A more sustainable model
The NBL needs a more sustainable model clearly. Would turning the league into more of a NBL-SEABL hybrid be a better idea, perhaps even merging with the NZNBL as well?
Instead of looking to field 8 teams with crowds of 5000 each, maybe look at a more teams with crowds of around 2000.
Maybe look for something like this:
WA - 2 Teams
SA - 2 Teams
VIC - 4 Teams
TAS - 1 Team
NSW - 4 Teams
QLD - 4 Teams
ACT - 1 Team
NT - 1 Team
NZ - 4 Teams
Bigger Country markets along with city teams could join to make a larger league of around 24 teams, with a strength similar to that of SEABL, possibly a little stronger.
Possibly reduce the salary cap to around 750,000, keep imports at 2. Everyone plays each other twice, so around 46 games in the season, two each week.
For instance an Adelaide team would travel to NZ and play a friday night and sunday fixture against two NZ teams to reduce travel.
or split into conferences for a 34 game season.
This competition would run throughout winter.
Eventually after sustaining this model, the NBL would then look to expand and create a new Summer super league with the major cities and possibly some Asian teams etc.