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SkyHawks owners cry foul over league decision to bench team

The owners of the Ottawa SkyHawks are accusing the National Basketball League of Canada of being unreasonable in its decision to shut the team out of the league for the 2014-2015 season.

The NBL said the team missed significant deadlines and was suffering from significant financial woes.

"Me, myself, the Bytown Sports & Entertainment - the owners of the Ottawa SkyHawks - we strongly believe that the NBL is being unreasonable in their actions," said Bytown Sports & Entertainment president Gus Takkale in an interview with TSN 1200. "They provided misleading media statements and that reflects the NBL's current business misconduct."

Takkale said, unlike the claims of the NBL, they were prepared to play in the 2014-2015 season.

"All our team was working hard in preparation for the upcoming season," Takkale said. "We looked forward to continue season two in the Ottawa region. Let me tell you this. We ensured that we had prepared everything to move forward, including the venue, financial resources, marketing plans, game day strategies and so forth. We had everything ready to go and they just cut us off."

NBL Canada has said it is committed to bringing professional basketball back to Ottawa.

Takkale said his group is considering litigation and ways to bring the team back.

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