The Brisbane Bullets are reportedly making a comeback after a seven-year absence from the National Basketball League.
The club is set to return to its old stomping grounds at the Brisbane Convention Centre next year, with the possibility that some games will be played at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and on the Gold Coast.
The Courier Mail reports that the new team uniforms will be maroon and gold to reflect Queensland’s traditional sporting colours, replacing the team’s old blue-and-gold colour scheme.
NBL officials will reportedly hold court at the Brisbane Convention Centre today to inform local corporate and basketball communities of the team’s return and discuss potential sponsorship and ownership opportunities.
The team’s new logo will then be unveiled, as well as the reborn club’s first fulltime employee, assistant coach CJ Bruton. Bruton won six NBL championships as a player, including one with the Bullets in 2007.
“The Brisbane Bullets are returning to Brisbane,” NBL general manager Jeremy Loeliger told The Courier Mail. “It is such a strong brand.”
Bullets fans have had their hopes dashed a number of times in the past seven years by failed ‘comebacks’ that never got off the ground, but Loeliger has assured fans “this isn’t a false start… We are happy to stand up and make sure the Bullets are back in 2016-17”.
The NBL recently agreed on a give-year broadcast deal with Fox Sports; the return of a Brisbane team was reportedly a condition of the agreement.
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