THE new NBL, with blurb viability and tolerable longevity a priorities, is certain to revisit profit-sharing, 48-minute games and joining expansion.
While intensity new joining tenure indication spokesman, businessman Scott Stavretis pronounced he could conjunction endorse nor repudiate conjecture about any NBL destiny directions – “We’re in a contention theatre with Basketball Australia so we can’t contend any more,” he pronounced – a clubs are famous to foster open discourse on all matters impending to reinvigorating their competition.
Under BA’s stewardship, a NBL – that launched in 1979 with 40-minute games, afterwards nice that format to a 48-minute diversion NBA indication in 1984 – has reverted to a general character given a 2009-10 season.
The switch behind to 40-minutes was pronounced to be lucky by television, that absolutely could procedure an NBL diversion into a two-hour timeslot.
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It also was ostensible to assistance Australia internationally, yet that is debatable, usually 3 NBL players, Adam Gibson, Peter Crawford and Mark Worthington, members of a Boomers’ London Olympic organisation final year.
Whether returning to 48 mins would raise a new foe is certain to be on longer-term planning, a stream eight-team indication and 2013-14 report already in place and doubtful to be tinkered greatly.
Retention of a Townsville Crocodiles, notwithstanding their well-publicised financial woes, is a certainty underneath new plans.
League domicile will lapse from Sydney to Melbourne and enlargement – if financially viable and obliged – could start as early as a 2014-15 season.
A second Melbourne-based bar and an NBL participation in south Queensland are on a priority list.
BA arch executive Kristina Keneally pronounced a NBL “de-merging” from underneath a ensign and self-managing would not impact negatively on a WNBL.
Quite a contrary, it meant a internationally acclaimed women’s joining now could have some-more BA resources dedicated to it.