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NBL announces new Commission

The National Basketball League (NBL) has announced the formation of the NBL Commission, an eight-person panel chaired by leading sports administrator and former FIBA president, Bob Elphinston. The NBL Commission will be responsible for the oversight of changes to the rules and regulations governing the NBL competition, and the initial focus of the Commission will be a comprehensive review of the rules and regulations. The inaugural Commissioners are: Bob Elphinston (Independent Chairman), Graeme Allen (Independent Deputy Chairman), Bret Mactavish (NBL Representative), Patrick Hunt (Independent Representative), Vince Crivelli (Club Representative), Mark Beecroft (Club Representative), and Jacob Holmes (Players Representative).  The eighth panel member will be an additional independent representative who will be appointed shortly. NBL Chairman Graeme Wade said: “The Commission was introduced to concentrate on the League’s professional standards as they relate to all basketball matters, and it’s establishment is another critical component in the rejuvenation of the NBL. “It was identified early as a necessary mechanism that would be required to ensure independent and expert oversight of the game. We are delighted Bob has agreed to accept the important role of Chairman and look forward to being the beneficiaries of the combined wisdom of the Commission.” NBL Commission Chairman Bob Elphinston said the membership reflects vast experience across the fields of elite basketball competition. “The Commission members have extensive basketball experience across the fields of elite competition including the NBA, FIBA and NBL, and I am confident that we can provide guidance to the Board, which will help take the NBL to a new level in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. “I am delighted to be appointed to the Board of the NBL and to have the responsibility of chairing the NBL Commission.” COMMISSION BIOGRAPHIES CHAIRMAN, BOB ELPHINSTON, NBL Board Director Bob has a lifetime involvement in all levels of basketball, both domestically and internationally. Acknowledged as one of the most outstanding sports administrators in Australia, Bob played a key role in winning the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Bid and was appointed General Manager of Sport. For this 10-year effort, Bob has received a number of awards including the Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee (IOC); Order of Australia Medal by the Australian Government and Australian Sports Administrator of the Year. Competition organisation and policy development have been Bob’s specialty and since 2000 he has acted as a sport executive consultant to the IOC for Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth games. Bob has been a Member of the FIBA Central Board 2002 -2014 and in 2006 was given the honour of being elected President of FIBA and was further appointed President of the International Basketball Foundation in 2008. For his contribution to basketball, Bob has been awarded Life Membership of New South Wales and Australian Basketball as well as being inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame. Bob was a founding Director of the National Basketball League representing the Bankstown Bruins when the NBL was formed in 1979. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, GRAEME ALLEN, Former Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Game Development, Basketball Australia Graeme Allen is highly respected in basketball circles, he is a sports management consultant and Senior Client Advisor Sport with Deloitte Private. Until recently, Graeme has been Chief Operating Officer, General Manager of Game Development and Company Secretary at Basketball Australia and his significant experience in sports administration includes positions ranging from local club administration to Acting Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest Olympic sporting organisations in Australia. His expertise has been in the marketing and commercialisation of sports including the AFL, Country Football, and basketball nationally. Graeme has been a Commissioner of the WNBL and CEO of the Dandenong Jayco Rangers Championship-winning team in 2011. Graeme was awarded the Basketball Administrator of the Year by Basketball Victoria in 2010 and is currently Chairman of Basketball Managers Inc. He has also consulted to many national sports and local and State Government in the area of sports marketing, governance, change management, community engagement and strategic planning. BRET MACTAVISH, NBL Head of Basketball Operations Bret Mactavish begins his second season with the NBL and first year as NBL Commission Secretary. Bret joined the NBL in 2014 as the NBL’s General Manager of Operations and was recently appointed to the newly created role of NBL Head of Basketball Operations, responsible for all basketball matters associated to the game including the playing rules & regulations, referee program, tribunals and player contracting. Bret has over 15 years of basketball operations industry experience having served in various roles with the Continental Basketball Association (US), the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Men’s and Women’s Basketball Competitions, WNBA and NBA.  Following the Atlanta Olympics, Bret was hired by the WNBA in New York and played a key basketball operations role in successfully launching the WNBA. After three seasons with the WNBA, Bret joined the NBA in New York and served as the Director of NBA International Basketball Operations for seven years.  During Bret’s time at the NBA he was instrumental in the development, launch and delivery of the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program Basketball without Borders.   Bret also worked closely with USA Basketball on their Senior Men’s and Women’s National Team programs and also served as an NBA liaison with FIBA and national basketball federations. PATRICK HUNT, Chair FIBA Technical Commission, President WABC (World Association of Basketball Coaches), AM (Australia) Patrick Hunt has coached over 350 games representing Australia and was Head Coach of the Canberra Cannons in the National Basketball League in 1981.  