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SBD Global/July 26, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian National Basketball League Aims To Expand Competition With Three-Year Plan

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New administrators of the Australian National Basketball League "are preparing to unveil an ambitious three-year plan aimed at expanding and revitalising the competition," according to Adrian Warren of the AAP. The NBL "is expected to be relaunched in around two weeks," with control back in the hands of club owners after a de-merger with Basketball Australia is completed, when deals are finalized with media partners which are still contracted to BA. Under the new structure, "clubs will be shareholders in the NBL and will have majority voting rights while there will also be private equity in the competition." NBL CEO Steve Dunn said, "We will have a three-year plan. Any major changes, however, to things like rules, season formats, will probably have to wait until 2014-15 because of current contractual arrangements, plus the shortness of time." Among the proposed changes are the addition of extra clubs, "with Brisbane and a second Melbourne side among the contenders to make up a potential 10-team competition" (AAP, 7/25).
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