The NSW State Government has ramped up its bid to host an NBL hub to restart the 2020-21 season and has money to spend after missing out on the AFL Grand Final.

A week after Deputy Premier John Barilaro threw his support behind the Harbour City hosting a hub, state representatives held positive talks with the NBL on Tuesday

The league is considering multiple cities to start the season, including Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Auckland.

The NBL are also in talks with the Western Australian government, but Barilaro is determined to ensure NSW aren’t forgotten as a passionate basketball community.

NSW officials have money up its sleeve for big events after missing out on the AFL Grand Final to Brisbane.

Barilaro reaffirmed NSW’s interest in hosting the NBL season restart in some capacity.

“The NSW Government is working with the NBL on a range of options to safely relaunch the basketball season in NSW,” Barilaro said.

“Sport and major events will play a huge role in reigniting our economy and providing morale boost to all of us as we continue to tackle this pandemic head on.

“The NSW Government is working proactively with sporting organisations to safely reboot the sports calendar in NSW.

“NSW is open to all solutions to make sure that the sports we love are back as soon as possible, even if they look a bit different to what we are used to.”

Qudos Bank Arena would be a perfect hub to restart the NBL season. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty Images.
media_cameraQudos Bank Arena would be a perfect hub to restart the NBL season. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty Images.

NSW Basketball officials believe that Olympic Park at Homebush is the perfect hub venue.

The precinct that successfully hosted the Sydney 2000 Olympics has multiple playing venues, training facilities and transport options.

It’s understood that the NSW Government has shown willingness to contribute and assist with a hub model, including costs and funding to teams to offset the league’s revenue hit.

An Olympic Park hub would include Sydney and the Hawks, which would decrease costs with one less team to house and cheaper game day costs of playing games in Illawarra.

NSW is also a growth market for basketball in Australia, with the city set to host the 2022 FIBA women‘s World Cup.

Originally published as NSW Government ramps up bid to host NBL hub

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