I don't live in Qld but I know Qld basketball reasonably well. Yes, there is interest. But Cairns and Townsville, both biggish centres, have struggled.
Sorry, there will not be a central qld franchise in yours or my lifetime, and I have a lot of lifetime to go.
I disagree that overseas expansion is good for the league. Complete rubbish!
Just because someone plays basketball and is good at it and is well organised and has a TV audience does not make them attractive.
Singapore was a disaster. New Zealand as they are add nothing to the commercial operations of the league now. Adding Wellington would take away from the commercial viability of the league.
Imagine for just a second the TV ratings in Sydney (where the tv ratings matter) if the GF was between Auckland and Wellington? Not going to happen, and all for commercial reasons. Imagine the sponsor activation planned around the GF and what would happen to it if the same thing happened?
The NBA trying to get into Europe? Sure, and they have hundreds of staff in China too, but they are not going to play their regular season, even though China would be a more lucrative market than Europe.
Sorry, its not about whether they would be good and draw a crowd. Its about whether they add to the value proposition of the NBL, and they don't.