The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) announced Wednesday a multi-year agreement with TD Place to host the Ottawa BlackJacks, which will tipoff its inaugural season in 2020. The BlackJacks join the six-team single entity ownership league that launched in 2019 and will also be owned by Richard Petko.
The BlackJacks represent the first expansion franchise for the Canadian Elite Basketball League, joining charter teams in Edmonton, Guelph, Fraser Valley, Hamilton, Niagara and reigning champion, Saskatchewan.
“The CEBL is thrilled to welcome the Ottawa BlackJacks to its roster of professional basketball clubs. Ottawa/Gatineau and the surrounding area has a history of basketball excellence,” said Mike Morreale, CEO and Commissioner, Canadian Elite Basketball League in a release. “We look forward to bringing a family-oriented, basketball and entertainment experience to the Arena at TD Place. This relationship ensures the sustainability of the team and delivers another club for the legion of sports fans in the Ottawa area to rally behind.”
The Hamilton Honey Badgers went to the Championship game at the end of the inaugural CEBL season but were defeated by Saskatchewan.
The CEBL season runs from May thru August. The 2020 schedule has yet to be announced.