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SBD Global/March 25, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian Basketball Players Call For Big Changes To The National Basketball League

National Basketball League players "have expressed fears the competition is at the crossroads, declaring it is time to consider scrapping the player rankings system, lifting the salary cap and moving the season," according to Jon Pierik of THE AGE. NBL Players Association President Jacob Holmes said that "it is time for a serious review of a competition struggling to make an impact commercially and in the media." Basketball Australia CEO Kristina Keneally "has announced a major review and is seeking input from all parties, including players" Holmes said, "Our attendance has gone up but in terms of everything else, we are at a crossroads again." Holmes said that "there was merit in a January to May campaign, allowing two games a week to be held." He said, "From players' perspective, we are prepared to talk about the timing of the season." Other issues Holmes wants addresssed are:
  • Returning to a 48-minute game, as is the case in the NBA, rather than 40 minutes.
  • Expansion, with Brisbane again having a team, and Melbourne and Sydney introducing second clubs.
  • Tapping into the Asian market, with the two best NBL teams competing in a competition like football's Champions League (THE AGE, 3/25).
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