British Basketball League (BBL) has now offered the club a lifeline.
On Tuesday, the BBL withdrew the Jets’ franchise from owner Haydn Cook when he asked for Sunday’s clash with rivals Mersey Tigers to be postponed.
Chester businessman Cook stepped in to save the Jets from going bust last month after previous owner Peter Hawkins put the franchise up for sale.
But he found the costs involved too great and decided he could no longer fund the club, throwing the Jets’ future into doubt.
However, yesterday the BBL announced it had taken control of the crisis-hit franchise on an interim basis to try and keep the Jets alive. BBL chief operating officer Andy Webb confirmed Sunday’s game at the Northgate Arena would definitely go ahead.
Webb said: “We firmly believe the Jets are a viable franchise and we believe we can find the right people to take it forward.
“We are looking for a new owner. We are already talking to a couple of interested parties and are keen to hear from anybody who wants to get involved. The league never wants to see any club go to the wall but we would be unlikely to be stepping in if we didn’t believe there was a future for the Jets.”
Webb said the Jets would need to be run by a franchise operating company but the BBL was able to consider various ownership models.
He confirmed captain and caretaker coach Chez Marks had agreed to stay with the Jets.
Tickets for Sunday’s game, which begins at 5.30pm, cost £10 for adults, £8 concessions, £6 children and £30 for a family of two adults and up to three children.
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