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NBL Canada historic three-year National television deal with beIN Sports Canada

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Talk about changing the mood and atmosphere.

The National Basketball League of Canada and commissioner Paul Riley have announced a historic three-year television deal with beIN Sports Canada which is set to bring Canadian Basketball to over 7 million Canadians nationwide.  The partnership will bring weekly live NBL Canada games in HD to Canadian households via Bell TV, Bell Fibre, Eastlink, MTS TV, Rogers, and Videotron throughout the 2014-15 season.

The announcement comes at a time when the leagued needed most, with three-years of operations under the belt and facing an enormous amount of pressure both financial and internally, the league managed to secure a deal which it long-strived for.

“This is a historic day for our league to announce this incredible opportunity with a media partner such as beIN SPORTS Canada,” exclaimed NBL Canada Commissioner Paul Riley.

“Over our three year history we have proven that the caliber of our basketball and entertainment is worthy of being brought to the masses, and now that day is upon us.”

The games will be will be available on prime-time slots on Thursdays and Saturdays nights with additional bonus and special coverage for playoffs and other league events such as the All Star Weekend.

beIN SPORTS Canada is English-language 24/7 premium sports network with strong ambitions of becoming a global sports leader by 2022.

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Carl English amazing 58-point effort sets NBL Canada scoring record

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Carl English Amazing 58 Point Effort Sets Nbl Canada Scoring Record

The return of long time fan favorite Carl English to Canada was definitely a moment not to be slept on.

English whose story is well chronicled has had an outstanding 15-year professional career across the top international leagues. A veteran member of Canada Senior Men’s National Team he decided to bring it full circle and concluded his storied career in his hometown province of St. Johns, Newfoundland.

When news broke that he was returning home it also meant that those same East Coast supporters who grew-up watching a young skinny grade ten kid  would also get another opportunity to watch him once again showcase his game. English went from dropping 50-point games in high school to becoming only the third player from Newfoundland to play division one NCAA basketball.

On Saturday night, against the visiting Kitchen Waterloo Titans and with March Madness in full swing, the now 37 year-old English, delighted the fans once more with an incredible 58-point career-high performance to set the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) scoring record. English connected on 17-of-33 shots, 13/14 free-throws and nailed an incredible 11-of-20 three-point attempts in 127-117 win at Mile One Centre.

The previous record was held by Moncton’s Devin Sweetney in 2013 against the defunct Montreal Jazz.

English currently leads the NBLC in scoring in scoring at 25 points per game, shooting 44% from the floor and 38.5 from the outside, he also averages 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and has the St. John Edge eyeing a deep playoff run and potential championship.

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River Lions Springer-Williams Jr. buries 10-of-12 triples, one shy of NBL Canada record

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River Lions Springer-Williams Jr. buries 10-of-12 triples, one shy of NBL Canada record

Niagara River Lions guard Clinton Springer-Williams Jr. buried a career-best 10-of 12 triples on his  way to a 38-point night in a 108-93 win over the Windsor Express. Springer-Williams Jr. impressive performance came-up just short of Omar’ Strong’s NBL Canada record eleven three-pointers.

Springer-Williams Jr. shot 10-of-15 from the field, including for 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, he’s averaging 10.7 points per game and a scorching hot 46% from downtown for the up-start River Lions.

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