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NBL revisits second push into Asia: report

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016

Despite a failed previous attempt, the NBL is reportedly considering another push into Asia as part of an expanded competition.

The expansion could include teams from Asian basketball heavyweights the Philippines and China, according to News Corp Australia.

NBL general manager Jeremey Loeliger said talks were "very well advanced" to expand the league as soon as next season.

"Commercially and logistically, I am very confident we could make it work," Loeliger told News Corp.

The NBL's previous Asian expansion in the 2006-07 season resulted in the Singapore Slingers' withdrawal from the competition after two years, with spiralling travel costs a major factor.

The Slingers, who paid for their own travel expenses, were the first and only Asian team to play in the A-League.

Loeliger said another Asian expansion attempt would require careful consideration.

"We need to jump through a certain number of procedural hoops to make sure we do it in a way that everyone is happy with ... come to a definitive view of what that team might look like, how it would be owned, where it would be based," he said.

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