The BBL - British Basketball League - is an independent company owned by its member clubs, which runs the top men's professional league in the UK. Each club has an equal shareholding in the BBL has a representative on the BBL Board of Directors, thus is a part of all decision-making. There is a central BBL office, from which league-wide administration, marketing and media is undertaken, although the clubs are spread across the country.
Each BBL club - or franchise as it is known - operates in its own distinct area and there is only one club per franchise area. This allows each club to maximise it's commercial and media value within their local community.
The BBL Franchises and their BBL Board Member are as follows:
Bristol Flyers - Andrew Billingham
Cheshire Phoenix - Mike Burton
Glasgow Rocks - Duncan Smilie
Leeds Force - Matthew Newby
Leicester Riders - Kevin Routledge
London Lions - Vince Macaulay
Manchester Giants - John Dwan
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle - Paul Blake
Plymouth Raiders - Robert Widdecombe
DBL Sharks Sheffield - Yuri Matischen
Surrey Scorchers - Gavin Baker
Worcester Wolves - Mick Donovan