NBL Canada Tentatively Approves Sale of the St. John's Edge to Deacon Sports

For Immediate Release 


The National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) board of directors is pleased to announce that it has agreed to a deal in principle that will see Deacon Sports and Entertainment purchase the rights of the St. John's Edge Basketball Club from Atlantic Sport Enterprises Ltd. This transaction ensures that loyal fans of the St. John's Edge will continue to enjoy the high-level professional basketball that they've grown accustomed to for the last three seasons. 

 “We are ecstatic to officially share the exciting news that Edge Basketball will return to the region.” said Dean MacDonald, Chair of Deacon Sports and Entertainment. “The support and passion that Edge fans have expressed to me over the last couple of months about their team has truly been amazing, their dedication is one of the main reasons why we are so committed for the future of this franchise.”

“We’re appreciative to the St. John’s community for their support of the Edge from day one”, said Rob Sabbagh of Atlantic Sport Enterprises Ltd.  “We know that the team is in good hands with Deacon Sports and the established tradition of quality basketball will continue for years to come.”

 Planning for NBL Canada’s tenth season continues to take place and further announcements on the season structure will be made at a later date.  




About NBL Canada 


The National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) launched its inaugural season in 2011 and is Canada's longest standing professional domestic basketball league. NBL Canada consists of (7) teams located in London, Windsor, Kitchener-Waterloo, Sudbury, Halifax, Prince Edward Island and St. John's Newfoundland.  The league provides high quality professional sports entertainment environment to their fans and players and is dedicated to raising the profile of the sport of professional basketball throughout Canada by providing an entertaining experience starting at a community level. 


About Deacon Sports and Entertainment

Deacon Sports and Entertainment currently operates three ECHL franchises in St. John’s, Iowa, and Trois-Rivières. Deacon Sports and Entertainment also maintains an operational concert promotion division.This side of our business has developed strategic partnerships with some of the world's largest concert promoters, ticketing providers, and E-Sports partners to ensure that our growing family of initiatives are continuously providing a professional level of entertainment and service.


For more information, please contact:

Audley Stephenson 
VP Basketball Operations 
(519) 931-7440

Ken O’Leary
Deacon Sports and Entertainment
(709) 699-0832