Would this second-tier, national comp be better if there were fewer teams overall with budgets that could afford full travel and accom costs like the NBL does, and to leave the various state teams where they currently are.
As an eg, I offer my region, the Sunny Coast. We have 2 fairly competitive teams in the (up-until-yesterday) QBL, the Phoenix (ex Maroochydore + 2 other local clubs) and RIP at the Uni. We both struggle financially with recruiting (local) players compared with bigger associations but we do well with true locals and we have been fairly lucky with imports. Put these budgets together and we could then have a Sunny Coast team that could be just as competitive as all other teams.
Gold Coast would fit this idea with a single team. Brisbane could have 2 teams made up from Brisbane, Southern Districts, South West & Logan. Ipswich & Tooowoomba - maybe 1 team, Gladstone & Bundaberg - maybe 1 team or join with Rockhampton. Mackay, Townsville and Cairns will go alone (3 teams). That's 9 teams. There is also talk of a Darwin/NT team, That's 10 competitive teams with, presumably budgets that could manage with our southern counterparts.
With Victoria's population, dedication to sports in general and its dedication to basketball in particular, it is no wonder that there are more clubs, more players and more money. And more - better teams. Let us, in states like QLD, better our expectations nationally with fewer, better teams than with more, inferior teams. And I would have absolute joy in cheering on my NBL1 team as well as my (Sunny Coast) QBL team.
So, yes. I am proposing that the QBL stays pretty-well as it is now. Sure I realise that both the RIP and the Phoenix will be weaker than they were by having their gun players in the national comp team but that will all adjust as all teams will face the same problems. In fact, the QBL may even lose some of the better, 1 city teams like our northern cities (then the QBL would resemble the ex Southern Cross League which, for its time, worked well until the whole state got together again).
If that was to happen, here's how I see it unfolding.
We Have a 2nd tier national comp, NBL1. Played in winter, predominantly weekend games. Some midweek games by neighbouring teams, if necessary, to get through schedule. Interstate games would all be double headers, at least.
(In QLD) basketball will have grown so much, and with the QBL having been reduced geographically to Sunshine Coast to Gold Coast and Toowoomba that the QBL can now be played midweek with Toowoomba presenting the only travel problem for the other teams (and itself, of course). In that scenario, all teams could still field near full-strength teams for QBL
When all the dust settles, that's the sort of 2nd and subsequent tiers I want to see emerge in Qld, anyway.