Brisbane shooting for 2013/14

IT won't have a team in the NBL next season, but Basketball Queensland hasn't given up hope that Brisbane can re-enter the national competition in 2013/14.

Despite bids by groups chasing new franchises in Brisbane and Melbourne, Basketball Australia has announced the NBL will again be made up of nine teams next season.

They are the Adelaide 36ers, Cairns Taipans, Gold Coast Blaze, Melbourne Tigers, New Zealand Breakers, Perth Wildcats, Sydney Kings, Townsville Crocodiles and Wollongong Hawks.

Basketball Queensland acting CEO Narelle Kelly said while the organisation was diasappointed the application for a Brisbane team in the 2012/13 season had been rejected, officials understood the need to ensure any new teams were "financially viable and sustainable in the long-term".

Ms Kelly said Basketball Queensland had helped groups interested in having a Brisbane-based NBL team with their applications, and were aware of ongoing interest in pursuing a team.

"We will continue to work with Basketball Australia to ensure Brisbane has a presence on the national professional stage in basketball," she said.



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