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July has been an exciting month for British basketball fans: expansion, new fixtures and all the comings-and-goings as teams assemble their squads for the British Basketball League’s (BBL) 2013/14 season, which begins on the final weekend in September (27-29th).

The BBL fixtures – released this week – see 2013/14’s new boys, the Birmingham Knights, opening on the road against the reigning BBL champions, the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders (Sat September 28th).

The Knights will be joined in the BBL in 2014/15 by the Bristol Academy Flyers (bristolacademyflyers.co.uk) and the East Scotland Warriors (www.warriorsbbl.co.uk). Based  out of the Meadowbank Arena in Edinburgh, the Warriors will have a natural rival in the Glasgow Rocks.

But the BBL took advantage of their minority sport status by sneaking  bad-news of he demise of the Mersey Tigers into a single sentence at the end of a press release announcing that they’d soon be announcing their fixtures for 2013/14. A neat trick if you can manage it.

Financial problems and a winless 2012/13 season finally did-in the Tigers; a sorry end for a team that were BBL champions as recently as 2010/11 and won four trophies in their six-season history. They deserved better than the dismissive presser.

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