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Ipswich/Logan still in the mix for NBL side

If Ipswich and Logan join forces a greater Brisbane NBL team could be formed.
If Ipswich and Logan join forces a greater Brisbane NBL team could be formed. Luka Kauzlaric

LOGAN and Ipswich remain in contention to get a side into the National Basketball League next season if they pool their resources.

NBL CEO Fraser Neill was in Brisbane this week to launch the upcoming pre-season competition, where he gave a 98% assurance the code would have a national side in the greater Brisbane region by the 2015-16 season.

Mr Neill has met with Ipswich councillor David Morrison, officials from Ipswich Sports House and Ipswich Basketball Association interim president Julie George to discuss the viability of an Ipswich side or a combined Ipswich/Logan team.

Mr Neill was also taken on a tour of the basketball stadium in Bundamba.

Mr Neill said an Ipswich/ Logan team was "definitely in the mix".

"With basketball ... you can play in smaller stadiums, and one of my ambitions is to take the game to the people, which is certainly what we're doing in Melbourne," he said.

"The ability to take the game to regional centres is our aim."

Cr Morrison said harnessing the combined resources, supporter base and sponsorship opportunities of Ipswich and Logan would be the key to securing a side.

Logan already has a stadium that has been previously used to host national league games.

"Just like what has been done with cricket, there is a possibility of combining Ipswich and Logan together," Cr Morrison said.

"Logan has a stadium, but we don't currently have a stadium of the magnitude of what they are talking about for the NBL.

"There is nothing on the council's five- or 10-year rollout at the moment to allow that to happen, but there may be a chance to partner with a university or Basketball Ipswich, and that is something we need to talk about."


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