With the HBL set to launch in 2020, people who are advocating for student-athletes to receive monetary compensation have been keeping a watchful eye on the league. A full league update is expected later on Monday, but a source has provided CBBToday with a full list of the college basketball alternative’s inaugural cities.
Those cities are Philadelphia (PA), Baltimore (MD), Washington DC, Richmond (VA), Norfolk (VA), Raleigh (NC), Charlotte (NC), and Atlanta (GA).
For those unaware, the Historical Basketball League (HBL) is an attempt to bring student-athletes both an education and pay while playing basketball at the collegiate level. The league began picking up steam back in November when it was announced former NBA superstar David West would be the CEO.
“I want to be on the right side of history, it’s that simple,” said David West back in November. “These guys playing with passion and for the love of the game is true, but they also deserve an opportunity to share in the profits they help generate. We need to change this narrative. We need to create a path that gives players the option to take a more professional step toward their careers and personal development. Offering athletes educational opportunities that are innovative, tangible and applicable to their future pursuits gives them the ability to maximize their potential during their brief time as college students.”
From the league’s official website, “The HBL aims to change the landscape of collegiate athletics by disrupting the “amateurism model” and offering a legitimately superior alternative. We aim to improve the economic outlook of our athletes, the majority of whom will likely be minorities.”
A full release from the HBL is expected at some point on Monday.
For more depth on what the Historical Basketball League is, why it originally formed, its plans, and so on, I wrote a feature story on them in February prior to the organization gaining as much ground as it has. It’s worth noting that much of the story is outdated, as the league no longer has a focus on HBCUs.
CBBToday will provide more information as the official news is released.
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