Bob Elphinston, Laura Anderson, and Colin Smith have all been appointed to the board of Australia's National Basketball League (NBL).
Elphinston was a founding director of the original NBL in 1979 and served as the president of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) from 2006 to 2010.
Anderson is the chairman of the Melbourne Fashion Festival and also sits on the board of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.
Media rights expert Smith is a former president of Rowing Australia and a past executive chairman of Triple M Broadcasters.
“Each of these appointees brings a focus to the task of securing media broadcasting rights, returning the NBL to the number one position of family sports entertainment in Australia and expanding the league’s presence internationally,” said NBL executive director Larry Kestelman. “I am excited to welcome them to our team as we roll out our agenda.”
Media rights consultant Shane Mattiske, who was responsible for negotiating the recent National Rugby League (NRL) broadcast deal in Australia, has also been engaged by the NBL.
Jeremy Loeliger, meanwhile, has been hired as general manager of the league.
Loeliger joins from his role as a partner at Melbourne-based commercial law firm Holding Redlich.
“A key mandate for Jeremy will be to drive both local and international engagement,” said Kestelman. “We are particularly excited by the opportunities for international engagement with a focus in Asia.”