Sampley won’t give up on Capital basketball dream

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American promoter Donald Sampley is not going to give up his fight to launch a professional basketball team in Edinburgh despite being knocked back by British League bosses for next season.

Sampley had been granted a provisional league entry for his East Scotland Warriors beginning in September and playing at Meadowbank Sports Centre but, after a review of his application, has been told by the BBL that he is not ready.

“I am not going to abandon the project, I’ve worked too long on this, put in too much money and sacrificed my career to make this work” he told the Evening News. “We will work hard to secure the needed partnerships for next season and I will continue to work with East Lothian basketball during that time.”

Two new clubs, Leeds Carnegie and Bristol Flyers, will play in the league next season and a league spokesman said the door was still open for the Warriors in 2015.

“The door has been left open for East Scotland but they will have to go through the same review process and prove they are ready then,” said chief operating officer Andy Webb.