NBL's new boss to push TV deal
New National Basketball League chairman Graeme Wade will drive a push for a new broadcast deal he hopes will shore up the league's financial stability.
The NBL is in the last year of its Network 10 broadcast deal, which covers two matches live each round. The NBL is thought to have talked with Foxtel and Fox Sports over pay television games next year.
Mr Wade, also chairman of CPA Australia, said his main priorities were a new broadcast contract, likely a hybrid of free-to-air and pay TV coverage, and putting a new team in Brisbane in time for the 2015-16 season.
"Right now, the league is basically self-sufficient from crowds in the stadiums, and any broadcast deal would hopefully add to that," he said.
“In terms of Brisbane, you don’t have to be Einstein to figure that we are far down the track regarding having a team there. We are not saying it is a definite and we are exercising some caution.”
But we think there is a compelling business case there and we hope we could find someone who could own that team.”
Otherwise, Mr Wade said the NBL - owned by investors and the owners of the eight existing teams – would look for efficiencies to help financially struggling teams. He also planned to explore some sort of involvement for the league in basketball in south-east Asia.