The next big steps for Tassie’s NBL team

The positions of chief executive officer, commercial manager, head of operations, membership and community engagement manager and marketing coordinator mark the first major steps in establishing the team following the state government and the league coming to terms last week.

“We have already been inundated with applications for the position of CEO which shows the level of interest in the new team,” NBL owner and executive chairman Larry Kestelman said.

“This is Tasmania’s team and where possible we will be looking to employ locals to fill roles at the club.

“Tasmania is a state with a strong skills base across sport and business and we will need local expertise to build a successful franchise.

“There is much to be done over the next 12 months as Tasmania prepares to return to the NBL after a 25-year absence. This includes the $68.5 million upgrade of the Derwent Entertainment Centre, including $20 million for a community four court multisport facility.

“The team will bring new jobs and investment to the state and deliver important economic and tourism benefits for Tasmania. Basketball is a global sport and the NBL team will also showcase Tasmania on the national stage and around the world.”

Kestelman also said he had been “encouraged by the interest from corporate Australia” in the new team.

A campaign asking Tasmanians to name the new team will be unveiled “shortly”.

“As the team will represent the whole state, we have decided that Tasmania must form part of the name and this will be a great chance for Tasmanians to have their say in the name that will be ultimately chosen,” he said.

Tasmanians can register their support for their new NBL team at nbltas.com.au