NBL Comp Structure to save the regional teams
I have to agree that the way the league is heading, some teams are just not going to survive. You would have to think that cairns and Illawarra are essentially dust at this point. No way in hell a Tassie team can come in either if this is the way we head with City clubs becoming even bigger.
I think I've posted a similar model previously but a two tier system could actually go alright for both the big and little clubs.
Tasmania or other
Southern NZ or other
Western Sydney or other
Creates a 12 team league which is a nice number. Have a hard cap on the 2nd division and a soft cap in the 1st. Format the Schedule so that each team plays same division team 4 times and the other division teams 2 times for a 32 game season.
Traditional top 4 within division 1.
Traditional top 4 within division 2.
perhaps even a Promotion/Relegation Playoff instead of just a straight relegation: Bottom 2 of div 1 playoff. Winner stays, loser plays division 2 champion in series to determine who goes to div 1.
I would argue you would end up with a first division slightly higher in quality than the current NBL. A 2nd division at the quality of the NBL from a couple years ago. In time even a third division could be added at a step below that.