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Kestelman: NBL partnership with NBA “incredible”

NBL Executive Director Larry Kestelman says it’s a “privilege” to  form a partnership with the National Basketball Association.

For the second year running, NBL teams will play a series of pre-season matches against NBA franchises in the United States, with the Perth Wildcats, Sydney Kings, New Zealand Breakers, Melbourne United and Adelaide 36ers all set to take part in matches slated for September and October.

Speaking on Afternoons, he said overseas interests were beginning to realise the potential of Australia’s top-fight basketball league.

“The world is accepting that the NBL is probably the second best league in the world,” Kestelman said.

“To play on the biggest stage, that’s the way we get better and expose our product to the world. We’ve always been a best-kept secret and as the league keeps getting better, this international exposure is incredible.”

Kestelman, who bought the league in May 2015, also revealed that while he was confident pre-season matches would be seen on Australian TV, there were challenges to overcome.

“We do have a bit of a challenge and we’ve got a clash on October 5,” the NBL owner said.

We’ll be working with the NBA to figure out how we go the broadcast but there’s no doubt we’ll have some of the games on TV but we can’t guarantee all of them.

“Now that the games are secure, we are going to get involved with the local broadcasters in the USA and we’ll work with each individual team.”

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