Still no good news for Lions while new BBL season draws closer

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MK LIONS are still no closer to finding a home for the new British Basketball League season – tipping-off in just over two months.

The 2012/13 BBL fixtures are due to be released next week – with the opening round of games set for September 21 – but as yet Lions still have no place to call home after being forced to leave their previous den in Winterhill at the end of last season.

Chief executive Vince Macaulay has visited numerous potential sites in Milton Keynes over the last few weeks, but with the club aiming to secure a venue for the long-term future, no deal has yet be done and the threat of Lions leaving the city remains.

The 2012/13 season will feature two new clubs, the East London Royals and Manchester Giants, who have both benefited from local council funding to find homes and recruit players over the summer, introducing basketball to two new areas on the BBL map.

Meanwhile Lions’ National League trials for the new season have started, with hundreds of city kids trying to make a good impression in the hope of representing the club’s highly successful youth teams this year.

And Lions’ off-court activities continue in helping to organise Milton Keynes Hospital’s Charity Summer Ball coming up this Friday.