Proposed De-Merger of NBL Hits Complications Due to Network Ten Deal

May 20, 2013

The proposed de-merger of the National Basketball League (NBL) from the Basketball Australia (BA) has hit a problem due to the free-to-air deal with Network 10.

Network 10 has a deal with BA to televise NBL games but it is a contract between the network and the federation and NBL will either need to enter a new agreement with the network or hope the network agrees a changeover of the contract.

Reports emerged that the BA was seeking a AU$5m ($4.88m) indemnity but spokesman Scott Stavretis for the business-based group looking to run the new league has denied this.

Stavretis said: “No, pharmacy the Heads of Agreement (between BA and the new NBL) has not been signed but the process is a little slower than we would have liked.

“There are a few points both parties have to work through still and media is one of them.

“The Ten agreement is a point of discussion and negotiation.”

BA and the new NBL remain in discussions to resolve the issue before the 2013-14 season starts in October.