propping up a franchise that is incapable of helping itself.
Who are you putting in that category? Everyone but Cairns? Wollongong? They have an excellent web guy, decent social media, good newsletter, etc. Their GM is ex-Perth Wildcats, so you'd think he has come from a professional operation with tricks up his sleeve. Owner's Picks demolished their season, but the coal situation is largely out of their control.
If the NBL won't let them play from an alternate venue and the WEC is expensive for them, those can be things that hamstring their efforts.
I think the league (the clubs running the show) would be smart to build a framework so that something like Wollongong Coal or Eddy Groves or whatever can't jeopardise the existence of a club. It's either profitable (Cairns) or close enough (who knows which clubs) that an entrepreneur can turn it around. Groves bails, but the Bullets are solid enough that someone else steps up.
Spenceley had a three year plan that hasn't really lasted a year.
In Adelaide, I've been quite clear that I think they dropped the ball during the off-season, especially coming off a grand final finish. The league would be more stable if it could cover for that. The "it's possible, you just have to work hard" attitude is lovely, but it hasn't really put the league in a better place than it was 10 years ago. It needs to be the icing rather than a structural part of the cake IMO.
Kestelman had decent ideas - optional centralised staff, broader marketing efforts and so on - that can be funded in a way that doesn't hand over ownership. But it could effectively tax more powerful clubs in a variety of ways - soft salary cap, soft points cap, soft cap on import restrictions, etc. Sell things that cost nothing.
A friend of mine has a very shrewd idea through which real estate developers could exceed planning restrictions through payment or provision of desirable extras (green features, community features, etc). They get an extra storey on a building, but the community gets an electric vehicle charging hub or a community hall or $50k into the council budget.
Salary cap of $800k, but a reasonably strong luxury tax after that. Points cap of x, but you can buy extra points on an increasingly expensive scale. Each team is allowed one import, but you can buy another for $30k on top of that salary, or a third for $60k. That sort of thing. If five teams take a second import, you've funded two full-time staff to oversee club staff handling ticketing and merchandise, or doing dedicated media work.