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Australian basketball ponders review

19/11/2007 06:27:48 PM Comments (0)

An independent board will be appointed to govern the fortunes of basketball in Australia following a recommendation from a review into the sport.

The Steering Committee Report was released on Monday, which was given the task of reviewing the structure and governance of the sport in Australia.

While there are no startling solutions in the report to reviving basketball's fortunes on the sporting landscape, the main recommendation is for a new governing body to be formed that will manage the relationship between Basketball Australia (BA) and the NBL.

Established in March this year by BA, the NBL and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), it was conducted by Ernst & Young.

"Basketball has faced up to the need for considerable change and is poised to move forward in a positive way to ensure its future success," said ASC chief executive Mark Peters, who served as chairman of the Steering Committee.

Provided the recommendations are supported by the two organisations, which could happen as early as mid-December 2007, a transitional board will be established to oversee the move to an independent governance and single management structure.

It would be governed by an independent seven-person board, a significant change from the current two-board, two management structure, where BA and the NBL operate separately.

"A formalised franchise agreement between the new company and each of the NBL clubs would be established, which will provide greater uniformity and a blueprint for a much improved positioning of the NBL," said Brisbane Bullets owner Eddy Groves, representing the NBL owners.

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