The Townsville Crocodiles look set to remain in the NBL next season.
The Townsville Crocodiles look set to remain in the NBL next season. Kevin Farmer

NBL boss says Brisbane to soon get own basketball team

NBL general manager Chuck Harmison is confident the competition will soon be able to support a third Queensland team, based in Brisbane.

The city has been without a team since the Brisbane Bullets disappeared in 2008 when owner Eddy Groves got into financial difficulties.

Harmison's comments followed news last week the Townsville Crocodiles look set to remain in the competition next season under a new community-owned structure after the franchise was also in danger of folding.

"We've got people on the ground that have been working hard on getting a Brisbane team back up and running over the past couple of years," Harmison said.

"Brisbane is one of the biggest basketball markets in this country, so we need to consider them as part of the NBL's long-term commercial viability."

Harmison said he expected the NBL to only grow stronger after it de-amalgamated from Basketball Australia tomorrow.

By breaking away from its governing body, he said the NBL hoped its popularity would increase, with Basketball Australia able to focus more on national teams and high performance training.



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