How the Milton Keynes Breakers took the NBL by storm - with Pete Taylor & Josh Merrington - Ep. 116
Hoopsfix Podcast - British Basketball with Sam Neter
by Sam Neter: British Basketball Advocate, Blogger & Thinker
2M ago
In episode 115 of the Hoopsfix Podcast, we sit down with Pete Taylor (Chair) and Josh Merrington (GM) of the Milton Keynes Breakers basketball club. Over the past seven years, Breakers have gone from 40 kids to over a 1000, while adding a Senior National League side that has got promoted every year and will be in Division 1 next season.  Not only that, but they've built a large fan base - with over 400 travelling to the National Cup Finals in January - and a thriving business, set to turnover more than £500,000 this year. Timestamps: Timestamps: 00:00 Intro 02:06 Introduction and Backgrou ..read more
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The realities of running a WBBL franchise - with Len Busch - Ep. 115
Hoopsfix Podcast - British Basketball with Sam Neter
by Sam Neter: British Basketball Advocate, Blogger & Thinker
3M ago
For episode 115 of the Hoopsfix Podcast, we sit down with Sevenoaks Suns coach and owner Len Busch. The Suns, one of the most successful WBBL franchises and at the forefront of youth female basketball development pulled out of the top-flight this off-season due to ‘untenable’ costs. In this hour long episode we go in depth with Len on the behind the scenes running of the club, and why financially it did not make sense for the Suns to continue ..read more
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Big picture thinking at the Caledonia Gladiators - with Steve Timoney - Ep. 114
Hoopsfix Podcast - British Basketball with Sam Neter
by Sam Neter: British Basketball Advocate, Blogger & Thinker
3M ago
For episode 114 of the Hoopsfix Podcast, we sit down with Caledonia Gladiators owner Steve Timoney. Timoney and his wife Alison – who also own the Gladiators’ WBBL franchise – took over the BBL club just before the start of this season and are self financing the project they consider to be part of their legacy. With a net worth estimated at anywhere between £60 million and £100 million they have lofty ambitions for the club which include a £20million facility project, announced last month. In this hour long episode we speak to Steve about his business background, how he got involved with baske ..read more
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The task of unifying the sport as Chair of the BBF – with Chris Grant – Ep. 113
Hoopsfix Podcast - British Basketball with Sam Neter
by Sam Neter: British Basketball Advocate, Blogger & Thinker
3M ago
For episode 113 of the Hoopsfix Podcast we sit down with new Chair of the British Basketball Federation (BBF), Chris Grant. Having been announced in September and officially starting the role in November, Grant joined the organisation following a tumultuous summer for the Great Britain national team programmes, underscored by the men’s disastrous showing at EuroBasket. In this little over an hour podcast, we discuss why he took on the role, what the challenges are, and what he is trying to do to change the future of the BBF. Timestamps: 00:00 Intro 02:45 Interview start 03:05 How Chris came ac ..read more
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Taking the helm of the BBL as CEO - with Aaron Radin - Ep. 112
Hoopsfix Podcast - British Basketball with Sam Neter
by Sam Neter: British Basketball Advocate, Blogger & Thinker
3M ago
For episode 112 of the Hoopsfix Podcast, we sit down with recently named CEO of the BBL, Aaron Radin. Announced last week as the new face and boss of the league, the American joins the league after a 30-year professional career where he has held senior level positions at a multitude of sports, media and tech organisations such as the NBA, The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal and most recently, Meta. He joins the league almost exactly a year since 777 Partners announced a £7million investment into the BBL. In this hour long conversation we go into his vision for the league and his new role, an ..read more
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Becoming unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year - with Tosan Evbuomwan - Ep. 111
Hoopsfix Podcast - British Basketball with Sam Neter
by Sam Neter: British Basketball Advocate, Blogger & Thinker
3M ago
For Episode 111 of the Hoopsfix Podcast, we sit down with Princeton Tiger and unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year, Tosan Evbuomwan. The 21 year old out of Newcastle is fresh off a breakout season with Princeton, and is coming to London next week for the London Basketball Classic to play in front of a home crowd with his college team. The former GB U18 and Hoopsfix All-Star Classic alumnus ended regular season play last season as the Ivy League leader in assists per game (5.0), and assist/turnover ratio (2.2). He ranked second in the conference in field goal percentage (53.2%), fourth in po ..read more
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Retiring as a GB all-time great - with Dan Clark - Ep. 110
Hoopsfix Podcast - British Basketball with Sam Neter
by Sam Neter: British Basketball Advocate, Blogger & Thinker
3M ago
For Episode 110 of the Hoopsfix Podcast, we sit down with GB all-time great Dan Clark, who announces his retirement from playing professional basketball. The London 2012 Olympian, whose final season has ended up being his only one playing domestically - with the Manchester Giants in the BBL - is fresh off becoming GB men’s all-time caps leader during their recent EuroBasket campaign last month, adding to his all-time points, rebounding and blocked shots leader titles. The first British player to sign a junior contract in Europe as a 14 year old, he had a 17 year professional career that saw hi ..read more
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Retiring on top – with Jo Leedham-Warner – Ep. 109
Hoopsfix Podcast - British Basketball with Sam Neter
by Sam Neter: British Basketball Advocate, Blogger & Thinker
3M ago
For episode 109 of the Hoopsfix Podcast, we do a special with British basketball legend Jo Leedham-Warner, who has announced her retirement from playing professional basketball. An 11-year career that reads like a fairytale, Leedham-Warner is coming off an undefeated season in the WBBL where she was named MVP after returning to play following giving birth. A London 2012 Olympian, EuroCup champion, WNBA draft pick and the NCAA Division 2 all-time leading scorer to name a few, Jo will go down as one of the all-time greats out of the UK and in this hour episode we look at her decision to retire a ..read more
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Preparing to be the next Brit in the NBA – with Jeremy Sochan – Ep. 108
Hoopsfix Podcast - British Basketball with Sam Neter
by Sam Neter: British Basketball Advocate, Blogger & Thinker
3M ago
With less than 2 weeks until the NBA draft, we sit down with projected lottery pick Jeremy Sochan to discuss how his preparation is going and ask him questions submitted from the fans via our Instagram page. Sochan is set to become the first Brit drafted since Ryan Richards in 2010, and only the second to go in the lottery, following on from Luol Deng.  The former MK Trojan and Solent Kestrel left the UK at 16 to attend La Lumiere High School before returning to Europe to play in Germany at OrangeAcademy. From there he signed with Baylor where he has risen draft boards over the course of ..read more
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Why 777 invested millions into the BBL - with Lenz Balan - Ep. 107
Hoopsfix Podcast - British Basketball with Sam Neter
by Sam Neter: British Basketball Advocate, Blogger & Thinker
3M ago
For episode 107 of the Hoopsfix Podcast, we sit down with Lenz Balan, Vice President of 777 Partners and new owners of the BBL and London Lions. Following on from the announcement that 777 have invested £7million into the BBL for a 45% stake (though their ownership of the Lions takes it to 50%), we thought it was necessary to get a look into who is behind the scenes at 777, find out their reasons for investing into British basketball and what their plans are for the league. In this hour and a half podcast we dig deep into how the investment came about, what their learnings have been so far, an ..read more
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