Auckland Tuatara confirms the buyout of the NBL Huskies team
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The Auckland Huskies will be known as the Auckland Tuatara now that the NBL club has a new owner.
The Auckland Tuatara brand will be part of the NBL from 2022 with a new ownership group purchasing the license from the Auckland Huskies.
A number of Auckland’s Tuatara baseball shareholders are part of this consortium, which will be renamed Tuatara and will play at Eventfinda Stadium on Auckland’s north coast.
The two sports organizations will be separate entities but share the same brand, while some staff will work at both properties to help pass the DNA of the Auckland Tuatara baseball franchise down to the basketball organization.
Tuatara Baseball CEO Regan Wood is one of the shareholders of the group that will create the Tuatara Basketball brand.
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“We’ve been in conversation with the NBL in Sal for about a year now, sharing information and ideas as we try to navigate Covid,” Wood said.
“As we had more to do with them, we began to realize the enormous potential of the NBL and the unique opportunity to spread our brand in the basketball landscape and be a part of one of the best sporting competitions. national in New Zealand.
“The NBL has seen massive growth lately and we are very excited about what the future holds.
“There is a natural fit with the fact that the Tuatara are located in Auckland and particularly on the North Coast, the region being the best breeding ground for basketball in the country. “
Wood said that Tuatara’s philosophy is to provide fans with an engaging experience.
“Our goal is to bring our vibrant, fan-driven baseball mentality to basketball and create a franchise that Auckland basketball fans can be proud of,” said Wood.
“We are also very aware of the need to create and be part of a journey for the leading players in our region and we will work with local associations and grandes écoles to ensure that we set high standards in this. domain.
NBL chief executive Huw Beynon said bringing in a well-established brand from another code was an attractive pitch and the consortium had already proven its capabilities with the baseball team.
“We loved knowing Regan and her team and believed in their vision not only to join the League but also to help develop it in Auckland and support basketball there,” Beynon said.
“We look forward to seeing the Tuatara on the pitch and continuing to entertain sports fans across Auckland.
Aaron Young, who was the Huskies’ head coach, will remain the head coach of the rebranded Tuatara and immediately start working on his coaching staff and player roster.
. “Everyone we spoke to thought very highly of Aaron, and it made sense for him to remain a coach,” said Wood.
“He did a great job with a young team in 2021 and we think he will continue to do so with our group around him.
“We love what he brings to the role, and we share the same philosophies about where the franchise needs to go.
The NBL Men’s League will kick off on April 7, the 2022 draw has yet to be announced.