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BBL
September 17, 2020
Pilot Game Goes Behind Closed Doors

Newcastle Eagles have been forced to admit defeat in the battle to play basketball in front of fans this weekend. Tomorrow’s scheduled ‘indoor sport pilot’ against Sheffield Sharks will now take place behind closed doors. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport have now instructed the club that the planned test event cannot go ahead…

BBL
September 15, 2020
Time Out Called On Test Event Tickets

Newcastle Eagles have paused the purchasing of tickets for this Friday’s basketball pilot game following a rise in coronavirus cases across the North East. In a statement to Cabinet yesterday the Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes said: “The city’s alert level has been raised to amber and we are considering the need to raise it higher…

BBL
September 5, 2020
Legal Eagle Steps Down

Newcastle Eagles MD Paul Blake has thanked Dave Forrester for a decade of ‘incredible’ service after the club’s assistant coach revealed he was stepping down from BBL duties. The popular solicitor became a familiar face on courts across the UK as former head coach Fabulous Flournoy’s most trusted lieutenant and right-hand man. And Forrester and…

WBBL
September 2, 2020
Bunten Back To Helm Newcastle Eagles WBBL

Chris Bunten has admitted he feared for the future of top-flight women’s basketball in the UK after the sport closed its doors in response to COVID-19. But the newly reappointed Newcastle Eagles WBBL head coach can’t wait to play his part in this autumn’s hotly anticipated return to action. And Bunten is working towards a…

BBL
August 11, 2020
Eagles and GiveToLocal Join Forces

Britain’s most successful BBL franchise has partnered with innovative sport service GiveToLocal in a move set to benefit basketball across the board. Newcastle Eagles has announced grassroots sport organisation GiveToLocal is the club’s new main sponsor. And a wide-ranging partnership will see GiveToLocal actively support basketball in the North East at every level – from…

BBL
August 6, 2020
Blake Backs Mac

When Newcastle Eagles managing director Paul Blake appointed Fab Flournoy to the player-coach role many thought it was a huge risk. A risk that turned out to be well worth taking as he went on to become the most successful coach in British basketball history. When Flournoy moved on to the NBA and the Toronto…

Arena
July 5, 2020
Eagles Nest-In: Episode 28 – The Build and Opening of Our Eagles Community Arena

This extended penultimate episode of the “Eagles Nest-In” series looks back at one of the biggest moments in our history – the opening of our Eagles Community Arena on Friday 11 January 2019. In Episode 28 Paul and Sam Blake join Dan to relive that historic weekend and take us on a journey back in…

BBL
June 3, 2020
Blake Preparing Eagles For Post-Lockdown Era

Paul Blake has pledged to deliver the safest environment possible as Newcastle Eagles prepare for the resumption of British basketball later this year. BBL officials finally called time on the truncated 2019/20 campaign this week after initially calling a temporary halt to top-flight action in March. And with hopes high for an autumn start to…

BBL
March 20, 2020
Blake Issues Eagles Rallying Call

A passionate Paul Blake has appealed to the basketball community to stay positive and stick together in the face of the biggest crisis to affect sport in Britain. But the man responsible for transforming basketball in the North East has recognised that Newcastle Eagles face a fight for survival – just days after lifting a…