The National Basketball League (NBL) is the pre-eminent professional men's basketball league in Australia and New Zealand. The league was founded in 1979 and is currently contested by eight teams; seven from Australia and one from New Zealand.
The 2009–10 season earmarked as the season in which the NBL would begin its revamping, much like the old National Soccer League which became the eight team A-League. The NBL returned to free-to-air television in Australia for the first time in three years with One broadcasting 2–3 games a week.
The 2010–11 season saw the return of the Sydney Kings after the club was purchased for A$20,000 on 31 July 2008.
In 2013, the NBL had a de-merger from Basketball Australia.
Crowds improved for the 2013–14 NBL season, recording the highest cumulative crowd attendance figures for the past five years.
After numerous teams folding and a decreasing public profile property developer Larry Kestelman purchased a 51% share of the league. Since then game attendance, TV viewership, website visitors and app downloads have been consistently on the increase.
In April 2016 the Townsville Crocodiles folded as they had become too financially unsustainable to continue.
Larry Kestelman has stated on the Aussie Hoopla podcast that no NBL will ever fold again as long as he is in control of the league.
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