Top Guns Out At NBL Canada

The former Commissioner of the NBLC, Paul Riley, is seen courtside at the Express-Lightning game at Caesars Windsor in 2014. He and Deputy Commissioner Sam Hill have recently parted ways with the league. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The former Commissioner of the NBLC, Paul Riley, is seen courtside at the Express-Lightning game at Caesars Windsor in 2014. He and Deputy Commissioner Sam Hill have recently parted ways with the league.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The National Basketball League of Canada and Commissioner Paul Riley parted ways, on January 23, after league directors voted unanimously exercise a termination clause in Riley’s contract. Ten days later, Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel Sam Hill tendered his resignation from the league.

Neither executive had been with the NBLC for very long.

Sam Hill Dep Commish NBLC

Sam Hill.
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Riley, a former CBC sports reporter, had served 17 months with the league before his employment was severed. And Hill joined the organization in August 2014, using his sports and business law background to help with league governance and policies, on a part time basis.

“As a basketball lifer and someone who has been involved in the sport at all levels, I do not make this decision lightly,” Hill said in a letter to directors. “It has been my long-time professional goal to help a league like the NBL Canada grow and prosper. Unfortunately, the demands of my legal practice and family life are such that going forward I will not have the time to invest that the position requires.”

The Board of Directors has now taken over the daily operations of the NBLC while the process gets underway to find a replacement for Riley.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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