NBL grants licence for expansion team

Swansea City co-owner Romie Chaudhari has been awarded a licence for a new NBL team, with the location for the competition's ninth franchise yet to be determined.

NBL owner Larry Kestelman is committed to expanding the eight-team competition by 2019/20 with Los Angeles-based entrepreneur Chaudhari already invested in the league as a small stakeholder in the consortium which purchased the New Zealand Breakers earlier this year.

"We will now work with him to identify the most suitable location for the new team but we've already had huge interest from around the country as we look to meet demand and growing interest in the game." NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said.