Jeremy Loeliger, current CEO of the National Basketball League (NBL) has been announced by the NBL on Monday afternoon, to his new role as NBL Commissioner.
“The appointment of Jeremy as NBL Commissioner is in keeping with US professional leagues such as the NBA,” NBL owner Larry Kestelman said. “It also reflects the NBL’s significant growth and expanding global footprint as a league. We are now one of the premier basketball leagues in the world and enjoying a golden period for Australian basketball.
“Jeremy has done a fantastic job creating the Next Stars program which will this season see LaMelo Ball, RJ Hampton, Terry Armstrong and Didi Louzada join the NBL and he will remain the most senior executive of the league.
“His new role will allow him to focus on strategy development and continuing to build our partnerships across basketball and government, both here and internationally.”
Kestelman also confirmed that NBL Chief Operating Officer (COO), Andy Crook will have a bigger role in daily operations.
“It’s a very exciting time to be part of the NBL and I look forward to continuing to grow the league both here and around the world in my new role as NBL Commissioner,” Loeliger said. “Together as a sport we have achieved a lot over the past four years and we have an opportunity to take Australian basketball to another level during this very exciting growth period for the game.”
In an earlier interview, Loeliger confirmed his commitment to the league, and it looks like things will certainly stay that way.
“I guess it’s not entirely within my control of whether I’m going to be here in five years’ time, but certainly I would like to be! Every season here has presented a set of very new challenges, a set of new opportunities. I think I’m probably at that period now, where I’m enjoying it more than almost ever before. The growth opportunity now, is probably the most exciting that it’s ever been, other than maybe walking in here on day 1 and just knowing the potential of the sport, of where it’s been previously. We’ve sort of reached that benchmark again, and now, it’s all about what is the ceiling and really challenging ourselves to see.
“It’s now no longer about getting back to where it was, we’re in a new golden era of the sport of basketball. This is now about how we can take our product, not just to Australians, but to the rest of the world and that’s a pretty exciting prospect for me. I’d certainly think that it’s probably a five-year project at least, and I’m certainly looking forward to continuing to do that between now and the next five years, I don’t see myself anywhere else.”