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Mitchell Murphy announced as Brisbane Bullets CEO

The National Basketball League (NBL), in conjunction with the Brisbane Bullets, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mitchell Murphy as the Chief Executive Officer of the relaunched Queensland franchise. Murphy has a Master of Business Administration and brings a wealth of sports management experience, most recently as CEO of A-League side the Newcastle Jets and is a former CEO of Football Federation Victoria. NBL General Manager Jeremy Loeliger said that Murphy is the ideal candidate to spearhead the return of the Brisbane Bullets back into the NBL. “We are thrilled someone of Mitchell’s experience and calibre has come on board,” Mr Loeliger said. “He has an extensive network of corporate, government and media relationships throughout Brisbane which will be invaluable to the rebirth of the team.” Murphy has a decorated resume, including senior executive roles in the media industry in Australia and New Zealand. He was the General Manager (Auckland) for Fairfax Media and, as a writer and editor, covered three Olympic Games (Sydney, Athens, Beijing) – including reporting on the Boomers and Opals campaigns. He has also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Wollongong Hawks, and is looking forward to joining the Bullets administration ahead of the 2016/17 NBL season. “Although the Brisbane Bullets haven’t been in the NBL for the past six seasons, the brand is still very much a household name in Queensland and I feel honoured to be at the club’s helm,” said Mr Murphy. “I’m confident that the wider sporting and corporate community is going to welcome the Bullets’ return with open arms. “The Bullets were an integral part of the Brisbane sporting landscape for such a long time and there will be no shortage of passion to bring it back to its glory days. “This club is remembered for consistently performing well on the court and I have no doubt that having secured the services of Andrej [Lemanis] and CJ [Bruton] already as head coach and assistant coach respectively, that we’ll recruit a powerful playing roster to make us a title contender next season. “Our members will be treated like family and as a club we’ll work overtime to deliver results for our sponsors.” Originally from Brisbane and the founding Managing Editor of www.brisbanetimes.com.au launched in 2007, Murphy is focused on connecting the club with the general public. “The new Brisbane Bullets will be fully committed to extensiveengagement with grassroots basketball participants and the wider community, with close alignment to organisations who help people in time of need,” he said. Murphy begins his new role immediately, with further announcements regarding the Brisbane Bullets expected in the coming weeks.
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