He was one of the initial Coaches of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) basketball program and has been with the AIS from its inception in 1981 being Head Coach of the Men’s program from 1983 to 1992. He is also a former Head Coach of the Australian National Junior Men’s Team coaching at two World Junior Men’s Championships as Assistant Coach and two World Junior Championships as Head Coach and has coached at two World University Games as Head Coach. He was assistant Coach to the Australian National Men’s Team from 1989 to 1992 including the Barcelona Olympic Games and was a member of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Team scouting panel. He was also a member of the Australian National Men’s Team scouting panel at the 2006 Men’s World Championships in Japan. He was also engaged by FIBA) to scout and identify international trends and styles of play at the 2006 FIBA Men’s World Championships in Japan and 2010 FIBA Men’s World Championships in Turkey. He led the AIS International Coach Study Tour to the 2012 London Olympics. On behalf of FIBA Oceania he has conducted coaching clinics throughout the FIBA Oceania region. Based at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Patrick was Manager of National Player and Coach Development for Basketball Australia and Head Coach of the National Intensive Training Centre Program from 1993 to 2008. Commencing in January 2009, he was appointed to the new position at the AIS of Applied Technical Advancement Coach working with Olympic Games and World Championship-caliber Coaches. In 2013 he was appointed to the position of Senior Consultant of High Performance Coaching. He served as an Executive Member of the FIBA World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC) and President of FIBA Oceania WABC from 1994 to 2010. He is a Basketball Australia and FIBA Master Coach. He is currently President of the FIBA World Association of Basketball Coaches and in September 2014 was appointed to the prestigious position of Chair of the FIBA Technical Commission. Patrick was inducted as a Member of The Order of Australia, AM, for significant and outstanding service to Basketball, particularly as a coach, in the Australia Day Honours 1995. He was also awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000. Recently he was honoured by the USA National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) being conferred with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his exceptional commitment to the advancement of Coaching excellence Worldwide which has spanned over more than three decades. VINCE CRIVELLI, CEO Melbourne United Basketball Club Currently the CEO of Melbourne United, Vince’s extensive involvement in the Victorian basketball scene has included a variety of management and coaching roles. The zenith of Vince’s coaching career encompassed him helping the Melbourne Tigers win back-to-back NBL Championships in 2005/6 and 2006/7 as assistant coach. During this exciting period, Vince was able to balance his coaching duties with the role of General Manager of the Southern Basketball Association, a position he commenced in 2000. Prior to these successes, Vince’s competitive nature shone through in a range of coaching roles for the Sandringham Sabres and the Waverley Basketball Association. Vince also bought his innovative corporate leadership to the Southern Basketball Association (SBA) as CEO between 2008 and 2013. Vince is a passionate and energetic leader who revels in a challenge and loves new ideas. This combination has led to great results, including increasing the revenue of the SBA twofold as well as doubling the database of registered SBA basketballers. MARK BEECROFT, CEO Cairns Taipans Mark Beecroft has been an integral force in Cairns Basketball for the past 20 years, most recently as CEO of the CQUniversity Cairns Taipans since 2009. Mark led the club through its transition into a community ownership model, establishing the club as a keen corporate citizen while leading the club to two Grand Final berths and posting profits for the past three financial years. He has since advised other professional sporting clubs on establishing and running community ownership structures. Mark has played and administrated basketball at the amateur and professional levels. He has played for, coached and led the Cairns Marlins as General Manager, winning a national championship as head coach in 2004. He was also assistant coach and head coach of the CQUniversity Cairns Taipans before assuming the CEO role. A charismatic leader who takes pride in building successful teams around the right people, Mark has grown the Taipans brand on and off the court behind a small, hand-picked team of dedicated staff and volunteers who share his vision of balancing corporate success with community outcomes JACOB HOLMES, President NBL Players Association Jacob Holmes debuted for the Adelaide 36ers in the 2001/02 NBL season and was a member of the teams' NBL Championship win that year. Three more seasons followed with the 36ers before he signed with the South Dragons for the 2006/07 NBL season. His leadership was acknowledged within the Dragons to the point where he earned the club captaincy as well as winning the Dragons MVP award for the 2007/08 season. Jacob also spent a season in New Zealand as an import for the Nelson Giants in 2005. At the end of the 2007/08 season, Jacob decided to return home to Adelaide and re-joined the 36ers. He signed with the Townsville Crocodiles late in the 2011 off-season as an injury replacement for Crocodiles captain, Russell Hinder. On 16 January 2015, Jacob played his 400th NBL game. On 7 August 2015, he retired from professional basketball to continue on as the full-time president of the NBL Players Association. In 407 career games over 14 seasons, he averaged 8.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
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