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Plymouth City Patriots join BBL to replace Plymouth Raiders

Plymouth City Patriots have joined the British Basketball League, replacing Plymouth Raiders.

The Raiders, who had played in the BBL since 2004, pulled out of the 2021/22 season last month because of problems with their home venue.

But local Plymouth businessman and a sponsor of the club, Carl Heslop, has stepped forward and reached agreement with BBL to take on the franchise and has agreed a one-year deal to play at the Plymouth Pavilions on a reduced rent.

Heslop had hoped to continue the Raiders brand, but was unable to secure the transfer of appropriate rights.

Flyers will now face the Patriots at the WISE Campus in their first home game of the 2021/22 season on Saturday, September 25th, in the group stage of the BBL Cup.

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