Birmingham to host BBL franchise for 2012/13 season

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Top-flight basketball is returning to Birmingham after a sports consultancy company was awarded a franchise to run a BBL team in the city from 2012.

Birmingham has hosted top-flight teams twice before, with the Bullets folding in 2006 and the Panthers going out of business two years later.

BBL chairman Paul Blake said: "Birmingham is synonymous with some of the biggest games in the BBL calendar.

"We are confident the franchise will develop into a significant player."

Mark Walker, of Oaks Consultancy, said: "The club will have a strong community ethos and work will be starting immediately in this area through an extensive community programme.

"We recognise that a significant amount of basketball is already ongoing in the city and are looking forward to working alongside the existing basketball stakeholders."

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