The British Basketball League (BBL) has today announced that it has voted to end the season. The 2019/2020 BBL season has been indefinitely suspended since 17th March due to on-going restrictions in place to combat Covid-19 in the UK.
The BBL have been exploring all possible avenues and it’s member clubs, including the Manchester Giants voted to end the 2019/2020 season as the best course of action. Following the ending of the season, and based on multiple teams mathematically capable of winning, the independent directors of the BBL Management Board have agreed that there will be no winner of the championship title.
The club is currently drawing up added value packages for this season’s season ticket holders and will be in touch with everyone in the coming weeks.
Giants Coach Danny Byrne said, “We were disappointed when the season was suspended as we felt that we were improving and not far away from picking up some wins after a number of close games, but basketball, quite rightly takes a back seat at times like these.”
He continued: “It’s been a very difficult season, but the club is definitely making great strides forwards and we’re working hard to make sure next season’s team is one that will get the results that our wonderful supporters deserve.
I’d like to put on record my thanks to my staff and players along with Jamie and the club management for their efforts. Mostly though, I would like to thank our fans for their never ending backing. To coach the Manchester Giants is an incredible honour because of them.”
Jamie Edwards commented, “We feel the BBL decision is the right one, it gives us some clarity on the path ahead and a focus on what’s next.
We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to this past season. Especially Danny and the players who took on the challenge of finishing the season strongly. The many people behind the scenes; support staff, suppliers and game day volunteers and of course the great supporters.
Several projects across the club will be announced in the coming weeks that will move the club forwards on and off the court.
We cannot just focus on strengthening the playing squad. To emerge stronger from this the Giants will have to approach things differently, and it will take some time and adjusting to.
The restart of this great sport in the city at all levels and across the country relies on a very different approach to other sports.
We all look forward with anticipation to the 20/21 BBL season and welcoming players and our great fans back in ways that are safe for all to enjoy.”