BA statement on team meeting

BA statement on team meeting

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer has issued the following statement following a meeting today in Melbourne with the teams that have indicated their intent to participate in the 2009/10 season of elite basketball competition which will replace the National Basketball League.

“Today’s meeting with the team representatives was a very positive one and there was a tremendous optimism within the group as to the future,” said Sengstock.  “We made some significant progress towards the establishment of an elite season of men’s competition for 2009/10.”

“Part of that progress included agreement by all parties that we would move towards a 28-game season (14 home and14 away) which will begin in October.

“As part of the governance structure of the league, we also agreed upon the establishment of a league Commission, who will be charged with the task of directing all strategic elements of the competition going forward. That Commission will be comprised of seven members – BA CEO Larry Sengstock, BA Board Members Diane Smith-Gander and Bruce Spangler, and four team appointed representatives who will be announced shortly.

“Whilst everyone was disappointed that the Tigers and Dragons made the decision not to participate in the 2009/10 competition, the group reaffirmed BA’s determination to explore every possible avenue for the establishment of a Melbourne-based team this season.

“We agree with the Victorian Sports Minister’s view that Melbourne is an important market for basketball with its massive grassroots participation base, and look forward to working with the Minister to look at all available options to have Victoria represented in the 2009/10 competition.

“We are continuing with discussions with a number of Melbourne-based parties to this end and have been encouraged by a number of proactive approaches from a variety of groups keen to assist and possibly be involved

“There is still a great deal of hard work to undertake in the days, weeks and months ahead but we have come away from this meeting feeling considerably heartened by the progress made.”